Africa South Africa
  • Department: Economic Development
  • Job Location: Cape Town
  • Reporting to: Country ED Manager
  • Travel Required: Regular travel to sites in South Africa

Company Overview: 

Mainstream Renewable Power is the leading independent developer of utility-scale wind and solar power plants. The company is focused on delivering a high-quality portfolio of more than seven gigawatts of wind and solar assets across high-growth markets in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

In South Africa, Mainstream has been awarded a total of 2122 megawatts of wind and solar projects under the Government’s renewable energy procurement programme since the first round in 2011, making it the country’s most successful independent renewable energy developer.  The company is currently operating 610MW of wind farm projects. Mainstream Asset Management South Africa (MAMSA) manages the Governance, Compliance, Operations & Maintenance and Financial aspects of operational assets in South Africa.

Mainstream has recently been acquired by Aker Horizons (75%) with the objective to accelerate the growth of Mainstream into a renewable energy major over the next decade.

Summary of Role:

The R5 Portfolio ED Manager will be responsible for managing the Round 5 Enterprise Development (EnD) & Socio-Economic Development (SED) team, working closely with the legal and compliance team and their outputs according to the requirements of the DoE and the project Boards. This role requires the individual to have a proven track record of people management and a strong background in Economic Development.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Understand and develop community engagement plans and positive interventions strategy during project development
  • Support and manage third-party consultants and the commercial team by preparing ED and SED REIPPPP bid chapters, ensuring all relevant information is provided based on knowledge acquired for the specific community during the development phase
  • Lead R5 ED Managers in EnD activities and total community management during construction, in partnership with the construction team
  • Implement EnD & SED qualitatively in communities during operations to ensure Mainstreams social licence to operate, in partnership with the operations team
  • Identify important corporate and project stakeholders (including government, parastatals, NGOs, and local communities) and develop plans to ensure positive relationships with them, using EnD & SED as a method to engage
  • Preparation of Economic Development reports and forecasts for shareholders, financers and the Department of Energy (DoE)
  • Monitor contractor Economic Development compliance and report to CEO, Vice President: Projects, the Owner of the project, and the DoE
  • Conducting periodical audits on all ED elements of the scorecard
  • Establish and prepare governance frameworks for Trusts
  • Ensure full compliance with the Implementation Agreement
  • Manage external and internal audits on all Economic Development elements
  • Contract management of service providers implementing SED and EnD initiatives
  • Apply all lessons learned throughout the project lifecycle in order to develop a world-class company community management system that makes a real, positive, measurable and sustainable impact on the communities hosting our projects
  • Support R5 ED Managers with input on contractual agreements timeously
  • Embedding health and safety standards in community projects
  • Manage Economic Development Performance and compliance for R5 projects
    • Forecast performance of all Economic Development elements against the Implementation Agreement debit and credit systems
    • Develop and implement a strategy to optimise the overall economic development scorecard impact by using the forecast of debits and credits
    • Pro-actively communicate non-compliance performance and rectification thereof to IPPO and respective boards
    • Ensure compliance to the Implementation Agreements in terms of Economic Development
    • Work with the Operations teams and Mainstream Procurement Executive to ensure that the Procurement Plan for each project is adhered to and internal requirements are met
  • Manage the Contractual Agreements of Economic Development for the R5 projects:
    • Draft letters to IPPO with respect to deviation from Implementation Agreement
    • Review and authorise legal contracts for SED and EnD initiatives
    • Liaise with the Operational Legal Manager for legal advice to ED contractual breach or enforcing of contracts with service providers
    • Provide input on continuous improvement of the ED Contractual Matrix and standardised templates
  • Board and Reporting Responsibilities for R5 projects:
    • Provide input into board and subcommittee packs
    • Drafting and reviewing of Briefing Notes with regards to ED to the Committees and Board and ensure they are submitted and distributed timeously
    • Provide guidance and support to R5 Economic Development Managers on reporting including timelines, collation, first draft checking and maintaining and improving the system used for reporting.
  • Full people management responsibilities for the R5 ED team (performance management, leave approval, etc.)
  • Closely follow government policy and trends in the community/stakeholder engagement/EnD & SED space and recommend changes to the ED strategy
  • Manage any crisis situations that arise with stakeholders on projects
  • Collaborate with other IPPs and other sectors for maximum positive impact
  • Ensure all regulatory & statutory submissions are submitted on time and to the correct standards (BBBEE certification process and Asset level submissions)
  • Broader Business Support
    • ED support in REIPPP bidding
    • Support the ED inputs for the financial close of REIPPP projects
    • Support the ED construction activities of REIPPP projects
    • Support bilateral bidding with input on Economic Development and BBBEE
  • In-depth understanding of the key Socio-Economic needs of the different regions where Mainstream South Africa is active
  • Facilitate the transition of EnD initiatives into working projects
  • Relationship building and positioning with key organisations and stakeholders



  • The preferred candidate will have experience in the South African development sector in some or all of the following areas:
    • Education and skills development
    • Socio-economic development (SED)
    • Enterprise Development (EnD)
    • Food security and agri-support
    • Meeting energy needs (hot water, heating, etc.)
    • Maths and science development
    • Information Services / Technology (IS/IT) development
    • Women-headed initiatives
    • BBBEE implementation
    • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience, 3 years of which were working unsupervised
    • Managed a team of staff for a minimum of 3 years

Key Skills and Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of the renewable energy project development sector and the process to develop utility-scale wind and solar projects would be an advantage
  • Knowledge of the SA Government’s renewable power procurement process
  • Understanding and experience of community social dynamics and local government dynamics
  • Understanding of the legal environment for community engagement and development
  • Full implementation and management of projects
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills
  • Preferably advanced Microsoft Excel
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Good command of English and other South African languages
  • Drivers licence

Why you really should click that button 👇  

We offer you the opportunity to work in a dynamic and entrepreneurial organisation, to be part of a diverse workplace with regards to gender, age and cultural background in the most exciting industry in the world today. You will receive a very competitive total benefits package including an excellent base salary, bonus scheme and share options. 

Career development 

  • Excellent training (an average 54 hours a year)
  • Secondment and relocation opportunities
  • Career progression (16% promotions across the Group in 2021)

Shared financial success  

  • A competitive, industry benchmarked and cost-of-living linked salary, reviewed annually
  • Annual bonus
  • Share options
  • Salary contribution to your pension fund

Work/life balance 

  • WFH in a hybrid working arrangement
  • Generous annual leave, plus a community or charity work day each year
  • Paid maternity, paternity, adoptive and bereavement leave
  • Allowance for WFH set up

True diversity & inclusion 

  • Equal opportunity targets
  • GWEC Women in Wind and Mainstream Women in Renewables programmes
  • You can be you, whatever your gender, colour or sexual orientation

Care for health & wellbeing  

  • Generous health insurance subsidy
  • Income protection insurance
  • Life cover
  • Free Employee Assistance Program

These are just some of the reasons why we are officially certified as a Great Place to Work.  

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