- Reporting to: Public Affairs & Community Manager
- Department Corporate Affairs
- Job Location Los Lagos, Chile
- Travel Required: Intermittent travel to sites in Chile
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 Chile, Mainstream owns 1.3GW of fully contracted wind and solar projects in operation, in construction or at late stage development, due to its unprecedented success in government auctions.
Summary of Role:
The Senior community relations executive is a graduated professional preferably from the social sciences. He/she will have at least ten years of laboral experience with more than three years of recently experience on communities’ issues to extractive or renewable energy industry in Chile. Knowledge in communications and experience with Mapuches indigenous communities is a must.
The candidate will be based in Los Lagos region (Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas or Frutillar) and will be responsible for engaging with stakeholders relevant to Mainstream´s projects in the region. He/she will be a part of the Corporate Affairs Team, reporting directly to the Public Affairs and Community Manager and will be responsible for maintain a proactive and permanent relationship with stakeholders in the project’s area of influence and identify potential conflicts early.
He/she will collaborate with the corporate affairs and project´s team to socio-politically enable the project in the territory during the construction and operation phases, ensuring all Mainstream values are present.
o Social Risk and Impact: Identify risks and social impacts, define and implement management measures and ensure the implementation of the complaint’s procedure within the project's area of influence.
o Community Relations: Develop relationships of trust with social organizations, indigenous communities, local authority and stakeholders relevant to the project, ensuring the adequacy of participation methodologies to each socio-economic and political context.
o Community Investment: Identify and implement community investment initiatives that can contribute to the reputation of the company in the territory.
o Management Control: Ensure compliance with Mainstream standards and ensure an adequate level of registration and reportability of the social area.
What you will do?
A high standard of commitment with Safety, assuming safety as a priority value in all its task and responsibilities. (Mandatory)
- OFFICE FUNCTIONS
Identify key stakeholders and keep the stakeholder map updated for each phase of the projects (development / construction / operation) in the region.
Identify actors and socio-political scene of the territory.
Identify and manage socio-political and reputational risks of the territory.
Identify and generate local support networks (local institutional relationship).
Advise the communications and projects team on socio-political issues to consider in each phase of the projects.
Define methodologies according to the local context that allow the incorporation of the vulnerable population and encourage the consultation and participation of all key stakeholders (community / IP)
Define annually a Community Engagement Plan of the project.
Oversee compliance with social commitments (voluntary and associated with RCAs).
Prepare annually budget associated with each phase of the projects and manage payments associated with community investment funds and local initiatives.
Prepare reports on time and keep monthly updated records associated with the relationship and activities developed with all stakeholders key (traceability).
- ON SITE FUNCTIONS
Maintain permanent relationship with key stakeholders in the territory of the projects.
Implement Community Engagement Plan of the project.
Implement work groups with the community to keep them informed and involved in each phase of the projects.
Generate and implement collaboration agreements with the community.
Execute initiatives and community investment funds that contribute to the local development of the area of influence of the projects.
Fulfil social commitments on time (volunteers and associated with RCAs).
Implement a Complaint’s Procedure in territory of the projects.
Implement Local Manpower Procedure associated with each phase of the projects in coordination with contractor companies and municipal employment offices.
Collaborate with communications and projects team in the preparation of communications, human environment baselines for processes of environmental evaluation, citizen participation and indigenous consultation.
Collaborate with the project team in their socio-political empowerment in the territory (definition of negotiation strategies with owners and obtaining permits).
Represent the company in instances of local institutional relations.
Put on value the company's contribution to local development with the key stakeholders in the territory.
What we require?
The candidate should be equipped with the following key skills:
- Educational, Knowledge and Experience Background:
Professional degree in social sciences, three years of recently experience with communities.
Experience working with Mapuches indigenous group.
Knowledge of participatory methodologies and community engagement.
Knowledge of environmental legislation and mining or energy projects.
Knowledge of English preferred.
Have knowledge of regional and municipal authorities and their roles.
- Soft skills and Organisational Fit:
Ability to engage with individuals of different cultures and socioeconomic background.
Ability to perceive the non-written rules and dynamics of the community organization.
Patience to adhere to other people´s and cultures´ timeframes.
Capacity to engage in dialogue with individuals and group leaders of a diversity of backgrounds.
Have good organizational skills.
- Cognitive Skills:
Able to think strategically and prioritize tasks.
Able to perceive cultural norms and unwritten rules.
Able to analyse problems and propose a viable solution.
Able to anticipate social risks that may affect a project.
Count with initiative to propose work methodologies.
- Interpersonal Skills:
Have a courteous and helpful manner.
Able to maintain respect and confidence with others.
Be a good team worker and work well with others.
Able to communicate clearly to varied groups of people.
- Travel Availability:
Must be based in Los Lagos region and must be able to travel periodically to Santiago.
What we offer?
We offer you the opportunity to work in a dynamic and entrepreneurial organisation, in a growing market, in a fast paced industry. You will receive a very competitive total benefits package including an excellent base salary and bonus scheme.