Full-Time

Startup & High Growth

Movemeback African oppportunity location
  • Freetown Sierra Leone

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Description

Easy Solar is a leading solar company in West Africa, distributing and financing high-quality solar products and appliances for those with limited or no access to the grid. Customers can finance their purchase over time by paying in weekly or monthly installments, with the option to pay via cash or mobile money. To date, Easy Solar has reached more than 450,000 users, distributed through its extensive network of agents and outlets throughout Sierra Leone and Liberia.

 

Easy Solar is looking for a Global Head of People & Culture to provide high quality leadership on the development of our People & Culture (P&C) strategy. It is essential we strengthen all practices related to people as we enter our next phase of growth, because maintaining a strong performance-driven culture and a happy team will be a critical success factor in achieving our goals.

 

Reporting directly to the CEO and partnering with other senior leaders, the Global Head of P&C will refine Easy Solar’s culture and ensure the smooth operation of all people functions. In addition to creating and executing the Group P&C strategy, a key area will be aligning policies and culture, as well as enhancing partnership across Sierra Leone and Liberia; and continuing to do so as we expand further in West Africa. Another major focus will be advancing gender equity, thereby ensuring diversity and inclusion across all levels, while encouraging local hires in focus countries wherever possible.

 

A true people person, you’ll be the go-to person for all employees. You will be supported by experienced Talent Managers in Sierra Leone and Liberia to implement initiatives, growth paths, trainings, guidelines and processes as well as ensuring that we are living our SOLAR way culture - Service excellence, Openness, Learning, Accountability, Resilience.

 

 

Expectations:

 

Culture

  • Cultivate a supportive, high-performance work culture that enables people to use their strengths and grow
  • Create a sense of community among our teams by promoting the SOLAR WAY, embedding a passion for the Easy Solar’s mission and, of course, having fun!
  • Align cultures between Freetown & Monrovia offices while respecting differences

 

Strategy & Policies

  • Develop a multi-year strategy for people and culture across Sierra Leone and Liberia that supports our future growth plans
  • Align and oversee P&C strategy, policies and practices across geographies
  • Review Org Chart and recommend improvements on group and in-country structure
  • Build and maintain people & culture processes, ensuring the entire employee lifecycle is covered (from talent acquisition, onboarding, compensation and benefits, learning and development, performance management, employee engagement, offboarding and change management)
  • Work closely with in-country talent managers to ensure compliance with local labor laws
  • Manage (or recommend improved) systems that ensure all staff across geographies have access to relevant information they need and that all HR processes are streamlined and tracked

 

Team Building & Coaching

  • Oversee the employee engagement survey process and action items from feedback
  • Coach leaders on how to design, build and develop high performing teams, including goal-setting, performance enablement and people development
  • Put in place high-impact (and cost-effective) solutions to develop internal talent, with a strong focus on cultivating female leaders
  • Implement new, and enhance existing staff recognition and reward programs
  • Participate in the exit interview process and communicate to leaders key risks on retention
  • Coordinate and lead the annual leadership and management retreats, along with the end of year general meeting and outings

 

Reporting

  • Set People KPIs, analyze performance on metrics and provide reports that support decision making
  • Provide regular advice, guidance, and where necessary challenge to the Executive Team members on strategic people management, performance and development issues
  • Keep abreast of industry knowledge and trends by participating in conferences and educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining professional networks, and participating in professional organizations

Criteria

  • Bachelors or advanced degree in Human Resource Management, Industrial Psychology or Organizational Psychology preferred
  • 5-10 years experience of progressive Human Resources & business experience including:
    • Working in a fast-paced, creative environment
    • Supporting business professionals on all people and culture matters
    • Developing and executing people processes
  • Personal accountability, autonomy, flexibility and sense of humor
  • Ability to advocate for both staff and management
  • Natural mentoring style; comfortable training managers & employees on a range of soft skills
  • Passion for community building, sustainability and social justice through business
  • Excellent verbal and written communication along with superlative listening skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required. Knowledge of BambooHR (or other workforce management systems) is a plus

Benefits

  • A very attractive, performance-based, remuneration with benefits including PTO, family leave and health insurance
  • Opportunity to take part in one of West Africa’s most exciting entrepreneurial projects that has a strong commitment to outstanding customer service and environmental sustainability
  • The opportunity to work closely with a young, international, tech-driven team of renewable energy enthusiasts

About Easy Solar

Easy Solar is the leading solar company in Sierra Leone, distributing and financing high-quality solar products and appliances for those with limited or no access to the conventional grid. Easy Solar is currently operational in 12 of Sierra Leone's 16 districts, and their products have reached over 450,000 Sierra Leoneans since operations launched in 2016.

 

Easy Solar makes clean energy affordable to off-grid communities by distributing solar-powered devices on a rent-to-own financing structure. Customers can finance their purchase over time by paying in weekly or monthly instalments, with the option to pay via cash or mobile money. Enabled by data-driven consumer finance, a trusted brand built on superior customer service, and an expansive network of 90+ community-based agents going the last mile, their growth is powering and empowering families and businesses across West Africa, and has driven over $1 million p.a. in household savings for their customers.

 

Easy Solar, through its parent company Azimuth, has received copious support and recognition for its innovative approach to solving the challenges of energy poverty in West Africa. Deeply embedded within the renewable energy landscape in Sierra Leone, their continued success is enabled by partnerships and support from the following key organisations: SOBA, Angaza Design, Orange Money, REASL, PRESSD- SL, Sun King.