The Renewables Companies is seeking a talented individual to join the team at Zeerust Solar PV Facility and De Wildt Solar PV Facility. The role will report to the respective Community Operations Manager (COM).

The Community Liaison Officer (CLO), based at Solar PV Facility Offices, has the overall responsibility of driving the Companies Socio-economic Development (SED); Enterprise Development (EnD) and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy. He/she must be an individual who understands the Companies strategies and its vision for the targeted communities, values and its obligations to stakeholders. The individual must also have a fair understanding of the socio-economic challenges facing the country and key development strategies on which most SED and EnD programmes are based.

The impact of the Companies SED and EnD spending and its reputation within targeted communities depends on the quality and depth of knowledge of the individual in charge. Through SED and EnD, the Company will deal with a wide range of NGOs and stakeholders some of whom are highly skilled and experienced in their field of specialization. These NGOs are basically partners of the Company and representatives of civil society and the stakeholder community. The CLO is not only the face of the Company in these communities, but also a representative of what the Company stands for, its depth of knowledge and views on SED and EnD as well as the level of commitment that the Company assigns of SED and EnD.

The CLO, therefore, should be able to engage meaningfully and in an informed manner with projects, key stakeholders and government representatives with whom the Company partners in various programs. The CLO also needs to be someone who understands the issues facing the targeted towns to ensure holistic management of development initiatives and to ensure that the effectiveness of partnerships between the SPV and its stakeholders is not compromised.

Key Accountabilities / Principal Responsibilities

Community Liaison Officer (CLO):

Strategy Implementation:

  • Understand and implement the Socio-Economic Development (SED) and Enterprise Development (EnD) strategies, translate the strategies into action plans for the LCOO. Where necessary, be able to review the strategies for relevance and appropriateness.
  • Effectively administer and manage the project funding process for SED and EnD programs in the local communities.
  • Continuously grow knowledge and understanding of the regional development priorities and be able to use these to inform regional policies and practices of the Project Companies.

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Liaise with the Local Community and other stakeholders on behalf of the Companies. Working with the COM, initiate and establish networks at regional level with Government/Private sector and civil society partners.

Generation of Stakeholder Reports:

  • Develop and generate competent and informative reports on the regional SED and EnD activities. Produce and present Social and Ethics Committee (SEC) reports.

Resource management:

  • Develop and grow the allocated local office interns thereby developing the Companies local capacity to deliver SED and EnD programs and to manage stakeholders, effectively and in a professional way.

Key Skills and Experience:

  • Have extensive experience in areas such as project management, community investment initiatives, SED, start-up activities and community-based projects and initiatives.
  • Have extensive experience in Stakeholder Engagement principles and practices.
  • Experience in NGO, Public benefit and Governmental institutions focussing on grassroots and community initiatives.
  • Have tertiary qualifications in relevant discipline. The type of degree may vary from Business Science, Economics, Business Administration or any relevant degree. Your differentiator will be additional social science qualifications and your commitment to making things happen, involvement in the community and wanting to make a difference.
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to liaise with staff and external staff at all levels.
  • Proficiency in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and other Black languages would be a definite advantage.
  • Be commercially astute and have a strong understanding of business issues.
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities.
  • Have strong attention to detail.
  • Have strong time and project management skills.
  • Have a hard-working, can-do attitude.
  • Be able to work in an open, fast-paced environment.
  • Be able to effectively juggle multiple, competing priorities.
  • Be ambitious, motivated, entrepreneurial and have the desire to succeed.
  • Be a team player.
  • Financial acumen (The capacity to demonstrate knowledge of and insight into financial principles and processes impacting on the business).
  • Technically proficient in Excel, Word, PowerPoint essential (advanced user).
  • Ability to plan and prioritise effectively.

People and Management Skill:

  • Flexible & dynamic – self-motivated, results driven, ability to deal with change.
  • Excellent intellectual & conceptual abilities.
  • Resilience
  • Excellence orientation (concern for high-quality work).
  • Follow-through, the motivation to ensure the highest standards of quality and productivity are consistently maintained (linked also to detail consciousness and accuracy).
  • High levels of professional and personal integrity and ethics.

Key result areas:

  • Establish structure and activities to oversee and successfully manage the Local Community Company.
  • Working model for strong and detailed interface and supervision of the Community staff.
  • Successful implementation of operational processes and systems.
  • SED and EnD objectives and reporting requirements are met.
  • Business decision making.


  • The organisation is committed to appoint in line with requirements of the Employment Equity Act.
  • Interested candidates can email their CV’s to by no later than 08 December 2023.
  • Disclaimer: Shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly.

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