Officer/Senior Officer – ESG

Reporting to: Head – Risk & Compliance, SIMA

Position Description

The Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Officer/Senior Officer will be responsible for supporting, developing and overseeing ESG policies and procedures of SIMA and of portfolio companies. The incumbent will provide technical expertise on key issues related to ESG assessment, sustainability risks and compliance with ESG requirements of various funds managed by SIMA. This will primarily involve assessing the design, implementation and supervision of portfolio companies’ environmental and social management systems (ESMS), taking into consideration best industry practices and standards.


  • Bachelor’s degree and above, with professional qualifications in ESG-related areas.
  • Relevant experience of 3-5 years.
  • Good knowledge of international and local ESG standards and metrics related to E&S issues in investment projects and preferably, direct experience in implementing IFC Performance Standards, ILO standards, local and international Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) standards, exclusion lists, grievance mechanisms, etc..
  • Experience in distributed solar PV projects and experience with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) developers in commercial & industrial (C&I) solar is preferred.
  • Field experience with EPC’s in C&I solar in Africa is preferred.

Role & Responsibilities:

The specific responsibilities of the candidate will include:

  • Assessing ESMS process of portfolio companies inline with relevant standards and requirements. Identify weaknesses, help in categorization of E&S risks, etc.
  • Drawing up implementable E&S action plans for implementation by the borrowers. Provide guidance to borrowers on management of complex E&S risks. This could involve capacity building of borrowers, providing, and guiding them through implementation of E&S corrective action plans.
  • The candidate is expected to provide technical support on complex E&S issues such as OHS, local licensing, supply chain, land acquisition, indigenous peoples, and biodiversity, metrics, etc.
  • The candidate is expected to identify key risks, develop E&S action plans and recommend engagement of specialists when required.
  • Oversee the ESMS data collection process, ensuring that data is timely and accurate. Prepare annual ESMS reports and responses to ESG information requests from external stakeholders such as investors and regulators.
  • Enhance and oversee social and environmental impact measurements processes and reports alongside E&S processes, and conform information with IRIS+ and/or other metrics.
  • Continuously improve the ESMS reporting internal control environment to ensure consistent, accurate and timely ESMS information as well as auditable and efficient reporting processes.
  • Identify, advise on and implement new ESMS reporting and disclosure practices, based on a deep understanding of requirements from regulators, investors/lenders, etc.

How to apply?

Please send your CV and a one-page cover letter with the title “Officer ESG / Senior Officer ESG, Risk Team, SIMA Funds– “Your Name”” to and cc:

Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Remote working in the African continent

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