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3101, 2018

General Manager – Zambia

January 31st, 2018|Categories: Jobs|

About SunnyMoney

SunnyMoney is a pioneering ‘last mile’ distributor of pico-solar lights and products in Zambia, working to increase access to clean, renewable energy across the country. Our award winning work has kick-started solar markets and is providing economic opportunity for businesses and local entrepreneurs whilst making clean, safe light accessible in remote rural areas.

The Job

We are looking for a dynamic, bottom line driven sales and general management executive to lead our operations in Zambia. You will be responsible for overall management of our country operations, overseeing our programme of work, our team and our overall sales strategy. You will also be expected to work with our London based team as we develop new innovations and models, designed to increase access to energy for all. Ultimately you will contribute to the ongoing creation of a viable and vibrant solar market in off-grid communities in Zambia, that will result in the elimination of the use of candles, kerosene lamps and substandard lights and torches used in off grid communities.

Reporting to our CEO, the successful candidate will be responsible for development and delivery of the SunnyMoney business plan in Zambia with a key emphasis on ensuring cost effective route to market strategies, robust operational and sales management systems and effective cost control guided by principles of prudence and personal integrity. The candidate will be the most senior in-country member of staff and must thus have the ability and interpersonal skills to engage, collaborate and negotiate with internal and external stakeholders including staff, suppliers, government agencies, customers, funders and collaborators and especially in relation to variables that impact on business performance.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Lead the SunnyMoney operation in Zambia, maximising sales and profitability through effective route to market strategies and prudent cost management;
  2. Lead the implementation and scale up of our ambitious SunnyMoney Agent programme in accordance with our current business plan
  3. Take the lead on all routes to market including working with partners, corporates and other NGOs in country to generate sales.
  4. Work to increase the profile of SunnyMoney Zambia through creating and implementing a successful plan to engage with key stakeholders, partners and government ministries.
  5. Develop our customer service and marketing capacity within Zambia, in order to build SunnyMoney as a trusted solar brand.
  6. Oversee product purchases to ensure strong sales and good margins, which includes deciding on what solar lights to sell in the Zambia market.
  7. As necessary, recruit and lead a team of A-player staff who will successfully implement the programme, including a sales team that will hit and exceed targets.
  8. Support our research work which both aims to help us understand and better serve our customers and demonstrate the positive impact solar products have on education, health and quality of life
  9. Ensure that all financial and narrative reports are submitted internally and externally on time, in the correct format and to a high standard.
  10. Implement strong Human Resources management system as set out in our staff handbook, dealing quickly, firmly and fairly with all HR issues in accordance with Zambia law.
  11. With the support the head of accounts in London oversee the accounting in country, keeping in line with budgets and making sure that the office is compliant with all statutory issues.
  12. Work with SolarAid staff and other funders to secure potential funding opportunities;

Person Specification Skills/ knowledge

  1. Strong business planning, sales and operations management skills; Proven ability to creatively drive sales in rural settings through innovative route to market strategies;
  2. Substantial staff management skills (recruiting, developing, motivating and rewarding for productivity)
  3. Strong financial literacy skills (prepare budgets and financial reports to monitor expenditure against budgets for management control)
  4. Strong interpersonal and communication skills to effectively represent the Organisation in meetings and conferences and write clear and concise management and other reports;
  5. Able to make optimal decisions from a range of options, initiate actions proactively and take full responsible for the decisions made;
  6. Excellent oral and written English. Knowledge of local languages, an advantage.
  7. Computer literacy (project planning, spreadsheets, word processing, email/internet)
  8. Educated to degree level (or considerable professional management and operational experience)
  9. Five years experience of leading successful commercial or social enterprises, preferably in rural Africa bottom of the pyramid;
  10. Experience of managing human and financial resources that demonstrates ability to set objectives, monitor and evaluate progress and outcomes.

Other

  1. Commitment to our mission and developing the solar market
  2. Participative and collaborative working approach
  3. Self-starting, passionate, trustworthy, dependable and decisive leader who communicates effectively and consistently works efficiently to high standards.

Terms and conditions

  • Full-time, permanent
  • Notice period: one week within probationary period, three months thereafter
  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Location: Lusaka with frequent travel across the country

How to apply

Interested applicants please email CV together with a covering letter addressed to John Keane which explains how you meet the criteria in this job description to recruitment.zambia@sunnymoney.org

Important: Please entitle your email subject line with: Your Name and Ref: SunnyMoney General Manager Zambia and save letter together with CV in one attached file. Deadline for applicants: February 16th 2018

612, 2017

Marketing Assistant

December 6th, 2017|Categories: Jobs|

SolarAid is an international charity that combats poverty and climate change. We provide access to solar lights to help catalyse solar markets in Africa.

We are seeking a Marketing Assistant to help with general marketing duties and social media in our London based office.

The main tasks of the role are:

  • Developing and uploading content to the website
  • Designing marketing and promotional materials
  • Managing our databases and communications with our supporters
  • Using tools such as Buffer and Hootsuite to schedule social media posts
  • Developing campaign ideas and sending e-newsletters
  • Writing blog posts
  • And other administrative duties as required

Full training will be given in all aspects of the role as well as general marketing tips, tools and tricks, so this is an ideal opportunity for someone that is looking to gain experience in the world of charity marketing. The role will be based in our Old Street office and is an excellent opportunity for someone who is looking to develop a career within the charity sector to grow their experience by working as part of a small, dedicated team.

If you are interested, please have a look around our website and include some thoughts in your application on the site in general, or any speculative ideas you may have about how to improve the site or SolarAid’s social media presence. This is essential in order for us to determine if you can conduct research and provide intelligent feedback – which is a key part of the role.

Please DO NOT just send your CV and a standard text as a covering letter because these generic applications will not help you get the role. You should mention how you think your skills and / or qualifications and experience will help you and why you would be good at the role, but experience is less important to us than enthusiasm.

An interest in solar, charity and international development would be a distinct advantage, as would an understanding of Adobe Creative Suite. Please mention if you have these when applying.

This is a full time role, with a salary of £22,000/year and the potential for increased remuneration after a successful probationary period.

We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible, so please apply as soon as you can by emailing info@solar-aid.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!