Fenix Innovations Fellow (Uganda)

Location: Uganda

Department: Business

Type: Contracted to Full Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

Company: Fenix International Inc.
Location: Kampala, Uganda with domestic travel 
Application Deadline: Rolling
Position: Full-time for 6 to 12 month Fellowship with future career opportunities at Fenix
Compensation: Stipend and travel expenses


About Fenix

Fenix International is a next-generation energy company.  Our mission is to transform our customers’ quality of life through disruptive innovation in energy and financial services. Our flagship product, ReadyPay Solar, is an expandable, lease-to-own solar home system financed through affordable instalments starting under $0.19 per day. We use real-time transaction data to create a unique credit score to finance power upgrades and other life-changing loans and open up a wider world of energy and financing for our customers.

To date, Fenix has sold over 150,000 ReadyPay Power systems in Uganda, bringing clean, reliable power for lights, phones, radios, TV and much more to over 900,000 people in Uganda.  In 2017, Fenix announced that it was joining forces with ENGIE, one of the world's largest energy companies and a leader in the move to renewable, decentralised and digital energy.  ENGIE will make significant commercial investments in Fenix to accelerate the path to our mission. Fenix will operate as a distinct and autonomous company within the ENGIE group in order to retain our unrelenting focus on innovation, smart iterative design, strong team culture and exceptional customer experience. Together, Fenix and ENGIE plan to bring life-changing energy and financial services to tens of millions of off-grid customers and to make universal access to modern energy a reality across Africa.


Job Description

Fenix International is seeking a highly motivated and entrepreneurial Fellow with leadership experience to develop and test innovative sales, marketing, distribution and financing strategies, manage new pilots, collect and analyze data, train Fenix trainers and provide general support to the Fenix Business Development and Technical teams. Fellows will report to the East Africa Regional Director and will work directly with our sales and marketing team on the ground to test, refine and scale up new business models, strategies and systems at Fenix.

This position offers an incredible opportunity to work with an elite team of business professionals and engineers and directly contribute to the success of a Silicon Valley startup. Candidates must have a passion for entrepreneurship, renewable energy and sustainable development in Frontier Markets.  As a Fenix Fellow, you will be based in Kampala working on critical projects with real and immediate impact and will have the opportunity to do about 30% domestic and regional travel.


Key Responsibilities

  • Work with Fenix partners to drive sales and test new innovative marketing, distribution and financing strategies
  • Conduct product trainings and train the trainer sessions
  • Collect & analyze and report data from new and existing customers and field studies to contribute directly to Fenix product and business development strategy
  • Provide general operations support to the business development and technical teams
  • 20% of Fellow time is spent on a project Fellows are especially passionate about at Fenix and co-design with Fenix leadership
  • Note: Fellowship responsibilities will be slightly varied to account for the unique skills and experience the Fellows bring to the team, as well as their specific interests and career goals.  For example, Fellows with engineering experience could spend some time helping to build after-sales services or conducting field studies for new products.  Candidates with marketing experience could spend more time developing marketing materials or campaigns for Fenix.


Required Skills & Experience

  • Leadership & project management experience; We are looking for entrepreneurial candidates who have started or contributed significantly to a particular project, team or new company and we especially value candidates who have seen projects through from start to finish, from design to scale up phase.
  • One year minimum work experience
  • Commitment to live and work with Fenix in Uganda for 6-12 months
  • Ability to customize and clearly communicate the Fenix value proposition, including quantitative and qualitative benefits to the customer and the consumer, for written and verbal presentations
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills (English)
  • Attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel & Google Apps
  • Ability and drive to work independently
  • Bachelors degree


Desired Skills

  • Education and/or work experience in both East Africa and abroad
  • Business level competency in Swahili, Lugandan, or other East African language


To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter through the job posting at www.fenixintl.com/careers/.

Fenix offers a competitive salary and a fun work environment. We recognize the value of diversity in our workforce, and encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We thank all candidates who choose to apply, however, only those selected for a further interview will be contacted. 

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