Senior Software Engineer

Location: Kampala, Central, Uganda

Department: Software Engineering

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Company: Fenix International
Location: San Francisco, CA OR Kampala, Uganda
Application Deadline: Rolling
Position: Full-time
Compensation: Competitive salary, equity & benefits


About Fenix

Founded in 2009, Fenix International is a venture-backed, for-profit renewable energy company with offices in Silicon Valley and East Africa.  Fenix operates on the front line of renewable energy and mobile financial services in emerging markets, and our mission is to deliver life-changing technology to the 1.3 billion people who live without power.

Our flagship product is the ReadyPay Solar Power System - one of the world’s most affordable and accessible sources of power to those living off-grid. Providing phone charging, lights, radios, and even TVs, ReadyPay is available from just $0.40 per-day and financed over 18-months via Mobile Money platforms. We pride ourselves on generating financing plans that are flexible, inclusive and affordable to ensure the greatest reach and impact.

ReadyPay was launched in Uganda in early 2014 and the business has grown exceptionally during the past year, exceeding all targets and growth ambitions. We are now poised to scale and revolutionize access to electricity and financial services.


Job Description

Fenix International is looking for a talented, self-starting software developer to join the Fenix team to help deliver affordable solar power to emerging markets in Uganda and the larger East African community. Key responsibilities will include developing the Django web application that powers Fenix's financial platform ReadyPay and administering the cloud-based Linux servers that run the application. Software developers here work on all parts of the stack -- from the server-side python application and its MySQL database to the front-end HTML, CSS, and JS.

This position offers a great opportunity to work alongside an elite team of engineers and business professionals and directly contribute to the success of a fast-moving venture-funded Silicon Valley startup with great potential for social and environmental impact.  The ideal applicant will have experience being a senior-level software engineer and will want to shape the technological vision of the company and help lead the existing team. Candidates must enjoy working in a startup environment, and ideally have a passion for renewable energy and sustainable development in Frontier Markets.  This position offers a unique opportunity for interesting global travel including Sub-Saharan Africa for field visits and other parts of the world as well.  (Travel ~10% time)


Required Skills & Experience

  • 5-10 years of experience
  • Bachelors or Masters in a relevant engineering discipline (Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science preferred)
  • Programming language experience in Python
  • Experience creating and maintaining scalable web applications
  • Database administration and data management skills (SQL)
  • Server backend management experience (Linux, MySQL, Nginx, etc)
  • Working knowledge of both high-level object oriented and low-level procedural programming concepts. A full-stack developer.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Availability to travel (approx 10%)


Desired Skills

  • Experience with the Django web framework
  • Frontend web programming expertise (JavaScript, HTML, CSS) 
  • Knowledge of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its services, such as, but not limited to, EC2 and RDS.
  • Prior experience with software Design for Testability (white-box, unit testing)
  • Working knowledge of good practices for computer and data security
  • Experience with git and GitHub based source code management
  • Interest in products for emerging markets


To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter through the job posting at

Fenix offers a competitive salary, equity 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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