Country Pioneer
(1-yr Fellowship)

Location: Full-time in Accra, Ghana.

Significant domestic travel within Ghana likely.
Occasional regional travel within West Africa may be required.


Very occasional travel to SunFarmer's head office in NYC or SunFarmer Nepal's head office in Kathmandu may also be required.

 

Are you a strong leader with a passion for renewable energy development?
Do you want to help launch an impactful business in a developing country?
Do you have what it takes to pioneer a new solar market in Ghana?

SunFarmer is a Y-Combinator backed social enterprise that launches, incubates, and accelerates solar businesses in developing countries. SunFarmer companies provide affordable electricity-generating solar systems to hospitals, factories, homes, and farms. After successfully launching SunFarmer Nepal and stewarding the business to profitability, we’re replicating our model with SunFarmer Ghana. We seek a Country Pioneer to lead our on-the-ground work in Ghana.

The Country Pioneer will be based in Accra, Ghana, and will collaborate closely with the local Ghanaian Founding Entrepreneurs as a partner as they launch the business. The Country Pioneer will work closely with SunFarmer US’s Director of Operations. This is an exciting role for an entrepreneurial individual with strong business savvy, interpersonal skills, analytical ability, and grit. The successful candidate must be willing and excited to relocate to West Africa.

Responsibilities:

  • Support the Ghanaian Founding Entrepreneurs of SunFarmer Ghana as they launch and grow a new solar business.

  • The Country Pioneer will be deeply involved in starting this new business from scratch, using the playbook we have developed at SunFarmer Nepal. Key functions will include:

    • Customer and product research

    • Develop business plan

    • Build HR processes and hire local staff

    • Establish partnerships with government and industry

    • Establish supply chain partnerships

    • Start selling to customers and generating revenues

    • Oversee local legal / accounting

  • Serve as SunFarmer US’s primary full-time representative in Ghana.

  • Candidate should be comfortable working independently, proposing and debating effective business strategies, forming initial partnerships, and managing time and resources effectively.

Must-have characteristics:

  • Integrity – We seek someone with outstanding personal integrity who is honest, treats others fairly, and is uninterested in taking shortcuts, in their quest to build a successful business

  • Entrepreneurial spark – You understand that starting a new company is risky, but you live for the challenge

  • Hustle – You balance creative thinking with dogged persistence to push the company forward.

  • Intellect – We have a high performing team, and want to collaborate with only the smartest, best people we can find.

 Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from top tier university

  • Excitement to live and work in West Africa for 18 - 24 months

  • Knowledge of energy markets, ideally with solar background

  • 1 to 5 years of work experience; developing world and/or energy industry experience preferred

  • Technical skills are a plus, though not required

  • Experience living or working in developing countries is a plus, you should understand the adventure you’re embarking on

SunFarmer US is replicating this model by identifying top entrepreneurs in other developing countries, and spending 12-18 months supporting each entrepreneur through launch. Once the business launches, we remain on hand to offer the technical and startup resources they need to be successful. We are currently laser focused on launching SunFarmer Ghana.

INTERESTED? CONTACT HR@SUNFARMER.ORG.

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