Position: Engineering Fellow - 3 month hands-on learning program in Nepal

Location: SunFarmer head office in Sanepa, Kathmandu. Some travel to project sites is expected.

The organization
SunFarmer is a US nonprofit that incubates and launches locally-run solar businesses in developing countries. Our first business is SunFarmer Nepal, a solar energy business that designs and installs world class solar energy systems for hospitals, businesses, and farms. Since January 2014, SunFarmer Nepal has installed more than 150 solar energy systems in 10 districts in Nepal. 

SunFarmer plans to replicate this model by identifying promising entrepreneurs in other developing countries, and spending 12-18 months co-creating a solar business with each entrepreneur. Once the business launches, we’ll provide entrepreneurs with the financial, technical, and startup resources they need to be successful. Our goal is to launch 5 businesses by 2019.

We currently re-invest any profits in-country; eventually, we will use a portion of profits to offset costs of the US nonprofit. 

Duties and responsibilities
We are looking for an engineering fellow that is passionate about bringing clean, renewable energy to those who need it most, and wants to start a career in the off-grid solar energy industry. The engineering fellow will report to our Nepal Head of Engineering, and work on the following projects:

  • Technical design

    • Conduct energy audits of facilities that are interested in “going solar” to assess their energy loads and electrical needs

    • Design and optimize solar energy systems (in conjunction with grid, battery, and diesel generators). The design process includes solar energy simulations (e.g., HOMER, PVSyst), electrical single-line diagrams, CAD drawings for the roof layouts, and other related analyses.

  • Technology

    • Vet solar, battery, and water pumping technology

    • Analyze specifications to see how they match up to on the ground needs

  • Supply chain (if workload allows):

    • Talk to potential vendors of solar energy equipment to negotiate procurement

    • Assist with setting up supply chain and procurement processes

Must-have characteristics:

  1. Intellect: We have a high performing team, and we only hire the smartest, brightest people we can find. We especially value creative thinkers

  2. Entrepreneurial spirit: We don’t tell you exactly what you should do – we expect all team members to lead projects from start to finish with minimal supervision

  3. Willingness to dive in and learn: You love getting things done, and you are always interested in learning how you can improve your knowledge and skills

  4. Team player: SunFarmer is a great place to work; we look for colleagues that are enjoyable to be around, and that will work collaboratively as part of a team

  5. Efficient and hard worker: We expect you to get an extraordinary amount of work done in a short amount of time – that means you have to work efficiently. However, we also work hard – when deadlines are tight, we do what it takes to get the job done

The person shall hold a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from a leading university.

Other requirements

  • AT LEAST 2 years of professional experience, with professional experience in the solar or renewable energy field

  • Must be willing to move to Nepal for at least 12 weeks to complete the fellowship


  • This is an immersive fellowship experience, and one of the primary goals is for the Engineering fellow to learn hands on, in the field, from leading experts in off-grid solar energy

  • SunFarmer will pay for all travel-related expenses: round-trip airfare, health insurance and vaccines.

  • In addition, we will provide a stipend that will be sufficient to cover all food and housing expenses for the duration of the fellowship.

  • Subject to company needs, the engineering fellow may have an opportunity to join SunFarmer on a longer-term basis upon completion of the fellowship


TO APPLY: Please submit a resume (with academic scores) and cover letter or any other relevant work samples to hr@sunfarmer.orgPlease write “ENGINEERING FELLOW” in the e-mail subject line