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About M-KOPA Solar: M-KOPA Solar, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, is the global leader of "pay-as-you-go" energy for off-grid customers.

The company was founded in 2011 by former executives behind M-PESA (the world's leading mobile payment platform) on the belief that mobile technology could revolutionize energy services in emerging markets the same way it has already revolutionized the delivery of communications and financial services.

In under 2 years since commercial launch (Oct 2012), M-KOPA has connected over 100,000 homes in East Africa to solar power. As of Q4 2014 the company is adding over 10,000 new homes each month and employs nearly 500 full time staff with offices in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, the UK and Hong Kong. 

M-KOPA works in partnership with leading mobile network operators including Safaricom in Kenya, and is busy developing additional pay-as-you-go products and services. The company has also begun licensing its technology to partners in markets outside East Africa.

In 2013 M-KOPA was given the Excellence in Sustainable Finance Award by the Financial Times and IFC, and in 2014 was selected by Bloomberg New Energy Finance as the world's top New Energy Pioneer. 

The company's innovative business model has been profiled in leading global media including The Economist, the BBC, Bloomberg, the Financial Times and Wired.
M-KOPA is seeking
Position Title: Senior System Engineer
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Position Start: ASAP
Contract: Permanent
Reporting to: Head of Technology Operations
Overall Purpose: Responsible for the design, building, deployment and maintenance of M-KOPA’s servers.
Key Accountabilities
  • Responsible for network and application security
  • Responsible for ensuring our servers and applications have 99.9% uptime
  • Resolve server or application related support issues
Incumbent Requirements
Education: Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Great in design, building, deploying and managing virtual servers using VMWare or Hyper-V or Azure platforms
  • Experience working with cloud service providers such as Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services
  • Team leadership skills, assigning tasks to Junior engineers as well as following on tasks to completion/
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to assess, plan and build on capacity
  • Demonstrated Windows Server Administration skills
  • Demonstrated SQL Server Database Administration skills
  • Experience working with monitoring tools such as PRTG or System Center 2012
  • At least 4 year experience in performing in a similar role
  • Solid understanding of network protocols and services
  • Experience dealing with server security issues
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work closely with M-KOPA staff to determine needs and assist with system requirements
  • Review all backups and periodically check the validity of the same by running trial restorations on tests servers
  • Scripting in Windows environment using PowerShell
  • Training and documentation of all systems
  • Attend to escalated support tickets on our service desk system
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Knowledge / Skills:
  • Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, scripting
  • Microsoft SQL DBA Certification will be considered a plus
  • CCNA certification will be considered a plus
  • MCSE certification will be considered a plus
  • Linux Server Administration skills will be considered a plus
  • Scripting skills will be considered a plus
  • ITIL certification will be an added advantage
Remuneration: Competitive covering a monthly salary, performance bonus and medical benefits reflective of the candidate’s experience and skills.
To Apply
To apply, send an updated detailed copy of your CV and a cover letter expressing why you feel you would be an excellent candidate for the role to with the subject EV-SSE-0215

Position Title: Service Center Manager
Locations: Central, Coast, Rift Valley and Western Kenya Regions (candidates must live or be very familiar and willing to relocate to these regions if successful)

Position Start: ASAP
Reporting to: Area Sales Manager
Key Accountabilities
  • Driving the sales in his/her territory
  • Hiring Direct Sales Representatives for their territory
  • Training Direct Sales Representatives for their territory
  • Supervising/Mentoring Direct Sales Representatives for their territory
  • Achieving and surpassing territory sales targets
  • Maintaining accurate stock records
  • Selective feedback on progress of operations
  • Addressing territory queries and follow ups
  • Supervising his/her Deputy Service Center Manager
Skills and Experience
  • At least 2 years’ experience in direct sales
  • Aptitude for sales and the drive to achieve and exceed targets
  • Good communication skills
  • A strong understanding of their given territory to be based in. (Coast/Eastern/Rift Valley/Central)
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to manage a team
Remuneration: Competitive covering a monthly salary, airtime allowances, data bundle allowances, monthly performance bonuses and competitive commission’s structure and career progression map.
To Apply

To apply, send an updated detailed copy of your CV and a cover letter expressing why you feel you would be an excellent candidate for the role to with the email subject EV-SCM-0115

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