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M-KOPA is seeking:
 
Position Title: Internal Auditor
 
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
 
Position Start: As soon As Possible
 
Reporting to: Head of Internal Audit
 
Introduction
 
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.  

Since its commercial launch in October 2012, M-KOPA has connected more than 350,000 homes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to solar power, and is now adding over 500 new homes each day. 

The success of M-KOPA (M= mobile, KOPA= to borrow) stems from making solar products affordable to low-income households on a pay-per-use installment plan. 

Customers acquire solar systems for a small deposit and then purchase daily usage "credits" for Kshs 50, or less than the price of traditional kerosene lighting.  

After one year of payments customers own their solar systems outright and can upgrade to more power. 
 
All revenues are collected in real-time via mobile money systems (such as M-PESA in Kenya) and embedded GSM sensors in each solar system allow M-KOPA to monitor real time performance and regulate usage based upon payments.  

This connected design means that M-KOPA is processing vast amounts of data (i.e. over 10,000 mobile payments per day) via the company's proprietary cloud platform, M-KOPAnet.
 
As of January 2016 M-KOPA employs over 700 full time staff across East Africa and sells through a network of over 1,000 direct sales agents. It has also commenced licensing its technology to partners in other markets.  
 
M-KOPA has been recognised for its pioneering business mode and scale, notably winning the 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize, being selected as the top New Energy Pioneer at the 2014 Bloomberg New Energy Finance awards and earning the 2013 FT/IFC Excellence in Sustainable Finance Award.

M-KOPA has also successfully tested a range of new products that leverage its relationship with customers, and M-KOPA’s unique competencies in mobile telecommunications and ICT. 

To ensure that the research and development of new products add value to (and do not distract from) its core business, M-KOPA is establishing the M-KOPA Labs. 

The Labs will be a dedicated business unit within M-KOPA that will define and test extensions of the M-KOPA asset-based credit model for off-grid-power to new products and services. 

Role Profile

Key Accountabilities
  • Participate in the company-wide annual risk assessment of the business and update the risk register appropriately.
  • Conduct internal audits and document the work done in accordance with M-KOPA audit guidelines and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) standards.
  • Review internal controls to ensure that they are working as intended and recommend improvements as necessary for cognizance of change in circumstances and time
  • Follow up on Internal Audit recommendations to ascertain level of implementation by line managers or supervisors.
  • Conduct investigations or special assignments on non-routine issues that may come up
  • Discuss audit findings with team leaders and line managers and draft audit reports for review by the Head of Internal Audit.
  • Follow up audit issues raised by external auditors to ensure full resolution.
  • Ensure M-KOPA assets are safeguarded through regular audits & reviews
  • Perform compliance audits to confirm compliance with company policies, other regulations or relevant laws.
  • Conduct audits in other group companies as planned based on the audit calendar.
  • Carry out other work as assigned by the Head of Internal Audit
Requirements / Specification
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting or Administration.
  • Professional Certification in Accounting/Auditing – CIA, CPA or ACCA
  • Experience in use of computer aided audit software e.g. IDEA, ACL
  • Excellent understanding of auditing/Accounting concepts and practices
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in Internal/External audit environment
  • Skilled in negotiation and conflict management in audits.
  • Excellent oral and written skills; a strong verbal communicator, analytical writer and able to clearly and concisely convey observations of processes, risks and controls.
  • Excellent analytical skill both qualitative and quantitative to draw sound conclusions coupled with demonstrated knowledge and proper application of sampling technique
Remuneration: Competitive package covering a monthly salary, performance bonus and medical benefits reflective of the candidate’s experience and skills.

How 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 careers@m-kopa.com with the subject EV-IA-2088
 
Deadline for application is 5pm on Tuesday 23rd August, 2016.

Position Title: Information Systems Auditor
 
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
 
Position Start: As soon As Possible
 
Reporting to: Head of Internal Audit
 
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.  

Since its commercial launch in October 2012, M-KOPA has connected more than 350,000 homes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to solar power, and is now adding over 500 new homes each day. 

The success of M-KOPA (M= mobile, KOPA= to borrow) stems from making solar products affordable to low-income households on a pay-per-use installment plan. 

Customers acquire solar systems for a small deposit and then purchase daily usage "credits" for Kshs 50, or less than the price of traditional kerosene lighting.  

After one year of payments customers own their solar systems outright and can upgrade to more power. 

All revenues are collected in real-time via mobile money systems (such as M-PESA in Kenya) and embedded GSM sensors in each solar system allow M-KOPA to monitor real time performance and regulate usage based upon payments.  

This connected design means that M-KOPA is processing vast amounts of data (i.e. over 10,000 mobile payments per day) via the company's proprietary cloud platform, M-KOPAnet.

As of January 2016 M-KOPA employs over 700 full time staff across East Africa and sells through a network of over 1,000 direct sales agents. It has also commenced licensing its technology to partners in other markets.  
 
M-KOPA has been recognised for its pioneering business mode and scale, notably winning the 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize, being selected as the top New Energy Pioneer at the 2014 Bloomberg New Energy Finance awards and earning the 2013 FT/IFC Excellence in Sustainable Finance Award.
 
M-KOPA has also successfully tested a range of new products that leverage its relationship with customers, and M-KOPA’s unique competencies in mobile telecommunications and ICT. 

To ensure that the research and development of new products add value to (and do not distract from) its core business, M-KOPA is establishing the M-KOPA Labs. 

The Labs will be a dedicated business unit within M-KOPA that will define and test extensions of the M-KOPA asset-based credit model for off-grid-power to new products and services. 

Role Profile
 
Key Accountabilities
  • Participate in the Information Systems Risk assessment for M-KOPA and update the risk register appropriately.
  • Conduct information systems audit and document the work done in accordance with M-KOPA audit guidelines and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) standards.
  • Perform information systems audits to provide assurance in system development standards, operating procedures, system security and programming controls
  • Perform systems audits for backup, disaster recovery and system maintenance.
  • Ensure access controls to electronic corporate information is adequately protected
  • Review adequacy and effectiveness of the general information systems controls on hardware/software and recommend improvements in areas with weakness.
  • Review and prepare concise recommendations for correction of unsatisfactory conditions in M-KOPA information systems and where technology is deployed.
  • Ensure all M-KOPA Information Assets are safeguarded wherever they are deployed
  • Perform continuous reviews of controls and security for systems undergoing development and/or enhancements
  • Test backups and other Business Continuity Programs to confirm that these are working as planned
  • Carry out other work as assigned by the Head of Internal Audit
Requirements / Specification
  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems or Computer Science from a recognized university.
  • Advanced use of computer aided audit software e.g. IDEA, ACL, TeamMate
  • Professional Certification in I.T Auditing e.g. CISM, CISA, CISSP, CRISC
  • Excellent understanding of auditing concepts and practices with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in I.T or I.T Audit.
  • Demonstrable knowledge in I.T risk assessment and control concepts/methodologies.
  • Skilled in negotiations and conflict management.
  • Excellent oral and written skills; a strong verbal communicator, analytical writer and able to clearly and concisely convey observations of processes, risks and controls.
Remuneration: Competitive package covering a monthly salary, performance bonus and medical benefits reflective of the candidate’s experience and skills.
 
How 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 careers@m-kopa.com with the subject EV-ISA-2089
 
Deadline for application is 5pm on Tuesday 23rd August, 2016.

Position Title: Product Test Engineer
 
Location: Nairobi HQ
 
Position Start: As Soon As Possible 
 
Overall Purpose:Work as part of team to provide thorough testing of the products that M-KOPA has under development, and technical advice and support as these products reach the market.

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.  

Since its commercial launch in October 2012, M-KOPA has connected more than 350,000 homes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to solar power, and is now adding over 500 new homes each day. 

The success of M-KOPA (M= mobile, KOPA= to borrow) stems from making solar products affordable to low-income households on a pay-per-use installment plan. 

Customers acquire solar systems for a small deposit and then purchase daily usage "credits" for Kshs 50, or less than the price of traditional kerosene lighting.  After one year of payments customers own their solar systems outright and can upgrade to more power. 

All revenues are collected in real-time via mobile money systems (such as M-PESA in Kenya) and embedded GSM sensors in each solar system allow M-KOPA to monitor real time performance and regulate usage based upon payments.  

This connected design means that M-KOPA is processing vast amounts of data (i.e. over 10,000 mobile payments per day) via the company's proprietary cloud platform, M-KOPAnet.

As of January 2016 M-KOPA employs over 700 full time staff across East Africa and sells through a network of over 1,000 direct sales agents. It has also commenced licensing its technology to partners in other markets.  
 
M-KOPA has been recognised for its pioneering business mode and scale, notably winning the 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize, being selected as the top New Energy Pioneer at the 2014 Bloomberg New Energy Finance awards and earning the 2013 FT/IFC Excellence in Sustainable Finance Award.

M-KOPA has also successfully tested a range of new products that leverage its relationship with customers, and M-KOPA’s unique competencies in mobile telecommunications and ICT. 

To ensure that the research and development of new products add value to (and do not distract from) its core business, M-KOPA is establishing the M-KOPA Labs. 

The Labs will be a dedicated business unit within M-KOPA that will define and test extensions of the M-KOPA asset-based credit model for off-grid-power to new products and services. 

Role Profile

Key Accountabilities
  • Testing of prototypes under development (for example, life cycle and functional testing) including development of testing processes, executing test plans, and documentation of results. 
  • Provision of technical support for initial customer trials of new products.
  • Provision of technical assistance for customer issues brought to M-KOPA’s customer care team.
Incumbent Requirements
  • Ability to read circuit schematics and board layouts in an ECAD program (for example, EAGLE).
  • Experience analyzing and debugging electronics at the PCB level.
  • Experience with MySQL an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of hardware (embedded hardware) and firmware interaction is an added advantage
Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or electronics.
Experience:
  • Project management experience.
Remuneration: Competitive package covering a monthly salary, performance bonus and medical benefits reflective of the candidate’s experience and skills.

How 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 careers@m-kopa.com with the subject EV-PTE-2090
 
Deadline for application is 5pm on Monday 22nd August, 2016.

Position Title: Field Sales Manager
 
Location: Country wide
 
Position Start: ASAP
 
Reporting to:Regional Manager / Deputy Regional Manager
 
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.  

Since its commercial launch in October 2012, M-KOPA has connected more than 350,000 homes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to solar power, and is now adding over 500 new homes each day. 

The success of M-KOPA (M= mobile, KOPA= to borrow) stems from making solar products affordable to low-income households on a pay-per-use installment plan. 

Customers acquire solar systems for a small deposit and then purchase daily usage "credits" for Kshs 50, or less than the price of traditional kerosene lighting.  After one year of payments customers own their solar systems outright and can upgrade to more power. 

All revenues are collected in real-time via mobile money systems (such as M-PESA in Kenya) and embedded GSM sensors in each solar system allow M-KOPA to monitor real time performance and regulate usage based upon payments.  

This connected design means that M-KOPA is processing vast amounts of data (i.e. over 10,000 mobile payments per day) via the company's proprietary cloud platform, M-KOPAnet.

As of January 2016 M-KOPA employs over 700 full time staff across East Africa and sells through a network of over 1,000 direct sales agents. It has also commenced licensing its technology to partners in other markets.  

M-KOPA has been recognised for its pioneering business mode and scale, notably winning the 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize, being selected as the top New Energy Pioneer at the 2014 Bloomberg New Energy Finance awards and earning the 2013 FT/IFC Excellence in Sustainable Finance Award.

M-KOPA has also successfully tested a range of new products that leverage its relationship with customers, and M-KOPA’s unique competencies in mobile telecommunications and ICT. 

To ensure that the research and development of new products add value to (and do not distract from) its core business, M-KOPA is establishing the M-KOPA Labs. 

The Labs will be a dedicated business unit within M-KOPA that will define and test extensions of the M-KOPA asset-based credit model for off-grid-power to new products and services. 

Role Profile


Overall Purpose: The role is to recruit, train, coach & manage a team of up to 20 Direct Sales Representatives to meet your sales targets of M-KOPA products.  

M-KOPA has a target of being in 1m homes within East Africa by the end of 2017, therefore this job will play a critical part on delivering goal and impact the lives of East Africans.  

The role will involve detailed advanced planning to generate local networks to enable you to deliver current and future sales.  

The majority of your time will be coaching and working with the DSRs in the field combined with strengthening local networks of customers, while fostering team spirit amongst the DSRs.  You will also assist with the resolution of customer needs as they arise. 

This will be a demanding, yet personally satisfying role as you develop junior members of you team and sell a product that is upgrading peoples lives.  

Key Accountabilities
  • Achieve and surpass sales targets of M-KOPA products
  • Recruit, train, coach & manage a field based team of Direct Sales Representatives (DSR) to meet the targets as set by M-KOPA
  • Run a team of DSR who are well disciplined in the sales process and uphold the M-KOPA brand values.
  • Develop local networks to assist in growing sales volume
  • Management of DSR inventory.
  • Timely reporting to line managers
  • Uphold the brand values of M-KOPA, including ensuring the M-KOPA shop is highly presentable to customers
Incumbent Requirements (Experience & Education)
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly verbal and good standard of compute literacy.
  • 1+ year’s management experience in a related sales field. eg Micro-finance or other financial services, mobile-money, FMCG or other product/service in East Africa.
  • Proven ability to work in a self disciplined & proactive manner.
  • Proven ability to carry out direct selling
  • Proven track record of hitting targets
  • Proven ability to mentor sales staff to achieve greater sales figures
  • Proven ability to plan ahead.
  • Ability to request & receive support from the headquarters.
  • Experience managing inventory and stock across a network of outlets.
  • English and Kiswahili fluency both written and spoken.
  • Willingness to work in a rural areas.
  • Tertiary qualifications from a recognized institution in a business related field is an advantage when accompanied by relevant experience.
Remuneration: Competitive package covering a monthly salary, performance bonus and medical benefits reflective of the candidate’s experience and skills.

How 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 careers@m-kopa.com with the subject EV-FSM-2079.

We are always looking for new talent thus this role has no deadline

Please Note
 
M-KOPA Solar is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained staff.  Women, minorities and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, M-KOPA does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment.

In addition, due to the large number of applications received by us, we regret that you will not be contacted unless you are short listed for the post and invited for an interview.

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