Job Vacancy: Country Director Rwanda

Rwanda Country Director

Location – Kigali, Rwandaw

MeshPower is an exciting startup company developing and implementing innovative solutions to provide rural electrification. We provide affordable, renewable, 24 hour electricity through our solar-powered nanogrids to village-sized communities without access to the national grid.

Originally started in London by a team of electrical engineers, the Rwanda subsidiary now employs 25+ people and has over 2,000 customers, with plans to grow very quickly. MeshPower is a fast-moving, rapidly changing company, characterised by a high degree of personal responsibility, quick decision-making and a dynamic and innovative business environment.

We are looking for an experienced and driven individual to lead our growing team in Rwanda. The Country Director will be responsible for MeshPower in Rwanda, reporting directly to the CEO in London. S/he will lead the teams covering sales & marketing, field operations, technical & maintenance, customer service, finance & administration and production & repairs. Most importantly, they will be hiring to grow these teams substantially.

Responsibilities

  • Delivery of MP Rwanda business targets, notably annual revenue and sales targets, reporting these to the board
  • Manage MP Rwanda staff, working with the leadership team to create, manage and monitor team structures as well overseeing their training and continuous workplace learning
  • Oversee the development of regional offices in Rwanda and manage the logistics, staffing and communications policies to make these work effectively
  • Head external relations in Rwanda, working with all stakeholder groups, notably government, NGOs, the investor community and other industry players
  • Work with senior management team in London, providing regular feedback and interaction and helping to co-ordinate the efforts of the different offices
  • Co-ordinate with the head office in London for all technical, commercial, production and legal assistance.
  • Constantly investigate new business opportunities and new products, working with the technical and product team to make sure MeshPower’s offering is the best in the market
  • Oversee and be responsible for MP Rwanda’s finances; the preparation and delivery of accounts, budgets and financial reports

Required skills

  • Five or more years’ experience with proven success in a similar role in Rwanda, or comparable African market
  • Entrepreneurial and excited about the opportunity to creatively build a dynamic, non-traditional business in a nascent industry
  • Passionate about the social impact that MeshPower delivers, bringing innovative, clean, renewable and affordable electricity to rural African markets
  • Comfortable working independently and remotely in a lean environment
  • Likes getting hands dirty trying work out to how to grow a high-potential business
  • A natural people-person, that has experience and a track record leading others
  • Willing to spend up to 40% of his/her time in the field interacting with staff, agents and customers
  • Fluent in both verbal and written English and Kinyarwanda
  • High competency with word processing and spreadsheet programs.
  • University graduate, preferably with a business, finance or accounting degree.
  • Experience implementing and managing projects, especially ones with logistical challenges.

Other

  • The salary will be competitive and commensurate with the applicant’s level of experience.
  • Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are not always able to respond to every application.

To apply for this position please send your CV and a cover letter to [email protected].

Job Vacancy: Electronics & Hardware Engineer

Electronics and Hardware Engineer

 

Location – South Kensington, London, United Kingdom

MeshPower is an exciting technology company developing and implementing innovative solutions to provide rural electrification. We provide affordable, renewable, 24 hour electricity through our solar-powered nanogrids to village-sized communities without access to the national grid.

Originally started in London by a team of electrical engineers, the Rwanda subsidiary now employs 25+ people and has over 1,000 customers, with plans to grow very quickly. MeshPower is a fast-moving, rapidly changing company, characterised by a high degree of personal responsibility, quick decision-making and a dynamic and innovative business environment. Please see our website for further information www.meshpower.co.uk.

We are currently looking for an experienced and driven electrical engineer to join our technical development team full time in London. The successful candidate will work alongside our hardware and software engineers and will be sited at our main office within the Imperial College Incubator in South Kensington.  A temporary project based relocation to the Rwanda Field Office may be required.

 

Responsibilities

As an electronics and hardware engineer, you will lead the product development for the next generation of solar powered PAYG electricity system. This job will include:

  • Circuit design and simulation
  • Specify, write and test firmware
  • Cost optimization on circuit design and component selection
  • Design, layout, build and test hardware units
  • Prepare designs for mass manufacturing
  • Define and implement production and in field hardware test process
  • Component sourcing and BoM generation
  • Documentation of specifications and designs

 

Required Qualifications

  • A degree or other qualification in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Experience in analogue/digital circuit design
  • Experience in layout and assembly of moderate to complex printed circuit boards
  • Experience in the use of Altium (or other professional software) for schematic entry and board layout
  • Familiarity/Experience in switch-mode power electronics design and layout
  • Some experience in the use of C/C++ and embedded software

 

Beneficial Qualifications

  • Experience with IoT and low power circuit design
  • Knowledge on lithium ion or lead acid battery management
  • Experience with the ST Microelectronics STM32F4 chipset
  • Knowledge on programming in Python, Go and C++
  • Experience in using Linux as a primary development platform

 

We will offer a competitive salary in line with the applicant’s level of experience.

Email us your CV alongside a short cover letter describing why this role interests you and why you think you would be suitable. We attach a lot of importance to the practical work candidates have done, thus referring us to examples of such work is recommended.

Email: [email protected]

Job Vacancy: Production Manager

Production Manager

 

Location – South Kensington, London, United Kingdom

 

MeshPower is an exciting technology company developing and implementing innovative solutions to provide rural electrification. We provide affordable, renewable, 24 hour electricity through our solar-powered nanogrids to village-sized communities without access to the national grid.

 

Originally started in London by a team of electrical engineers, the Rwanda subsidiary now employs 25+ people and has over 1,000 customers, with plans to grow very quickly. MeshPower is a fast-moving, rapidly changing company, characterised by a high degree of personal responsibility, quick decision-making and a dynamic and innovative business environment. Please see our website for further information www.meshpower.co.uk.

 

We are currently looking for an experienced and driven individual to manage and scale up our production pipeline. The successful candidate will manage the electronics production of MeshPower’s proprietary circuit boards used to build solar powered electricity grids. The production manager will be responsible for scheduling and managing the complete production pipeline to meet set production targets. The majority of the time the project specialist will be working from MeshPower’s production facility in London. On a temporary basis trips to the Rwanda field office as well as to production partner sites in Europe and Asia may be required.

 

Responsibilities

As the production manager you are responsible to schedule and manage the complete production pipeline.

  • Production planning and scheduling
  • Material purchasing incl. price negotiations with suppliers
  • Manage production outsourcing incl. logistics
  • Supervise and instruct solder technicians and the Rwandan production team
  • Operate pick and place machine, circuit oven, soldering station and test rigs
  • Manufacture printed circuit boards including surface mount and through hole components
  • Manage stock levels and deliverables at multiple production offices
  • Implement quality assurance procedure
  • Implement board and final product test processes
  • Report to management

 

Required Qualifications

  • Experience or great interest in electronics production
  • Management experience
  • Experience in soldering techniques incl. experience hand soldering LQFP144 and MSOP SMDs
  • Experience in electronics fault isolation and test

 

Beneficial Qualifications

  • Degree or qualification in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Experience with solder ovens and pick-and-place machines
  • Basic knowledge of Linux environment
  • Knowledge on programming in Python, Go and C++
  • Experience with controller flashing/ JTAG programmers

 

We will offer a competitive salary in line with the applicant’s level of experience.

 

Email us your CV alongside a short cover letter describing why this role interests you and why you think you would be suitable. We attach a lot of importance to the practical work candidates have done, thus referring us to examples of such work is recommended.
Email: [email protected]

MeshPower’s 1000th customer

June 2016                                                                                               For immediate release

 

Solar-powered nanogrids bring affordable electricity to rural villages in Rwanda

 

MeshPower successfully installs 1,000th customer as nanogrid technology transforms local electricity provision

 

A young farmer in Nganwa Village, Bugesera District has become the 1,000th customer of electricity provider MeshPower Rwanda, powering LED lights and a mobile phone charger in her home for the first time. “We were tired of living in the dark,” Jeanette Uwamahoro explained, “and MeshPower is cheaper than the batteries we were using.”

 

A MeshPower solar-powered nanogrid can provide electricity to up to 100 different homes and small businesses in a rural village at a time. Each village shares the power generated on solar panels, but every customer has their own individual account and can use the power for different equipment. Jeanette currently has 2 LED lights and a phone charger, though is considering also getting a radio and TV in the future.

 

MeshPower has been expanding its services rapidly since it started in 2014 and now offers affordable, reliable and clean energy to over 45 different villages in the Bugesera district, south of Kigali. Joshua King, MeshPower Country Manager,  commented:

 

“Reaching 1,000 customers in Rwanda is an important milestone for MeshPower, but is just the beginning of an even more successful journey. We can deliver inexpensive, green, 24 hour electricity to off-grid customers all over the country opening up economic and social opportunities that have been previously unavailable to them.”
-ENDS-

Job Vacancy: Software Engineer

Full Stack Software Engineer

Location – South Kensington, London, United Kingdom

 

MeshPower is an exciting technology startup company developing and implementing innovative solutions to provide rural electrification. We provide affordable, renewable, 24 hour electricity through our solar-powered nanogrids to village-sized communities without access to the national grid.

Originally started in London by a team of electrical engineers, the Rwanda subsidiary now employs 25+ people and has over 1,000 customers, with plans to grow very quickly. MeshPower is a fast-moving, rapidly changing company, characterised by a high degree of personal responsibility, quick decision-making and a dynamic and innovative business environment. Please see our website for further information www.meshpower.co.uk.

We are currently looking for an experienced and driven software engineer to join our technical development team full time in London. The successful candidate will work alongside our hardware and software engineers and will be sited at our main office within the Imperial College Incubator in South Kensington.  A temporary project based reallocation to the Rwanda Field Office may be required.

 

Responsibilities

As software engineer, you will contribute to a variety of Python/C++/Go software projects related to MeshPower’s nanogrid product.

  • Build up our Web (Go, Python) and Embedded (C++) software stacks
  • Develop key features on the data analysis and accounting software
  • Contribute to MeshPower’s nanogrid operating system (Linux, Python)
  • Embedded firmware development on the STM32F4 chipset (C++)

 

Required Qualifications

  • A degree or other qualification in Computer Science
  • Experience in designing practical software applications
  • Proficient in Python, Go and C++
  • Familiarity with services like Google AppEngine, web frameworks and object data stores
  • Experience in using Linux as a primary development platform and knowledge of low level UNIX file I/O and networking interfaces
  • Experience with HTML, JavaScript and CSS
  • Some experience in the use of embedded software toolchains
  • An interest in electronics and/or embedded systems would be a distinctive quality

 

We will offer a competitive salary in line with the applicant’s level of experience.

Email us your CV alongside a short cover letter describing why this role interests you and why you think you would be suitable. We attach a lot of importance to the practical work candidates have done, thus referring us to examples of such work is recommended.
Email: [email protected]

Photoshoot Rwanda

It’s 7am on a Saturday and our 4×4 is escaping Kigali’s early morning traffic heading south towards the Burundi border. I have the pleasure in joining the photographer Jacques Nkinzingabo on a full day photo shoot at two of our recently installed solar nanogrids. Leaving a busy start-up schedule behind for a day, it’s a chance to spend time with our clients and learn how MeshPower’s electricity service now impacts their lives.

 tailor

Having touched down in the village Jacques and I go door to door interviewing and photographing MeshPower customers. We are welcomed with happy smiles, thank yous and  handshakes, plus a diversity of stories about how electricity access has transformed customers’ lives for the better. Mrs Pharazie, who runs a tailoring business with her husband, cheerfully welcomes us into her shop, full of colourful wraps and clothes. The bright light that the MeshPower’s LED tubes give out is particularly useful to her, as sewing requires close work and visual precision. As with all the customers we spoke to, she exuded a sense of pride and enhanced self-esteem about her new electricity connection.

In search of the perfect picture, Jacques chatted with his models as they posed. He noted that these people were much more open and receptive compared to those in other rural villages he has visited, making his work much easier and enjoyable. Some villagers were even giving him instructions on how he should take the shots of them! The automatic display on the camera showing the images taken straight away was definitely the highlight for the villagers.

The most memorable part of the day is when the sun sets and the whole village lights up. Shops, restaurants and bars do not close but instead spring to life as farmers from the surrounding areas come to the village to do their daily shopping. Customers share their light with the farmers or ‘light nomads’ who sell their crops on the street under the light of adjacent MeshPower customers.

village
Late at night we drive back to Kigali through the Rwandan back country. We pass villages and houses submerged in darkness with no electricity. It sounds cheesy but only once you experience it for yourself can you comprehend what difference basic electricity services can make. Fuelled with vivid memories, it’s now time to tackle the estimated 9million people currently sitting in the dark in Rwanda and beyond.