Field Product Engineer Fellowship

Job Type

Full Time Temporary




Nairobi County


BioLite is looking for a well-organized and technically grounded engineer to support us in developing and maintaining our clean energy solutions for emerging markets. In this fellowship position you’ll be co-located with our Kenya Operations team for a period of 18 months. You'll play a crucial role in developing exciting new products and supporting in-line products with potential for massive global health and environmental impact.


TITLE: Field Product Engineering Fellow

HOURS: Full-time, 18 mo contract

LOCATION: Nairobi, Kenya

REPORTS TO: US–based Director of Engineering

COMPENSATION: Monthly living stipend and housing provided


The Company  

BioLite is a dynamic and rapidly growing social enterprise that develops, manufactures, and markets consumer energy products for off-grid communities around the world. Our business serves two distinct markets: 1) developing world families living in energy poverty, and 2) outdoor enthusiasts seeking fuel-independent cooking and off-grid power. We address these markets simultaneously through parallel innovation: by incubating core technologies that can serve users in both markets, we are able to invest near-term revenue to solve long-term, high-impact problems. Over the last four years, our team has quadrupled, and sales have doubled each year. Anchored by the award-winning HomeStove, our emerging markets product portfolio is growing and now includes the SolarHome 620. We are currently operating in Kenya and are excited to grow this key market with new partners and products.

Key Activities

·      Field Technician Management—Coordinate, oversee, and mentor local field technicians in Kenya and Uganda as they make after sales service calls, conduct regular quality inspections, or focused in-field product improvement projects. Act as a liaison between the field technician teams and BioLite product engineering in Brooklyn. Generate test or inspection plans, work instructions, and summary reports for product improvement projects.

·      In-country Product Quality—Coordinate incoming product inspections, organize customer follow-up phone surveys and in-person questionnaires during service calls to capture, sort, and quantify product quality issues. Conduct regular reporting of quality metrics back to BioLite product engineers.

·      New Product Development—Work collaboratively with BioLite engineers and designers to collect user insights and market data to support new product opportunities. Maintain constant awareness of competitive products in market and share insights or changes in competitive landscape with BioLite product teams.

Key Attributes  

·      BS degree in Engineering or other technical field

·      Well-organized with solid written, verbal, and technical communication skills

·      Highly motivated and self-reliant

·      Experience working on multidisciplinary project teams including industrial design and user research activities

·      Accountability, sense of humor, proactive nature and work ethic

·      Strong sense of adventure and ability to stay positive in uncertain and challenging environment

Technical skills

·      Excellent working knowledge of MS Office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) or google equivalent

·      Fundamental engineering knowledge of materials, electronics, fluid and thermal properties

·      Familiarity with digital electronics, sensors, circuits, and data acquisition

·      3D CAD skills in either Pro-Engineer, Solidworks, or AutoCAD are desired

·      Hands-on machine shop experience or prototype fabrication experience is desired

Please submit your resume, cover letter and portfolio.

Company is not accepting candidates via recruiters.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit your resume, cover letter and portfolio.

Company is not accepting candidates via recruiters.