Times of day
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Uganda or remotely
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Organization: Potential Energy
Title: Program Fellow
Reports to: Managing Director
Location: Kampala, Uganda, or remotely
Length of Assignment: 1-12 months
Suggested start dates: Any
Positions Open: 8
About the Position: We are currently seeking motivated, passionate, hard working individuals to join us as Potential Energy Program Fellows in a wide range of areas. Fellows may choose which aspects of work they would like to contribute to, and whether they can work remotely, or join us in Uganda. We tailor the program to the fellows, to make it as relevant as possible.
About Us: Founded in 2007, Potential Energy is a social enterprise based out of Kampala, Uganda that works to increase the adoption of improved cookstoves in developing countries, to alleviate poverty and protect the environment.
Background on the Problem:
Cooking on inefficient, traditional open fires is the leading environmental cause of death in the world. Preparing 3 meals a day over an open fire – a common practice in the developing world – is the equivalent of smoking 200 cigarettes, every single day. Yet, 3 billion people cook their daily meals over an open fire, creating pollution that kills 4.3 million people each year. Traditional fires waste fuel, contribute to deforestation, release carbon into the atmosphere, and waste money and time. In Sub-Saharan Africa, it is not uncommon for families to spend a large portion of their income – sometimes up to 30%, on cooking fuel, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
Impact to date: Distributed 48,500 cookstoves in Africa impacting the lives of 291,000 people, saving 727,500 tons of carbon, $17 million in firewood expenses, and 1,824 hours.
Areas of Work:
Design marketing materials including fliers, brochures, posters, t-shirts, umbrellas, tents, signs and stove box
Make updates and improvements to the website
Photography and Videography
Take photos of our clients, stoves, work and team for the website and to use in pitching to investors and clients
Make short documentary videos of the impact of our work
User Studies & Data Management
Assist in conducting a field study on rural and urban stove usage. Compile data and assist in report writing
Update user database and create systems for more efficient collection of user data
Admin & Logistics
Make improvements to finance, admin, HR and inventory procedures and documents
Search for new suppliers/better deals for supplies, tools and machinery
Assist in writing grant proposals, budgets, pitch decks, and financial modelling
Write monthly newsletter, blog posts, and daily social media posts geared towards partners, customers and donors
Gather stories for website, profiling customers explaining PE’s social impact
Sales & Marketing
Research organizations, supermarkets, businesses, and farmer’s groups for potential partnerships
Give recommendations on how to improve marketing efforts and study competitive products
Assist in creating training materials for marketers
Train staff in marketing tools and assist in direct marketing campaigns in select markets in Kampala, to improve marketing skills and performance of marketing team
Desired Skills Qualifications:
Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize work
Attention to detail and problem-solving skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task
Ability of work well in a team and independently
Strong desire to learn from and help others
Experience in production, operations, logistics and procurement
Experience in sales, marketing and customer service
Proficiency in MS Excel and MS PowerPoint
Benefits and Compensation:
Assistance in finding suitable housing
Personal and professional development
Experience working and learning about the energy sector
Opportunity to contribute to changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people
Keywords: clean cookstoves, social impact, marketing in the base of the pyramid, environment
Near the banks of Lake Victoria, Kampala, the capital of Uganda, is a lively city with a long history. Before the British, the city was the capital of the Buganda Kingdom, and remains so to this day. In addition to the Buganda, over 40 other tribes live peacefully together Uganda, each with their own languages, although English is a national language and widely spoken.
Kampala is home to expats from all over the world working in the agricultural, health, energy, education and human rights sectors. In fact, in 2017 it was rated one of the best places for expats to live by Lonely Planet. Activities often enjoyed in or near Kampala include rafting the Nile, gorilla or chimpanzee trekking, many safari destinations, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, sailing on Lake Victoria, and enjoying the numerous farmer’s markets, restaurants and bars offering a range of food from Greek to Japanese.
Kampala is known for its friendly, entrepreneurial people, and perfect climate ranging in temperatures from 60’s to mid 80’s year-round. You might get caught in an afternoon thunderstorm during the rainy season, but there are numerous cafes available where you can wait out the storm with an African tea or coffee. Boda bodas or motorbike taxis offer convenient and quick access to any part of the city. Kampala is considered one of the safest cities in Africa and Ugandans generally have a high regard for foreigners working in development.
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
Please email a CV and cover letter to Jessica De Clerck, Managing Director at firstname.lastname@example.org outlining the specific work you would be interested in undertaking with us.