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Aug 26, 2017

M-KOPA Solar Agile Program Manager (M-KOPAnet 360) Job in Nairobi, Kenya

M-KOPA is seeking:
 
Position Title: Agile Program Manager (M-KOPAnet 360)
 
Location: Nairobi
 
Reporting to: Head of Program Management
 
Overall Purpose: The Agile Program Manager is responsible for planning, leading, organizing and motivating agile project teams to achieve a high level of performance and quality in delivering agile projects that provide exceptional business value to users. 

The Agile Program Manager is responsible for managing several concurrent projects using agile methods in a fast-paced environment that may cross multiple business divisions.

 
Who We Are: 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 400,000 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 instalment plan. 

Customers acquire solar systems for a small deposit and then purchase daily usage "credits" for Ksh 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 November, 2016, M-KOPA employs over 1000 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

About M-KOPAnet 360: M-KOPA Solar is embarking on a large Change Transformation Program that includes the evolution of the existing software platform (M-KOPAnet 360). 

The program aims to significantly enhance the platform to better service the growing needs of the business.
 
M-KOPA has adopted an Agile approach to delivering IT, with SCRUM teams encompassing roles that span the full SDLC. 

There are multiple SCRUM teams, each focused on feature deliverables specific to an area of the business.

M-KOPA aims to rapidly increase the velocity within the teams, increase the number of releases and ultimately provided quick, quality deliverables to the business.

Main Responsibilities
  • Project Planning and Management – Define project scope and schedule while focusing on regular and timely delivery of value; organize and lead project status and working meetings; prepare and distribute progress reports; manage risks and issues; correct deviations from plans; and perform delivery planning for assigned projects, manage budgets.
  • Team Management - Assist in team development while holding teams accountable for their commitments, removing roadblocks to their work; leveraging organizational resources to improve capacity for project work; and mentoring and developing team members.
  • Product Owner Support – Support the Product Owner in managing customer expectations for project deliverables, managing stakeholder communications, and helping to implement an effective system of project governance.
  • Process Management and Improvement – Define and manage a well-defined project management process and champion ongoing process improvement initiatives to implement best practices for Agile Project Management.
  • Team Building – Promote empowerment of the team, ensure that each team member is fully engaged in the project and making a meaningful contribution, and encourage a sustainable pace with high-level of quality for the team.
Candidate Requirements

Education:  
  • Bachelor's Degree in Economics, Business Administration or equivalent
  • Project Management Certification preferred
Skills & Experience: 
  • Solid understanding of software development life cycle models as well as expert knowledge of both Agile and traditional project management principles
  • 5+ years of experience as a Project Manager managing large, complex projects in a high-tech development environment with multi-function teams
  • Experience overseeing multi-function project teams with at least 10-15 team members including Developers, Business Analysts and QA Personnel
  • Sufficient level of technical background to provide highly-credible leadership to development teams and to be able to accurately and objectively evaluate complex project risks and issues
  • Ability to assess new features with respect to program goals / objectives
  • Organizational and time management skills; ability to coordinate and perform multiple tasks / projects simultaneously, balancing priorities and deliverables
  • Ability to reconcile key stakeholder interests, conflicting priorities, and business strategy
  • Competent interpersonal skills, demonstrating the ability to lead projects and getting buy in from others
  • Ability to evaluate programs, identify risks and work with team members to come up with mitigation plans
  • Effective communication (verbally and in writing)
  • Strong executive presentation skills and the ability to make compelling arguments
  • Ability to liaise with individuals across a wide variety of operational, functional and technical disciplines
  • Ability to work independently, as well as within a team environment
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills, including the proven ability to adapt to a dynamic project environment and manage multiple concurrent projects
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Attention to detail
Remuneration: Competitive covering a monthly salary, performance bonus and medical benefits reflective of the candidate's experience and skills.
 
Personal Attributes:
  • Flexible during times of change.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and operational skill sets.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment is crucial.
  • Tenacious, driven, energetic and a high degree of professional integrity.
How to Apply
 
To apply, please LOGON HERE. Click on the “click to apply” button adjacent to this job and follow the application instructions. 

It is advised to complete all the required fields as requested as well as any assessments stipulated as a requirement.

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.
 
M-KOPA, as a policy, does not collect/charge any money as a pre-employment or post-employment requirement. This means that we never ask for ‘recruitment fees’, ‘processing fees’, ‘interview fees’ or any other kind of money in exchange for offer letters or interviews at any time during the hiring process.
 
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. 

Therefore, if you have not heard from M-KOPA within 4 weeks of the date of the deadline your application, you should assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.
 
This measure has been taken in the interests of efficiency and cost effectiveness and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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