Help Pioneering Tanzanian Solar Company Leverage Data for Good
Project Execution (Typically 1 - 6 months)
You must be able to speak English.
When Can You Start?
You can start Flexible and stay for 6 weeks to 2¾ months
Description and Impact
We are the only company in East Africa focused on equipment that farmers and small businesses can use to grow their businesses. Our solar packages include water pumps for farming, lights for fishing, and refrigeration for the dairy industry. We use GSM technology to communicate with our customer devices around the country, even in the most remote of areas.
Managing this smart equipment as well as our 60 staff across half of Tanzania requires efficient capture and use of information. We need to track inventory, customer service issues, logistics, sales management, and other metrics that would help us better serve our clients, over 64% of whom are below the poverty line. This project is your chance to make a HUGE impact on our organization and serve our mission of equipping rural households and businesses to achieve prosperity and security.
- Evaluating several processes and how we use (or don't yet use) systems to manage them, which could include any of the following:
- The integration of an inventory package
- The evaluation of lead/sales management systems with offline capability
- Moving our CRM/payments reporting system to the cloud
- Regularly make changes to our proprietary loan payment system
Since we have a wide variety of IT needs, regardless of your information systems area of specialty, there is likely great work that you could do. We would together define one major undertaking and leave room for involvement and exploration of others. Likewise, we'd take time to show you how our business works, introduce you to some inspirational clients, and welcome you as part of the team.
We'd work with you beforehand to get you up to speed and even allow you to start working on a project. The time on the ground is important for working with the users of different systems, as well as making the whole project more tangible in its benefits. You could also continue working on it afterwards on a remote basis. Also, we said "full-time" above but if you're only able to do part-time but are interested, let's talk and see if it can find a project that is the right fit. We certainly have team members based remotely.
We Provide These Local Benefits
- Learning Opportunity
- Meal Stipend
- Good For Groups
- Good For Families
It depends on when you come, but several of us have spare rooms. At a minimum, we could set you up someplace close to the office. We'd take care of that side.
About technology's applications in emerging markets, about agriculture and technology - how they are increasingly interconnected, a tangible view of the effects and risks of climate change, and about what building a company in Tanzania looks like.
Lunches and a late breakfast are provided at the office during the week. You'd be responsible for your own dinners and weekend meals, though we would point you in the right direction and probably share a good number of meals together. At the office we have both vegetarian and meat options, as our CEO and Director of Engineering are both vegetarians.
We could help you arrange a safari (the Serengeti is just a few hours from our office), link you up with a Swahili teacher if you like, and generally ensure your stay is an enjoyable one!
This project accepts applications for virtual experteers.