Manager, Energy – 60 Decibels, Nairobi, Kenya

Manager, Energy – 60 Decibels, Nairobi, Kenya

Manager, Energy – 60 Decibels, Nairobi, Kenya

60 Decibels is a tech-powered impact measurement company that makes it easy to listen to the people who matter most. We’ve been in business as an independent entity since early 2019, when we spun out of the global Impact Investor Acumen.

We believe that the best way to understand social impact is by talking to the people experiencing that impact. It sounds obvious when you say it, but that is not the typical practice for many impact investors, corporations and foundations working to create social change. 

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We collect social impact data directly from beneficiaries (customers / employees / suppliers) using our network of 1000+ trained research assistants in 75+ countries. We do it quickly and without the fuss typically associated with measuring social impact. Our research assistants speak directly to customers to understand their lived experience; and our team turns all this data into benchmarked social performance reports, with accompanying insights, to help our clients demonstrate and improve social performance. 

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By making impact measurement simple, scalable, and comparable, we not only enable organizations to improve their products and services; we also help transform what it means to credibly measure impact, ensuring that the voices of those who matter most are always part of the story.

About the role: Manager, Energy – 60 Decibels, Nairobi, Kenya

We are looking for a dynamic leader to take over the project execution and client management of our off-grid Energy work and lead our 10-person (and growing!) Energy team. 

60 Decibels has become the go-to impact measurement partner in the off-grid Energy sector, in large part thanks to the leadership and hard work of our Director and Energy Lead, Kat Harrison. To enable Kat to focus on product development, sector partnership, insights, and innovation, we are looking for a dynamic leader to oversee the Energy team and be accountable for the successful delivery of our growing work in the sector. This is primarily a team leadership, client and project management role. As such, a prerequisite to success in this role is strong technical and analytical skills so you can get into the weeds with the Energy team and coach them in their professional journeys; and you’ll be client-facing in the running of these projects and delivery of results.

SENIOR ENERGY EXPERT – Practical Action: based in either UK, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal or Zimbabwe

You will have the opportunity to interact with some of the most exciting organizations – foundations, investors, corporations, nonprofits and enterprises – in the off-grid energy space. You will strengthen our client relationships through high quality project delivery, improving our project teams’ experience and efficiency, and growing our business by supporting through new sales.  You will be ultimately accountable for the successful delivery of $1-2m worth of Energy projects each year, and oversee major initiatives, such as the 2023 Energy Initiative. 

Specifically, the Director/Manager will:

Lead the 10-person Energy team, spread across the UK, Kenya, and India offices. You will be accountable for proactive leadership, coaching, team development—basically doing anything and everything to make this team continue to deliver top-notch results! 

Manage multiple client relationships and deliverables, ensuring high quality output, client engagement, and timely delivery – contributing directly to the achievement of our organizational goals.

Conduct analysis and create reports that tell a compelling story and provide actionable insights for clients. You will do this by weaving together your off-grid Energy sector knowledge with the data gathered for each individual client. 

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Model our company values and serve as a coach and mentor to team members, particularly as related to the competencies required for end-to-end project execution.

Model and encourage proactive and effective communication across the team. 

Identify areas for improvement across 60 Decibels and put in place solutions to enhance our productivity and expand the footprint of our business.

Support team members with workflow, prioritisation, and professional growth.

Represent 60dB with clients – existing and potential – and in the sector,  in partnership with Kat. 

About You: Manager, Energy – 60 Decibels, Nairobi, Kenya

First and foremost, you bring compassion and dedication to this work because it matters to you. More broadly this role is for someone with a proactive rather than reactive disposition; someone happy to manage uncertainty and work independently if needed. You will be great at generating ideas, and letting go of many of them too (i.e. you’re not too precious); you err toward “yes, and…” rather than “no, but…”.    

You are highly analytical, have an eye for detail, thrive in an environment where you are juggling multiple things at once, and take personal accountability seriously: i.e. when you say you’re going to do something, you do it. You’re a natural problem-solver, builder, doer, and people person. 

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We also expect that most candidates will have had the following experiences / attributes. If your experience set differs, but you think you’re the right person for the job, say that in your application. We are also open to candidates with more experience coming in at a more senior level, where appropriate. 

  • 10+ years’ experience in consulting, start-up, impact investing, or corporate environment, working across a variety of projects / teams, ideally across functions. Strong preference for direct experience working in the off-grid energy sector. The designation of Director or Manager will depend on level of experience. 
  • Strong ‘consulting-style’ skill set, including analysis, synthesis, excellent attention to detail, and presentation. Our team produces dozens of reports each month, and we’ll require you to jump right in. 
  • Comfort in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; awesome ability to prioritize and manage multiple workstreams; general interest in and orientation to technology.
  • Strong experience in, and comfort with, people management and mentorship. Prior experience managing a team of 5+ people is preferred. 
  • An orientation towards, and passion for, client-delight: you are always asking yourself ‘what can we do to improve our customer/client experience?’. 
  • Superb communication skills, both verbal and written. 
  • Great core skills of problem solving, teamwork, and project management. And great soft skills, plus the understanding that they’re not really “soft” at all.
  • Knowledge and passion about supporting business to tackle global challenges.
  • Deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 About our team and our culture: we are a fun and hardworking global team that is full of smart, mission-driven folks who combine an entrepreneurial spirit with a commitment to make a positive change in the world.  

We consistently hear from our clients that the best thing about 60 Decibels is the people. To get a feel for our slightly nerdy, not-take-ourselves-too-seriously vibe, check out our monthly newsletter, The Volume.

Compensation: 60 Decibels offers a competitive salary and benefits package and the opportunity to work in a flexible, fun and supportive environment. The salary range will be adjusted according to costs of living in our country offices. 

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Extra Perks: We have an unlimited leave policy and 12 monthly recharge days, on the first Friday of each month. We are a globally distributed team and we give team members opportunities to cross-pollinate and visit our different offices. 

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Simon Tyrus Caine

Simon Tyrus Caine is a solar energy expert with more than 10 years experience in the solar sector. Simon has worked and lived in more than 5 countries. Simon has been involved in solar installations, solar project development, solar financing as well as business development in the solar sector. At SolarEyes International, Simon manages content development and day to day operations of the organisation.

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