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President/Chief Growth Officer
Location: Flexible.

Must be in convenient time zone for working with West and East Africa (WAT, CET, or EAT acceptable, ET possible)

More than a billion people in the world do not have access to electricity. Odyssey Energy Solutions is a Boulder, Colorado-based purpose-driven software company tackling this global challenge with a big goal: to rapidly expand access to energy around the world by streamlining and reducing the costs of developing and financing solar microgrids and other clean distributed energy systems.  Since its establishment in 2017, Odyssey has become an integral part of the energy access finance ecosystem.  Odyssey’s big data investment and asset management platform is catalyzing the deployment of hundreds of millions of dollars into the mini-grid and solar home system sectors across Africa. Odyssey is well-funded, has significant market traction, a renowned product, and a highly collaborative, motivated team that has fun working hard together. Odyssey’s current team is 15 people, and we expect it to grow considerably as the business deepens, expands geographically, and services new verticals. Odyssey was recently awarded the international Keeling Curve Prize for our work reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Role

This is an exciting role in the executive team of Odyssey. We are looking for someone to work side-by-side with the CEO in leading the company into its next phase. In the company’s first phase, Odyssey has become the central software platform for distributed energy financing initiatives implemented by governments, development finance institutions, and project finance facilities across four continents. Odyssey is currently managing mini-grid and solar home system financing facilities totaling more than $350 million in investment. The Odyssey platform is also the mini-grid sector’s first complete investment and asset management platform, managing data across the lifecycle of investments and enabling big data analytics of live data feeds from operating portfolios of mini-grids and other systems. Odyssey is at the center of the energy access’s most innovative impact and commercial initiatives.

In phase two, Odyssey is leveraging its cutting-edge technology to expand its product offerings, customer channels, and revenue lines – and augment the senior team to make all that happen. The President/Chief Growth Officer would focus on driving growth in existing and new verticals, leveraging Odyssey’s market traction, stellar reputation, and product advancements and identifying ways to enhance revenue, reach, and impact. This position is equally about closing deals — leading business development work for the company and growing the team to achieve Odyssey’s targets.

About you

You are a seasoned executive, with experience leading organizations. You must absolutely love ALL aspects of business development — building relationships across a sector, and working with customers and stakeholders to identify how the company can continue to provide the market what it needs, pursuing leads and negotiating/closing deals. You love strategic thinking, and are courageous in exploring uncharted territory and tackling large challenges. You are passionate about Odyssey’s mission and are excited at the opportunity to balance social and environment impact with commercial achievement. A background in finance is essential, as Odyssey’s products are built around our mission to catalyze deployment of capital into the distributed energy sector. You ground your strategic thinking in hard data and financial projections. You are highly collaborative and will be comfortable working closely with the CEO across different time zones – but are also great at working independently and running with initiatives that you own. You are tactical, and you close deals. It is preferred that you have experience in the distributed energy sector in emerging markets, with a deep understanding of the market (its challenges and opportunities) and, preferably, an existing strong network in the sector.

Requirements

We are looking for candidates who have:

      • Bachelor’s degree (minimum); Master’s degree preferred in business, economics, or engineering
      • 5+ years in senior-level roles, preferably in the energy access / relevant sector
      • 5+ years of business development experience
      • 5+ year experience in financial analysis and financial transactions
      • 5+ years organization leadership experience
      • Experience in the development sector preferred (development finance institutions, aid organizations, and governments)
      • Excellent communication skills in English (proficiency in French is also highly preferred)
Manager, Customer Delivery
  

Location: Flexible.

Must be in convenient time zone for working with West and East Africa.

More than a billion people in the world do not have access to electricity. Odyssey Energy Solutions is a Boulder, Colorado-based purpose-driven software company tackling this global challenge with a big goal: to rapidly expand access to energy around the world by streamlining and reducing the costs of developing and financing solar microgrids and other clean distributed energy systems.  Since its establishment in 2017, Odyssey has become an integral part of the energy access finance ecosystem.  Odyssey’s big data investment and asset management platform is catalyzing the deployment of hundreds of millions of dollars into the mini-grid and solar home system sectors across Africa. Odyssey is well-funded, has significant market traction, a renowned product, and a highly collaborative, motivated team that has fun working hard together. Odyssey was recently awarded the international Keeling Curve Prize for our work reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Role

This is an exciting, external-facing role at the company. Part of Odyssey’s core business is to work with donors, development finance institutions, and governments to manage distributed energy financing programs via the Odyssey software platform. As Customer Success Manager, you would be responsible for leading these client engagements, to ensure the successful roll out and management of programs across multiple countries. You will be responsible for ensuring that we are communicating well with our clients, exceeding expectations, and providing top-notch support to our clients and the users of our platform.

About you 

You have significant experience working in a customer-facing project management role in product delivery. You are extremely articulate, communicative, and action-oriented. You are an excellent project manager; no action item or task gets missed, and you ensure that you are always meeting deadlines and keeping projects on track. You don’t shy away from rolling up your sleeves and getting any task done, no matter how diverse the activities are. You are comfortable leading client meetings, making sure clients are heard, and all needs are identified and addressed. You are comfortable with software and feel confident in learning to use the Odyssey platform and demonstrating its features to a wide variety of audiences.  You have experience working with cross-functional teams addressing problems and creating solutions.  You are always striving to exceed customers’ expectations and come with the hustle and determination to ensure projects are implemented smoothly and expertly.

Requirements

We are looking for candidates who have:

      • Fully bilingual in French and English and excellent written and verbal communicator
      • Bachelor’s degree (minimum); Master’s degree preferred in business, economics, or computer science
      • 5+ years in senior-level project management, consulting and/or implementation roles
      • Proficiency in project management tools such as Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite
      • The ability to gather customer requirements and requests and translate them into actionable items for the product development team
      • Proficiency with data analytics, particularly Excel and graphical tools such as Power BIPreferred qualifications (not required)
        • Experience delivering SaaS or enterprise software solutions
        • Experience working in an agile software development environment
        • Experience in the energy sector
Global Public Health Sector Consultant

 Location: Regional (Africa)

Submission of Interest due March 31st

Background

The Shell Foundation and Odyssey’s Powering Health Platform have developed a pilot program to test health facility electrification models in Sub Saharan Africa, in cooperation with UK Aid. The overall aim is to gather data and learn about key success factors for  business models that best leverage the private sector and for successful engagement between developers, communities and local and national governments around powering health facilities. These learnings will be shared with other donors in the sector who are interested in Powering Health programs at scale.

Objectives

Beyond the construction of sites, the success of this program will be anchored in bringing together the energy and health sectors for stronger, more effective electrification programs going forward. Therefore, the program will hire a health specialist who will learn from  the developers and their local government/health contacts in a range of market contexts and provide input as to how a larger, longer-term program can be best designed to bring together the health and energy sectors. 

In order to effectively engage the local health and energy sectors, the project team will work with a consultant who can liaise between the two sectors and convene them in an effective way to deliver strong program delivery and allow for project learnings to be captured and implemented.

We will be prioritizing an organisation or individual with local health experience in the target geography for these projects: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Benin, Mozambique, Madagascar, Zambia, and DRC. For the purpose of scoping and budgeting, it can be assumed that projects will be from two countries.

Specifically, the role will be focused on the two key pillars outlined below: 

  1. Engagement of the local health and energy sector 
  •  Identify current bottlenecks to effective collaboration between private sector developers and local health authorities for effective delivery of electrification for health facilities in the target markets
  • Local stakeholder mapping: Identify local entities (health and energy) best suited to be involved as contracting parties with developers and the project (compared to the reality of the discussions happening on the ground)
  • Liaise directly with relevant stakeholders to understand their specific requirements and processes, and set up effective contract designs that can be replicated at scale in the target market. Identify models which achieve the best results in terms of speed of implementation, sustainability and contribution from the private sector. 
  • Work with selected developers to understand their needs and contracting processes, and build on their existing relationships with energy and health officials, where available 
  1. Sharing of Learnings
  • Aggregate the learnings from the applications and data shared from selected developers to establish a baseline of learnings from prior health electrification projects 
  • Capture key learnings from meetings with developers, health and energy stakeholders to be shared with the broader project team, Data Advisory Group, and eventually the sector as a whole  

 

Deliverables

The consultant will be responsible for producing or supporting the production of key outputs, as outlined below: 

Deliverable Activity / Description Sign-off Lead Support
Data Advisory Group (health donors) Identify relevant donors from the health sector who might be interested in having access to the data/learnings from this project. Odyssey Consultant NA
Application review Review applications with a healthcare lens when the program administrators do the selection process  Odyssey Consultant Odyssey
Model Feedback Review and sense check the financial models from shortlisted applicants around subsidy structure and levels for different categories of health facilities and provide a view of what levels of subsidy might be appropriate  Odyssey Consultant NA
Developer Interviews Join interviews with shortlisted developers to understand their current respective processes for electrifying health centers and share learnings (+ interview sheets)  Odyssey Odyssey Consultant
Health Center Categorization Use the learnings from the application process and other research to categorize types of health facilities and help flush the right financing solutions for each one  Odyssey Consultant NA
Scale up design Solicit and gather local government health  and energy department input on what would be needed to scale up health facility electrification Odyssey Consultant NA
Stakeholder map(s) For two countries, create a local stakeholder map identifying relevant parties and their roles in powering health facilities, using developer’s existing engagement processes. Create a map of the international health sector and who handles what aspects of health service delivery (building clinics, supplying equipment, distributing vaccines) and provide suggestions where the health and energy sectors could collaborate better Odyssey Consultant NA
Collaboration with WHO Set up a discussion and collaboration with the WHO to determine if any findings from this program are useful for the health sector and scale-up design.  Odyssey Consultant Odyssey
Mid-point report

The consultant, with the support of the Odyssey project team, will be responsible for producing a mid-point documentation package. This package will include: 

  • Initial sharing of data from developers (from prior health electrification projects)
  • Initial sharing of learnings from developers: process maps 
  • Proposed structure of data advisory group + members 
  • Initial ideas on Powering Health Facility blueprint, with specific recommendations on
    a) local stakeholder engagement, b) business model design,
    c) contract design 
Odyssey Consultant Odyssey

To apply

If interested, please submit interest by March 31st, as this role will ideally be contracted by April 2nd in time to review project applications. Please note that with an overall budget of $500k at this time, we are trying to keep as much funds as possible reserved for project development. If Powering Health develops into a wider program, there may be additional opportunity to collaborate.

 

To submit interest, please email Katharine Pelzer <katharine@odysseyenergysolutions.com> with:

  • An overall introduction to your organisation
  • a CV or up to date LinkedIn of the person(s) who would complete this work, 
  • relevant historical working relationships that would support this SOW (e.g. WHO, local government officials in target countries)
  • a summary of relevant experience in health and/or at the center of health and energy, 
  • current location and countries of experience, 
  • two references from prior work completed
  • a breakdown the expected hours needed for each deliverable, and 
  • the requested hourly rate or total project cost

 

Agile Sprint Manager/QA Engineer
 Location: Flexible

Interested candidates should send a one-page resume to info@odysseyenergysolutions.com

More than a billion people in the world do not have access to electricity. Odyssey Energy Solutions is a Boulder, Colorado-based purpose-driven software company tackling this global challenge with a big goal: to rapidly expand access to energy around the world by streamlining and reducing the costs of developing and financing solar microgrids and other clean distributed energy systems.  Since its establishment in 2017, Odyssey has become an integral part of the energy access finance ecosystem.  Odyssey’s big data investment and asset management platform is catalyzing the deployment of hundreds of millions of dollars into the mini-grid and solar home system sectors across Africa. Odyssey is well-funded, has significant market traction, a renowned product, and a highly collaborative, motivated team that has fun working hard together. Odyssey was recently awarded the international Keeling Curve Prize for our work reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Role

We are seeking an experienced Agile product owner to manage quality assurance and software development processes. The ideal candidate is an exceptionally organized, methodical professional with the experience necessary to take our products to the next level with respect to accuracy, security, and safety. You will be charged with developing a complete software release quality assurance program that not only safeguards the quality of our products, but also fosters a “quality culture,” in which all employees become actively engaged in guaranteeing quality in both production and the finished product. You have experience in the role of Agile scrum master and would bring this expertise to help design and execute efficient best practices for Agile software development, and are comfortable leading a team of software engineers in following Agile sprint management practices. Must have significant experience using Jira.

Responsibilities

Sprint Management

  • Champion and execute Agile sprint processes across the engineering team, including implementing Jira processes to enforce Agile methodologies
  • Carefully plan, coordinate and manage sprints and releases per company release guidelines
  • Communicate all key sprint release plans, commitments, and changes including requirements, QA plans, schedule, and scope changes
  • Work with release engineers to understand impacts of branches and code merges
  • Champion and implement continuous improvements to sprint, release and quality assurance processes to improve platform stability and team productivity
  • Coordinate release content and effort based on the current sprint backlog, existing bugs backlog, and production support issues
  • Maintain a release tracker and manages key information such as build and release procedures, dependencies, and notification lists
  • Manage relationships and coordinate work between different teams at different locations
  • Ensure all product requirements are documented and prioritized in Jira according to business priorities

    Quality Assurance Engineering
  • Plan, execute, and oversee inspection and testing of incoming and outgoing product to confirm quality conformance to specifications and quality deliverables
  • Assist operations and local quality function in tracking, documenting, and reporting quality levels as well as CSR, environmental and health and safety goals/KPIs
  • Analyze and investigate product complaints or reported quality issues to ensure closure in accordance with company guidelines and external regulatory requirements
  • Develop or update company complaint and inspection procedures to ensure capture and investigation, as well as proper documentation of complaints

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2 years of advanced experience managing JIRA
  • 2+ years experience in Agile/Scrum methodology
  • Superb computer competence, including database management
  • Familiarity with cloud platforms like GCP, AWS, Azure, etc
  • Knowledge of quality assurance terminology, methods, and tools
  • Analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of testing best practices, version control practices and defect management practices