Country Manager, Tanzania

Solar Sister

Solar Sister

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Posted on Monday, November 27, 2023

Reports To:   Chief Operating Officer

Location:       Tanzania (Arusha)

The Country Manager, Tanzania, is a member of the Leadership Team for Solar Sister, Inc. and works closely with the COO and members of the Leadership Team to achieve the overall vision, mission and objectives of Solar Sister.

Specifically, the Country Manager has the overall responsibility for the strategic leadership and direction of the Solar Sister program in Tanzania to achieve the organizational vision, mission, and objectives. The Country Manager is responsible for the programmatic and operational management in Tanzania. S/he represents Solar Sister with government, local, and international organizations in Tanzania.

The Country Manager is responsible for developing new programming initiatives, new partnerships, maintaining existing partnerships, and actively leading key phases of ongoing programs and activities. S/he is responsible for overall financial and human resources management of operations in Tanzania.


Strategic Leadership

·        Develop and implement strategic plans that meet business goals and impact goals and objectives created in partnership with the COO

·        Proactively address challenges in the internal and external environment to protect business interests

Provide Executive Leadership

·        Maintain and communicate clear vision

·        Mission keeper – set the tone and keep the focus on impact

·        Develop and oversee implementation of services, programs and projects w/in budget that support and advance vision, mission, and goals

Financial & Legal leadership

·        Ensure commitment to and compliance with all applicable laws and regulations across the organization

·        Ensure financial performance and viability of Solar Sister Tanzania

·        Develop and propose for the COO and CEO’s approval annual operating budget and work plan

Oversee and implement:

·        Human Resources: Recruit, hire, develop, and support a team of senior leaders to manage critical business functions in Tanzania

·        Finance – oversight & ultimate responsibility for Solar Sister Tanzania’s operating budget and expenditures

·        Operations – oversight & ultimate responsibility for Solar Sister Tanzania operations

·        Development – work in partnership with Solar Sister Development and Grants Management team to develop funding resources and meet the obligations thereto, including all implementation and reporting agreements

External relationships:

·        Serve as Solar Sister ambassador

·        Identify and cultivate relationships to build collaborative partnerships with local and national government partners, donors, stakeholders, and the public


·        Support and continually strengthen Solar Sister’s culture of impact-focused, inclusivity, creativity, data-driven innovation, leadership, responsiveness, and accountability, kindness.

·        Create a culture of transparency, accountability, and communication throughout the organization

Other duties as required:

·        Pick up the pieces / fill in the gaps


The ideal candidate will have the following personal and professional competencies and characteristics:

A Passion for the Mission

·        The ideal candidate will bring a passion for women’s economic empowerment and clean energy access and share the belief everyone everywhere deserves access to clean energy to power their lives.

·        This individual will bring a deep appreciation for the complex challenges facing Solar Sister and an excitement to be part of a team that is focused on identifying creative and strategic solutions to ensure Solar Sister continues to thrive.

·        We are looking for a leader who believes coaching and team development is a core function of their role and loves to see their people succeed in new & challenging ways.

Operational Acumen

·        With an entrepreneurial spirit and growth mindset, the ideal candidate will bring deep experience running and scaling complex operations, preferably in the energy sector

·        The ideal candidate will be required to transition seamlessly between the “big picture” and minutiae, applying strong quantitative and analytical skills, diving deep into the details, and presenting complex operational information to constituents with varying levels of expertise.

 Lead with integrity

·        The ideal candidate lives our Solar Sister values of Sisterhood, Trust, and Grit. The Candidate will thrive in our culture with a focus on solution-seeking along with a natural love of learning and curiosity.  

·        As the leader of our organizational culture in-country, you will create a positive and productive workplace. One that values hard work, feedback, continuous learning, inclusion, and commitment to our work. 

Understand our model

·        Solar Sister is a social enterprise operating a hybrid model. We’re a nonprofit organization with a business-minded approach i.e. we use a commercial strategy to achieve social impact.

Professional & Academic Qualifications

  • At least five years of full-time professional experience in energy, women’s economic empowerment, or international development in Tanzania
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized institution
  • Master’s level degree, equivalent, or higher, in sustainability, renewables procurement, environment, economics, engineering, geography, or energy-related discipline will be a plus
  • Excellent time management, organization, entrepreneurship, and drive
  • Demonstrated initiative and accomplishment in previous work.
  • Flexibility and willingness to do a wide range of tasks
  • Strong written and oral communication skills required.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, ability to prioritize tasks and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Travel required within Tanzania up to 30% of the time – Office is based in Arusha, Tanzania (Solar Sister will not cover relocation costs from other areas)


Annual Gross Salary of between 55,000,000 and 60,000,000 TSHs. In addition, Solar Sister offers a generous benefits package, 20 days of PTO, 2 weeks of office closure in December, and a flexible work environment.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send their resumé and cover letter describing why they are best fit for the role to Please include “Country Director, Tanzania” in the subject line.  Applications close Monday 4 December 2023, at 11:59 pm EAT.

Solar Sister values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.  Solar Sister is an equal-opportunity employer.  Hiring decisions are made without consideration of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any protected category prohibited by local, state, or federal laws

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