SOLAR ENERGY FINANCE FELLOW
Location: Washington DC, New York, Europe, or Nairobi
Start date: Immediately
SunFunder’s Solar Energy Finance Fellow will support SunFunder’s efforts to raise capital for solar companies and projects in emerging markets. The Fellow will draft grant proposals, develop robust impact reports, and increase SunFunder’s media presence. The Fellow will work closely with our CLO and CEO, and engage with a wide cross-section of the solar, energy access and impact investment communities.
The role is well suited someone looking to build a career in clean energy finance, energy access, impact investing and/or sustainable development. It offers ample opportunity to develop substantive skills related to the core aspects of SunFunder’s business, and the possibility of transitioning into a permanent position.
Key tasks will include:
Solar Energy Finance activities
Pursue Green Climate Fund accreditation for SunFunder
Draft grant proposals related to energy access, impact investment, gender investing, etc.
Draft first loss and guaranty applications to support SunFunder’s debt facilities
Develop Investor Relations communications policies in coordination with the Legal and Corporate Finance teams;
Identify industry conferences and represent SunFunder as needed;
Energy access impact reporting
Help produce quarterly impact updates to be included in investor reporting
Coordinate with solar companies, investors and other stakeholders on impact-related queries;
Support the advancement of SunFunder’s impact methodology in coordination with key actors in the energy access community.
Media and communications lead
Develop new content by collaborating with our global team on blog pieces, articles and industry-leading white papers;
Build our presence on social media and coordinate dissemination of press releases
Further our relationship with the media;
Assist with brand strategy, including design work on both online and offline communications tools.
What We’re Looking For:
Passionate commitment to creating social, environmental and economic impact through innovative clean energy finance
Prior knowledge/familiarity with emerging markets, solar energy, and/or finance.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and willing/able to learn new tools/systems
Experience developing a media profile and/or other public relations or fundraising activities.
Academic excellence in a relevant discipline (master’s degree preferred) and at least one year of professional experience.
SunFunder is a distributed team that includes 11 nationalities. As such, the ideal candidate is someone who over-communicates, is highly organized and results-oriented.
Hunger for helping to build an early-stage business in an entrepreneurial environment.
Willingness to challenge the way we’re doing things, “get your hands dirty” and perform unglamorous roles from time to time, as well as the ability to thrive in a rapidly changing environment.
Other qualities that are important to us: a positive attitude, intellectual curiosity, low-ego, and a good sense of humor.
The Fellow will be offered a one year contract with a monthly stipend. It is SunFunder’s hope that after the year-long fellowship, we will be able to offer the Fellow a permanent position. We offer a unique work culture for an ambitious company that strongly encourages a healthy life-work balance, and an opportunity to work with a fun, passionate and talented international team.
Please email your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, please tell us why you are the right person for this job (bonus points for brevity). Email title: “Fellow”.
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Start date: Immediately
SunFunder is a solar finance business driving a global energy transformation to solve energy access and climate change. Since 2012, we have unlocked $40 million, impacted 2.7 million people in 12 countries while maintaining a default rate under 1%.
SunFunder specializes in financing solar assets through scalable inventory, working capital and structured finance loans. We’re growing and looking for a talented and experienced legal professional to join our Nairobi-based team.
The Legal Counsel will report to the Chief Counsel and play a key role in helping SunFunder’s lending team close investments in solar companies. S/he will be responsible for ensuring that all loans are negotiated and documented properly and will work with the lending team to ensure legal policies and processes are implemented.
Work with lending team to assist in negotiating loan agreements with new solar customers and capturing transaction specifics in deal documentation.
Manage work with local counsel to ensure all security and collateral is properly documented, registered and perfected.
Conduct a comprehensive review of existing loan agreements, updating loan templates and making necessary revisions or amendments.
Develop and implement legal processes for lending team to follow.
Assist Chief Counsel on corporate legal activities related to establishing local offices, tax and regulatory matters, employment contracts, etc.
Draft and review various corporate and lending policies.
Explore regulatory and legal environments in new markets.
Perform research and and other tasks as requested.
Qualifications and Characteristics:
J.D., LPC or equivalent degree that allows for the practice of law
4-8 years legal experience
Prior knowledge/familiarity with international transactions, debt financings and security documentation preferred
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and computer skills
Ability to translate complex legal issues into terms understandable by non-legal professionals
Ability to work well with people from different countries and cultures (SunFunder’s staff includes over 11 nationalities)
A good sense of humor, willingness to challenge the way we’re doing things, able to thrive and be resilient in a rapidly changing environment
Passionate commitment to creating social, environmental and economic impact through innovative finance
Willingness to “get your hands dirty” and perform unglamorous roles from time to time
Other qualities that are important to us include: independent, accomplished, organized, detail oriented, results-oriented, entrepreneurial spirit, strong work ethic, intellectually curious, low-ego, passion.
Compensation will be based upon experience. We offer generous benefits, a unique work culture that strongly encourages a healthy life-work balance, and an opportunity to work with a fun, passionate and talented team.
Please email your resume (include 3 references) to: email@example.com. In the email, please tell us why you are the right person for this position (bonus points for brevity). Email title: “Legal Counsel”.