Title/ Position: Geography Team Lead – SELCO Foundation (Full Time)
Duty Station – Kalahandi
Education & Work Experience: Bachelor's Level Degree – 10 -12-year(s) experience, Master's Level Degree – 8- 12-year(s) experience
Languages: Odia and English (Mandatory)
Open to Indian Nationals Only.
Qualified Women Candidates are Strongly Encouraged to Apply

About SELCO Foundation:

SELCO Foundation is an open source, not for profit organization that engages in field-based R&D and ecosystem building for deployment of clean energy solutions that alleviate poverty in tribal, rural and urban poor areas. The organization works in collaboration with practitioners in the social sector, energy entrepreneurs, NGOs from various developmental sectors and educational institutions to link the benefits of sustainable energy to poverty eradication. The organization works across verticals such as energy access, health, livelihoods with practitioners in the social sector, energy entrepreneurs and partners from various developmental sectors.

SELCO aims to transform the efficiency of Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) initiatives towards poverty alleviation. It recognizes and is building on the potential of Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) to develop scalable and inclusive solutions.

You can find more information about SELCO Foundation on our organization website.

The Role:

SELCO Foundation is looking for a highly motivated individual who is passionate about working in the development sector with focus on providing access to sustainable energy for livelihoods and health for last mile communities in Kalahandi. The broader goal is to use decentralized renewable energy to facilitate dignified living, increased incomes, reduced drudgery and improved work productivity through the integration of climate inclusive technologies into livelihood practices for the underserved communities in Kalahandi.

As the Geography Team Lead for the Kalahandi team, you should have a good sectoral understanding, as well as proven experience in strategic planning, managing a cross-cultural team, developing and monitoring partnerships, coordinating between multiple crucial stakeholders; who is able to adapt to diverse situations and organizational requirements.

The Geography Team Lead is also expected to focus on formulating and executing a district specific strategy, improving performance, procuring material and resources as well as securing compliances within the organization. You should be willing to build a team and find ways to increase quality of output, and implement best practices across all levels. The ideal candidate should be able to further SELCO Foundations work in DRE (Decentralized Renewable Energy) for Health and Livelihoods in the district of Kalahandi.

Key responsibilities for the position:

  • Managing end to end direction and building a team for developing strategy, operations in planning, execution and monitoring of programs in Kalahandi.
  • Identification, engagement, building rapport, coordinating and co-developing programs with key stakeholders such as local communities, government departments, enterprises, financial institutes, NGOs / grassroot organizations working in different parts of district and state for effective implementation of SELCO’s work in Kalahandi.
  • Building, nurturing and managing partnerships and developing short, medium and long- term strategic plans with identified partners in Kalahandi with focus on Govt. Department, Financial Institutions, Enterprises, CBOs, FPOs etc
  • Preparing and managing budgets and cash flows and unlocking finances for renewable energy-based interventions through banks, MFIs, State government and district level schemes in Odisha.
  • Support in developing an operational plan for the team to map the needs of the community, conduct research programs, pilot programs and ecosystem building for scale programs related to renewable energy-based interventions in livelihoods and health.
  • Enhancing the knowledge and operational procedure, systems and principles in the areas of information flow and management, enhanced management reporting and looking for opportunities to expand systems where required.
  • Enhancing the knowledge and operational procedure, systems and principles in the areas of information flow and management, enhanced management reporting and looking for opportunities to expand systems where required.
  • Effectively tracking, analyzing and evaluating the performance of the team and solutions on the ground and sharing reports on a weekly / monthly / quarterly basis, the status of various programs by capturing key risks, learnings and challenges. Overall monitoring and evaluation of the quality of implementations.
  • Regularly organizing and facilitating training workshops for the team to develop their skills, building their capacity on an individual and team level.
  • Ensuring organizational, operational and assessment processes and guidelines are adhered to and escalating in cases where required.
  • Another task assigned by the supervisor.

Who can apply:

  • Minimum of 8 to 12 years of work experience in the development sector with focus on sustainable energy and rural livelihoods is preferable.
  • Having significant experience working in Odisha with good understanding about grassroots communities, languages, livelihood practices etc. will be preferred.
  • Experience in leadership and effective team management will be preferred.
  • Strong leadership skills that reflect the ability to perform, prioritize as well as delegate tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
  • Experience in budgeting and forecasting.
  • Demonstrating proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability and ability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral. (Odia and English)
  • Willingness to learn, grow and develop at personal and professional front, at a rapid pace with a steep learning curve.
  • Willingness to travel extensively in difficult terrains within and outside the State as and when required.


Applications will be processed on a rolling basis. Please send a copy of your CV with a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this role to apply@selcofoundation.org with Program Manager - Geography Team Lead Kalahandi SELCO Foundation” in the subject line.