Position: Project Manager - Operations & Maintenance
Livelihoods, SELCO Foundation
Years of Experience: 7+ years
Location: SELCO Foundation, Bengaluru
Starting date: Immediately

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 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.

More information about SELCO Foundation is available on our organization website.

Background on SELCO's Livelihood program:

As one of the priority development verticals, SELCO Foundation is actively integrating sustainable energy driven solutions for challenges in livelihoods such as Agriculture, microbusiness and animal husbandry. Over the last decade SELCO Foundation has deployed around 10,000+ DRE based livelihood solutions across its geographical focus areas such as Karnataka, Odisha, Jharkhand, NE and other states. In the coming 5-year SELCO Foundation’s strategy is to reach 50,000 more end users across the country. The rural entrepreneurs are provided with solar energy unit and solar powered livelihood appliances.

The Role:

SELCO Foundation is looking for a highly motivated individual who is passionate about working in the overall sustainable energy sector for last mile communities. The broader goal is to use decentralized renewable energy to facilitate livelihood opportunities for low-income communities through the integration of climate inclusive technologies into the livelihood sectors. The Project Manager for O&M is responsible for ensuring all the post- installation deliverables including operation and maintenance of the solar system and equipment, annual maintenance by the vendors, end user follow-up, and make sure solutions provided are functioning well.

Key responsibilities for the position:

The Project Manager for O&M will primarily implement O&M plans across the geographies specifically, North East India, Odisha and Karnataka and the main roles and responsibilities are:

  • Primarily learn trouble shooting for solar systems as well as processing and value adding machines.
  • Providing meaningful direction and necessary support to the internal and stakeholder team for execution of O&M.
  • Building a complete understanding of the livelihood sectors and interventions and mapping nodal points of required O&M to ensure successful post implementation and utilization of solar powered livelihood solutions.
  • Coordinating of all post-installation operations and maintenance for the solar system and equipment installed at the intervention sites across different geographic locations.
  • Monitoring the performance of the vendors selected for the work regularly and providing constructive feedback accordingly.
  • Assisting the vendor/organization to develop good practices to resolve the solar system/ equipment issues without delay.
  • Personally visiting the non-functional livelihood sites if the problem persists and service performance by the vendor is usually poor.

Who can apply:

  • Minimum 5 to 7 years of work experience in end user service, supporting management and leadership; work experience in relevant sectors is preferred.
  • BE/Diploma in Electrical and Electronics is preferred
  • Understanding of the local communities, exposure to project implementation in resource poor settings
  • 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.
  • 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


Please click HERE to apply for the open position.
Applications will be processed on a rolling basis. Remuneration will be commensurate with experience, caliber and organization policy.

We look forward to hearing from people who identify with the vision of SELCO Foundation’s livelihood programs!