Communications Officer Vacancy

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

Virtual Hr Recruitment Limited

Job Description

Location: Nairobi

Employment Type: Permanent

Job Description: PowerGen Renewable Energy is a micro-grid developer, implementer, and operator in East Africa, reshaping the prevailing rural electrification model in the region. PowerGen is building the energy system of the future using clean, renewable energy and smarter grids to deliver power to all.

As a Communications Engineer, you will play a critical role in keeping PowerGen’s customers connected across vast geographies in which we operate. You will coordinate with an international technology team to keep the company’s operations running smoothly with the best hardware, software, and firmware tools possible.

You will report to the R&D Team Lead and work closely across the Technology, Engineering, and Customer Divisions to build the tools we use to serve customers across all countries in which we operate.

This role requires creative thinking about how established and new technologies can make a significant contribution to PowerGen’s mission of building the energy systems of the future in Africa. You will work with the R&D team to implement these ideas on PowerGen’s current and future grids in real time.

What You’ll Make Happen:


Research, assess, pilot, and implement a reliable, robust, and cost-effective communications system for existing and future sites.
Standardize communications systems design for microgrid assets, then test and deploy that design in a scalable way across all PowerGen markets. Support installation teams in deploying designs.


Manage complex relationships with hardware vendors to ensure seamless performance between PowerGen’s cloud management platform, on-site equipment, and customer user interfaces.
Support PowerGen’s O&M and Customer Support teams to identify root causes of metering issues and prioritize solutions appropriately.

Research & Development

Maximize the value of embedded sensor networks to optimize service and operational excellence.
Test and implement tools that increase the efficiency and reliability of PowerGen’s sales, service, and delivery of electricity to customers in multiple countries.
Identify, prioritize and track the evolution of key technical advances that arise across decentralized energy ecosystem. Use those developments to continuously improve PowerGen’s existing tools.

What Excites You:

Tackling big, thorny problems with smart technology that will transform the African energy sector
The opportunity to become a technical expert in an area that might be previously unfamiliar to you
A fast-paced environment where constant change is the norm and individual initiative is expected
Autonomy to implement your creative solutions – not just generating ideas, but committing the time, creativity, and skill to make them actually happen
Excellence – in your peers, in your work, and in our company’s commitment to our customers
Passion for organization, details, and precision in all you do

You Already Have:

2-4 years of testing and delivering comms solutions in the world’s most difficult environments
Failure in a team or project delivery and the lessons you learned along the way, including root causes


Excellent communication with peers, managers, and junior developers
Critical thinking & problem solving
Ability to design, implement, analyze a technical experiment
Ability to prioritize team workflow and manage project implementation


Demonstrated expertise in complex communications networks
Interest in / knowledge of Internet of Things (IoT) based solutions and enabling platforms


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