Job Opportunity for Geography Team Lead at Selco Foundation in Odisha

Website Selco Foundation

About 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 Sambalpur, Kalahandi, Koraput and Rayagada. 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 the region.

As the Geography Team Lead for the Sambalpur as well as South Odisha 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 among multiple crucial stakeholders like Government, NGOs, community institutions, final institutions, technology providers etc 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 and region-specific strategy, improving performance, reporting to the stakeholders as well as securing compliances within the organization. You should be a self-motivated team player of high integrity and having a fair understanding about DRE ecosystem who finds ways to increase quality of output, and implement best practices across all levels. The ideal candidate should be able to accelerate further SELCO Foundations work in DRE (Decentralized Renewable Energy) for Health and Livelihoods in the specific geography.

Key Responsibilities

  • Managing end to end direction and building a team for developing strategy, operations in planning, execution, and monitoring of programs in Sambalpur (Western Odisha) / Kalahandi, Koraput and Rayagada (South Odisha) geography.
  • 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 Sambalpur/ South Odisha.
  • Building, nurturing, and managing partnerships and developing short, medium, and long-term strategic plans with identified partners in Sambalpur/ South Odisha 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, 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.
  • 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.


  • 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)

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