Business Development Associate


  • Anambra State
  • Lagos State
  • Bauchi State
  • Kano State
  • Jigawa State
  • Kwara Skate
  • Ondo State
  • FCT Abuja
  • Bayelsa State

The Business Development Associate is responsible for recruiting, training, and supporting a network of women entrepreneurs (“Solar Sister Entrepreneurs”) in a defined region. The Business Development Associate is responsible for overseeing, assisting, and guiding the Solar Sister Entrepreneurs in growing and developing their small business or business ventures to bring clean energy access to their communities.

Our ideal candidate will bring a commitment to Solar Sister’s mission of creating energy access for everyone, everywhere. The candidate will have the ability to work independently and will have a strong background in training, coaching, and mentoring, and strong past experience in understanding business and sales/marketing, as well as a solid understanding of coaching principles as it relates to an entrepreneurial venture. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required. 

This position is full-time and requires frequent travel to develop and support the network of entrepreneurs. 

Ultimately, the role holder will boost sales and contribute to the organization’s long-term business growth.

Responsibilities include

  • Represent Solar Sister in a designated region
  • Recruit new Solar Sister Entrepreneurs to the network
  • Train new Solar Sister Entrepreneurs in business skills, entrepreneurship skills, technical knowledge, leadership skills, and agency skills using the Solar Sister methodology
  • Coach new and existing Solar Sister Entrepreneur by providing guidance, support, and challenge to help them build and grow their businesses
  • Work alongside Solar Sister Entrepreneurs to identify opportunities 
  • Work alongside Solar Sister Entrepreneurs to identify solutions to their business challenges
  • Work alongside Solar Sister Entrepreneurs develop long-term, well-defined goals and realistic action plans to increase their sales to new and existing customers
  • Aid in the identification of new products or services for existing markets or, new markets for existing products and services
  • Arrange and facilitate weekly meetings with Solar Sister Entrepreneurs in their communities
  • Manage logistics for distribution of products for region, including ordering, safekeeping and distribution of product for entrepreneurs’ inventories
  • Process all sales transactions in accordance with Solar Sister procedures
  • Maintain and update all required reports and data in Solar Sister’s CRM tool 
  • Achieve impact targets for regions aligned with enterprise goals
  • Manage and coordinate all administrative functions as it relates to the role functions and requirements 

Professional & Academic Qualifications

  • Minimum of one-year relevant working experience
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized institution

Required Competencies

  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office (especially MS Excel)
  • Good organizational and multi-tasking abilities
  • Business/Entrepreneurial orientation 
  • Hands-on experience in managing teams 
  • The ability to exercise initiative and sound judgment and to react with discretion under varying conditions
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Must have a strong personality and be firm
  • Must be able to work with little or no supervision
  • Time management skills
  • Good team-building skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to accept and provide constructive feedback
  • Effective deadline management skills
  • Community development engagement experience 
  • Knowledge of the predominant local language is essential 


A competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience including health insurance.

Solar Sister is a female-empowered startup focusing on the distribution of solar energy in developing countries.