Monday, December 17, 2012

Product Development Fellow

Global Cycle Solutions

The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics:
 Educated: bachelor’s or graduate degree
 Experienced: at least 2 years full-time work experience with product design/development, and CAD software, or related fields
 Flexible: comfortable living in developing country conditions (frequent power outages, cold showers, mosquito nets…)
 Driven: takes initiative to do what needs to be done, not just what you are told to do
 Resourceful: able to innovate with limited resources and direction
 Entrepreneurial: thrives in a young, small, and fast-paced company
 Sociable: able to engage with people of diverse cultures and personalities
 Compassionate: desires to make Africa a better place for "the bottom of the pyramid"
 Lingual: fluent in English and proficient in (or have a desire to learn) Kiswahili

Working Conditions

 The GCS office/workshop is located in Njiro: an urban area of Arusha a short walk away from a shopping complex and a 15 minute drive from town center
 Fellows will be expected to work Monday – Friday and half days Saturday (~45 hrs/week)
 Fellows will be expected to blog about their experiences and observations at least once per month
 Fellows will report to the Business Development Manager at the end of each week regarding progress made thus far and upcoming plans
 Fellows will report to the Managing Director at the end of each month regarding progress made thus far and upcoming plans
 Fellows will be initially tasked with utilizing the systems currently in place and be expected to improve upon these systems to streamline GCS’ operations
 Each Fellows’ specific responsibilities will be determined his or her background and GCS’ needs at the time of the Fellowship
 Fellows may gain additional duties as determined by the Managing Director or Business Development Manager

Living Conditions
 Fellows will be housed in an urban setting a short distance from the office (~15 minute walk)
 Fellows’ accommodations will include running water, electricity, food, and an inside shower/toilet
 Fellows will live away from the hustle and bustle of the center of town and in a setting that will allow them to experience Tanzanian lifestyle

GCS is an enrepreneurial company, created by MIT alumni in 2009 to develop and commercialize a technology developed at one of D-Lab classes. GCS' CEO Jodie Wu (MIT '09) has been named 2010 Echoing Green Fellow and Forbes’ 30 under 30 and rated as one of the America's top five most promising social entrepreneurs by Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Please contact

  • Managing Partners

    William Davidson Institute
  • Sponsoring Partner

    Citi Foundation
  • Content Partners


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