Solar Sister
Virtual position; Washington, D.C. Metro Area home base is preferred
Date Posted 09/21/2022
Salary $45,000-$55,000 and additional benefits of $500/month allowance for medical insurance
Type of Position Full-time
Education Requirement Bachelor

Job Title: Program Associate
Reports to: Director of Programs
Location: Virtual position; Washington, D.C. Metro Area home base is preferred


Solar Sister’s mission is to eradicate energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunity. We are creating a deliberately woman-centered network of entrepreneurs to bring the breakthrough potential of clean energy technology to even the most remote communities in rural Africa.

Our model is simple: each Solar Sister Entrepreneur buys her lights and cookstoves from Solar Sister, then sells and delivers them — woman-to-woman — to her family, friends, and neighbors. We provide essential services and training that enable women entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses in their own communities. Since our founding in 2010, Solar Sister has supported more than 7,400 entrepreneurs, who have reached more than 3.4 million people with clean energy solutions.


At a time of programmatic growth and opportunity, Solar Sister seeks a mission-driven, energetic, creative, and detail-oriented systems thinker to support our Program Team, and, in particular, to support the design, management, monitoring, and impact measurement of all new pilot programs under the Innovation Hub. The Program Associate is ideal for someone with 1-3 years of experience in gender, international development, women’s entrepreneurship, and/or monitoring and evaluation. We are looking for a candidate who is deeply curious, flexible, and loves to learn as they go!


The Program Associate will provide the Program Team with support in researching and designing new programs, program components, and/or programmatic tools. They will also ensure that Solar Sister has the data it needs to measure and understand its impact, communicate that impact internally and externally, and identify operational challenges quickly and effectively through data monitoring. They will work closely with the Director of Programs and Data and Systems Manager to provide inputs on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and processes from start to finish – from the project design/proposal stage, through program implementation, to donor reporting – to provide data-driven strategic M&E for Solar Sister’s operational and programmatic impacts to country teams and Leadership Staff.

Specifically, the Program Associate will: 

  • Conduct research, as instructed by the Director of Programs, to inform the design of new programs and/or program components
  • Support the design of programmatic tools and methodologies, drawing on best practices and lessons learned from others in the field
  • Create and execute implementation plans for program-related projects assigned to them; work with the Program Teams in-country to ensure that implementation is rolling-out according to plan
  • With oversight, create both quantitative and qualitative M&E tools to support the design and monitoring of new programs and to evaluate Solar Sister’s impact; this includes developing an M&E plan for all new programs and creating the M&E tools and systems to track key results
  • Coordinate M&E processes for business-as-usual operations, including training, supporting, and liaising with field staff in completing and analyzing data from baseline and end-of-year-surveys as well as all other data collection activities; continuously work to improve these M&E tools and processes
  • Help develop a data-driven learning culture, by creating and maintaining data analysis tools, such as reports and dashboards in Salesforce, and by presenting data to key decision-makers  to improve program outcomes
  • Support the Development Team with key data points needed for fundraising efforts, proposal writing, external communications, and grant/donor reporting
  • Perform other duties, as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, International Development, Information Management, Statistics, Program Evaluation, or another related technical field
  • At least 1-3 years of professional experience, with preference given to candidates who have had some experience working in an international context, with gender issues, and/or with using M&E to support the design, implementation, and monitoring of programs
  • Ability to conduct research and synthesize findings
  • Ability to independently analyze quantitative data using Excel
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to network and to develop and maintain strong relationships with field staff
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • The ability to work independently and manage competing responsibilities and changing priorities and to seek guidance from other staff members, as appropriate
  • A drive to learn and master new technologies and techniques


This full-time position is available immediately. This position is virtual and can work from anywhere in the United States. US-based team members who are not located in the Eastern Standard Time (EST) Zone may be required to be available outside of their regular working hours to accommodate meetings with other US and internationally-based team members, donors, or partners.

There may be domestic and international travel opportunities for the Program Associate. These will be agreed upon in consultation with The Director of Programs, as program needs emerge and as COVID-19 precautions allow.


Salary is $45,000-$55,000 and additional benefits of $500/month allowance for medical insurance, 20 days for personal time off, 10 national holidays, and a 2-week closure at the end of the calendar year. Solar Sister offers a flexible work environment that supports the wellbeing of our team.


If this opportunity calls out to you, please email the following to

1) A tailored cover letter that explains why Solar Sister’s mission excites you and why this particular role is a fit for you; and

2) Your resume.

Please address your cover letter to Kathryn Farley, Director of Programs. We review applications on a rolling basis and strive to get back to short-listed applicants within two weeks.

Solar Sister provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Solar Sister complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Solar Sister expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Solar Sister employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.