UI/ UX Designer

Background

Gham Power is solar energy focused social enterprise based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Established in 2010, Gham Power has deployed over 3,000 solar systems with a cumulative capacity of over 3.5 Megawatts, for different usage, and across various sectors and geographies. One of the leading solar energy companies in Nepal, Gham Power is known for maintaining high standards of services, and for innovative business models that focus on cross-sectoral collaboration to deliver holistic solutions for the end customers. Through bespoke solutions and unique value propositions, we help individuals, businesses, and institutions like schools, hospitals, hotels, etc. address their energy needs and thrive.

Over the past 4 years, Gham Power is gradually expanding its services to more rural areas and serving rural communities and smallholder farmers through rural electrification and productive end-use (PEU) projects. While noble pursuits, rural projects are inherently more challenging due to complex socio-economic and political realities. They often require onboarding a host of stakeholders from various government agencies, financial institutions, end-users, and the local communities. This makes demand aggregation, consultation, project implementation, and monitoring lengthy and expensive processes. Therefore, it is challenging to scale rural systems like solar water pumps for irrigation, solar microgrids for rural electrification, or solar grinding mills, for instance.

To facilitate different stakeholders from the government agencies, financial institutions, and the local stakeholders into a single platform and to digitize the overall project development and monitoring processes, Gham Power has been developing a digital ecosystem called – Off Grid Bazaar. It includes various hardware, software (web) and mobile applications(Android) that allows the digitization of rural operations for deploying solar-based appliances.

The Off Grid Bazaar platform allows solar developers (like Gham Power), Financial Institutions (like banks/microfinance), government agencies (like government agencies/local municipalities), and development partners/INGOs to reduce their operational/transactional costs, and track the impact parameters in an effortless and transparent manner.

Objective

The objective of this engagement is to maintain in-house expertise to assist Gham Power in better understanding user requirements and improve user interface/user-experience through an iterative process. The consultant will work with the Product Manager, external Development Team as well as early users to facilitate collaboration and improvements in the software product.
The consultant will report to and work closely with the Product Manager at Gham Power.

Scope of Work

1. User Requirement Research
Conduct research, interview current and potential users of the software to understand and outline the requirements, functionalities, and features of the software.

2. Prepare Wireframe and UML diagrams (User facing designs)
Based on the user requirements, and in consultation with the Product Manager, the consultant will prepare wireframe and UML diagrams for new features and updates on the software.

3. Finalize UI Mockup/Prototype
The consultant will assist dedicated UI/UX professional / designer to prepare design mockups/prototypes based on the wireframe/UML diagrams.

4. Turn design into code
After the design iteration is finalized, the consultant will convert the mockups into actual user interfaces using front-end languages like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc..

5. Debugging/Quality Assurance
The consultant will test the new features and updates both during implementation and after the website/software version goes live to continually check that the software is functioning as expected and address UI/UX issues reported by users.

6. Iterations and Improvements
The consultant will conduct user testing with current and potential users to validate designs and improve the user experience through future iterations.

7. Documentation
The consultant will work with the Product Manager and the core Development team to prepare relevant and essential documentation as required.

Requirements

Education
Bachelor in Computer Science, Web Development, Graphic Design, Information Management, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or related field.

Experience
One year or more experience in UI/UX design, front-end development preferred. Candidates lacking formal experience but with project/portfolio or freelancing exposure will also be considered.

Soft/ Crossover Skills
Excellent business acumen, interpersonal and communication skills
Empathy, curiosity, critical thinking, research and analytics skills

Hard/Industry Skills
Graphic Design Software – Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw
Prototyping Tools – Sketch, InVision Studio, Balsamiq
Coding – HTML, CSS, JavaScript
Wireframing and Prototyping, UX writing, User Testing

Duration of Work

This position is for 1 year with the possibility of extension.

Compensation and Benefits

Competitive salary, provident fund, paid holidays, and many other perks.

Evaluation Criteria

Education and Experience – 10%, Skills – 30%, Project/Portfolio – 30%, Interview – 30%

Duty Station

Kathmandu with up to 10% travel time outside Kathmandu Valley

Application Guideline

Please apply directly through our website with your resume and cover letter. If you have questions or to share your portfolio, contact bishwaraj@ghampower.com

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