Full-Time

Startup & High Growth

Social Impact

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  • Nairobi Kenya

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Description

Fresh Life is Sanergy group's sanitation innovation company. Operational since 2011, the Sanergy group serves over 140,000 urban residents with safe sanitation services every day. Sanergy collects and treats over 12,000T of waste per year, and successfully sells its agricultural end-products to farmers in over 20 counties in Kenya, who see improved yields and increased incomes. Sanergy group undertakes three exciting lines of work:
 

  • Providing safe, sustainable sanitation services to residents living in urban informal settlements of Nairobi and Kisumu using end-to-end non-sewered sanitation solutions through the Fresh Life entity. Learn more here!
  • Implementing a circular economy model to sustainably manage sanitation and organic waste generated in cities. Using technologies developed in-house Sanergy upcycle the waste into insect-based protein for animal feed, organic fertilizer, and biomass fuel, and are operating the largest organics recycling plant in East Africa. Find out more here
  • Fresh Life partners with cities to develop and deliver safe sanitation and waste management for urban residents. Using a systematic methodology, they match cities’ sanitation and waste management needs with technology and service delivery models, and then offer clear guidance on the steps that governments, funders, service providers and technology developers can take to develop and implement integrated service delivery systems. 

To learn more about Sanergy's work, watch this unedited talk by Co-Founder Lindsay Stradley, filmed at TEDWomen 2017. Lindsay breaks down what she and Sanergy, do in Nairobi’s growing informal cities to build an economical sanitation solution. 


Simultaneously, Sanergy has built a team of over 400 employees from diverse backgrounds who solve diverse problems, but all embody the drive, creativity, teamwork, and passion required to achieve the organisation's goals. To date, Sanergy have been recognized by the Gates Foundation as part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals accelerator; by Fast Company as one of the 10 most innovative companies in the world doing social good and one of the 10 best companies in Africa, and the Food Planet Prize for their innovative circular economy approach.

 

The Role:

Sanergy is looking for a visionary Talent Director of Fresh Life, their sanitation innovation company, who will lead an exceptional, mission-driven team, provide leadership to the Talent team and guide Talent strategy across Kenya.

 

Job Location: 

  • Nairobi, Kenya with a commitment to regular travel to our facilities in Kisumu and future Kenya offices

 

 

Role Responsibilities:
 

Talent Strategy & Planning

  • Craft a clear and inspiring Talent strategy to support a team that will grow from 300 to 1,000, as our impact grows to serve 1M people across Kenya with inclusive and high-quality non-sewered sanitation services by 2026
  • Drive planning and implementation across Kenya, helping business leaders achieve strategic priorities and ensure our teams remain engaged and motivated to achieve results 
  • Lead annual strategic planning for the Talent function and set impactful Talent goals and measures of success that support business objectives and propose action plans to execute against them
  • Track progress towards overall Talent goals, provide updates to the Managing Director to ensure that Talent plays a leading role in driving overall business objectives

Execution

  • Collaborate with the Managing Director to communicate annual objectives throughout the organization and to support execution by building a culture and processes for recognition and accountability
  • Spearhead the delivery of impactful Talent initiatives, implementing continuous improvements for service enhancement at both national and county office levels 
  • Inspire the team to keep work moving forward by balancing competing priorities, making effective decisions, and generating innovative ideas in support of our teams and business objectives

Leadership, People & Culture 

  • Model leadership behaviors and our values to build a positive, thriving team culture that enables a rapidly growing, high-performing team to succeed 
  • Guide business leaders in building an effective organizational structure that both empowers and nurtures a culture of accountability so that we are executing towards our goals
  • Develop and coach a team of leaders empowered to lead strategy, people, and implementation in each of their domains towards shared goals
  • Provide leadership and support to the Talent team to own and execute on their domains across Recruitment, Learning & Performance, Culture & Engagement, Talent Management and Talent Operations
  • Support your team to problem solve and course correct as circumstances change, balance competing priorities, and make effective decisions to keep work moving forward towards outcomes
  • Motivate and coach your team to position themselves as strategic partners to the business, keeping them accountable for work quality, timeliness, and impact
  • Represent Talent priorities at the leadership table, proactively raising issues and making clear and persuasive cases to support your recommendations for action

Systems and Processes Design & Improvement

  • Design, build and continuously improve any necessary systems and processes to ensure that the Talent team provides an exceptional customer experience to its internal customers

 

Criteria

  • 7+ years’ experience as a HR Generalist or in other relevant operational senior leadership roles
  • 3+ years’ experience as a Senior Talent Manager leading designing and implementation of talent strategy and HR operations 
  • Critical and analytical thinking skills; ability to work with both large and limited amounts of data to develop strategy and make rigorous decisions
  • Demonstrated experience in managing country-wide teams with diverse professional development needs  
  • Commercial acumen with proven ability to grasp how Talent impacts business objectives
  • Strong negotiator, with a proven ability to lobby for Talent agenda
  • Highly organized with a high capacity to problem solve and establish priorities for self and team
  • Ability to inspire confidence and instill trust both internally and externally
  • Proven success in building strong and effective people centric teams
  • Demonstrated passion for the organization’s mission, values and customers
  • Impeccable integrity and ethics
     

Benefits

  • Globally competitive salary

About Fresh Life

Fresh Life is Sanergy group's sanitation innovation company. Operational since 2011, the Sanergy group serves over 140,000 urban residents with safe sanitation services every day. Sanergy collects and treats over 12,000T of waste per year, and successfully sells its agricultural end-products to farmers in over 20 counties in Kenya, who see improved yields and increased incomes. Sanergy group undertakes three exciting lines of work of which Fresh Life is one.
 

Sanergy provide safe, sustainable sanitation services to residents living in urban informal settlements of Nairobi and Kisumu using end-to-end non-sewered sanitation solutions through their Fresh Life entity.  Fresh Life partners with cities to develop and deliver safe sanitation and waste management for urban residents. Using a systematic methodology, they match cities’ sanitation and waste management needs with technology and service delivery models, and then offer clear guidance on the steps that governments, funders, service providers and technology developers can take to develop and implement integrated service delivery systems.

 

Sanergy's franchise network of clean, containerised toilets and non-sewered sanitation solutions serve all urban residents and are five times cheaper than sewers. The community is engaged with running the ‘Fresh Life Toilets’ as local micro-entrepreneurs at every step, with waste separated to make organic fertiliser, instead of polluting waterways. The success stories of the Fresh Life 'operators', from being able to afford an education to expanding franchises, are spurring on the ‘digital toilet’ model to be replicated within other urban slums. 

 

There are currently over 3,000 active Fresh Life Toilets in informal settlements, with over 100,000 daily uses from community members now with access to affordable hygienic sanitation and over 250 employees, 60% of whom live in the communities they serve. The hope is that the Sanergy model will compel governments looking to invest in cost-efficient models to solve the sanitation crisis and provide safe sanitation solutions for their residents.