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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 seeking an experienced Engineering Manager who will work on the design and construction of East Africa’s largest organics recycling facilities. 

 

Job Location 

  • Nairobi 80%, Kinanie 20% 

 

Role Responsibilities:
 

  • Lead multiple engineering teams to develop various designs of a organic waste bioconversion facilities
  • Interact with various internal stakeholders such as legal, finance, and operations to ensure the design team objectives are met 
  • Interact with various external stakeholders such as engineering consultants, contractors, equipment vendors to ensure the design team objectives are met 
  • Develop frameworks, procedures, templates to standardize project execution during the design phase
  • Develop strategies to ensure all team members adopt the standardized project execution approach
  • Ensure Sanergy’s quality standards are adopted and reflected in the final deliverables
  • Support the team leads in setting priorities to achieve the yearly department objectives
  • Support the team leads to resolve technical and non technical roadblocks 
  • Manage the different teams project timelines, budgets, resources, and activities required to achieve the yearly goals 
  • Review engineering drawings and provide technical feedback to ensure specifications and quality standards are met 
  • Support the organization and preparation of the project through assembling needed project information, tools and work documents to industry standards in a timely manner 
  • Lead meetings with vendors, contractors, construction teams 
  • Provide feedback and coaching to design leads on technical and non technical issues
  • Develop clear and transparent communication channels with other staff including Engineers, Project Manager, and Administration Staff

Criteria

  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering or relevant field 
  • 5+ years of experience in engineering management 
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of how multi-disciplinary engineering team operates
  • Demonstrated ability in identifying bottlenecks in operating systems and proactively fixing them
  • Experience in developing new procedures and frameworks to operate the business at department level 
  • Knowledge in the design of processing units, equipment, waste treatment facility 
  • Demonstrated ability to explain technical information to technical and non-technical people
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a team, set priorities, handle budgets and provide constructive feedback to team members 
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate contracts with equipment vendors and consultants 

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.