Sanergy builds healthy, prosperous communities by making safe sanitation, accessible and affordable for everyone, forever. Starting in the informal settlements of Nairobi, Kenya, we provide safe sanitation (containment, emptying, transport, treatment, and reuse) to over 120,000 people a day at a quarter of the cost of the traditional sewer network.
In 2020, we are significantly scaling up our capacity to safely treat the sanitation waste from our toilet network in Nairobi's slums. We are commercializing an innovative biological process that converts sanitation and other municipal organic waste into protein for animal feed from the harvest of Back Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL).
Lower the cost of treatment while producing valuable agricultural inputs, serving the community and environment, and doing it profitably. The intern will work as part of the New Technology Commercialization team, who are responsible for building and commissioning Sanergy’s large scale waste treatment facility, which will be capable of upcycling 200 tons/day of organic waste using our novel insect processing technologies.
A critical component of the process is the feeding phase of the larvae. This is not only where the waste treatment happens, but also where 90% of the value is created, by converting that waste into valuable protein. The feeding phase needs to efficiently manage the 200 tons/day of waste that is delivered for treatment.
The equipment selected for this process has been adapted from other agricultural applications and will require significant on-the-ground innovation and improvement to optimize the process efficiency and effectiveness.
The Autodesk Expert Fellow project will focus on post-commissioning assessment and optimization of the new equipment and end-to-end process, with the aim to also prototype and implement improvements to the equipment and process designs. Through innovations, the Autodesk Expert Fellow has the opportunity to significantly impact performance, outputs and operational costs and the role includes an exciting combination of hands-on prototyping and troubleshooting with solid engineering and design.
About this Fellowship Project
Objective of the Fellowship: Analyze mass insect rearing equipment and process flow to optimize for rapid change-over and throughput.
The fellow will be responsible for:
Partnering with New Technology Commercialization Design/Build team to commission and troubleshoot new mechanical material handling equipment.
Designing engineering solutions to enable rapid setup, changeover and knock-down of the equipment to ensure cost and throughput targets are met.
Preparing drawings (CAD and 3D) for any prototypes and design changes required.
Overseeing any fabrication and assembly of solutions, as well as testing and implementation of the solution.
Assisting in further optimization of these designs if possible, through direct engineering or work process flow modification.
Qualifications, Skills & Experience
The ideal candidate should possess the following:
Strong design skills and experience working with Autodesk product design software for preparation of design prototypes, fabrication drawings and stress testing.
Proven experience in utilizing HCD principles to design affordable, desirable products.
Experience conducting primary and secondary research to inform design.
Familiarity with challenges and trends in manufacturing.
Ability to work independently to move deliverables forward.
Proven ability to structure and conduct design research and development without supervision.
Enthusiasm and skills necessary to bring structure to an open-ended question, going from a wide-open space of many ideas to a concrete, actionable recommendation.
Experience working in a developing country context would be beneficial but is not required.
Creativity, humility, integrity and a sense of humour.
The fellow with work on an exciting project leading the development of black soldier fly rearing – a new process in a growing industry. The scope for interesting and varied solutions is huge, there is a lot of potential to unleash creative, interesting solutions and develop knowledge in a growing niche industry.
The fellow will gain hands-on, real-world experience by:
Designing and engineering novel solutions to an interesting problem
Being at the cutting edge of an immature process (BSFL production)
Partnering with young engineers to mentor and lead them to growth and success.
Project location: Nairobi, Kenya – Remote work
Please submit your resume and a cover letter by October 11, 2020.
Fresh Life Initiative (FLI) is an award-winning social venture that makes hygienic sanitation accessible and affordable in Africa’s urban slums for everyone, forever. Our systems-based approach to solving the sanitation crisis involves five key steps: we build a dense network of franchised micro-entrepreneurs, who operate low-cost, high-quality waterless sanitation facilities. We provide critical support services – such as access to finance, training, marketing and business analytics. We collect the waste regularly and safely remove it from the community. Working with our sanitation partners we convert the waste into valuable by-products, such as organic fertilizer and renewable energy. Finally, we sell the by-products to Kenyan farms. Since November 2011, we have launched over 3000 Fresh Life Toilets to a network of 2500 micro-entrepreneurs and we collect and convert over 9000 tons of waste annually.
We are expanding our franchise network, by identifying and selling our sanitation products and services. We are looking for Sales Agents who will be responsible for customer acquisition and retention, leading the sales and customer life cycle.
Skills and qualifications required
Diploma in any Business related field
Good interpersonal skills, effective communicator, attentive to detail, strong problem solving and interpretation skills
Flexible and adaptable, ability to perform tasks without repeated instructions, demonstrate sound work ethics
Demonstrable experience in handling multiple customer demands
We offer an interesting and challenging position within a multicultural and dynamic environment, selling a product that makes a significant positive impact, working with a highly motivated team who is passionate about the cause.
Required documents for Shortlisting
● KRA PIN
● Police Clearance Certificate
● Academic Transcripts and Academic Certificates
To apply, please submit here a cover letter clearly indicating your available start state (include notice period) and your interest in this role, and your resume/CV that includes a list of three referees by 7th October 2020. Kindly indicate your salary expectations.
We have made handwashing possible in urban slums. Now, to make real sustained impact, we must foster behavioural change to make handwashing a habit.
Fresh Life Initiative (FLI) is an award-winning social venture that makes hygienic sanitation accessible and affordable in Africa’s urban slums for everyone, forever. Our systems-based approach to solving the sanitation crisis involves five key steps: we build a dense network of franchised micro-entrepreneurs, who operate low-cost, high-quality waterless sanitation facilities. We provide critical support services – such as access to finance, training, marketing and business analytics. We collect the waste regularly and safely remove it from the community. Working with our sanitation partners we convert the waste into valuable by-products, such as organic fertilizer and renewable energy. Finally, we sell the by-products to Kenyan farms. Since November 2011, we have launched over 3000 Fresh Life Toilets to a network of 2500 micro-entrepreneurs and we collect and convert over 9000 tons of waste annually. As we grow the network, we recognize the important role that hygiene, and specifically hand washing, plays in ensuring a healthy community, and are adopting a more strategic and sustainable approach to handwashing behaviour change.We are therefore seeking a Behavioral Marketing Project Officer to join the team.
The Project Officer will be responsible for managing the handwashing behaviour change work ensuring increased adoption and sustainability of handwashing behaviour in our growing network of over 3000 sanitation facilities in Kenya. The Project Officer will work with a consulting team of behavioural researchers and strategists to conduct baseline research on the current status and target audiences; develop a handwashing behaviour change strategy, and in collaboration with the Customer Support team, experiment with interventions aimed at achieving the desired behaviour change. S/he will develop and implement a monitoring and evaluation framework to measure the effectiveness of the interventions.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Manage the overall hand washing behavioral marketing project work
With the guidance of a consultant, conduct field research among franchisees and users within the target community
Support the iterative development of a hand washing behavior change strategy
Lead implementation of field interventions/experiments and iterations in line with the strategy
Work with the Customer Support team to conduct field surveys, interviews and observations
Work with the designer to ensure development of relevant creative collateral materials/tools as identified in the strategy
Ensure effective tracking of the success metrics throughout the implementation period
Develop a monitoring and evaluation framework and use the same to measure the effectiveness of the interventions
Regularly undertake market scanning to identify any emerging behaviors/trends among franchisees and users, and propose appropriate interventions
Identify gaps during strategy implementation and propose viable solutions to address the same
Work collaboratively with other customer facing teams to ensure clear communication on the behavioral marketing work
Develop weekly reports on all the activities undertaken
Take responsibility for the management of all the expenses relating to the project including developing activity budgets, requisition of payments and reconciliation.
Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, design, psychology, or other relevant discipline
Has proven experience designing and implementing behavioral marketing campaigns (or human-centered design / social marketing / behavior change communications efforts) which have yielded measurable results (increase in adoption rates)
Experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative field research
Willingness to work in urban informal settlements
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Fluent in English and Swahili
Digitally Native: experienced using MS Office Suite, Google Suite, Data Analysis tools like Tableau
Ability to analyze data and develop effective reports and presentations
Passion for creativity and innovation
Do NOT apply if...
you cannot think of 10+ people top of mind who we could call right now and they’d speak glowingly about your collaborative spirit
you cannot speak to at least 3 experiments you’ve run in your work / personal life
you’re bothered by customer complaints
We offer an interesting and challenging position within a multicultural and dynamic environment, promoting a product and practices that make a significant positive impact, working with a highly motivated team who is passionate about the cause.
Required documents for Shortlisting
Police Clearance Certificate
Academic Transcripts and Academic Certificates
To apply To apply, please submit the following by Friday, 02nd October 2020:
1. Resume/CV that includes a list of three references. 2. Cover letter that describes how you have used marketing, design, or communications in the past to bring about behaviour change for good. Please include 1-2 instances of this work, and share with us the resulting impact. Also, please clearly indicate your available start date (include notice period) and your salary expectations.
3. One-page document in response to the following challenge (please include this write up as part of the cover letter):
CHALLENGE: Fresh Life has an opportunity to improve the COVID-19 situation in Nairobi by fostering more hand washing at our sanitation facilities. Success with this would improve hygiene and reduce infections. The trouble is, not all sanitation facility operators have installed hand washing stations, nor have all of them supplied stations with soap and water. On top of that, we have not made a strategic communication push to get the end users to wash their hands after using the toilets.
YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT: Assume that you are our Behavioral Marketing Project Officer and you are tasked with re-designing or improving our interventions to drive up hand washing. Please submit a simple one-page document that: 1. Shares the three initial questions that come to mind, and 2. Describes, using 5 bullet point steps, the general approach you would take to tackle this challenge.
Sanergy is an award winning social enterprise that employs the circular economy approach to treat and convert all forms of urban waste into organic fertilizer and insect based animal protein. Sanergy manufactures and distributes Evergrow Organic Fertilizer and Kuzapro Insect Based Animal Protein, under the Farm Star brand. We are an increasingly sophisticated, highly intricate organization with many moving parts. Sanergy seeks accomplished, driven individuals who will make substantive contributions to the organization. We are currently seeking a Production Analyst who will support in scheduling and resource planning in the factory in Kinanie (Machakos County).
Key Duties and Responsibilities -Develop production scheduling tools anchored on lean and project management principles -Use the daily Sales and Operations plan to develop an hour-by-hour production schedule whilst taking into account the following:
Labour available and/or required
Resources (raw materials) into daily schedules and share the same with crew leads
Equipment capability and availability
- Schedule and conduct line tours to measure adherence to the production schedule and resource consumption - Develop systems to detect and escalate variances to the schedule and consumption. This should be on an hour by hour basis - Lead factory level problem-solving in matters related to scheduling and resource allocation - Implement load-levelling when needed to ensure that "shocks" to the production schedule are adequately absorbed - Develop both visual and analytical systems that support effective production scheduling, load-levelling and resource planning - Develop systems that measure adherence to schedules and resource consumption. - Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, analyze the effectiveness of the production schedules and propose/implement ways to reduce non-adherence or improve process efficiency and reduce wastes - Conduct daily analysis of schedule adherence reports and resource utilization reports to calculate plant productivity and efficiency against targets - Work with the operational managers and crew leads on the implementation of production scheduling systems and strategies to improve adherence to the schedules and resource utilization at the factory - Built positive relationships with operational and planning managers to foster harmony between the production and execution plans. - Have cordial interactions with all staff as you do your work - Report any complaints or concerns raised by existing customers or any other member of the community - Determine optimum activity start and end times for each day of the week by using visual planning Gantt charts - Use quantitative metrics to optimize schedules by evaluating dependencies, removing waiting times, delays and unnecessary movement (Transport or Motion) - Use software/platform for resource planning and scheduling. Examples are MS Project or Google Sheets. - Ensure that schedules and resource plans are disseminated to the relevant stakeholders within the required timelines - Work with the operational and planning managers to ensure that adherence to the schedules are reported in a standard format that is easily generated and understood - Be willing to change/modify ways of working or systems to adapt to rapidly changing organization goals/targets - Monitor day to day resource utilization and schedule to ensure that operations are running within allocated the allocated hour by hour budget - Where there are variances to the budget - develop systems to drive detection and escalation in real time -Work with respective factory managers to ensure that utilities, materials utilization, and set takt times are adhered to and tracked on the established platforms
Skills and qualifications you’ll need
Bachelor’s degree in engineering. These include chemical, mechanical, process, industrial engineering fields
Experience in statistics or related certification (stats) will be an added advantage
Previous experience in a production facility/company will be an added advantage
Qualities you’ll need to fit in well with the Sanergy-Stars
A collaborative spirit that compels you to work beyond your team
A desire to understand and serve customers
A willingness to embrace diversity, integrity, and empathy
An innovative approach to assessing and testing new ideas
An enthusiasm to achieve set targets and improve yourself professionally
Required documents for Shortlisting
Police Clearance Certificate
Academic Transcripts and Academic Certificates
To Apply To apply, please submit a cover letter clearly indicating your available start state (include notice period) and your interest in this role, and your resume/CV that includes a list of three referees by 8th October 2020. Kindly indicate your salary expectations. Click Here To Apply