Research & Development Internship at Sanergy


Vacancy Description

Sanergy is an award-winning social venture that builds healthy, prosperous communities by making hygienic sanitation accessible and affordable in Africa’s urban informal settlements. Our systems-based approach to solving the sanitation crisis involves five key steps: we build a dense network of low-cost, high-quality waterless sanitation facilities – called Fresh Life Toilets. We franchise the toilets to community residents, who run them as commercial toilets; landlords, who offer them as a value-added service to their tenants; and schools, to ensure children always have access to a safe sanitation option. We provide critical support services – such as access to finance, business analytics, training and aspirational marketing and branding. We collect the waste regularly and safely remove it from the community for treatment. We convert the waste into valuable end products, such as organic fertilizer and insect-based animal protein, which we sell to Kenyan farms. We launched our first toilet in November 2011, and we now have a network of over 2,700 active Fresh Life Toilets serving over 100,000 urban residents every single day. We collect and convert over 6,000 tons of waste every year. At the same time, we have built a team of 250 dedicated team with diverse backgrounds. Our work has been recognized 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.

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.

Our core product is dried insect larvae of the black soldier fly. The larvae simultaneously treats waste and produces valuable protein. While we have made great progress understanding and working with the fly, there is still much to learn and to do that we need to run trials and experiments. We currently seek a Research & Development Intern in our Kilifi Site to help us move our work forward, improving our process and insect performance while helping to take the technically feasible to scale.

A typical day for you might include the following

  •  Assist in the design of R&D trials for growing black soldier flies
  • Implement R&D trials in the field and oversee data collection
  • Make improvements to data collection methods and taking methods to accelerate trials
  • Enter trial data and manage databases differently and on time
  • Assist in data analysis and report writing, learning and applying statistical methods to data
  • Assist R&D Specialists to carry out experiments and research to support in trouble shooting
  • Provide on-site input for developing new protocols for the R&D team
  • Support field workmen in trial set up
  • Coordinate supply purchase/collection for trials requirements
  • Liaise with Production planner to utilize materials
  • Manage inventory of R&D equipment
  • Communicate with field supervisor on trial updates

Skills and qualifications you’ll need  

  • Undergraduate or a masters degree (Science or Engineering background)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office – Mastery of Excel will be an added advantage
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Strong time management, organizational, and prioritization skills
  • Excellent communication skills on all levels
  • Diligent and high attention to detail
  • Relentless desire to improve yourself, your team, and your organization;
  • A collaborative mentality
  • Able to work in hot environments

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

To Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter clearly indicating your available start state, your  resume/CV that includes a list of three referees. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Kindly note: This position is based in Kilifi town, Kilifi County and should you be successful you will be required to live close to the area

While the 2019 Sanergy interns are not provided monetary compensation, the experience gleaned from their time at Sanergy will benefit them for many years to come. Join us in pushing the frontiers of innovation

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