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Project Engineer (Civil/Structural)

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 800 active Fresh Life Toilets run by over 400 Fresh Life Operators. We have collected and converted over 9,000 tons of waste. At the same time, we have built a team of over 250 people. For our work, we have 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.
Job Purpose Statement
The adult insect rearing area of Sanergy’s animal feed facility will be an important unit in the overall process. This role ensures that Sanergy’s vision for a successful adult rearing facility is actualized by bridging the gap between architects, engineers and contractors. Ultimately, this role is put in place to ensure successful implementation of the adult rearing facility on time and in full, within budget.
Key duties and responsibilities
The key responsibilities and duties of the Project Engineer will be related to locking a detailed facility and equipment design and ensuring the works are completed within specification, as well as starting up and operationalizing various components within the facility.
Key responsibilities more specifically include:
  • Work with architects and engineers from consulting firms to design the adult facility, including foundation works, structural design, temperature and humidity control, facility layout and integration within the larger factory
  • Implement small scale design features into a pilot scale facility to trial different technical aspects of the plant
  • Design cages and shelves using R&D input for a scalable solution that is operationally practical
  • Integration of the equipment within the facility space
  • Work with procurement, finance and legal teams to source all necessary equipment and to tender major civil, electrical and mechanical work required for the adult facility
  • Develop process and material flows for normal operations.
  • Act as key liaison between contractors and the project team.
  • Manage on-the-ground foreman to quality-control construction works.
  • Manage fellows to complete smaller R&D, design and trial work
Job Requirements
  • Degree in Civil or Structural Engineering
  • At least 3 years’ experience in Civil or Structural Engineering design and construction; experience in Construction Management will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to critically assess structural designs and assess quality works completed and in progress.
  • Ability to use CAD software and work with engineering drawings.
  • Great interpersonal skills comfortable engaging with contractors and consultants.
  • Can handle abstract problems and generate a range of possible solutions.
  • Resilient to setbacks, contingency plans.
  • Flexibility – able to adjust to shifts in scope and timeline.
  • Frequent field visits to the production facility in Kinanie, Machakos.

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