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Project Engineer (Mechanical)

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 Mechanical Projects Engineer will be responsible for the design, procurement, installation and operationalization of the production unit of a full scale animal feed production plant. The production portion of the plant is the crucial heart of operations and requires full time effort to iteratively design and implement a solution ready for full scale production.
Key duties and responsibilities
  • Complete detailed design of production facility and equipment
  • Manage procurement, installation, commissioning and operationalizing loading, unloading and containment equipment for the full scale plant
  • Implement and trial the facility, climate control, shelving and containment technologies for a medium scale plant
  • Develop process flows and procedures for full scale operations.
  • Complete risk and safety assessments on plant and adjust designs accordingly.
  • Optimize full scale operations by transferring learnings from medium scale production plant
Job Requirements
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • 3+ years of experience in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Process, analytical and industrial thinking, with strong qualitative analysis
  • Ability to use CAD software
  • Ready to potentially do some manual work.
  • 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.
  • Able to identify personal shortcomings and limitations and close those gaps.
  • Strong autonomy – can self-direct and manage own deliverables and timelines.
  • Frequent field visits to the production facility in Kinanie, Machakos

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