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Director of Research

BURN Manufacturing
Ruiru, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

Based in Kenya, BURN designs, produces
and distributes East Africa’s best-selling, most durable and economical
charcoal and wood cookstoves that also dramatically reduce harmful smoke
emissions which can cause significant health problems, even death. See our
promo video hereNot only does BURN sell the world’s most
fuel-efficient charcoal and wood household stoves, but we are also the only
cookstove company which manufactures all its products in sub-Saharan Africa’s
only state-of-the-art clean cookstove manufacturing facility. Since 2013, BURN has sold 650,000+ Jikokoa ™
stoves in East Africa. These stoves have helped 3,000,000 beneficiaries save
$215 million in fuel expenditures and 2.6 million tons of wood while
reducing indoor air pollution by 65%. BURN currently sells ~25,000 stoves per
month and are on track to double sales over the next 12 months by expanding its
successful model across Africa. BURN has 300 employees and expects strong
growth in the number of employees in the coming years.BURN is now poised to bring its
revolutionary biomass cookstoves - as well as a new range of electric, hybrid,
and liquid fuel stoves - to Sub-Saharan Africa & beyond. Over the next 3 years BURN will enter 6 new
countries and launch 5 new products .


BURN is looking for a Director of Research whose
overall responsibility will be to lead BURN’s long term research department. The
DOR will lead a team that will pursue, write and administrate grants (mostly
responding to RFPs/solicitations). BURN normally seeks grants to support 3 key
areas supports
R&D, 2.
Pilots/ field studies3.
expansion into new markets. The DoR, in 2020, will build and supervise a 4-person team
that will include Grant Writer, Grant Administrator and 2 Project Managers. This
team will liaise with Burn’s existing Design & Engineering, Market
Intelligence, and Expansion teams to fulfill items 1 – 3 listed above.
BURN currently raises over $1 million in grant funding and
we expect the DOR to grow this to ~$2 million in 2020.
Roles and

responsible for resourcing (grant writing andgrant administration), project planning,
account management, business development, team development •
Ensure that all projects are sufficiently andappropriately resourced and that our recommended project management and
analysis approaches arebeing adhered to

To monitor on a day to day basis, resources forlive projects, supplementing/modifying teams as required, and generally acting
in the role of troubleshooter to ensure smooth progress of all projects.

To take an overview of the management of alllive projects, ensuring that relevant meetings take place - initiation,
mid-project update, product handling, field, data processing and data analysis
briefings, debrief planning and postmortems. This will involve direct liaison
with each department and key personnel across the relevant departments.

o scrutinise proposed timings for projects anddiscuss them with the key departments to ensure that clients needs are met.

To keep abreast of outstanding proposals toforesee and plan workload levels
Desired experience:

research management •
grant writing•
grant administration•
project management•
the successful candidate will, in the long run,manage these teams but must have practical experience in each category

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Start date is
flexible and within Q4 2019.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required languages: Swahili (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent),

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Salary range: Confidential
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