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Apprentice Engineer

Closing: May 24, 2024

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Published: May 8, 2024 (23 days ago)

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Overview of Sanivation

Sanivation is a pioneering social enterprise dedicated to providing clean, safe, and efficient sanitation services to urbanizing communities in low-income countries. Operating in Kenya since 2014, we partner with local governments to deliver comprehensive solutions from research and design to implementation and monitoring.

Our mission is to make cities across Africa clean, healthy, and productive by offering safe and sustainable sanitation services. With a deep understanding of local contexts and market-driven models, we ensure lasting solutions that positively impact people and their surroundings.

With a team of over 60 local staff and international experts, we collaborate with a range of private and public sector partners, including renowned organizations like the World Bank, UNICEF, and USAID. Featured in the Netflix documentary "Brave Blue World" and recognized by Forbes and Fast Company, we're at the forefront of innovative sanitation solutions.

Join us in driving positive change and shaping the future of sustainable sanitation.

About the Role

We are looking for an apprentice engineer who will support Sanivation’s technical team in various aspects of design, engineering, technical support, research, data analysis, and product development across a range of varied projects and locations. The Apprentice Engineer will provide expertise in technical reports, proposals, and designs. The apprentice engineer will support project management, research, data collection/analysis and construction supervision activities. This role will contribute to technical support initiatives, including correspondence with stakeholders and capacity building efforts and assisting in product development tasks such as market analysis, product definition, and financial projections.

The Apprentice Engineer will work under the guidance of senior engineers and project managers to ensure the successful implementation of Sanivation’s innovative WASH technologies in Kenya. Sanivation’s innovative WASH projects fall under the following product groups:

  • Waste-to-value faecal sludge treatment plants (FSTPs)

  • Waste collection (toilets, emptying, and transportation)

  • Master planning (including city-wide inclusive sanitation plans (CWISPs))

  • Solid waste management (SWM)


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Overview of Sanivation

Sanivation is a pioneering social enterprise dedicated to providing clean, safe, and efficient sanitation services to urbanizing communities in low-income countries. Operating in Kenya since 2014, we partner with local governments to deliver comprehensive solutions from research and design to implementation and monitoring.

Our mission is to make cities across Africa clean, healthy, and productive by offering safe and sustainable sanitation services. With a deep understanding of local contexts and market-driven models, we ensure lasting solutions that positively impact people and their surroundings.

With a team of over 60 local staff and international experts, we collaborate with a range of private and public sector partners, including renowned organizations like the World Bank, UNICEF, and USAID. Featured in the Netflix documentary "Brave Blue World" and recognized by Forbes and Fast Company, we're at the forefront of innovative sanitation solutions.

Join us in driving positive change and shaping the future of sustainable sanitation.

About the Role

We are looking for an apprentice engineer who will support Sanivation’s technical team in various aspects of design, engineering, technical support, research, data analysis, and product development across a range of varied projects and locations. The Apprentice Engineer will provide expertise in technical reports, proposals, and designs. The apprentice engineer will support project management, research, data collection/analysis and construction supervision activities. This role will contribute to technical support initiatives, including correspondence with stakeholders and capacity building efforts and assisting in product development tasks such as market analysis, product definition, and financial projections.

The Apprentice Engineer will work under the guidance of senior engineers and project managers to ensure the successful implementation of Sanivation’s innovative WASH technologies in Kenya. Sanivation’s innovative WASH projects fall under the following product groups:

  • Waste-to-value faecal sludge treatment plants (FSTPs)

  • Waste collection (toilets, emptying, and transportation)

  • Master planning (including city-wide inclusive sanitation plans (CWISPs))

  • Solid waste management (SWM)


Design and Engineering:
  • Draft designs and technical reports for Sanivation’s WASH technologies.

  • Contribute to supervision of construction sites for infrastructure projects with support of senior engineers.

  • Conduct research, data collection, and data analysis on projects.

  • Lead on assigned project tasks and develop innovative solution to Sanivation projects.

  • Responsible for drafting sections of feasibility, design, and research proposals.

Technical Support:
  • Travel to various sites to gain practical experience and provide support on resource and project mobilization.

  • Responsible for time and resource management while monitoring projects to ensure projects stay on schedule and within budget.

  • Liaison between project managers, operations teams, and external stakeholders for seamless communication on project updates.

  • Learn about Sanivation’s technology and WASH sector possibilities.

  • Assist in managing correspondence with internal and external stakeholders providing technical feedback and support.


  • Attend meetings and workshops to gain technical knowledge, build networks,

  • Participate in capacity building initiatives for water service providers and private sector service providers.

  • Participate in data collection and data analysis to contribute to project and sector knowledge.

Product Development:

  • Support market analysis and verification of output products in product development projects.

  • Participate in defining and developing innovative products within Sanivation’s four main products

  • Work with product teams to develop innovative products and suggest improvements.

  • Responsible for drafting and updating financial projections for technical solutions with support of technical team.
Education:
  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related field.

Experience:

Skills:

  • Minimum of 1-2 years of experience in a technical role, preferably in the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects.

  • Experience in drafting technical reports, proposals, or similar documents is required. Familiarity with construction supervision processes desirable.

  • Proficiency in technical writing and communication.

  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect and analyse data. Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

  • Knowledge of engineering software such as AutoCAD, GIS, or similar tools is advantageous. Familiarity with project management principles and tools.

Knowledge:
  • Understanding of engineering principles and concepts related to water, sanitation, and hygiene.

  • Familiarity with sanitation technologies and products is advantageous.

  • Basic knowledge of financial analysis and projections.

Working Relationship:

Internal:

  • All functional areas that need technical support.

  • Strong relationship needed with Partnerships, Project Development, and all operations teams.

External:

  • Technical partners.

Clients.

  • Research/ academic institutions.


Location

Naivasha, Kenya.



Think you have what it takes but not sure you meet all of the experience required? Research shows that while men apply to roles when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women often only apply when they meet 100% of the requirements. If you’re passionate about what we’re doing, apply! We want to hear from you.

About our team and culture:

Our team culture at Sanivation is one of collaboration, innovation, and passion for what we do. We believe in fostering an environment where everyone feels empowered to contribute their ideas and expertise, regardless of their role or background. We embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and learning, and we celebrate our successes as a team. If you're looking to join a dynamic and supportive work environment where you can make a meaningful impact, we'd love to have you on board!

Compensation:

Sanivation offers a competitive compensation package and the opportunity to work in a flexible, fun, and supportive environment. Join our team and enjoy a rewarding career with ample growth prospects.

Extra Perks:

  • Mission-driven team & work

  • Healthcare coverage for you

  • Professional development opportunities

  • Leave allowance package

  • Regular events planned internally

  • Free daily lunch at the office

  • Data and airtime


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