Chief Partnerships Officer - Freshlife


Sanergy is an award-winning social venture based in Nairobi, Kenya. We undertake three exciting lines of work:

  • We provide safe, sustainable sanitation services to residents living in urban informal settlements of Nairobi and Kisumu using end-to-end non-sewered sanitation solutions. Watch here!

  • We implement a circular economy model to sustainably manage sanitation and organic waste generated in cities. Using technologies developed in-house, we upcycle the waste into insect-based protein for animal feed, organic fertilizer, and biomass fuel. We operate the largest organics recycling plant in East Africa. Watch here!

  • We partner with cities to develop and deliver safe sanitation and waste management for urban residents. Using a systematic methodology, we match cities’ sanitation and waste management needs with technology and service delivery models, and then offer clear guidance on the steps that governments, funders, service providers and technology developers can take to develop and implement integrated service delivery systems. 

Operational since 2011, Sanergy serves over 140,000 urban residents with safe sanitation services every day. Sanergy collects and treats over 12,000T of waste per year, and successfully sells its agricultural end-products to farmers in over 20 counties in Kenya, who see improved yields and increased incomes. At the same time, we have built a team of over 400 employees from diverse backgrounds who solve diverse problems, but all embody the drive, creativity, teamwork, and passion that make us achieve our goals. For our work, we have been recognized by the Gates Foundation as one of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals accelerator; 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, and the Food Planet Prize for our innovative circular economy approach.

The Chief Partnerships Officer joins us at a critical juncture. Sanergy is ramping up expansion in Kenya and throughout sub-Saharan Africa to serve 1.5 million people in at least 3 countries over the next 5 years. The Chief Partnership Officer will be uniquely responsible for orchestrating our work with funders (predominantly institutional, but also philanthropic), global government agencies, and the larger WASH community. To achieve our goals, we must increase the amount of financing into WASH from major development agencies and philanthropy, improve the financing and regulatory environment through effective policy and advocacy work, and change the narrative on sanitation, such that it becomes a priority issue for governments and financiers. The Chief Partnership Officer -manages the 3 teams - business development, global policy & advocacy, and external comms - responsible for achieving these results. We are excited for the incoming Chief Partnership Officer to develop and execute a strategy that integrates these work streams into one seamless endeavor. Applications will be review on a daily basis

  • Achieve Sanergy’s ambitious fundraising targets through building partnerships with key stakeholders

  • Lead strategy for all aspects of donor relationships, including conducting baseline prospect-identification and research, preparation of proposals, solicitation, closure, and stewardship.

  • Build strong, trust-based relationships with key stakeholders at multilaterals, governments, and in the WASH industry.

  • Develop and execute Sanergy’s global policy and advocacy strategy to promote non-sewered sanitation and the prioritization of serving residents of low income communities with quality, safe sanitation services.

  • Develop and execute a global communications strategy to ensure Sanergy can realize its business objectives. 

  • Manage and lead a high-performing team across all 3 key areas: fundraising, communications, and global P&A. 

  • Represent Sanergy externally with funders, government,  and other key stakeholders. 

  • Serve on the Sanergy Leadership Team as a key leader for the organization and partner to the Executive Director.

  • 15 years of experience and proven track record in building partnerships, particularly with  institutional funders. A track record in raising and managing >$10M / year is desired.

  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking advocacy work “from the inside:” working with key stakeholders to develop and change the policy and regulatory environment.

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and executing successful corporate communications strategies.

  • Demonstrated experience in managing multi-country teams with diverse professional development needs.  

  • Deep, relevant networks in the WASH sector.

  • Highly organized and able to follow through and prioritize tasks.

  • Impeccable integrity and ethics.

  • An effective communicator at all levels in the organization, with strong oral and written skills and a willingness to share information; required fluency in English.



Sanergy/FreshLife is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.