Grants & Partnerships Officer - Sanergy

Sanergy is an award-winning company headquartered in the US and with operations in Nairobi, Kenya. Operational since 2011, Sanergy manufactures agricultural inputs from residual organic waste streams. We collect and treat over 50,000T of waste per year, and successfully sell its agricultural end products to farmers, who are seeing improved yields and increased incomes. These inputs include insect protein, organic fertilizer, and biomass briquettes. We have built a team of over 400 people from diverse backgrounds who solve diverse problems, but all who embody the drive, creativity, teamwork, and passion that make us achieve our goals. We have been recognized by Fast Company as one of the 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World Doing Social Good, a Gates Foundation Goalkeeper for the SDGs, and one of the Earthshot Prize finalists in 2021. Check out our work here!

The Grants and Partnerships Officer joins us at a critical juncture. Sanergy is ramping up expansion in Kenya and throughout sub-Saharan Africa with its innovative circular economy approach, while at the same time undertaking pioneering research on regenerative agriculture in Africa and entering into both traditional and blockchain-enabled carbon markets. The officer will be responsible for identifying and securing grants with key multilaterals, research agencies, prizes, and foundations. The officer will work closely with both our operations and finance teams to successfully manage the implementation of  these grants in order to achieve their goals.

We are looking for someone who has impeccable communication and writing skills, is relentlessly creative, and deeply mission-aligned with our team.


  • Generate leads, identify co-funding partners, analyze opportunities, pitch ideas and develop internal stakeholder buy-in to go after opportunities.

  • Work with R&D to identify and develop opportunities based on the R&D research roadmap to develop new waste-derived products.

  • Craft strong business rationale and a tailored message to partners and funders. Communicate strategic initiatives and vision to inspire and convince partners to support the organization financially and technically. 

  • Plan and manage the entire proposal development process for identified funding opportunities, working closely with the Operational teams and Finance team to develop high quality funding applications. This includes developing narrative, budgets, log frames and theory of change in accordance with funder guidelines.

Grant Management:

  • Build strong, open and collaborative relationships with funders

  • Ensure all relevant team members are fully briefed on the terms and conditions of funders agreements/contracts, including Monitoring and Evaluation requirements and key deadlines.  

  • Gather information from Operational teams, prepare narrative reporting and liaise with partners with regular high quality updates. Ensure reporting requirements for all funders are met and reports are completed to deadlines.  

  • Support due diligence processes, facilitate funder audits and coordinate with Operational teams and Finance team on external evaluations. 

  • Produce internal reports and conduct reviews on the performance and progress of fundraising against agreed financial targets and annual objectives. 

  • Organize and lead site visits with funders.


  • Build networks and strategic partnerships locally. 

  • Expertly speak on behalf of the organization to funders and visitors.

  • Support other areas of business development as required in the organizational strategy, especially to improve business development tools and impact reporting.

  • 2 years of experience and proven track record in building partnerships, particularly with institutional funders.

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

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

  • Impeccable integrity and ethics

  • Relentless determination to succeed


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.