Grants Research and Development Intern

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

  • 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 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 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 45,000T 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 its work Sanergy has been recognised by the Food Planet Prize, the UN’s Business Call to Action, Fast Company and most recently has been selected as a finalist for the inaugural Earthshot Prize in the category “ Building a world without waste”.

Having proven this model in Nairobi, we are now looking to replicate it in cities across Kenya and Africa, as well as to develop new products in the regenerative agriculture space and invest in our process to improve yield, profitability and impact.  To support these different workstreams we are looking to raise $4m in grant funding over the next 18 months, building on a strong fund-raising track record which has seen us attract grant support from Acumen, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, DFC and many more.

Sanergy has an opening for an exceptional individual who can contribute to Sanergy’s grant-raising activities,  in particular by developing our capacity to research and identify appropriate grant opportunities. This 6 month fellowship position will work within the Business Development Team to research, develop and execute the  pipeline of grant-funding we need to support our work going forward. The fellowship will provide training and hands-on experience as a member of the Business Development team, as well as networking and mentorship opportunities.

  • Conduct regular self-directed research to identify a steady supply of grant funding opportunities for our different workstream: expansion, new product development, process improvement etc...

  • Develop research strategies for new areas of the grant funding landscape as yet unfamiliar to Sanergy, for example developing partnerships with research institutions 

  • Manage the progression of grant opportunities through the pipeline database, including inputting requisite data and regular status updates

  • Conducting opportunity analysis for new grant opportunities and pitching these to the rest of the team

  • Collaborating with the business development team in creating high-quality applications

  • Collaborating with key internal and external stakeholders to gather information and analyze needs and requirements.

  • Participation in meetings with potential funders

  • Responding to information requests from funders 

  • Presenting data or analytic findings in a variety of formats (reports, PPT, graphs, figures and tables).

  • Perform data analytics functions that generate knowledge via data mining, visualization, or other forms of data analytics.

  • On-going or completed Graduate Degree from an accredited degree program providing training in business, finance, international development, or a related field of study (MBA and/or 1-2 yrs work experience would be a  plus)

  • Proficient in conducting online searches, including structuring and analyzing data

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively across multiple focus areas

  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills

  • Ability to work in a fast–paced, high–energy environment

  • Proficiency with data analysis (Excel, Sheets) and data management (Drive, Dropbox) applications as well as generally with Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook) and Google ( Docs, Slides) suites

  • Basic understanding of and interest in circular economy and waste management

  • Good understanding of principles of grant funding, with prior experience a plus

  • Understanding of financials statements is a plus

  • Language: English required. 

  • Humility, integrity and a sense of humour.



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.