Senior Grants Manager - 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 Senior Grants Manager 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 hire will be uniquely responsible for identifying and securing grants with key multilaterals, research agencies, prizes, and foundations. The manager will work closely with both our operations and finance teams to successfully realize the goals of these grants. The manager will also lead a small grants team. We are looking for someone who has great, relevant networks and impeccable communication skills, is relentlessly creative, and deeply mission-aligned with our team. This is a global role and application 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.

  • Develop and implement a robust, standardized process for researching, developing and managing a strong pipeline of grant-funding opportunities

  • Lead the the grant team in developing excellent concept notes and applications with a high success rate

  • Build strong, trust-based relationships with key stakeholders at multilaterals, governments, research institutions, and in the regenerative agriculture industry. 

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

  • Engage operational teams to understand their challenges and needs, and work with them to realize successful grants

  • Engage finance teams to work seamlessly for project planning and timely reporting

  • 5 years of experience and proven track record in building partnerships, particularly with  institutional funders. A track record in raising and managing >2.5M / year is desired.

  • Deep, relevant networks in the multilateral donor circles. 

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

  • Impeccable integrity and ethics.

  • 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.

  • Experience with people management



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.