The Sanergy Fellows Program

The Sanergy Fellows Program provides professionals from around the globe with an opportunity to share their talent and skills to help tackle one of the greatest social challenges of our time: the provision of total hygienic sanitation for residents of informal settlements. Since its inception in 2011, Sanergy has welcomed Fellows with a diverse array of professional backgrounds to assist our teams in tackling some of the most complex challenges within the organization.

Sanergy Fellow Ruto tests the product from the biogas digester.
Sanergy Fellow Ruto tests biogas.

Each Fellow brings a unique skill set and transformative mind-set, which they share with the organization and the communities we serve. We have found that building a team with a wide variety of skills and backgrounds encourages the development of more innovative solutions to the sanitation crisis. From developing new market strategy to improving biogas production, Fellows have made significant contributions to our operations, products, and services. For example, last year, we welcomed Dave Baran who worked closely with our logistics team to optimize processes in waste collection, resulting in a 25% reduction of logistical costs. This is just one success story from a program that now welcomes 30-45 Fellows annually.

Sanergy Fellow Miriam collaborates on a project with a colleague.
Sanergy Fellows Miriam and Sarah collaborate on a project.

Due to the dynamic nature of our work, our talent needs shift each quarter, creating ample opportunity for candidates to identify projects that would benefit from their time and expertise. As a result, our Fellows work across all teams in the organization on well-scoped projects with clearly stated deliverables. While the majority of projects can be completed within three to six months, we do have a handful of Fellows who commit a full year to the organization. In tandem with their work, we offer opportunities for Fellows to learn about a variety of exciting initiatives in the region through the Sanergy Speaker Series, a bi-weekly seminar taught by innovative leaders of organizations, businesses, and schools making a positive impact in East Africa. Leaders from Kiva, One Acre Fund, Juhudi Kilimo and more have come in the past year.

The Sanergy Fellows Program seeks accomplished, driven individuals who will make substantive contributions to our mission. More qualitatively, we are looking for people who have the desire to take on a new challenge in a pioneering context. As an organization, we are on the cusp of transformative change, and we seek people who believe their knowledge and skills will bring about that change.  As Sanergy expands, many new projects are on the horizon. We are looking for Fellows with the desire, determination, and energy to spend at least three months in East Africa pushing the frontiers of innovation. Apply here. Join us!

This post was authored by Meagan McKee, Fellows Program Coordinator at Sanergy. 

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