Who we are
At EarthEnable, we believe that our clients deserve our very best, that morning high-fives are the best way to start the day, and that the best ideas could come from any part of the company. We celebrate each other’s wins, learn from our setbacks, and are deeply proud of the impact we make every day. We believe that a clean, dust-free floor means more than living in a healthy home. It means pride and dignity in the place our customers most treasure: their homes. Being a part of our team means more than building floors: it means building an organization and building a better future for rural families.
What we do
EarthEnable is transforming the way people live, by making homes healthier for families across rural Rwanda. 80% of Rwandans live in homes with dirt floors, which are dusty, unsanitary, and fertile breeding grounds for parasites and germs. While replacing a dirt floor with concrete has significant health benefits (e.g. reducing diarrhea by 50% and parasitic infections by 80%), concrete is unaffordable for many who need it.
EarthEnable addresses this pressing and ubiquitous problem by selling high-quality, earthen floors that are 80% cheaper than concrete with 90% less embedded energy. Earthen floors are already prevalent in modern homes in the United States and are composed of natural materials (gravel, clay, sand, and laterite). EarthEnable trains and hires local masons to install the floors which are sealed using a proprietary drying oil that makes them waterproof, strong, and polished. In our first 3 years of operations, EarthEnable has installed over 40,000 square meters of flooring and employed over 200 Rwandese staff.
About the role
We are looking for a hard working and passionate Project Engineer to help launch EarthEnable Uganda through managing an impact study and our initial operations in the country. EarthEnable will be working with a number of partner organizations and the Ugandan government to run a five-month willingness to pay and impact study in an area in Jinja, Uganda. The person in this role will be responsible for managing this project. This will involve overseeing floor-building operations, recruiting and hiring masons and other staff, managing relations with partners in Uganda, and coordinating an impact study. This role requires someone who is enthusiastic, patient, quick to learn, and can manage multiple work streams. The successful candidate will be willing to get his or her hands dirty and work closely with masons, sales reps, and others on the team. There is significant opportunity to learn, and to grow with the organization. If successful in the Project Engineer role for this project, this person will have the opportunity to continue working with EarthEnable Uganda.
The Project Engineer will receive significant support from staff from EarthEnable Rwanda, including the CEO and Director of Operations. The position will be based in Jinja, Uganda, but with significant time outside of the town in rural areas of Uganda. It may also require some time spent at the headquarters in Rwanda.
The specific tasks of this role will include, but not be limited to:
• Sourcing materials for floors and negotiating prices
• Experimenting with different types of materials to find the best options
• Building pilot floors to test materials and building techniques
• Recruiting, hiring, and training masons; managing a team of masons, sales representatives and office staff
• Developing quality control mechanisms to standardize the quality of our product
• Performing quality control checks to ensure that we are providing the best possible product
• Making improvements to the product when necessary
• Managing sales visits to approximately 1,500 potential customers
• Managing operations related to the building of at least 500 EarthEnable floors in Rwanda
• Managing EarthEnable’s relationship with partner organizations within Uganda
• Working with universities in Uganda and the United States to coordinate an impact study
• Working with an NGO in Uganda to coordinate the offering and distribution of loans for EarthEnable floors
• Diploma in civil or structural engineering
• 2+ years in civil or structural engineering (management experience preferred)
• Some understanding of budget/ financial management
• Hard working and gritty to push through challenges; thrives in a bootstrapped culture
• Flexible and adaptable to changing environments
• Ability to work on a variety of tasks at the same time
• Maturity and poise under stress
• Passionate about international development and social enterprise
• Entrepreneurial attitude, creative problem solver, patient team-player, sense of humor
• Some experience with impact evaluation and academic economics research preferred, but not required
• Experience with fast-growing social ventures is a plus
• English and Lusoga proficiency required
Apply online at www.earthenable.org/applynow