Kenya: Toilet design consultant for refugee camps

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Organization: Sanivation
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 07 Jan 2018

  • Based in Kakuma refugee camp (Kenya)
  • 4 months – full time
  • 5 years design experience (at least 2 years in sanitation or humanitarian sector)
  • Sanivation is a social enterprise dedicated to improving overall health, dignity, and the environment. We provide refugees with innovative container based household toilets and transform fecal waste into an eco-friendly fuel.
  • Apply by January 7th 2017

Purpose & Mission

Sanivation designs, constructs and operates sanitation systems that address the entire sanitation value chain in refugee camps. Our system addresses difficult ground conditions, while providing refugees with a toilet option they can brag about.

We have ongoing operations in Kakuma Refugee camp, where we provide over 2, 000 people with safe sanitation services, and we are planning to scale to 5,000 people in 2018.

Does this sound like you?

  • 5+ years toilet design experience
  • BS degree or higher in product design or related field
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Advanced prototyping skills: concrete, metal and wood
  • Knowledge of design software (desirable but not essential)
  • Positive communication style; self-motivated and excited to be part of a team
  • Passionate about improving the living conditions of refugees

Why Sanivation?

  • We are changing the way sanitation is done in refugee camps (see video here)
  • We implemented the first waste treatment plant in Kakuma (25 year old camp)
  • First private sector company to address entire sanitation value chain in a refugee camp
  • Scaling up to 5000 toilet users over next year and you get to lead the toilet design
  • Expanding to other refugee camps in East Africa

A day in the life

  • Talking to toilet users about challenges with the current toilet design, and documenting findings
  • Exploring Kakuma shops for materials availability for prototyping
  • Prototyping toilet improvement ideas and discussing them with the local team

Key responsibilities

Qualitative analysis

  • Lead focus group discussions and interview relevant stakeholders
  • Identify what needs we can meet with small toilet modifications
  • Review existing toilet improvement recommendations and independent toilet evaluation carried out by UNHCR


  • Create low-fidelity prototypes to test new ideas using a human centered design
  • Conduct rapid user trials


  • Produce improved toilet design with clear guide for construction

Team management

  • Recruitment and training of refugee incentive staff for toilet construction

How to apply:

To Apply

If you think you’re a match, send your resume along with a brief overview about why your passionate and qualified to with the subject Toilet Design Consultant. Applications are due by January 7th, 2017 and will be considered on a rolling basis.

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