Thursday, June 22, 2017

EarthEnable Operations Intern Job Vacancy in Rwanda

Job Description:
Company: EarthEnable, Incorporated (known as Tube Heza in Rwanda)
Reports to: Director of Operations
Location: Nyamata Rwanda (or possibly another location in Rwanda)
Compensation: Small stipend to cover costs, possibility of a future salary 

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
This person will work with our operations team at the headquarters in Nyamata, Bugesera District but will occasionally be expected to travel to other Tube Heza locations in Kigali, Rwamagana, or future areas of expansion. The person in the role will be exposed to a wide range of operations activities, including but not limited to:
• Learning about data collection systems and managing data entry, integrity and visualization
• Learning about supply and storekeeping systems and managing stores and inventory
• Assisting with the logistics of material delivery and management of a growing vehicle fleet
• Working closely with floormen and operations staff to troubleshoot and resolve floor construction issues
• Assessing new sectors and districts for potential expansion, including helping to source sand stores and depots and negotiate store contracts
• Supporting training activities by helping with material procurement, presentations, and translations

If the person in this role is successful, they may be offered a position as an Operations Associate in one of the EarthEnable offices in another district after completion of the internship. This role is a unique opportunity to work closely with the upper management of a growing social enterprise.

Job Requirements:
• A knack for logistics and a passion for helping people to improve their lives through our product
• Strong people management skills and a passion for helping to build a strong team
• Commitment to impact and strong interest in community development
• Ability to work extremely independently
• Fluency in English
• Excellent knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and Google Docs
• Strong written and verbal communications skills
• Positive attitude, self-starter, entrepreneurial spirit, sense of humor and willingness to learn new things
• Commitment to excellence, outstanding work ethic, and attention to detail
• Resourcefulness and creative problem solving

To Apply
Apply through the EarthEnable website, at

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