The Project Coordinator will be the overall in-charge of the project at WeTu and coordinate internally with the team and externally with all project partners to ensure timely and quality implementation of all project goals and deliverables. You will also work to draw learnings from the different tests and prototypes systematically and feed them back to the various research partners and also integrate them into WeTu’s business model for the two Hubs.
The coordinator is the only full-time staff committed to this project and will work to leverage WeTu’s existing team who all have their own roles and goals in the ongoing business.
We are looking for an organized, passionate and business-minded project management professional, who is excited about supporting research and pilots of new technologies to uplift the livelihoods of marginalized communities.
Your Responsibilities will include:
Providing project oversight and coordination
Understand the overall project with its goals, work streams and partners and develop a project plan and budget in collaboration with senior management.
Track, drive and keep updated the work plan to ensure timely and effective implementation of all project activities and milestones as well as the successful achievement of proposed outcomes and intended impacts. Consider and manage dynamics and risks involved in the project and the implementation sites. Ensure all business guidelines and grant requirements are followed in implementation.
Ensure that the two new hubs are launched timely by coordinating with various teams in WeTu (technical installation, hiring and training Hub staff, local marketing, etc.)
Ensure smooth coordination of the internal project team made up of relevant WeTu team members, making it easy for them to support this project despite having their own roles and goals in the business.
Liaise with the consortium lead in charge of our work area regularly to ensure our role in the project is on track with expectations and to tap arising opportunities.
Oversee project spending and track the budget in collaboration with WeTu’s finance team.
Ensure that relevant reports are submitted as per grant requirements and meet expectations. Collect and use monitoring data for high-quality reports.
Ensure all project indicators are properly baselined and that evaluations are done as per the proposal and that any recommendations are promptly acted upon.
Participate in and support project and operational audits.
Managing engagements with project partners
Work with project partners who want to test products and services in our two demonstration hubs to align timelines and make sure any technical requirements are taken care of by WeTu’s technical team.
Respond timely to all requests of project partners for data and information needed for their research projects and technical prototypes (incl. market, user and technical data and business metrics).
Be the face of WeTu during project visits to ensure the partners have a strong experience during their visit and to avoid burden on the larger WeTu team.
Provide logistics and travel support where needed to project partners or EU delegations for site visits.
Ensuring the business is learning from the prototypes
Ensure we collect relevant data and information and track the right metrics to measure the outcomes of the various prototypes in order to learn about the viability and effectiveness of the proposed products and services.
Liaise with the other Hubs and business development managers at WeTu to ensure we develop innovative solutions that address key needs and opportunities in the local community.
Work towards identifying viable business models from the various technical pilots, both for the rural and the urban location. Engage with senior management on arising business ideas to take them forward towards the mid-term financial sustainability of the two new Hubs.
Ensure identification, documenting and sharing of best practices, change stories and lessons learnt over the project implementation period.
Support dissemination of communications resources of the project to key stakeholders.
Who we are looking for:
You share our vision and drive to provide solutions in the areas of water, power and mobility with the aim of improving living standards in rural Kenya through business approaches.
At least 3-5 years’ experience in managing projects of similar nature in a rural setup or a marginalized area.
Ability to coordinate and organize many moving pieces with excellent planning, organizational and multitasking skills.
Good understanding of project design, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation processes.
previous experience working in an international project consortium and in contributing to donor reports.
Business & Product Development
You have a good understanding of and experience with business for people at the bottom of the pyramid
Previous involvement in designing new products or services, including collecting and analysing relevant relevant data to shape the product and inform business model
You are proactive, entrepreneurial and enjoy exploring new market and business opportunities
You have strong oral and written communication skills and are able to clearly and persuasively engage diverse stakeholder groups: from local partners in the community to international research institutions to European funding partners.
You are a strong relationship builder and stay energized through constant people interaction.
You take a systematic approach to planning and executing your work and projects.
You have worked in a cross-cultural environment and easily communicate effectively with international audiences in writing and in-person.
Highly independent working style, able to take responsibility and function under minimal supervision.
You are ready to travel across rural locations, with overnight stays in often simpler accommodation options. You are flexible to travel at short notice when need arises.
Bachelor’s degree in economics, business or another relevant field.
You fit with our culture at WeTu if:
You are excited about moving a social enterprise forward and to implement state of the art technology and business models.
You excel in an intercultural and international team.
You learn fast and adapt quickly to new demands.
You are a self-motivated person who solves arising problems efficiently.
Why work with us?
Steep learning curve: We are a small team so you are involved and exposed to all business matters across the board. You will also engage with interesting global partners and the Directors in Germany directly.
Exposure to innovation: Working on new technologies and cutting-edge projects is exciting.
You are part of driving socio-economic development in the lake region.
Work in a value-led organization where we care for each other, our team and provide what you need to excel in your work.
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