Job Description

Project Manager

Project description

Our partner Emergi is a diversified company generating innovative products to contribute to the energy transition and a renewable future.

Emergi has requested support from EWB in order to provide a solar-powered, commercial grade, cold storage facility in Ethiopia that will enable improved storage quality and reduced postharvest losses for smallholder coffee farmers. The facility will provide a climate controlled, carbon neutral warehouse for coffee beans.
The warehouse will provide high-quality storage for 250 smallholder farmer households in the coffee value chain. This warehouse will facilitate improved profitability of smallholder farms and increased production quality of coffee value chains in Ethiopia’s SNNPR region. The design will serve as a lighthouse project for similar applications throughout Africa and beyond.

Job Description

We are looking for a strong Project Manager, preferably with experience in energy projects, to bring this project to completion together with our local partner organisation. As a Project Manager you manage a multidisciplinary team of EWB engineers in the Netherlands with a strong focus to deliver the project according to FIETS (Financial, Institutional, Ecological, Technical and Social) sustainability criteria. Moreover you are in close contact with our local partner organisation as you will deliver this project together. You guard the quality, budgets and planning. Of course it will not always be easy to work with only volunteers and with the large physical distances, but by organizing the project correctly, motivating your team, ensure an open and clear communication, you know how to get the job done.

Applicant Requirements

Besides experience in engineering project management, you can describe yourself as an entrepreneur with commercial skills: continuity of the (new) projects is no problem for you. Our local partner organisation also needs support in learning how to execute these types of projects and is eager to learn this from you. You have experience in managing projects with multiple stakeholders and as organizer you can make a complex project controllable. As a leader your communication is clear, you can inspire, motivate and captivate people on all levels. You need to be available for a minimum ~4 hours/wk


All the openings at Engineers without Borders are unpaid volunteer positions. We dedicate our free time to improve life in developing countries and have fun and a great learning experience by doing so. Our only expectation is that you dedicate the amount of free time you feel comfortable with and that you commit to this.

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