Job Description

In 2019 we have initiated our circular economy portfolio. Engineers Without Borders – The Netherlands has been involved in many exciting projects, which come from our potential partners in developing countries. Many innovative ideas and promising initiatives have emerged to move from a linear to a circular model.

This time we are looking for a team to realize the execution phase with our new partner, Jos Green Centre (JGC), which aims to create a plastic recycling process in the Jos area (Nigeria). 

Inspired by our design challenge “Closed-loop Plastics System” (partner: EcoBrixs) focused on plastic recycling, JGC would like to replicate a similar system, based on the local needs. Therefore, the team will contribute to creating one of the first plastic waste management systems in the Jos area.

Excited to know if this role would be a great fit? Keep on reading!

Your activities

  • Define the Basis of Design for the process (targets, battery limits, risks …) 
  • Define the applicable technologies
  • Define the economic feasibilities of those technologies
  • Define a preliminary environmental impact of the technologies
  • Report the conclusion

Currently, due to budget constraints, the feasibility study is aimed to start in October 2021 and be delivered by the end of  January 2022.

What we would love for you to bring to the table

We are looking for 4 – 5 team members with the following qualifications:

  • Strong critical mindset;
  • Able to collaborate also in an online environment;
  • Interest in the EWB projects, our goals, and technical challenges in developing countries;
  • Technical knowledge and working experience in the fields of:
    • process and equipment design, chemical process (plastic recycling preferred), 
    • renewable energy systems, 
    • environmental systems,
    • water management.
  • Have the possibility to dedicate around 4 hours per week;
  • Work or volunteering experience in a low-income country is a plus.


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 commit to this. Would you like to get more information before applying? Or do you have questions?

Feel free to contact:

Silvia – Project Manager –

Tessa – Portfolio Manager –

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