Design Engineering Fellowship -Improved Cookstoves Kenya | Net Impact

Design Engineering Fellowship -Improved Cookstoves Kenya

Based in Kenya, BURN designs, produces and distributes East Africa’s best-selling, most durable and economical charcoal and wood cookstoves that also dramatically reduce harmful smoke emissions which can cause significant health problems, even death.
Not only does BURN sell the world’s most fuel-efficient charcoal and wood household stoves, but we are also the only cookstove company which manufactures all its products in sub-Saharan Africa’s only state-of-the-art clean cookstove manufacturing facility.
Since 2013, BURN has sold 650,000+ Jikokoa ™ stoves in East Africa. These stoves have helped 3,000,000 beneficiaries save $215 million in fuel expenditures and 2.6 million tons of wood while reducing indoor air pollution by 65%. BURN currently sells ~25,000 stoves per month and are on track to double sales over the next 12 months by expanding its successful model across Africa. BURN has 300 employees and expects strong growth in the number of employees in the coming years.
BURN is now poised to bring its revolutionary biomass cookstoves - as well as a new range of electric, hybrid, and liquid fuel stoves - to Sub-Saharan Africa & beyond. Over the next 3 years BURN will enter 6 new countries and launch 5 new products.
BURN is currently seeking a mission driven candidate as a Design Engineering Fellow in our factory in Ruiru, Kenya.


• Conceptual and detailed design of clean burning cookstoves and accessories for East Africa
• Research and developing manufacturing processes including designing tools for production
• Fabrication of prototypes, including sheet metal forming, 3d printing and others
• Testing concepts and prototypes in the lab and field

Must Have:
• Mechanical engineering, product development, or industrial design background
• Good command of CAD software, documentation skills
• Practical working experience
• Familiarity with basic tool shop equipment and tools, such as drill press, mill, lathe, etc.

Ideal Candidate:
• Mechanical aptitude, understanding of process development
• Experience in tooling, jigs and fixtures design
• Works well in team setting
• Goal oriented
• Preference for experience with CNC, sheet metal, production environments, or process development

Location and Duration:
12-month fellowship in Ruiru, Kenya to begin in Q1 2020 or earlier. Fellows receive a gross stipend of $1,232 per month and housing in a company house in Nairobi. BURN will provide one round trip flight at the beginning and end of the fellowship.

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