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Position Title: Executive Assistant to Jibu Co-Founders

Location: U.S.

Type/Length of Service: Part-time paid position

About Jibu: Jibu equips African entrepreneurs to solve the water crisis using an innovative social franchise model. Jibu’s network of locally-owned drinking water franchises profitably filter, bottle and sell drinking water at ultra-low prices to underserved urban communities in Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya. . Jibu is a quickly scaling, fast-paced for-profit business grounded in a charitable mission of local ownership, jobs and making drinking water affordable to all.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Scheduling and time management
    1. Schedule meetings and calls on behalf of the CEO and other company executives working in diverse time zones spanning the U.S., Europe and Africa
    2. Maintain active ownership of the CEO’s calendar, including sending reminders and ensuring follow-up on all requests for meetings
  • Logistics & Travel Arrangements
    1. Make international travel arrangements including booking flights and hotels while maintaining budget guidelines
    2. Identify and reserve conference facilities, arrange catering, and manage group events
    3. Assist in ordering office equipment and other supplies
  • Communications
    • Draft emails, memos and reports on behalf of the CEO, and reply to general business queries
    • Represent Jibu in a consistently proficient and professional manner
  • Accounting: general accounting duties such as expense reports and budgeting

Selection Criteria:

  • Experience: a minimum of 2 years in Administrative or Executive Assistant roles with preference for candidates with international experience seeking a career in the fields of international development or social enterprise
  • Skills: must be 100% competent in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google products, Doodle and other scheduling platforms, with native or fluent English language skills (written and verbal)
  • Candidates must demonstrate strong attention to detail, writing capability, initiative and willingness to work flexible hours.
  • Education: Bachelor degree or higher

Compensation: Salary will be based on work experience and qualifications of candidate

Contact: Learn more at www.jibuco.com. Email resumes and statements of interest to info@jibuco.com

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Title:                Engineer, Jibu

Location:        East Africa

Reports to:     Country Managing Director and/or CEO, Jibu

Start date:      April 2017

About Jibu L3C: Ninety percent of the population in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to affordable, clean drinking water and one half of all safe water projects fail within two years mostly due to lack of local ownership. Jibu is addressing this problem by developing a network of locally-owned “business-in-a-box” drinking water franchises strategically located in retail stores that profitably filter, bottle and sell water at ultra-low prices.

The Successful Candidate: Jibu is looking for a talented, experienced, adventurous engineer ready to commit a minimum of two years to contributing to a rapidly growing company making a meaningful social difference.

He or she will be:

  • A leader who has demonstrated success managing a diverse group of people and challenges.
  • A self-starter able to think critically and problem solve on the fly.
  • Able to design and implement quality control processes and training.
  • An excellent communicator able to effectively train, inspire, grow and manage a team of local technicians and local production managers to properly maintain equipment.
  • Highly knowledgeable about water treatment systems, basic chemistry, and solar equipment.
  • Proactive and able to anticipate issues, while able to perform routine maintenance and emergency repair to water treatment equipment – including but not limited to; general plumbing, centrifugal pumps, peristaltic dosing pumps, ultrafiltration membranes, and process control equipment.
  • A contributor to the senior leadership team in strategic planning, team development, management of regulatory requirements, etc.

The Position: The position will be based in East Africa and will work directly with the operations staff as a member of the in-country corporate support team at the direction of the Country Managing Director. Jibu currently operates in urban environments that meet basic infrastructure needs such as housing, transportation, water, electricity, etc. Travel throughout East Africa and potentially other African nations will be required for this position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide on-going training and direction to technicians and franchisees and contribute to the Jibu management support team (20%)
  2. Install, maintain and trouble-shoot water treatment systems (including solar-powered systems) and the upfit of the facilities that house them (20%)
  3. Establish operational and quality control processes and train local staff on specifics; monitor accordingly (40%)
  4. Ensure compliance with local regulating standards (10%)
  5. Other technical tasks (10%)

Qualifications:

  • S. Degree in Engineering or equivalent program, with at least two years of engineering work experience. Preference given to Civil, Environmental, and Mechanical engineering.
  • Cultural knowledge and experience working in an emerging market context preferable.
  • A team player with a sense of adventure wanting to make a difference.
  • Near perfect English language skills.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Send resumes and statements of interest and experience to info@jibuco.com

Microfranchisee Profile: Marie from Rwanda

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Marie opened Jibu’s first microfranchise in Nyagatare, a dry region of Rwanda known for having frequent water shortages. With a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, this is Marie’s first time to run a business, but she quickly grew from selling 100L per week to 300L per week, and hired an employee to work with her. Through her microfranchise, Marie feels that she has gained independence and will be able to pay for her Master’s degree and eventually run other businesses as well.

Field Research: Bringing Affordable Drinking Water to Emerging Markets

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As part of the Social Sector Franchise Initiative at the University of New Hampshire, Master’s student Ilona Drew recently conducted field research of Jibu’s operations in Rwanda. After seeing the Jibu team in action, Ilona came away with inspiring insights including this story of her visit to a new franchise location north of Kigali:

One of the most striking things about my visit was how genuinely enthusiastic and open everyone was about working for such an innovative company like Jibu. When Jane spoke, wide eyed, about some of Jibu’s community outreach efforts, her passion and appreciation for the work that Jibu was doing was contagious and inspiring. At Kibagabaga, we met Jackson, the franchise owner. This brand-new location is a perfect example of why Jibu is so successful. Jackson, with a background in hospitality, started off as a microfranchisee, and quickly joined the ranks of the top performers in Kigali. Recognizing his drive and success, Jibu gave Jackson his own franchise shortly before my visit. Now he will have microfranchisees selling water for him. In our interview, Jackson said that he wishes to work with Jibu for all of his life. At the same store, I met Beliz, a young girl whose life has changed dramatically from her relationship with Jibu. Beliz joined Jibu through Spring Girls, a program where adolescent girls are given basic business-skills training and empowered as entrepreneurs. Through this program, she built her own microfranchise, and then had the opportunity to become store manager for Jackson as he opened his franchise location. She spoke of her excitement as she could finally start saving some money, and looked forward to soon getting her own apartment and paying her own rent.

Read more about Ilona’s experiences on her blog! https://medium.com/@jibucleanwater/radically-inexpensive-water-student-field-research-in-rwanda-focuses-on-bringing-affordable-1e7f4cde46#.x648h481j

Franchise Profile: Tonny from Uganda

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Tonny is a young Ugandan who describes himself as “motivated by the ability to use the little that he has or can attain to positively impact other people’s lives.” He joined Jibu as the Operations Manager for Jibu Namwuwongo and Kawempe franchises where he learnt to incorporate the sales and marketing skills acquired through his many years of experience in FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods). He found the Jibu franchise model a very interesting opportunity to achieve his desire to reach the community with something as basic as safe drinking water, and was thrilled to open his own franchise in the Lugala neighborhood of Kampala.