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Vacancy: Senior Project Manager (40 hours/week),
Safisana Holding B.V, The Netherlands 

Social enterprise Safisana Holding B.V, based in Weesp, The Netherlands, is looking for a full-time Senior Project Manager to lead the development and implementation of new projects. Are you looking to work in a pioneering business with social and environmental impact in low and middle-income countries, then you might be the right person for this job.

About Safisana
Safisana is a social enterprise that designs, builds, and operates faecal sludge / organic waste recycling plants for governments and industries in low- and middle-income countries mostly in Africa. By turning faecal and organic waste from local communities and industries into renewable energy and organic fertiliser, our circular solution generates a long-lasting social-economic, and environmental impact on health, sanitation, climate, and food security. Our current waste-to-resource recycling plant in Accra - the first in West Africa - has proven the viability of our model. In the coming 5 years, we will replicate the model in 5 other locations in and beyond Ghana.

About your role
For this scale-up phase, we are looking for a decisive, action-driven, and well-organised Senior Project Manager who can transform emerging business opportunities into commercially viable projects. In this role, you will manage the development of new recycling plants across the African continent. Based in our small headquarters in Weesp (Greater Amsterdam, the Netherlands) you will operate as the linking pin between all stakeholders - governments, industries, technical partners - involved in each of the projects located in the different African countries. For 20 percent of your time you will be traveling (short-term visits). To operate successfully in this sometimes challenging international and intercultural working environment, excellent project management skills are paramount as well as excellent communication skills. Technical background and/or affinity with technical innovation and sustainable development is a pre, as well as some working experience in the African continent. 

Key responsibilities


  • Works in conjunction with Safisana’s management to follow-up on identified leads;
  • Actively contributes to the selection of priority projects;
  • Identifies partnership opportunities;
  • Creates project scope and milestones.

Project Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the preparation of all components of the project in all its aspects: technical, environmental, social, financial, and legal/contractual. In charge of ensuring the coherence and robustness of the financial model and business case;
  • Manages day-to-day operational and tactical aspects of multiple projects; reviews project deliverables;
  • Prepares and coordinates (pre)feasibility studies, including business case development, ESIA, technical and process designs, organisation, and team structuring;
  • In charge of coordination and communication among the various team members, be they internal or external stakeholders;
  • Serves as a key participant in client meetings; negotiates the contract and follows-up until its entry into force; minimizes Safisana’s exposure and mitigates project-related risks;
  • Leads the commissioning to hand over new plants to the Operations team;
  • Prepares and manages the project budget; controls the expenses.

Contract execution :

  • Grows long-term relationships with existing partners and capitalizes on partnership opportunities;
  • Actively contributes to management and control of the operational and financial performance of projects in execution.

The ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Background in technology and/or environmental utilities: a degree in mechanical, electrical, or civil engineering, preferably with working experience as a project team leader in an engineering firm or with operational experience in the field of (waste) water treatment or biogas systems. The minimum working experience required is 8-10 years in project management;
  • Excellent project management skills: Able to manage projects and push processes with a strong focus on targets, budget, and timelines. A pro-active working attitude;
  • Experience in working in environmental services: Good knowledge of the waste management sector(s) and its main players, particularly in “but not limited to” developing countries (policies, technology, government, business strategy, and finance);
  • Project financing experience: able to understand and support in the development of technical/financial budgets, analyze, monitor, and control the progress of works; understand the complex economic principles of circular designs for public service, energy, and/or agricultural sectors;
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing, in an international, intercultural setting; establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients and partners. Very good command of written and spoken English and Dutch is an advantage.

Applications, including a motivation letter and CV, can be done via the attached form before the 18th of January 2022. Should you have any questions, don't hesitate to mail to:
We are looking forward to your response!


Safisana HQ, The Netherlands
+31 (0)294 773857
Stationsplein 30
PO Box 5064, 1382 CB  Weesp

Office, Ghana
+233 (0) 302972380
P. O. Box CT 8312, Cantonments Accra Ghana.
1 kilometer from Tema-Motorway underbridge,
Adjei-Kojo Ashaiman

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