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Vacancy: Waste Characterization Lead 
Kumasi, Ghana

For a new compost production project in Kumasi, Safisana Ghana and Clean Team Ghana are seeking to hire a Waste Characterization Lead to take responsibility for waste characterization. The contract will initially be for six months, and can be extended if the pilot is successful.

About us
Safisana is an international social enterprise that has developed a circular waste-to-resource business model for local waste treatment for governments, utilities and food processing industries. Our recycling plant in Ashaiman, (Greater Accra Area, Ghana) turns organic waste and faecal sludge into high-value products: renewable energy (biogas and electricity) and organic fertiliser. 
Clean Team Ghana provides waterless, household toilet services to low-income customers in Kumasi. Clean Team collects the waste from customer homes twice a week and is currently collecting approximately 165 tonnes of waste per month.
Safisana and Clean Team have formed a partnership over the past two years to explore collaboration on waste treatment and how to use the waste Clean Team collects as a valuable resource for the production of organic fertiliser. The next step in this collaboration is a composting pilot in Kumasi.

About your role
As the Waste Characterization Lead, you will be responsible for leading and supervising the day-to-day auditing of waste at the pilot site. You will report and work closely together with the Project Manager and the Waste Sourcing Lead.


  • Responsible for developing a methodology (Standard Operating Procedures) for the waste characterisation audit
  • Responsible for ensuring that all audit samples are collected in accordance with the developed methodology and in a safe manner
  • Responsible for ensuring health and safety standards during the audit. This includes responsibility for the audit team and working area
  • Responsible for making sure the audit is done in compliance with any legal and regulatory requirements for the handling of waste
  • Responsible for ensuring that the work site has basic amenities like water and power
  • Collaborate with the Waste Sourcing Lead to estimate and ensure there is adequate supply of waste to process
  • Responsible for supervising the team that will be involved in the waste characterization audit
  • Responsible for ensuring all necessary equipment and resources are available as required for the audit
  • Advising the client immediately, of any potential environmental issues that come to light as a result of the audit, even if this is outside of the scope of the audit
  • Ensure that post-sorted waste is available for the composting team for the pilot
  • Ensuring all post-sorted waste is deposited appropriately for recycling / landfilling in line with legislative and regulatory requirements 
  • Preparing all reports and documentations  required for the audit
  • Any other duty as may be assigned by the Project Manager in line with the pilot



  • Minimum of a Bachelor Degree in a field related to waste management
  • Proven experience as a team leader or supervisor
  • Experience in research work 
  • At least 3 years experience in a similar position
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and experience with Database Management 

Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to make excellent decisions and overcome challenges creatively
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and organised
  • Problem-solving and decision-making aptitude
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment
  • Able to work additional hours to meet business demands
  • Ability to work independently and proceed with objectives without close supervision

To apply
Apply on or before the 15th of April, 2022 by completing the form here. Please be aware that we only consider candidates that have completed the form; letters and CVs that are being sent via email to the company‚Äôs email address will not be considered. 


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Contact us

Safisana Holding,
Weesp, The Netherlands
+31 (0) 294 773857 

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