Role overview

FUNCTION- Project Management

INDUSTRY- Energy & Utilities



Job description

Electric pressure cookers (EPC’s)

Electric pressure cookers (EPCs) have the potential to revolutionize clean cooking in Kenya, and around the globe. Electric pressure cookers consist of a sealed pot, with a lot of steam inside, that builds up high pressure which allows food to cook much faster. EPC’s present a unique opportunity to lower the cost and reduce the time of cooking of most Kenyan meals. BURN has been doing research on how the EPC fit into Kenyan households for over a year and is developing a customized unit for East Africa.

The Project and Research Coordinator will:

  1. Work on the rollout of the EPC pilot in Uganda in cooperation and support of Kampala-based partners and their team.
  2. Operate as the link between BURN and local partner; report on progress, budget and challenges throughout the project.
  3. Drive the research effort of the pilot to ensure quality in data collection and analysis.


  • Coordinate team members, partner organization, procurements, schedules and tasks to deliver results for project milestones.
  • Work together with the project controller to keep the budget tracking updated.
  • Make sure that the project is well structured, and communication is efficient and effective.
  • Manage the day-to-day project needs – organizing transport and logistics, tracking expenses and invoices while updating timelines.
  • Coordinate regular project meetings, develop agendas, and send meeting minutes.
  • Assist with hiring and onboarding new team members.
  • Work with market research to design and execute pilots to answer key product questions, collect user feedback, and measure product impact.
  • Proactively identify major project risks and develop risk mitigation strategies.
  • Supervising data collection according to best practice to ensure data quality and integrity
  • Analyze and clean data to produce compelling and effective presentations providing insights on key pilot research questions.

Key Qualifications

  • 1+ years of experience in project management/coordination.
  • Master’s degree in economics, Project Management, Business or other relevant degree with significant training in quantitative research methods and statistics.
  • Good skills in Stata and/or R for data processing and analysis.
  • Be able to adapt to a highly variable environment, change scope and focus with ease.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced creative environment with a culture of experimentation yet value the need to organize and plan.
  • Excellent attention to details.
  • Excellent narrative writer.
  • Excellent communication skills – unafraid to speak up or take issues head on.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with field work in East Africa
  • Experience coordinating surveys or field research
  • Experience in team management

 Ideal profile:

  • Good management skills
  • Strong interest for technical innovation
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Proactive
  • Result oriented
  • Mature opinion forming
  • Excellent planning and organization skills
  • Customer and service orientation
  • Excellent team player
  • Good multitasking skills
  • Willingness to travel in the field

Degree qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree


About BURN Manufacturing

Based in Ruiru, Kenya, BURN Manufacturing designs, produces and distributes Kenya’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 do we sell the world’s most fuel-efficient charcoal and wood household stoves, but BURN is also the only jiko company which manufactures all of its products in sub-Saharan Africa’s only state-of-the-art clean cookstove manufacturing facility. We are extremely proud to employ 225 team members throughout Kenya and support a workforce which is 60 percent female, thus empowering women in roles traditionally considered to be “for men only.”

Since 2013, BURN has sold 800,000+ stoves in Africa. These stoves have helped 4,000,000 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.