BURN: Business Operations Startup Consultant – DRC

Job Posting: Business Operations Startup Consultant – DRC

BURN designs manufactures and distributes aspirational fuel-efficient cooking products that save lives and forests in the developing world.  BURN has revolutionized the global cookstove sector by proving the business case for selling a high quality, locally manufactured and unsubsidized cookstoves in East Africa.  Since 2013, BURN has sold 300,000+ high quality, locally manufactured and unsubsidized jikokoa stoves in East Africa. These stoves have helped 1.9 million beneficiaries save $94 million in fuel expenditures and 1,626,221 tons of wood while reducing indoor air pollution by 65%. BURN currently sells ~15,000 stoves per month and is expanding further across the continent.

BURN is expanding to DR Congo and is looking for a consultant to assist with launching our business operations. We are looking for someone dynamic with a can-do attitude. The consultant will work closely with our Director of Expansion and DRC Country Manager.

Roles and responsibilities: 

  • Establishing Burns business entity in DRC (incorporate business, establish bank accounts etc)
  • Collecting inputs (tax, duty, utilities, transport, etc.) for launching BURN’s manufacturing business in DRC
  • Work with senior management team to develop a launch strategy

Required Skills & Experience: 

  • Bachelor degree or MBA
  • Excellent written and verbal communication French and English
  • High level of comfort working with business clients
  • Experience writing business plans
  • Enthusiasm, creativity, and a desire to ‘sell for good’
  • An ability to laugh and not get too frustrated with the challenges that come with working in Africa!
    Preferential Skills and Experience:
  • Has worked in DRC or Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Financial Modeling is an asset but is not required as the fellow will work with our finance team to expand our existing financial model
  • business development experience
  • Experience in logistics

Kinshasa DRC and Nairobi Kenya   Start date: Between April 1 and June 1, 2018   contract duration:  ~4-6 months
To apply please send your CV and cover letter to recruitment.kenya@burnmfg.com. For more information on BURN please visit www.burnstoves.com 

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