Reports to: RAHA TEAM LEADER

Location: Nairobi, Kenya; Kampala, Uganda; Adis Ababa, Ethiopia or Lilongwe, Malawi.

Travel: Up to 40 percent.

Introduction:

Do you want your work to matter? Do you want to use your skills to make a difference? Do you want to improve millions of lives?

RaHa Solutions is a hybrid model. We’re a not-only-for-profit organisation –– we use business practices to achieve social goals. We prefer working with those with for-profit and nonprofit experience.

We improve the lives of the under-served. We believe community water supply and sanitation is critical and essential. We also help girls finish school.

Using the power of mobile technology, we make it profitable for members of public and corporations to promote rainwater harvesting, rainwater purification, sanitation and hygiene.

We enable people to bring their ideas and creativity to work every day –– if you have a sense of humour and you want to: work in a dynamic collaborative culture; set high standards; and, meet challenges with determination; come join us!

Job Purpose:

Provides first-class service in order to push the campaign for rainwater harvesting, sanitation and hygiene. Acts as an intermediary between RaHaSolutions and clientele. Makes necessary phone calls and meetings to help sales. Allows people to make inquiries as necessary.

Your Background:

Thought leader. You have influenced top leaders or board members of a company or organisation. Others look to you for insight and your opinion.You have cutting edge ideas, spot trends, and propose ideas to address challenges.

Track record leading growth.You have, and or intend to, successfully managed growth in an African company or NGO. You are, and or intend to be, in a growing company or NGO in Africa – one that is expanding in size and geography.

Ability to execute.You have great ideas and the ability to implement them.You can translate a vision into a plan so that we understand where we’re headed and what we need to do to get there.

Thrive under pressure. We want excitement, not reluctance when a big decision needs to be made or you’re asked to speak in front of a hundred people.

Job Duties:

Contracts various bulk sms service providers to send sms to members of public (mop) inviting the mop to nominate villages and schools for rainwater harvesting, sanitation and hygiene services from RaHaSolutions.

Informs mop that they (mop) are rewarded with rainwater harvesting systems when they nominate.

Informs corporations about benefits of promoting rainwater harvesting, sanitation and hygiene.

Engages in superior customer service by making information readily available

Persists in sales even in the face of failure

Demonstrates products and services as deemed necessary by clients and management

Schedules appointments and meetings as necessary

Answers questions from clients

Makes product knowledge readily available to self and other sales people through various resources

Finds ways to sell products in the face of a down market

Researches client base to find new types of customers and sells to them accordingly

Creates a plan for gaining customers and then retains them based on warranties or guarantees

Analyzes and creates a plan for engaging the target market

Analyzes the competition to create a plan for engagement

Makes product appeal to the target market

Trains other sales people in the art of selling

Makes sure that all salespeople meet quota during a given period

Sets up booths at trade shows and demonstrates the quality or uses of a product

Demonstrates superior time management skills and meets sales deadlines

Skills and Qualifications:

Superior Written and Verbal Communication Skills (especially on social media – 1st response shall link us to applicants’ social media channels), Math Skills, Product Knowledge, Creativity, Demonstrated Experience, Courteous, Basic Computer Literacy, Microsoft Office, Database Skills, Business, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Target Market Analysis, Presentation Skills, Persistent, Flexible

Compensation: 

A competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience including health insurance and bonus opportunity. The opportunity to be your best while making lives better for those in need.

Our current job openings are displayed on our website, where you can search for open positions and apply directly. RaHa Solutions does not offer any positions without an interview and never asks candidates for money. If you are asked for money, we strongly recommend that you do not respond and do not send money or personal information.

To Apply:

Applications including current and or expected renumeration and incentives should be sent to, RaHa Solutions, raha@raha.solutions so as to reach not later than 15 December, 2018. Please Quote the position title on the email subject.

 

Only short listed candidates will be contacted

Menstruation, a natural process in all healthy woman, keeps girls away from school.

You can now stop this, barter your adverts for girls’ time in school, see details

What if, for 7 adverts published in the local leading dailies, a community of 1000 people could get water filter retrofitted to their water source eg borehole, water pounds etc?

They Could! See how.

What is companies could get rain water purification facilities, each of the size of a small domestic fridge, for advertising?

They Could!

Consequently, many in the low income settlements would get plenty of low cost municipal water, especially during rainy season. See how and what the facility is.

What if a village could get rainwater harvesting system for every 7 adverts published in local leading dailies?

They could!

Many villages and schools in the villages, currently water-starving, could have close clean water systems, see how.

This weekend, Wings of Hope Rescue Home (WHRH) gave us an opportunity to partner in menstrual hygiene management with girls who conceived following rape by close relatives.

Located in Kingoris, Kasaraini Constituency, Nairobi; WHRH provides the girls with a loving home, counseling, education, and a chance to reach their (girls’) destiny. It was founded, and is run, by Ms Luibi Muteshi, a nurse; her spouse, Pastor Irwin Mukonyole; and, Abby Campbell, a graduate USIU student from USA studying how to counsel trauma victims from a biblical perspective.

Luibi’s first reaction was very sincere, “NO, NO, NO, we cannot subject the girls to experience associated with reusables sanitary products. Reusables remind me of our past when our reusables were smelly as we didn’t have soap for washing them. They were pieces of cloth that would become very stiff when dried after washing. And, they would fall off our underwear.”

This reaction quickly changed when she saw that the option we are providing is stretchy and luxurious reusable sanitary pads. She was impressed by our reason for partnering with the girls – for the girls to be role model in responsible menstruation management.

Luibi gathered the girls and, after we distributed reusable pads to all of them, she shepherded the girls into thinking of where sanitary pads go after use.

In response, the girls unanimously agreed to use the reusable pads. Importantly, the girls accepted the difficult responsibility of educating many others about long-term benefits of using reusable products in menstrual management.

One of the girls shared with us her interesting observation: “Jane (not their real name) and I get our period on same days, this was not the case when Jane and I started staying together”.

While imagining how physically painful the rape may have been for them, we learned that women’s genitals might have adapted to react to possible sexual violence in their environment, lubricating to protect delicate tissues from injury. We also learned that hormonal release, due to fear or anger, could produce reflex ovulation (and hence pregnancy).

 

 

We couldn’t be more excited to share this news with you — just moments ago, Elmouhib Imane joined us.
She said ” I am Imane, I came from Morocco to work with RaHa Solution. I always had interest in water preservation. For me, coming to Kenya is a great opportunity to know more about the issues that people are facing when it comes to getting clean water, sanitation and hygiene services. I have come to work in order to improve their living standard.
I can’t wait to leave an impact in Kenya.”

We have just had a chat with parent and children at Gatina Primary School, Gatina Ward, Nairobi.

Just before talking with the parents, we distributed pieces of Safepad to the girls and asked them to feel it. As they were at it we said that ‘in her lifetime, an average woman uses 11,000 tampons, pads and panty liners that make up 200,000 tonnes of waste a year. If the waste does not clog storm water drains, it ends up in the ocean where it stays for 500 years while decomposing’. We then asked them whether they would use reusable Safepad. They said YES in unison. Being light, luxurious and stretchy; we were not surprised by a question – does it leak.

Another question was – will it not smell. This question was brought about by our instruction that soap is not needed in washing Safepad. Smell indicates presence of bacteria, fungi and the like. Safepad is designed with a permanently bonded antimicrobial technology based on a treatment that leaves a positively charged layer on the fabric. This layer attracts and kills the negatively charged microbes, like bacteria and fungi. The treatment does not contain any harmful chemicals.

Turning to parents, we quickly pointed out that switching from single use plastic isn’t as easy as we think, it often means thinking a bit more about what we buy. We asked them to think about the lots of money they would spend in 4 years on the huge amount of disposable plastic jettisoned into the environment. Why do we, without thinking, pick tampons from  supermarket, put them into our handbag and dump related plastic wrapper into the bin?

It was difficult for the parents to accept fact that tampons and sanitary items are found in rivers, lakes and ocean. Besides the plastic wrappers an individual pad can contain up to four plastic bags’ worth of plastic.

They allowed us to distribute Safepad to the kids.

REPORT BY ANITA LUKORITO

Kyuasini Primary Boarding School is officially opened today. This initiative is as a result of joint efforts between several associations including  Action Aid and Raha Solutions. The boarding school  is now expected to admit more than 200 boys and girls according to the headteacher Mr Kennedy Kitilu.

Spearheading the launch; Raha supplied water and they will continue refilling with water the water tanks in the school. They will also build Sani Solar toilets and distribute reusable safepad to the girls. 

“We appeal to Safaricom PLC to support in-kind. Branding our water tanks with their good name will enable us and many others who are like us to get water, toilets and safepad from RaHa. We are admitting 200 students but we expect more by end of this year”, Mr Kitilu said. The headteacher hopes for further expansion as the community has responded positively to the idea.

As compared to the past, education is now seen as a vital tool among the people. Kyuasini, located in Makueni county, has had poor attendance of students. The surrounding community was so immersed in cultural practices that devalued education.

However, with the determination of the school head and several associations, the boarding school has changed the negative concept. Girls were the overly affected gender with the number of early pregnancies and sexual assault cases on the rise.

“The local community is responding so well to this idea in contrast to what was there before.  Parents have now opted to taking their girls to school instead of early marriages. The  negative traditions are slowly fading away. “, Mr Kitulu added.

The school will need more amenities as more students get admitted. Items like mattresses and beds will be needed to help accommodate more students. 

According to the headteacher, students are to be admitted every week and the facilities may not be substantial enough to meet up the demand. Regarding this, the appeal for any assistance to help continues, the course will be of importance.

As much as girls will benefit most from the boarding facility, boys will also be at a better fit.   Being a part of the program will not only impact on the school but also on the wider community.