Opportunities

 

At PYXERA Global, we stand at the intersection of business, social, and governmental organizations, facilitating groundbreaking partnerships and first hand, on-the-ground experiences in under-served markets around the world. In our quest to transform international development through purposeful engagement, we’re looking for smart, focused professionals who share our vision, with a certain rugged global flair and the capability to remain gracefully competent under pressure.

While each position requires specific qualifications and experiences, we expect all of our employees to demonstrate:

  • Passion and persistence for solving difficult problems
  • Curiosity, respect, and patience for different points of view, but a relentless drive for sustainable results
  • Initiative, creativity, and self-direction, focused on meeting common goals
  • Adaptability to frequently changing circumstances and needs
  • Commitment to exemplary client service, because our work is ultimately manifest in the success of our clients to make a sustainable difference

Our goal is simple: to enrich lives and livelihoods, inclusively and sustainably—including yours!  Join us.

  • MBAs Without Borders Finance & Enterprise Development Advisor with Amplify Markets

    LOCATION & DURATION

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia with occasional travel around Cambodia

    Nine-month assignment – January/February 2015 to September/October 2014

    PROJECT SUMMARY

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.6 billion people worldwide live without access to basic sanitation facilities. One billion of these people have no toilet at all and are forced to push their dignity to the side, defecating out in the open, near rivers, homes, and areas where food is prepared or grown, greatly increasing the risk of transmitting disease. Sanitation is a massive global challenge that is disproportionately impacting poor communities. It is also ripe for business innovation, as health organizations seek to complement charitable approaches by developing thriving markets for sanitation-related products and services. In Cambodia, where as many as 17% of children under the age of five die from sanitation-related diseases, International Development Enterprises (iDE) has developed a market-based model responsible for the delivery of tens of thousands of latrines to Cambodian households.

    Beginning in 2012, members of the Amplify Markets team began working with iDE, Kiva, and local microfinance institutions (MFIs) to supercharge this business model by allowing poor households to purchase these latrines by installment loan. This project was successfully implemented in two Cambodian provinces and has raised follow-on funding to take the model to scale throughout Cambodia. Amplify Markets is looking for an entrepreneurial-minded MBAs Without Borders Advisor to join their team to help tackle the unique challenges associated with growing a successful micro-model to full-scale enterprise. This position offers the opportunity to get hands-on experience with both the supply-chain and financing partners in a global market development environment.

    ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

    Amplify Markets provides strategic advisory and implementation support to social enterprises and non-profit clients who wish to utilize market-based approaches to address social challenges. Amplify Markets’ Lean Development model identifies commercial best-practices and takes a tailored locally driven approach to successfully implement them in emerging market environments. The Amplify team approaches each project like an entrepreneurial startup business – focusing energy and attention on defining clear metrics for success, applying frameworks to test and optimize operational models, and moving quickly to pivot to new approaches in order to develop scalable and sustainable solutions.

    The Amplify team has over 40 years of private sector experience in the commercialization, introduction, and financing of consumer products and has carefully honed its approach to efficiently develop, test, and optimize sustainable operational models. Five years ago, the team turned its focus to emerging markets and has led successful collaborations with 21 field partners in 7 countries to introduce 13 consumer health products.

    In Cambodia, Amplify Markets has been working closely with iDE and its affiliates to develop distribution and financing models for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) products and services. iDE’s successful pilot of Sanitation Financing programs in Kandal and Prey Veng provinces will form the foundation of the scope under the upcoming Sanitation Financing (SanFin) scale-up project. The Amplify team intends to leverage these prior learnings to assist iDE in scaling up the SanFin model across Cambodia.

    PROJECT OVERVIEW

    For this assignment, the MBAs Without Borders Advisor will be expected to work in close collaboration with the Amplify global team and local partners. The Advisor will be the primary Amplify representative and liaison between Amplify headquarters in Seattle, NGO partner iDE, and local microfinance institutions (MFIs). The chosen MBAs Without Borders Advisor will be supported by a full-time Cambodian national, who will provide country and cultural context as well as WASH expertise. The Advisor will also be supported by quarterly field visits from Amplify HQ staff.

    The objective will be to increase uptake, equitable access, and consistent use of latrines by assisting Amplify partner iDE in the development and execution of a SanFin scale-up business model.

    To assist iDE in scaling up SanFin, the Advisor will work with Amplify staff and partners to engage across all iDE provinces. Backstopped by Amplify HQ staff, the Advisor will work as an in-country Advisor to iDE’s National Finance Manager.

    The Advisor will help to build the capacity of the iDE Finance Manager over the course of the project so that the Finance Manager can take this role forward after Amplify technical assistance is complete. The Finance Manager will have a credit team in the provinces dedicated to managing relations with MFIs, coordination with sales, and ensuring loan processing. The Advisor will also be responsible for liaising between the SanFin program and local MFI partners.

    The MBAs Without Borders Advisor will perform the following activities under the SanFin scope:

    • Activity 1: Advocacy – The Advisor will advocate with local MFI partners to allow Amplify and iDE to have input in the design of MFI staff incentives to ensure prioritization of WASH loans in relation to the portfolio as a whole. He or she will work with Amplify HQ to leverage the relationship with Kiva (who will be providing loan corpus to local MFIs to further incentivize MFIs to support sanitation financing by accessing soft money loans.
    • Activity 2: Design – The Advisor will work with Amplify HQ staff to design loan products for supply and demand stakeholders:
      • Demand-Side loan product: This may be one loan product with three variations, or three different loan products, whichever makes most sense in terms of loan processing.
      • Supply-Side loan product: In order to understand the issues in more depth and prioritize action areas, at the outset of the project the Advisor will work with iDE and Amplify HQ staff to conduct research to understand supply-side issues such as:
        • Latrine businesses’ current sources of financing
        • Loan product options for concrete businesses and which MFIs offer them
        • MFI loan terms and procedures
        • Identify gaps between what MFIs require and what latrine businesses’ current capacity is to apply for loans
      • Support the development of supply-side programs (e.g.: training or advocacy). Direct training will be performed by iDE District Business Advisors with Amplify creating financing materials.
      • Any loan products developed will be designed to fit into the existing portfolio of the MFI and not just an “add-on” NGO project.
    • Activity 3: Incentive alignment – The Advisor will work with Amplify HQ staff to design and get buy-in for internal incentives that will encourage MFI staff to actively support SanFin.
    • Activity 4: Process streamlining – The Advisor will work with Amplify HQ staff and MFI partners to develop and streamline the loan process for both supply- and demand-side products.

    The deliverables of this project will be as follows:

    1. SanFin market assessment. This will include working with Amplify HQ staff to develop demand- and supply-side market research tools, perform stakeholder surveys, data collection and analysis, and a resulting report.
    2. SanFin scaleup operational plan. The Advisor will work with Amplify to develop an operational plan that incorporates loan product variations; loan assessment, approval, disbursement and collection operational models; MFI staff incentive plan; and coordination with iDE supply-side latrine businesses.
    3. The Advisor will provide brief quarterly written reports on project status, success, and challenges.

    ESTIMATED TIMETABLES AND TERMS

    The Advisor will participate in a two-week virtual training prior to their arrival in Cambodia in January or February 2015. The position will complete in September or October 2015.

    PROFILE OF SELECTED CANDIDATE

    • Masters in Business Administration required
    • Fluency in written and oral English required
    • Finance background required
    • Experience with microfinance organizations highly desired
    • Background and expertise in entrepreneurship, new venture initiation, or Lean Startup methodology is a plus
    • Experience with market research and market development work
    • Previous experience in  Cambodia or emerging markets context desired; MFI experience in emerging markets helpful
    • Demonstrated understanding of business operations, manufacturing, and supply chain issues
    • Ability to deliver against project metrics in a physically and mentally challenging environment
    • Ability to think strategically and creatively, to review a wide breadth of information, and provide succinct summaries and recommendations based on what is known
    • Effective written and oral communication in English, organizational, and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work both as part of a team and independently (self-starter)
    • Experience in WASH desirable, but not required

    ABOUT MBAS WITHOUT BORDERS

    Since 1990, PYXERA Global has matched talented and experienced MBA graduates with skill-based volunteer assignments in emerging markets around the world. Over this time over 1,000 highly skilled MBAs have strengthened and supported more than 4,000 enterprises, entrepreneurs, governments, and NGOs.

    MBAs Without Borders (MWB) Advisors, utilize their business acumen and skills to provide pro bono consulting services to promote growth, entrepreneurship, and economic development around the world.

    MBAs Without Borders assignments are not salaried, however, PYXERA Global ensures that Advisors are fully supported during their assignment. Through the program and its partners the MWB program provides the following benefits to Advisors:

    • A generous living stipend to cover meals and incidentals
    • Housing
    • Travel and transportation
    • Health and evacuation insurance

    In addition to logistical and administrative support provided by PYXERA Global, Advisors are also able to draw upon the experience of PYXERA Global’s team, consultants, and former Advisors to support their work. As a volunteer program, MBAs Without Borders meets the criteria accepted by most financial institutions to allow for deferment of student loans for participants during their assignment.

    APPLICATION PROCESS

    To apply, please click here and submit your application by December 1, 2014. If you have any questions, please email mwb@PYXERAGlobal.org

  • MBAs Without Borders Advisor with WSUP Enterprises

    (Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor)

    LOCATION & DURATION

    Lusaka, Zambia

    Twelve month assignment beginning in February 2015

    PROJECT SUMMARY

    WSUP Enterprises is launching a sanitation business (high-quality pit emptying business) for non-sewered toilets in Lusaka, Zambia. The MBAs Without Borders Business Advisor will assist our in-country entrepreneur to launch this business; including developing plans for branding, marketing, and sales to get the business off the ground.

    ORGANIZATIONAL BACKROUND

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 115 people die in Africa every hour from diseases linked to poor sanitation, hygiene, and contaminated water; and 2.6 billion people worldwide live without access to basic sanitation facilities. One billion of these people have no toilet at all and are forced to push their dignity to the side, defecating out in the open, near rivers, homes, and areas where food is prepared or grown, greatly increasing the risk of transmitting disease. Sanitation is a massive global challenge that impacts communities around the world; it is also ripe for business innovation. Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) is a non-profit partnership between the private sector, NGOs, and research institutions focused on solving the global problem of inadequate water and sanitation in low-income urban communities.

    WSUP Enterprises is a new dedicated business unit within WSUP that uses market-based approaches to improve the lives of low-income urban consumers. We aim to strengthen private sector delivery of clean water and sanitation to consumers at the base of the economic pyramid (BoP) in three high impact areas: developing new inclusive businesses, access to finance, and business development services.

    As part of our work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we will design new business models to launch improved sanitation technologies into our four markets: Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, and Bangladesh. We have completed extensive market research and uncovered consumer insights to understand the existing sanitation landscape, positioning the technology within the market, and launching it as a new business.

    PROJECT OVERVIEW

    Our market research shows a gap in the market as customers do not have good solutions for emptying their toilet once their pits get full. Therefore, WSUP Enterprises is embarking on launching a business to address this market need. We want to pair our in-country entrepreneur, who has a strong operations background, with a business savvy Advisor to launch the business. The Advisor will focus on the following key focus areas:

    • Develop a marketing and communications strategy
    • Create a sales process and train sales staff
    • Develop a financial model
    • Provide business development support to close on sales leads of key customers
    • Evaluate and improve business operations using Lean Start-up principles
    • Continually iterate business to profitably meet needs of customers and services through feedback mechanisms
    • Develop operational systems from scratch
    • Support the local entrepreneur in the execution of business milestones
    • Report and provide feedback to stakeholders in WSUP and its affiliates

    ESTIMATED TIMETABLE AND TERMS

    The Advisor will participate in a two-week virtual training prior to their arrival in Zambia in February 2015. The assignment will complete in February 2016.

    PROFILE OF SELECTED CANDIDATE

    • Master’s in Business Administration required
    • Fluency in written and oral English required
    • Experience working in a service-oriented business with a focus on customer service
    • Self-driven with demonstrated ability to deliver results
    • Familiarity with a broad set of business functions such as sales, marketing, and finance
    • Start-up experience is desirable

    ABOUT MBAS WITHOUT BORDERS

    Since 1990, PYXERA Global has matched talented and experienced MBA graduates with skill-based volunteer assignments in emerging markets around the world. Over this time over 1,000 highly skilled MBAs have strengthened and supported more than 4,000 enterprises, entrepreneurs, governments, and NGOs.

    MBAs Without Borders Advisors utilize their business acumen and skills to provide pro bono consulting services to promote growth, entrepreneurship, and economic development around the world.

    MBAs Without Borders assignments are not salaried, however, PYXERA Global ensures that Advisors are fully supported during their assignment. Through the program and its partners, the MBAs Without Borders program provides the following benefits to Advisors:

    • A generous living stipend to cover meals and incidentals
    • Housing
    • Travel and transportation
    • Health insurance with evacuation assistance

    In addition to logistical and administrative support provided by PYXERA Global, Advisors are also able to draw upon the experience of PYXERA Global’s team, consultants, and former Advisors to support their work. As a volunteer program, the MWB program meets the criteria accepted by most financial institutions to allow for deferment of student loans for participants during their assignment.

    APPLICATION PROCESS

    To apply, please click here and submit your application by December 5, 2014. If you have any questions, please email mwb@PYXERAGlobal.org

  • Design & Marketing Intern – Fall 2014

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    PYXERA Global is seeking an attentive, organized, and motivated Design and Marketing Intern to work 25 to 40 hours per week in our Washington, DC office. This intern will gain experience in design and marketing alongside the personable and knowledgeable Public Affairs & Client Relations team. The intern will take on a central role in ensuring our print and digital communications collateral and multimedia products are attractive, consistent, well written, and propel interest and action. The opportunity will build his or her marketing and communications skills through hands on experience with many different areas of the organization. The ideal candidate is dynamic and ambitious with exceptional writing and design skills, a strong interest and background in impactful communications, and demonstrated curiosity and/or experience in international affairs.

    MAJOR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

    The Design and Marketing Intern will support the development and design of digital, web, and print projects. Duties include, but may not be limited to, the following:

    • Support in the development and design of digital, web, and print marketing materials;
    • Presentation and report development and design , including Prezi and PowerPoint;
    • Copywriting and editing, including developing original content under direction and editing contributions from multiple contributors;
    • Provide both technical and editorial website support, updating content, and publishing news stories;
    • Assist with general administrative tasks as needed.

    KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS

    Has or is working towards a Bachelor or Master’s degree in communications, graphic design, international relations, economic development, business or related field with at least 6 months of relevant experience. Desired skills include, but may not be limited to, the following:

    • Outstanding Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator) skills;
    • Excellent Microsoft Office skills;
    • Experience with Prezi a plus;
    • Knowledge of print and digital/web production;
    • Experience with WordPress or web maintenance preferred;
    • Strong writing and editing skills;
    • Energy, enthusiasm, and a good sense of humor;
    • High level of computer literacy and ability to learn new technology quickly;
    • Experience in the nonprofit or international development sector is considered a plus.
    • Demonstrates initiative and ability to work independently and as a member of a team to meet program needs;
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required.

    APPLICATION

    Please email a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and portfolio samples or link to opportunities@PYXERAGlobal.org. Applications without design and writing samples will not be considered. In the subject line of the email please write “PYXERA Global Design & Marketing Intern Position.

    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.