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 Advisors – Belarus

    PYXERA Global

    LOCATION & DURATION

    Minsk, Belarus

    Six-month assignment

    PROJECT SUMMARY

    Two MBAs Without Borders Advisors will fulfill the role of Business Development Advisors to assist with the Delivering Regional Instruction Vital to Entrepreneurial Success (DRIVES) Program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Belarus. The goal of the DRIVES program is to help expand the private sector by improving access to high quality business education for entrepreneurs in various regions of Belarus.

    The Business Development Advisors will work closely with Belarus’ IPM Business School, an institution with the longest history of delivering business education in Belarus. Through IPM Business School, the Business Development Advisors will support the Lead Director and five Regional Managers of six Centers of Excellence in Entrepreneurship (CEE) in Minsk, Brest, Grodno, Vitebsk, Mogilev, and Gomel, Belarus.

    ORGANIZATIONAL BACKROUND

    The DRIVES Program is led and implemented by PYXERA Global, an international development nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, and its partners the Global Business School Network (GBSN) and IPM Business School in Belarus. PYXERA Global has 25 years of experience in over ninety countries implementing a variety of economic development programs. Since 1990, PYXERA Global has worked in the Former Soviet Union with the private sector, NGOs, local consulting firms, communities, and government institutions to drive growth and stability in the region.

    PROJECT OVERVIEW

    While Belarus has enjoyed strong economic growth after achieving independence in 1990, much of this growth has relied on favorable external factors. The macroeconomic crises over the past several years have revealed deep structural constraints in Belarus’ state-centered economic policy model. Given the dominance of state-owned enterprises, the growth of the private sector and especially small and medium-sized enterprises are particularly challenged in this environment. Specific challenges facing these businesses in Belarus include limited access to finance, high tax rates, and lack of qualified personnel.

    Not only is there a need to jump start small- and medium-sized enterprises, but there is a need to educate emerging entrepreneurs on the basic tenets of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in a constantly changing global economy and world.

    One of the key tasks of the DRIVES program is to improve the quality and availability of entrepreneurship education in various centers of higher learning throughout all of Belarus. The DRIVES Program is working with international business schools to create customized, current, and relevant entrepreneurship courses. It is also creating six Centers of Excellence in Entrepreneurship nationwide in the cities of Minsk, Brest, Grodno, Vitebsk, Mogilev, and Gomel. Not only will more businesswomen and businessmen nationwide have greater access to cutting edge training in entrepreneurship at these centers, but emerging entrepreneurs will utilize the latest technology and resources to engage in distance learning, as well as networking with more seasoned business owners.

    Specifically, the Business Development Advisors will work closely with each other and with the strong technical, administrative, and logistical support of IPM Business School faculty and administration officials to engage in the following activities:

    • Support the launch and operationalization of six Centers of Excellence in Entrepreneurship (CEEs)
    • Work with local businesses to identify opportunities for growth, develop strategic plans, and provide technical assistance
    • Monitor and report on entrepreneurship progress
    • Educate and help entrepreneurs to establish new linkages with potential markets, help them grow, diversify business services and product offerings
    • Assist CEEs to develop solid business plans and secure sustainable revenue streams
    • Provide technical and other support to entrants and CEE staff engaging in Business Case Competitions
    • Liaise with IPM faculty and staff to inform them of any foreseen obstacles and challenges
    • Utilize traditional and social media to promote the work of the project and successes of entrepreneurs

    ESTIMATED TIMETABLE AND TERMS

    The position will begin around early July 2015 beginning with a three-day long training in Washington, DC, and will conclude around the end of January 2016.

    PROFILE OF SELECTED CANDIDATE

    • Master’s in Business Administration, Finance, Economics, or related discipline is required
    • Written and oral Russian language skills required
    • An outstanding ability to network with diverse stakeholders in the public and private sector; strong ability to teach these skills to emerging entrepreneurs
    • Entrepreneurship and experience developing business plans preferred
    • Professional experience in marketing and PR preferred
    • Ability to present to a variety of audiences and stakeholders including entrepreneurs, government officials, members of academia, and private sector executive level staff
    • Excellent project management and leadership skills; well organized, with strong interpersonal, teamwork, and communications skills
    • Passion to help emerging entrepreneurs, particularly women and youth, to strengthen their business acumen to successfully jump start their businesses, and stimulate local job creation

    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 May 11, 2015. If you have any questions, please email mwb@PYXERAGlobal.org

  • Measurement and Evaluation Associate

    POSITION DESCRIPTION: PYXERA Global is looking for a talented individual to work as a full-time Monitoring and Evaluation Associate in our Washington, DC office.  The Monitoring and Evaluation Associate will support the development and evolution of organizational performance management framework as well as specific program M&E needs to ensure the quality, and effectiveness of program implementation.  The Associate will provide assistance to the program staff in developing performance monitoring plans and results frameworks during program design and implementation, creating M&E system, processes and tools, contributing to measuring, analyzing, and reporting results.

    KEY POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Support staff members in setting up systems for program M&E;
    • Assist with the design and development of forms and questionnaires for data collection and analysis;
    • Assist with data collection and analysis;
    • Assist with research and writing or editing;
    • Assist with data management and cleaning, and quality control;
    • Support the team through various administrative duties.

     

    KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS:

    1. Have a relevant graduate degree (or be currently enrolled in same or have equivalent relevant experience)
    2. Have excellent writing and analytical skills
    3. Have a high level of computer literacy
    4. Have advanced quantitative skills, including knowledge of statistical programs and Excel
    5. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required
    6. Ability to manage diverse activities and to meet deadlines required; flexibility to changing situations and priorities desired.
    7. Demonstrate an understanding of international development issues
    8. Demonstrate initiative and ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and/or lead the efforts to effectively meet M&E needs.
    9. Knowledge of Salesforce and SF-based applications such as Clicktools is preferred
    10. Knowledge of foreign language (Spanish, French, Russian and/or Portuguese) is a plus

    TO APPLY:

    Please email a resume, cover letter, and a sample of your writing to Tanya Gapeka at impact@pyxeraglobal.org.  In the subject line of the email please write “M&E Associate Position”. Applications without a writing sample will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.

  • Measurement and Evaluation Intern

    POSITION DESCRIPTION:

    PYXERA Global is looking for a talented individual to work as a full-time Monitoring and Evaluation intern in our Washington, DC office.  The Monitoring and Evaluation Intern will support the development and evolution of organizational performance management framework as well as specific program M&E needs to ensure the quality, and effectiveness of program implementation.  The intern will provide assistance to the program staff in developing performance monitoring plans and results frameworks during program design and implementation, creating M&E system, processes and tools, contributing to measuring, analyzing, and reporting results.  The opportunity will help build his or her program performance measurement skills through exposure to a variety program and business development activities. This is a paid internship with $10 per hour provided.

    KEY POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Support staff members in setting up systems for program M&E;
    • Assist with the design and development of forms and questionnaires for data collection and analysis;
    • Assist with data collection and analysis;
    • Assist with research and writing or editing;
    • Assist with data management and cleaning, and quality control;
    • Support the team through various administrative duties.

    KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS:

    1. Have a relevant college degree
    2. Have excellent writing and analytical skills
    3. Have a high level of computer literacy
    4. Have advanced quantitative skills, including knowledge of statistical programs
    5. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required
    6. Ability to manage diverse activities and to meet deadlines required; flexibility to changing situations and priorities desired.
    7. Demonstrate an understanding of international development issues
    8. Demonstrate initiative and ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and/or lead the efforts to effectively meet M&E needs.
    9. Be able to commit at least 30-40 hours a week

    TO APPLY:

    Please email a resume, cover letter, and a sample of your writing to Tanya Gapeka at impact@pyxeraglobal.org.  In the subject line of the email please write “M&E Intern Position”. Applications without a writing sample will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.