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.

  • 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.

  • Media Relations and Events Intern – Fall 2014

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    PYXERA Global is seeking an attentive, organized, and motivated Media Relations and Events Intern to work 25 to 40 hours per week in our Washington, DC office. This intern will gain experience in event production, media relations, and communications alongside the personable and knowledgeable Public Affairs team. The Intern will take on a central role in supporting the organizations media relations and programming efforts. The ideal candidate is dynamic and ambitious with exceptional communication skills and a strong interest and background in impactful communications, and demonstrated curiosity and/or experience in international activity.

    MAJOR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

    The Media Relations and Events intern will be responsible for supporting in all media relations and event planning activities. Duties include, but may not be limited to, the following:

    • Support the organization’s social media presence, particularly surrounding events and campaigns;
    • Copywriting and editing, including developing original content under direction and editing contributions from multiple contributors;
    • Responsible for tracking media and press activity;
    • Assist with industry research and targeted business development as well as in the development of proposals for participation in external conferences;
    • Assist in the research and development of media collateral, including media lists, press releases, and promotional material;
    • Assist in external event logistics management;
    • Assist in budget tracking, finance requests, and expense reports.

    KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS

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

    • Adept grasp of social media as a complex communications medium;
    • High level of computer literacy and ability to learn new technology quickly;
    • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills;
    • Detail oriented with excellent proofreading skills;
    • Event planning experience (meetings, conferences, weddings, corporate parties, fundraisers, etc);
    • Experience with WordPress or web maintenance preferred;
    • Energy, enthusiasm, and a good sense of humor;
    • Demonstrates initiative and ability to work independently and as a member of a team to meet program needs;
    • Ability to manage diverse activities and to meet deadlines required; flexibility to changing situations and priorities desired;
    • Experience in the nonprofit or international development sector is considered a plus.

    APPLICATION

    Please email a resume, cover letter, and a sample of your writing to opportunities@PYXERAGlobal.org. Applications without a writing sample will not be considered. In the subject line of the email please write “PYXERA Global Media Relations and Events Intern Position.”

    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

  • Integrated Community Development Director

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    PYXERA Global is seeking an experienced international development professional to provide technical leadership and programmatic management of engagements focused on integrated community development in some of the world’s most challenging contexts. PYXERA Global’s efforts in this space strive to deliver solutions that address the needs of communities in emerging markets in a culturally appropriate and market-oriented manner. The position will provide Washington DC-based oversight of donor-funded and private sector-backed programs globally while supporting PYXERA Global’s Enterprise and Community Development practice more broadly.

    The Technical Advisor will be expected to develop and introduce methodologies for implementation, take the lead on business development initiatives, and represent PYXERA Global in various internal and external events. The ideal candidate will have experience in both project management, as well as experience providing strategy and partnership development, technical assistance, capacity building, and training to practitioners and organizations, and conducting assessments, strategic analysis, and providing advisory services in the areas of community, private sector, and enterprise development. Strong writing and representational skills, combined with ability to lead innovation and drive opportunities, are a must for this position.

    MAJOR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Provide technical leadership around agricultural and value chain development, enterprise and private sector promotion, public-private partnerships, business development services, and market-based economic development.
    • Provide home-office operational oversight of donor-funded projects focused on integrated community development.
    • Provide technical leadership in design, development, planning, implementation; and capacity-building of specific technical components of various programs.
    • Organize presentations and events, engaging relevant networks and communities of practice;
    • Maintain a constructive dialogue and technical exchange with field counterparts and technical staff of implementing partners and other PYXERA Global departments and projects.
    • Develop/maintain collaborative relationships with donors/clients, relevant government agencies, bilateral and other NGOs.
    • Develop tools for the design and implementation of specific technical components.
    • Represent PYXERA Global in appropriate technical forums, events, and conferences.
    • Ensure that project implementation is compliant with PYXERA Global policies and remains technically sound.
    • Up to 33% travel to emerging market locations.

    KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS

    • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in economic and livelihoods development or related field as outlined above.
    • MBA or Master’s degree in international development, economics, social sciences or related field strongly preferred.
    • Must have ability to manage projects, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.
    • Must have excellent written, verbal and cross-cultural communication skills.
    • Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English; Spanish, Portuguese, French, or Hindi capability strongly preferred.

    SALARY

    This is a full time salaried position with excellent benefits. Pay range for this position is competitive.

    APPLICATION

    Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements via e-mail to opportunities@pyxeraglobal.org. Please note the position title in the subject line of the e-mail. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

  • Senior Program Manager – Global Pro Bono

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    PYXERA Global is seeking an experienced professional to provide leadership and programmatic management support to clients in the Global Pro Bono practice area.

    The Senior Program Manager (SPM) is responsible for overall management, development, implementation, monitoring, personnel, budget and financial oversight of all programs for which s/he is assigned.  These programs are, on the whole, more sophisticated/complex in terms of deliverables, stakeholders, M&E and other components. In most cases the SPM will serve as the key client manager for one or more of PYXERA Global’s programs under the oversight of the Director or Practice Leader.

    Besides performing program management duties, the SPM brings additional expertise and/or capacity to the organization, which can be technical, regional, or sectorial. The SPM also builds partnerships and relationships to further expand business and brand recognition.

    The ideal candidate will have significant experience in program management, business development, as well as experience in strategy and partnership development with the private and social sectors. Strong writing and presentation skills, combined with the ability to be innovative and drive opportunities, are a must for this position.

    MAJOR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

    1. Key Client Management of complex programs and continuing oversight over other clients as appropriate.
    2. Take a lead role in PYXERA Global’s external relations specific to the Practice Area, organizing PYXERA Global led events and ensuring a prominent role for the organization whenever possible.
    3. Act as leader in program design and practice area process and service improvements.
    4. Manage International Corporate Volunteer programs, including travel arrangements and logistical support, partner selection and scope of work development, virtual pre-work facilitation, team facilitation, travel to target countries for program preparation and implementation, and reporting on program impact.
    5. Delegating specific tasks to other Program Staff (PA, PM) as appropriate and ensuring that their work is completed on time and with attention to quality.
    6. Ensuring financial and reporting compliances, including development and review of budgets with field and home office staff;
    7. Manage programs so that they are on time, on budget, meet stakeholder needs and deliverable targets, and responsive to client and stakeholder needs.

    KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS

    Required:

    • US Citizen or Permanent US employment authorization required
    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field with a minimum of 8-10 years of experience.  MA or MBA Preferred
    • Experience working with cross cultural teams and/or skills-based volunteer programs
    • Comfort with multi-tasking and managing diverse tasks simultaneously
    • In-depth knowledge of at least one specific technical area related to PYXERA Global’s programs and services (community development, pro bono, enterprise development, monitoring and evaluation, value-chains, market development, corporate social responsibility, etc.)
    • Strong writing and organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Exceptional customer service and client management skills as evidenced by client feedback calls and impact reporting
    • Ability to travel up to 30-40% to Africa, Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.
    • Preferred language proficiency in one of the following: Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, or Russian.
    •  Overseas work experience, ability to work in teams and alone, and demonstrated commitment to creating opportunities for improved livelihoods.

    Desired:

    • Experience managing bi- or multi-lateral donor funded programs – including reporting, budget management and compliance

    SALARY

    This is a full-time salaried position with excellent benefits. Pay range for this position is competitive.

    APPLICATION

    Send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements via e-mail to opportunities@pyxeraglobal.org. Please include the position title in the subject line of the e-mail. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

     

  • Program Associate

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    PYXERA Global is seeking an experienced professional to provide administrative and programmatic support for  PYXERA Global’s programs in Global Pro Bono and Integrated Community Developemt. The position is an entry-level position that requires a strong focus on travel arrangments, logistics, financial reporting, program backstopping, and country and topic-specific research, as well as some writing. The position will provide the PA with the opportunity to build their program management skills through exposure to a variety of program and business development activities.

    The ideal candidate will be able to multitask, take initiative in completing assignments as well as provide high quality program materials.  Strong writing and presentation skills, combined with the ability to be innovative and flexible are a must for this position.

    MAJOR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

    The Program Associate is responsible for supporting the implementation of PYXERA Global’s programming. Key responsibilities include:

    • Arrange travel arrangements and coordinate meeting logistics for programs in collaboration with Program Managers.
    • Conduct research and develop briefing materials for potential new programs and business opportunities.
    • Create up-to-date country-specific briefing books and assist in drafting elements of program work plans, required reports (program and financial), and key correspondence sent to clients/donors.
    • Prepare and process relevant accounting forms, assist in preparing budgets, and monitoring financial reports.
    • Process participant and client survey data and create required reports.
    • Capture and share success stories and lessons learned that strengthen PYXERA Global’s existing and planned programs.
    • Develop and maintain tools to track reporting and program requirements.

    KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS

    • US Citizen or Permanent US employment authorization required
    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field with a minimum of 3-6 months of experience.
    • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and/or lead the efforts to effectively meet program needs.
    • Experience working with cross cultural teams and/or skills-based volunteer programs
    • Ability to multi-task and manage diverse tasks simultaneously
    • Flexible and able to work in a team as well as individually with limited supervision.
    • Strong writing and organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Exceptional customer service and problem solving skills.
    • Experience in event management or logistics planning.
    • Preferred language proficiency in one of the following: Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, or Russian.
    • Overseas work experience is desired

     SALARY

    This is a full-time salaried position with excellent benefits. Pay range for this position is competitive.

    APPLICATION

    Send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements via e-mail to opportunities@pyxeraglobal.org. Please include the position title in the subject line of the e-mail. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

     

  • MBAs Without Borders Sanitation Financing Advisor

    Amplify Markets

    LOCATION & DURATION

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia with occasional travel around Cambodia

    Nine-month assignment – October 2014 to June 2015

    PROJECT SUMMARY

    The MBAs Without Borders Advisor will work to increase uptake, equitable access, and consistent use of latrines by assisting Amplify Markets’ partner International Development Enterprises (iDE) in the development and execution of a Sanitation Financing scale-up plan.

    ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

    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.

    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 Kandal and Prey Veng, 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. The work with iDE to successfully pilot Sanitation Financing programs in Kandal and Prey Veng 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, 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 iDE in the development and execution of a SanFin scale-up plan.

    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. This person 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 for 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, successes, and challenges.

    ESTIMATED TIMETABLE AND TERMS

    The Advisor will participate in a two week virtual training prior to his or her arrival in Cambodia in October 2014. The position will complete in June 2015.

    PROFILE OF SELECTED CANDIDATE

    • Masters in Business Administration required
    • Fluency in written and oral English required
    • Finance background required, with particular emphasis on microfinance organizations in the context of emerging markets 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 developing country context
    • 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 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, MBAs Without Borders 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. If you have any questions, please email mwb@PYXERAGlobal.orgApplications are due September 19, 2014.

     

  • MBAs Without Borders Social Enterprise Advisor

    Amplify Markets

    LOCATION & DURATION

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia with occasional travel around Cambodia

    Nine-month assignment – October 2014 to June 2015

    PROJECT SUMMARY

    The MBAs Without Borders Advisor will be tasked with two main activities throughout this 12-month long assignment. The Advisor will help to integrate successful water filter and sanitation financing programs by harmonizing sales and financing of filters and latrines between key actors in the water, sanitation, and hygiene supply chain. The Advisor will also assist in creating a Hybrid Financing Model to deliver smart subsidies for sanitation products through the microfinance institution distribution channel.

    ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

    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.

    Amplify Markets provides strategic advisory and implementation support to social enterprises and nonprofit 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 International Development Enterprises (iDE) and its affiliates to develop distribution and financing models for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) products and services. The work with iDE to successfully pilot Sanitation Financing programs in Kandal and Prey Veng 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.

    Activity 1: Integrate successful water filter and sanitation financing programs by harmonizing sales and financing of filters and latrines between key actors in the supply chain. Under this activity, the Advisor will work with iDE, Made for Life (a local social enterprise), local MFIs, and Kiva to develop a business model for the distribution and financing of water filters and latrines.
    To address the full suite of WASH challenges faced by the rural poor, this project will integrate multiple WASH products (latrines and water filters) with innovative financing to offer a combined product and financing option. Selling these products together will have positive benefits for:

    • WASH salespeople – as they will have multiple sources of income
    • Local MFIs – as they will have a larger loan size from which to generate interest income
    • Households – as combined WASH products can more holistically address their health needs

    Sub-Activity: Perform a landscaping exercise to better understand the challenges and opportunities of bundling products and presenting them under a financing scheme. This activity will include desk research of available materials, discussions with other programs testing bundling in India, and formative field research with users and supply-chain actors.

    Sub-Activity:Initiate discussions with partners critical to the delivery and financing of bundled products (manufacturers, salespeople, and MFIs) and sign agreements to test the bundled product and financing operational model.

    Sub-Activity:Develop lightweight sales tools and lead the development of financing tools to be tested in bundled product distribution and financing pilots.

    Sub-Activity:Design and execute pilot tests of the bundled product distribution and the financing operational plan.

    Sub-Activity:Leverage proven efficiencies of the MFI filter/latrine delivery model to incorporate smart subsidies targeted to the most economically vulnerable households. For this activity the Advisor will work closely with Amplify HQ and partner staff to deliver:

    • Loan and product bundle operational plan (for pilot testing)
    • Signed contracts with partners for pilot testing of operational models
    • Bundled product tools (sales and marketing + reporting tools)
    • Bundled product operational plan
    • Brief quarterly reports on project status, successes, and challenges

    Activity 2: The Advisor will create a Hybrid Financing Model to deliver smart subsidies for sanitation products through the MFI distribution channel. This model operates as follows:

    • A subsidy pool will be established and made available to an MFI partner selected for the targeted subsidy SanFin pilot in Cambodia.
    • Latrine sales and financing meetings will take place with household groups, as they currently do under iDE’s established Sanitation Marketing (SanMark) and SanFin. Households interested in installing latrines will be invited to attend these meetings and offered the opportunity to purchase a latrine.
    • At the time of purchase, Amplify will utilize Cambodia’s national ID Poor program to identify households in the lowest poverty categories. These households will then be eligible for subsidies on the loan principle or the MFI will be offered a loan guarantee from the fund.
    • Households not eligible for subsidy or loan guarantees will be able to purchase and finance latrines at market rates.
    • Latrines purchased on subsidy will be delivered by latrine businesses and reimbursed by the MFI partners using capital from the subsidy pool.

    The use of the established MFI distribution channel will leverage the investment already made under the SanMark + SanFin programs, while delivering smart subsidies through the ID Poor designation will ensure targeting of the most economically vulnerable households. Amplify believes such a model has the potential to deliver superior value for money over standalone subsidy programs while maximizing equity of product distribution to those most in need.

    Sub-Activity: Perform formative research to understand the user environment and supply chain factors affecting the ability to provide targeted subsidies to the poorest households in Cambodia to enable the purchase of latrines.

    Sub-Activity: Design an operational model and pilot test the viability of using Cambodian ID Poor designations to offer capital subsidies and/or loan guarantees to the poorest households for the purchase of latrines. For this activity you will work closely with Amplify HQ and partner staff to deliver:

    • Targeted subsidy operational plan for pilot testing
    • An operational model that incorporates household subsidies into an existing MFI financing program for targeting low income households
    • An operational model that details how to appropriately target vulnerable households by using the National Government’s ID Poor system and disbursing subsidy funding for the purchase of WASH products
    • Brief quarterly reports on project status, successes, and challenges

    ESTIMATED TIMETABLE AND TERMS

    The Advisor will participate in a two week virtual training prior to his or her arrival in Cambodia in October 2014. The position will complete in June 2015.

    PROFILE OF SELECTED CANDIDATE

    • Masters in Business Administration required
    • Background and expertise in entrepreneurship, new venture initiation, or Lean Startup methodology
    • Experience with market research and market development work
    • Previous experience in Cambodia or emerging market context
    • Finance background, particularly experience with microfinance institutions (MFIs)
    • Demonstrated understanding of business operations, manufacturing, and supply chain issues
    • Ability to deliver against project metrics in a physically and mentally challenging environment
    • Experience with monitoring and analyzing sales and marketing activities against goals/objectives
    • 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 essential

    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, MBAs Without Borders 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. If you have any questions, please email mwb@PYXERAGlobal.org. Applications are due September 19, 2014.