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 Advisor with WSUP Enterprises

    (Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor)

    LOCATION & DURATION

    Lusaka, Zambia

    Twelve month assignment beginning in March 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 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. 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 March 2015. The assignment will complete in March 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 March 2, 2015. If you have any questions, please email mwb@PYXERAGlobal.org

  • Program Associate – Global Pro Bono

    POSITION DESCRIPTION:

    PYXERA Global is seeking an experienced professional to provide administrative and programmatic support for  PYXERA Global’s Global Pro Bono program. 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.

    KEY POSITION 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 budget and country research for developing briefing materials for potential new programs and business opportunities.
    • Assist in creating and facilitating training sessions for Corporate teams
    • 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.
    • Assist in developing detailed scopes of work with local partner organizations.
    • 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, innovation, and ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and/or lead the efforts to effectively meet program/client 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.
    • Strong knowledge of excel for logistics tracking, reporting, and budgeting a plus.
    • Preferred language proficiency in one of the following: Chinese, 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.

    TO APPLY:

    Send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and available start date 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 Intern – Summer 2015

    POSITION DESCRIPTION:

    PYXERA Global seeks a highly motivated undergraduate or graduate intern to work 30-40 hours per week at our headquarters office in Washington, DC. This position offers interns the chance to experience and work across multiple job functions and with different divisions. This is an excellent opportunity for those who want to work at an international NGO with a focus on global engagement and corporate social responsibility.

    The ideal candidate will have experience working in a fast-paced office environment, especially in a programmatic or administrative capacity. The intern must be detail-oriented, able to multi-task, and have strong written and communication skills.

    KEY POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

    The Program Intern is responsible for supporting the implementation and monitoring of a number of program activities. S/he is also responsible for assisting in business development activities, including monitoring opportunities across donor/client organizations, proposal preparation, attending events, and conducting research.  Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Assist Program Managers in supporting our field staff and programs
    • Assist in financial backstopping, ensuring that budgets are on track and expenses are documented according to internal guidelines
    • Assist in recruiting consultants and volunteers
    • Participate in the development of donor/client proposals
    • Make travel arrangements and coordinate meeting logistics for pro bono programs
    • Create up-to-date country-specific briefings and assist in drafting elements of program work plans, training sessions, required reports (program and financial), and key correspondence sent to clients/donors
    • Attend industry events in DC and prepare a debrief for staff
    • Research relevant articles and materials on international development, team building, leadership, and sector specific topics
    • Conduct research on assigned topics
    • Assist in identifying local partner organizations and scope development
    • Assist with admin tasks such as expense reports, database updates, etc.
    • Support program and practice area specific tool development, file organization, and overall process improvements

    KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS:

    Pursuing or holds a Bachelor’s or pursuing a Master’s degree in international relations, economic development, business, or related field and at least 6 months professional or international development experience, or a combination of both.

    • 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
    • Ability to manage diverse activities and supervisors, meet competing deadlines, and have flexibility in changing situations and priorities
    • Strong oral, written, and communication skills
    • High level of computer literacy and Salesforce experience desirable
    • Knowledge of foreign language highly desirable, especially Chinese; French, Spanish, and Portuguese are also desirable
    • Availability to start in mid- to late-May

    TO APPLY:

    Please email a resume, cover letter, and a sample of your writing (no more than 3 pages) to opportunities@PYXERAGlobal.org.  Applications without a writing sample will not be considered. In the subject line of the email please write “PYXERA Global Summer Intern Position 2015”.

    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

  • MBAs Without Borders Advisor with USAID DOME

    PYXERA Global

    LOCATION & DURATION

    Karaganda, Kazakhstan

    Twelve-month assignment 

    PROJECT SUMMARY

    An MBAs Without Borders (MWB) Advisor will fulfill the role of Business Development Advisor to assist with the Diversification of Monotown Economies (DOME) program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kazakhstan. The goal of the DOME program is to stimulate jobs, business development, and economic diversification in six monotowns in the Karaganda region.

    The Business Development Advisor will work closely with the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Development Specialist conducting needs assessments among local businesses, helping SMEs develop strategic plans and grow their businesses, providing technical assistance to SMEs, and assisting with grant program implementation.

    ORGANIZATIONAL BACKROUND 

    The DOME project is being implemented by PYXERA Global, an international development nonprofit based in Washington, DC. PYXERA Global has more than 20 years of experience in over ninety countries providing a variety of economic development programs. Since 2000, PYXERA Global has worked in Central Asia with the private sector, NGOs, local consulting firms, communities, and government institutions to drive growth and stability in the region.

    PROJECT OVERVIEW

    Multiple constraints affect entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan, including limited access to finance, high tax rates, and lack of qualified workers. These constraints make it hard for local SMEs to establish competitive businesses. Only 5% of Kazakhstani private businesses export their products and services, while more than 50% of local firms use material inputs and supplies of foreign origin. Less than 10% of Kazakhstani firms have an internationally recognized quality certification, which significantly inhibits their competitiveness in the global marketplace.

    The goal of the DOME program is to stimulate job and business development as well as economic diversification in six monotowns in the Karaganda region through assistance to Business Support Institutions on management, strategic planning, and technical issues including innovative improvements in production, quality control, development of international standards for suppliers of inputs, distribution, IT improvement, and support for SME financing. Activities will focus on the following six monotowns: Temirtau, Saran, Shakhtinsk, Abai, Satpaev, and Zhezkazgan. These were selected due to their proximity to one another, the presence of stable functioning town-forming enterprises, and opportunities for industry growth.

    One of the key tasks of the DOME program is to support local businesses through training and technical assistance to become better prepared to bid on, win, and successfully fulfill procurement contracts with larger companies. As part of this assignment, the Business Development Advisor will work closely with the SME Development Specialist and will engage in the following activities:

    • Conduct needs assessments of SMEs
    • Work with local businesses to identify opportunities for growth
    • Educate and help SMEs establish new linkages with potential markets
    • Develop strategic plans and provide technical assistance
    • Assist local businesses with developing a solid business plan and securing bank financing
    • Help enterprises grow and diversify business services and product offerings
    • Provide referrals to business advisory services when appropriate
    • Assist the Project Director to run the small grants program
    • Assist the Project Director to support the Business Case Competition for youth startups
    • Continue building the capacity of select Business Support Institutions/ Business Service Providers through technical assistance
    • Monitor and report on SME progress

    ESTIMATED TIMETABLE AND TERMS

     The position will begin around early April 2015 and will conclude around the end of April 2016.

    PROFILE OF SELECTED CANDIDATE

    • Master’s in Business Administration, Finance, Economics, or related discipline is required
    • Strong/ Fluency in written and oral Russian is required
    • Strong experience and interest in SMEs is essential
    • Previous consulting experience is ideal
    • 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
    • Previous work experience in Eastern Europe or Central Asia is preferred
    • Strong project management and leadership skills
    • Strong interpersonal, teamwork, and communications skills
    • Strong interest in private sector development
    • Ability to interact with a broad spectrum of stakeholders
    • Advanced computer skills, including Word, Excel, Power Point, and data management

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