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Regional Water & Sanitation Business Coordinator

Application Deadline: 2 November 2018

How to apply: Email shamim@staffableafrica.com with your CV/resume, cover letter or brief e-mail that introduces you to us and provides insights into both your experiences and how you are the ideal candidate for this position.

Location: East Africa (Uganda, Rwanda or Malawi-based)

Ability and willingness to travel regularly (approximately 30% of the time) within the program countries and to other countries, as necessary.

Start Date: As Soon As Possible

About the Company

Water For People is a global nonprofit working across nine countries, bringing together communities, local entrepreneurs, and governments to build and maintain water and sanitation services that will last. We have a sustainable solution to end the global water and sanitation crisis, and our employees across the world help drive this solution.

About the Position

The Regional Water and Sanitation Business Coordinator (RWSBC) will coordinate, support and drive the implementation of Water For People’s market based approaches in sanitation and water, an initiative which seeks to facilitate private sector development and increase access to sustainable rural sanitation, hygiene and safe drinking water through local market channels in rural and low income urban areas in Africa.

The Coordinator will work closely with the Regional Director, Country Directors, Regional Program Officer, country-based water and sanitation business development teams and the Program Quality Management team to support them to envision, research, strategize, plan and execute sanitation and water business development initiatives. The Coordinator will provide all relevant training and mentorship to the relevant in-country teams and will work closely with relevant private sector, governmental, non-governmental and donor partners.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership on sanitation and water business strategies, business modeling and operational planning to staff and partners.

  • Support relevant colleagues to conduct market assessments and analysis for water supply and sanitation businesses.

  • Lead sanitation and water business modeling and presentation of simplified analysis of the effects of the multiple variables that impact on the business models.

  • Support relevant colleagues and partners to develop business growth strategies, operational plans, marketing and promotion strategies and plans, and working capital analysis for identified businesses.

  • Prepare or contribute to the preparation of proposals supported by appropriate business plans for submission to donors.

  • Explain our approach and business models to donors, including those with a special interest in water and sanitation business development.

  • Evaluate value chains for water supply and sanitation services and products and recommend actions that need to be taken to address identified bottlenecks.

  • Promote entrepreneurial development by providing business mentoring to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) identified to market water supply and sanitation products and services.

  • Review opportunities for financing SMEs and developing market linkages and make relevant and appropriate recommendations.

  • Prepare high quality reports for use internally, by partners and for submission to donors.

  • Prepare high quality papers on lessons learnt (from successful and unsuccessful initiatives) for internal use and external dissemination.

  • Participate and contribute to Water For People and our partners’ participation in national and international events, where applicable.

  • Undertake any other duties and responsibilities reasonably requested by line manager.

Qualifications, Knowledge & Skills

  • Postgraduate (Masters’ level) qualification in business development/management, social marketing, entrepreneurship development or other related disciplines.

  • At least five years of directly relevant experience in social and commercial marketing approaches, ideally with work in health and water and sanitation fields.

  • Extensive experience in small and medium enterprise development.

  • Experience in business modeling and financial forecasting.

  • Excellent representational experience and skills.

  • Advanced proficiency in financial modeling software (e.g. Excel).

  • Excellent report writing, documentation and presentation skills.

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, networking and negotiation skills, including in a cross-cultural context as a team player.

Behaviors & Competencies

  • Ability to lead and persuade without necessarily having line management powers.

  • Highly organized and persistent until tasks are fully completed either directly or through other relevant colleagues.

  • Motivation and ability to work efficiently and effectively with limited supervision.

  • Strong affiliation and appreciation to Water For People’s vision, mission and values.

  • A critical thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills.

Compensation:

  • This is an exempt, full-time position with a comprehensive benefits package.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with level of experience.