Market-Based Urban WASH Senior Program Manager

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Business Development, Economics, Water and Sanitation
Addis Ababa 
Career Level:
Managerial Level (Manager, Supervisor, Director)
Employment Type:
Full time

Job Description

Position Title: Market-Based Urban WASH Senior Program Manager

Department/Program: WASH

Level: D1

Reports to: TBD

Based in: Addis Ababa  

Duration of contract: Contingent upon funding

Remuneration: As per organization pay scale plus other PSI/Ethiopia staff benefits.

Application Deadline: May 27,2022

Who we are?

We’re Population Services International (PSI), the world’s leading non?profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services that range from mosquito nets to contraceptives to HIV testing. We are a $560m enterprise based in Washington, DC, operating in the private and public sectors in more than 65 countries.

Join us!

There are over 9,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. It’s a diverse group of entrepreneurs and professionals with an unusually wide range of backgrounds - from the medical industry to the music business - all with unique skills we bring to the job.

PSI/Ethiopia wants reimagine healthcare, put the consumer at the center, and whenever possible, bring quality care to the front door.  We achieve health impact in Ethiopia by working with both government and private partners and harvesting technology innovation to bring quality care closer to communities, schools, and homes.   We empower consumers by including them in the design of healthcare solutions, offering them more healthcare choices, and helping them to have a voice in influencing national priorities.  We work with all market actors in the health system to understand their needs, designing and delivering solutions so that market systems can sustainably serve consumers for the long term, helping to support the Government of Ethiopia in achieving Universal Health Coverage. 

We are looking for a Market-Based Urban WASH Senior Program Manager to oversee the development of strategies, approaches, and activities for strengthening the urban sanitation market in Ethiopia to make it easier for consumers to access WASH products and services, with a focus on sanitation.  This position at PSI/Ethiopia will be part of the leadership team of an anticipated 5-year USAID-funded project. The overall purpose of this Activity is to support accelerated access to inclusive and resilient water supply, sanitation, and hygiene services in targeted urban and peri-urban areas through four complementary objectives: 1) strengthen GoE urban WASH planning, budgeting and service delivery oversight; 2) strengthen the operationalization of an independent regulator; 3) enable and professionalize public and private WASH service providers; 4) extend WASH services to poor and marginalized households.

With support from the Government of Ethiopia and international donors such as USAID, CIFF, and other private foundations, PSI has worked in Ethiopia since 2003 and has roughly 275 staff. PSI implements market development and behavior change programs to increase access to and use of products and services for WASH, sexual reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and cervical cancer.

The anticipated program would add to PSI’s significant work in the Ethiopia WASH sec tor to increase market access to and sustained use of a broad spectrum of affordable WASH products and services. PSI has reached more than 100,000 households in all nine regions with PSI-supported WASH products and services. We achieve this by transforming the market for low-cost, desirable, and quality WASH products and services through stimulating demand at the community level, harnessing public stewardship, strengthening supply chains, and improving the enabling environment for a vibrant private market. PSI supports government sanitation strategies with technical support and training, has a network of nearly 500 private sector small business partners in all nine regions, and employs a user-centered design approach to develop affordable WASH products, business models, and financing mechanisms.

Sounds like you? Read on!

Your contribution:

The Market-Based Urban WASH Senior Program Manager will direct supervise Market Based Urban Sanitation Lead and Demand Creation Lead.  S(he) will oversee the technical expertise on market development, including private sector engagement and capacity building, design of sanitation products and service improvements, and entrepreneurship. S(he) will also ensure institutional engagement in support of private sector participation and represent the project on public-private sector issues at strategic planning meetings with collaborators and donors.

The Market-based Urban WASH Senior Program Manager will oversee the MBS Lead to manage market segmentation activities and collection and dissemination of market intelligence; work with government and private-sector actors to develop high-quality, affordable products and fecal sludge management services; build the capacity of collaborators in reliable service provision; and engage private sector actors to strengthen the sanitation supply chain. S(he) will supervise the Demand Creation Lead to increase sustained consumer demand for services, including social behavior change, sales and marketing; and work with relevant government actors to strengthen the enabling environment for market-based sanitation.

The Market Based Urban WASH Senior Program Manager should have leadership, management and development experience, a demonstrated track record in managing government relations particularly in urban setting, and a strong interest in private sector approaches to development. S(he) must have deep experience in business and/or with market-led development approaches in Ethiopia, a passion for knowledge sharing and capacity building, and a positive and action-oriented attitude.

Job Requirements

What are we looking for?

The basics

  • Master’s Degree/ Bachler’s Degree in Business, Marketing and Economics.
  • At least ten/ twelve years of experience in a position with similar responsibilities,   preferably in market development, social marketing, urban sanitation, project/ program management, with extensive experience in Ethiopia. 
  • Sanitation related market development experience is appreciated. 

What would get us excited?

  • Experience building capacity of private sector businesses and developing viable service delivery models to reach diverse consumers.
  • Ability to develop business and financial models for small/medium-sized businesses that get results.
  • Demonstrated track record working with the private sector, and private-public partnerships.
  • Experience managing a team of staff preferred.
  • Excellent diplomatic, oral/written skills and presentation abilities.
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written).
  • Citizen of Ethiopia.
  • References will be required.

How to Apply

Are you intrigued? Apply!

By following our 3 steps application process:

1.       Fill out the application form using the following link: Online Application Form . It will only take 5 to 10 minutes.

2.       Send your CV and application letter to [email protected] clearly mark “ Application for Market-Based Urban WASH Senior Program Manager Position ” in the subject line.

3.       Check your email and make sure you receive an automatic response acknowledging receipt of your application which means your application was successful. If you don’t receive the automatic response, check again your subject line and if needed, re-submit your CV and application letter with the correct subject.

Application deadline May 27, 2022 We’ll call or e-mail you back if there is a good fit on both sides.

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

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