USAID USP Program Careers – Private Sector Development (PSDA) Advisor at Millennium Water Alliance (MWA)

Organisation: Millennium Water Alliance (MWA)
Project Name: USAID /Uganda Sanitation Program (USP) 
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief of Party
About US:
The Millennium Water Alliance was
formed as the Unites States announced its commitment to the Goals for
Sustainable Development. One goal was to “reduce by half, the proportion of
people without access to safe and affordable drinking water and sanitation” by
the year 2015. To help reach this goal, in 2003 the leading US-based
non-governmental organizations working in water and sanitation formed the
Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) as 501(c)(3) organization to offer sustainable
solutions through advocacy, shared knowledge, and collaborative programming.
Since then, MWA has created consortium field programs in which member NGOs
bring their strengths and share ideas on effective approaches, for maximum
efficiency and long-term effectiveness. Our major collaborative field programs
to date operate in Ethiopia, Kenya, and in five countries in Central America.

About USAID USP Project:
The Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) seeks
to win an anticipated 5-Year Sanitation program in Uganda to be awarded by
USAID in FY2015. The Project will be implemented by a consortium of NGOs and
other development partners in managing and implementing a sustainable water and
sanitation program in 8 districts that may expand to 25 districts in Uganda.
Job Summary:  The Private Sector Development Advisor will
provide support to private sector initiatives in support to the Chief of Party.
The incumbent will play a lead role in technical oversight and implementation
of private sector/partnership activities in private sector engagement and
drawing on expertise across the organization, ensuring effective internal
coordination and collaboration, as well as managing external stakeholders and
relationships.  She/he will also work
together with the other technical leads/specialists for the conceptualization,
planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of a strategy for WASH and
private sector partnerships.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
The
incumbent will oversee MWA partners, the government of Uganda and private
sector partners in the development and scale up market based sanitation
products and services
·        
Work
in liaison with key stakeholders in government, civil society and private
sector to develop a plan for formulating necessary research and testing, in
order to develop a national sanitation marketing strategy that applies commercial
principles and other key features to Uganda’s sanitation service delivery with
clear plans for scalability.
·        
Steer
the development of a comprehensive research that supports the understanding of
the current market conditions and segments, its trends and drivers, and
consumer knowledge, attitudes and practice; and the opportunities and barriers
to scale up of services.
·        
Offer
technical support to existing and emerging enterprises, and support the
development of new innovative ones, utilizing customer centered focus in
targeted districts.
·        
Support
and mentor enterprises to utilize creative combination of improved
products  and services  and financial services to launch an scale up
contributions  in order to reach the poor
and underserved
·        
Work
in liaison with national and regional governments to ensure strong incentives
such as appropriate laws, financial incentives and reduce barriers for
entrepreneurs that enter the sanitation market 
or public private partnerships
·        
Actively
facilitate a range of financial instruments or credit services to facilitate
access to water and sanitation products and services by stimulating the
necessary push-pulls between supply of hardware and credit services and
community demand for the same.
·        
Work
with key stakeholders in government, civil society and private sector develop
new models of for improved water supply and sanitation services
·        
Come
up with appropriate strategies for creating economy of scale in rural areas;
mobilizing private sector financing and other creative commercially oriented
strategies for O&M of water facilities , solid waste disposal  and meeting capital costs of water and
sanitation services
·        
Actively
promote financing mechanisms and support development of suitable financial
products for the identified business model(s) to enhance commercialization and
investment in the rural water and sanitation supply system through public
private partnership and other targeted risk mitigation mechanisms.
·        
Work
in close collaboration with the project team, project partners and local
communities, review GoU private sector strategy and provide support in
designing and implementing market-driven strategy that creates incentives for
private sector engagement in WASH and development of private-sector led
solutions to myriad market constraints and enhance the business enabling
environment/ frameworks for increased private sector participation and
profitability.
·        
Facilitate
the  community, local government, and the
service provider entrepreneur to become primary decision makers, effectively
plan, manage and sustain operations  of
facilities to ensure the functionality of water supplies and sanitation
services
·        
In
charge of developing appropriate methods for engaging both men and women and
propose gender-sensitive solutions that clearly bring out their contribution to
sustainable water supply and sanitation service delivery.
·        
Develop
deliberate strategies and approaches that will increase the private sector
potential to invest and become substantial actors in provision of WASH services
delivery
·        
Manage
MWA partners and the private sector partners in developing promising
approaches, products and services that increase access to appropriate demand
driven WASH solutions.
·        
Work
with the government and private sector partners to develop and scale up
market-based sanitation products and services that complement initiatives targeted
under the BCC and CLTs
·        
Identify
and develop opportunities for new strategic partnerships and broker
relationships with existing program beneficiary groups
·        
Influence
the private sector agenda and initiatives to lever greater benefits for WASH,
poverty reduction and to avoid negative outcomes for the poor by produce good
practice guidance on WASH for private sector and providing guidance on private
sector financing and investment.
·        
Coordinate
linkages between project staff, MWA partners, County Governments, and  leverage private sector partners, the local
WASH entrepreneurs and financial institutions to increase  financial capital, capacity and
competitiveness of the service providers and private sector recipients
·        
Identify,
vet and broker innovative operational & business plans and concepts that
increase access to markets for WASH products and services.  In addition, provide tailored technical
assistance for business management and technical O&M.
·        
Work
with the private sector partners and the MEL officer to identify information
collection nodes across the demand and supply chains and development of
sustainable and effective information collection and dissemination mechanisms
·        
Actively
promote learning and innovation among stakeholders that leads to improved
competitiveness, greater inclusion of poorer segments of the community and
greater transparency in the WASH sector
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The
ideal candidate for the MWA USAID Project Private Sector Development Advisor
should hold a Master’s degree in Business Management, economics, Finance or
related fields
·        
At
least ten years’ experience in private sector or providing technical
assistance  to improve  private sector performance
·        
Significant
experience with WASH and private sector development
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested
candidates who wish to join MWA’s USAID WASH Project should send a cover
letter, updated CV in reverse chronological format, and a list of at least
three professional references (name, contact information, and statement of
relationship to the reference) to: mwa.uganda.jobs@gmail.com. Please make sure
to add the “job title” in the subject line of your email.
NB:
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: 15th July, 2015
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