The Global Growth & Opportunity (GGO) division works to catalyze sustainable transformative change in the face of inequities and market failures, to realize the potential of untapped markets, and to see the economic and social benefits of including everyone. We focus on the areas of Agricultural Development; Financial Services for the Poor; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; and Gender Equality. We seek solutions that are sustainable, transformative, and inclusive with an eye toward applying technology innovations as well as data evidence to drive change in the world's developing countries.
4.5 billion people worldwide lack access to safely managed sanitation, and millions of these people live in dwellings whose sanitary facilities, if any, are connected to poorly managed septic tanks, cesspools or latrines. Health impacts of poorly managed sanitation are severe, including hundreds of millions of cases of serious oral-fecal illnesses each year, resulting in the preventable deaths of approximately 1.7 million young children, and lifelong stunting and cognitive impairment of tens of millions more children
Traditional sewer networks have historically been the preferred sanitation solution among urban planners and governments. However, this large and centralized infrastructure is often not the most sustainable, nor financially or technically feasible solution in developing countries, and often does not reach informal settlement populations and other vulnerable groups for a range of reasons including sewers not extending beyond central business districts, challenging topography, lack of legal recognition by government, or project cost estimates that don't include the costs to connect poor households to sewers. These factors make non-sewered sanitation solutions (NSS), also known as onsite sanitation systems, more context-appropriate and adaptable in many urban contexts. The Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WSH) team focuses their efforts and resources towards advocating and developing an end-to-end ecosystem promoting NSS. This is achieved through: * Policy, Advocacy, and Communication (PAC) targets our focus regions to promote national policies and increase government accountability for responsible fecal sludge management (FSM). In addition, focus is also placed on advocating for funding innovative non-sewered sanitation interventions globally. * Transformative Technology Commercialization (TTC) supports upstream development of innovative technologies that practically address the sanitation challenge and respects the realities of developing world needs. Current focus has shifted towards bringing these technologies to market through diverse and locally relevant commercialization strategies. * Urban Sanitation Markets (USM) places emphasis on developing the market and ecosystem for city wide inclusive sanitation services, regulation, and transformative technologies. This includes building the capacity of those responsible for sanitation services to develop appropriate business models and build effective NSS systems and infrastructure. This is achieved through collaboration with national governments, development banks, private sectors, universities, and other supportive organizations. * Measurement, Evidence, and Dissemination for Scale (MEDS) is tasked with strengthening the evidence base for successful and innovative sanitation programs, supporting smart measurement and indicators within our grant making, and helping the NSS sector more broadly implement evidenced based programming through dissemination of findings.
As mentioned above, the Transformative Technology Commercialization (TTC) strategy leads the upstream development of innovative technologies and the WSH team has partnered with many universities and industries to develop these technologies as core processing systems or key components for the next generation of safe and sustainable sanitation solutions. These technologies will enable the development, manufacturing and deployment of Reinvented Toilets (as defined by ISO30500), Omni-Ingestors (inline pit emptying and waste treatment solutions) and Omni-Processors (energy independent fecal sludge processing technologies, as defined by ISO/IWA28); which aim to kill pathogens from human waste and waste streams and turn human waste into marketable products that support an entrepreneur's business profitability. In addition to the upstream work, the WSH team is also partnering with leading industry and commercial entities around the world to successfully deploy these technologies in communities in developing and developed countries where they will have the most health and economic benefits.
Position Summary & Responsibilities As a Senior Program Officer (SPO), you will contribute to making the WSH team's 'reinvented toilet' vision a reality. As we address the challenge of making sanitation a profitable industry for operators and investors for the benefits of the poor, you will be expected to leverage your business development knowledge and experience to successfully launch at least two Omni-Processor products by 2023 in identified key geographies. Additionally, you will be accountable for: * Grant Development & Making* Identify, develop, structure and execute new grants to validate market readiness and consumer acceptance of sustainable non-sewered sanitation systems. * Shape and manage grants and contracts intended to create an enabling environment for the roll-out of at least three Omni-Processor technologies. This may include investments to: mature technology development and improve technical performance; develop business plans and license agreements for commercial partners; demonstrate, at scale, sanitation as a profitable and sustainable business; demonstrate that fecal sludge management and sustainable non-sewered sanitation systems is viable and an integral part of sanitation planning; and/or professionalize and increase the competitiveness of key sector actors.
* Partner Development & Engagement* Scan the sector to find the most promising opportunities; engage relevant actors not currently in sanitation to engage with the sector as innovations are developing. Expand the pool of partners engaged with sanitation that serves the poor. * Act as a conduit between grantee partners developing technologies and potential partners that could adopt, commercialize, and deploy such technologies; with particular attention to private sector actors. * Coordinate with commercial partners to validate business models that generate positive economics and financial returns for the operation of sustainable non-sewered sanitation systems at scale. * Work with commercial and technology partners to develop investment cases that will facilitate a wide range of investment from other actors; including other foundations, social ventures, investment funds or venture capitalist for local regional manufacturing and large-scale deployment of innovation. * Provide support to commercial partner leadership to build internal alignment within their companies and externally with government, investors for manufacturing, distribution, servicing and/or operating Omni-Processors. * Create partnerships between developers and field-based actors; including supporting the development and management of a portfolio of business case assessments. * Create collaboration among partners (government, funders, operators, etc.) and engage on questions of both economics and finance: support efforts to assess complete welfare impacts of changes in models for sanitation service delivery, not only financial implications for service providers. Make links between regulation and private sector service provision while enhancing the quality of regulation will be an active topic for research and exploration.
* Cross-Foundation Learning & Continuous Improvement * Support measurement of our results through the development of projects with clear, measurable outcomes and milestones which can form the basis of a results-based relationship with the foundation. Analyze and synthesize results from these grants, in order to sharpen the WSH team strategy and our ability to report on progress and value for money. * Provide feedback from the field via lessons learned and opportunity assessments to improve the target product profile of innovative technological solutions. * Represent the foundation to key external constituencies, including participation in conferences and meetings. Disseminate our emerging experience and approach to water, sanitation and hygiene. * Prepare clear, concise, and insightful written analyses on new grants and progress reports on existing grants. Communicate effectively with senior management through memos, meetings and field visits. * Prepare background and presentation materials for brainstorming sessions related to our work.
Reports to: Deputy Director and Lead of the Transformative Technology Commercialization Initiative
Leadership & Culture We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things. This includes contributing positively to team culture through collaboration and transparency, empowering others, developing and practicing leadership skills, trusting good intention of others, effective communication, and participating in team building activities.
Core Qualifications, Knowledge & Skills We are looking for people who enjoy the opportunity of working on complex problems and collectively creating solutions that have the potential for transformative change in the lives of people around the world. You must be prepared to work across a diverse set of disciplines, bridging a wide range of expertise all the while being a team player, with a demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency and diplomacy in an exciting, challenging environment. The responsibilities of this role require that you should have strong business development and technical leadership skills to build, develop and nurture industry relationships to engage in the technology transfer and commercialization of sanitation innovation. Additionally, we seek:
Industry-Related Experience & Education: * A minimum of 10 years relevant work experience in market assessment and/or business development. Strong preference for experience in Africa and/or Asia coupled with a demonstrated understanding of regulated markets and/or natural monopolies. * Subject matter expert on competitive landscapes, global trends, and how to apply both to improve the experience the industry and commercial partners * Understanding of and engagement with the sanitation or fecal sludge management field; preferably within the developing world. * Advanced degree in Business, Mechanical Engineering, Sciences, Environmental Engineering, or related degree or any combination of technical and MBA equivalent is strongly preferred.
Additional Skills: * Ability to think/act like an investor who can passionately articulate the vision and inspire collaboration. * Ability to work collaboratively as part of a larger team. * Experience working with a range of clients, colleagues, consultants, and other partners with broad exposure to private, public and NGO sectors. * Strong analytical skills; including quantitative assessments and a focused approach to complex problems. * Excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills to effectively calibrate input and synthesize information to connect with varied and diverse audiences. Ability to communicate clearly and convey complex and often highly technical ideas in easily understood ways. * Innovative and open-minded approach to all aspects of work. Ability to question and challenge colleagues, including managers, and partners in a constructive manner. * Comfortable in a wide range of cultural, geographic and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diverse range of people. * Creative problem solver with a tenacious focus on the business goals. * Confident and comfortable working with senior leaders and cross-functional partners to drive alignment and execution. * Data driven, customer focused, naturally curious, and can work collaboratively across functions. * Comfortable with role ambiguity, working in a fast-paced environment, and navigating large global organizations. * Strong organizational skills, ability collaborate cross-functionally, and willingness to span from strategy to detailed execution. * Ability to travel up to 33% of time as needs dictate. * Commitment to the foundation's core values, mission and programs with an approach that is consistent with the foundation's guiding principles while holding oneself to the highest ethical standards.
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