Business Facilitator

The post is to be based in Yangon and opened to Myanmar National and Advertised nationwide.

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The role: Oxfam’s Water for Women Sanitation Marketing Project aims to break down barriers to socially inclusive market based sanitation in Myanmar. This project is built on the human right to sanitation, which entitles everyone to safe, acceptable, and affordable sanitation. Oxfam will take a systems-based approach to breaking down barriers to socially inclusive sanitation in Rakhine and Magway, combining commercial marketing techniques with community-driven behaviour change to increase demand and accessibility to high quality latrines. Key barriers to accessing sanitation at the household level for women will be identified and addressed, including supporting a more appropriate, low-cost and sustainable latrine design to enter the Myanmar market. The project will work with the market to make purchasing a latrine easier. As market-based solutions to sanitation are new to Myanmar, country specific evidence using rigorous techniques will be generated and disseminated. This will feed into shaping government approaches to sanitation, providing opportunities for nationwide scale-up. The project will work to challenge gender norms with this process, ensuring not only messaging supports greater inclusion, but by working with youth networks and women marketers to develop gender leadership, and through intensively working with households on decision making processes.

The role involves engaging with actors such as latrine hardware suppliers, microfinance institutions and design experts to produce and distribute more desirable, higher quality and affordable sanitation options. You will be responsible for working with suppliers to strengthen supply chains to breakdown existing obstacles to safe sanitation. This will include linking suppliers with distributors and manufacturers where products are not currently available; ensuring suppliers are familiar with the most valued latrine designs; and providing suppliers with a menu of latrine options. The role will also include building relationships and working with microfinance institutes to create a sanitation specific loan product to extend the reach of safe sanitation to the most vulnerable and poor.

Level:                             C2, National

Employment term:         Fixed-term (2 years with possibility of extension)

Report to:                      Water for Women Programme Manager

What we offer:               Respectful and empowered working environment,

                                     Life insurance, Medical+ dental + optical benefits,

                                    Competitive salary and Career advancement opportunities,

                                    Generous leave entitlement