Social Enterprise Advisor

MBAs Without Borders, Amplify Markets - Cambodia
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Amplify Markets provides strategic advisory and implementation support to social enterprises and non-profit clients who wish to utilize market-based approaches to address social challenges. Amplify Markets’ Lean Development model identifies commercial best-practices and takes a tailored locally driven approach to successfully implement them in emerging market environments. The Amplify team approaches each project like an entrepreneurial startup business – focusing energy and attention on defining clear metrics for success, applying frameworks to test and optimize operational models, and moving quickly to pivot to new approaches in order to develop scalable and sustainable solutions.

The Amplify team has over 40 years of private sector experience in the commercialization, introduction, and financing of consumer products and has carefully honed its approach to efficiently develop, test, and optimize sustainable operational models. Five years ago, the team turned its focus to emerging markets and has led successful collaborations with 21 field partners in 7 countries to introduce 13 consumer health products.

In Cambodia, Amplify Markets has been working closely with iDE and its affiliates to develop distribution and financing models for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) products and services. iDE’s successful pilot of Sanitation Financing programs in Kandal and Prey Veng provinces will form the foundation of the scope under the upcoming Sanitation Financing (SanFin) scale-up project. The Amplify team intends to leverage these prior learnings to assist iDE in scaling up the SanFin model across Cambodia.


For this assignment, the MBAs Without Borders Advisor will be expected to work in close collaboration with the Amplify global team and local partners. The Advisor will be the primary Amplify representative and liaison between Amplify headquarters in Seattle, NGO partner iDE, and local microfinance institutions (MFIs). The chosen MBAs Without Borders Advisor will be supported by a full-time Cambodian national, who will provide country and cultural context as well as WASH expertise. The Advisor will also be supported by quarterly field visits from Amplify HQ staff.

The MBAs Without Borders Advisor will be tasked with two main activities throughout this 8-month long assignment. The Advisor will help to integrate successful water filter and sanitation financing programs by harmonizing sales and financing of filters and latrines between key actors in the WASH supply chain. The Advisor will also assist in supporting a Hybrid Financing Model to deliver targeted subsidies for sanitation products through the MFI distribution channel.

Please find some highlights from each Activity below.

Activity 1: The Advisor will work with iDE, Made for Life (a local social enterprise), local MFIs, and Kiva to advance a business model for the distribution and financing of water filters and latrines (bundled product financing).

To address the full suite of WASH challenges faced by the rural poor, this project will integrate multiple WASH products (latrines and water filters) with innovative financing to offer a combined product and financing option. While working on this aspect of the project, the selected MBAs Without Borders Advisor will partake in the following:

• Liaise with Amplify partners in Cambodia and latrine business owners while supporting in-country staff for field coordination between all partners.

• Using sales, operational and financial tracking tools, support Made for Life in the successful completion of operational bundled product piloting.

• Work with Amplify leadership and the local Cambodia team to assess pilot effectiveness, capture project learnings, and memorialize in a “key lessons learned” report.

Activity 2: Through this activity, the use of the established MFI distribution channel will leverage the investment already made under the Sanitation Marketing (SanMark) + SanFin programs, while delivering smart subsidies through the ID Poor designation will ensure targeting the most economically vulnerable households. Amplify believes such a model has the potential to deliver superior value for money over standalone subsidy programs while maximizing equity of product distribution to those most in need. While conducting the above, the Advisor will work towards the following end-goals:

• Develop an operational model that incorporates purchase subsidies into an existing MFI financing program for targeting low income households

• An operational model that details how to appropriately target vulnerable households by using the National Government’s ID Poor system and disbursing subsidy funding for the purchase of WASH products

• Brief quarterly reports on project status, success, and challenges

Additionally, using sales, operational and financial tracking tools, the Advisor will support Made for Life in the successful completion of operational targeted subsidy model piloting as well as work with Amplify leadership and the local Cambodia team to assess pilot effectiveness, capture project learnings, and memorialize in a “key lessons learned” report.


The Advisor will participate in a two week virtual training prior to their arrival in Cambodia in January 2016. The position will complete in August 2016.


· Master’s in Business Administration required

  • Fluency in written and oral English required
  • Effective written and oral communication in English, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Finance background highly desired
  • Experience with microfinance organizations highly desired
  • Background and expertise in entrepreneurship, new venture initiation, or Lean Startup methodology is a plus
  • Experience with market development work
  • Previous experience in Cambodia or emerging markets context desired; MFI experience in emerging markets highly desired
  • Demonstrated understanding of business operations, manufacturing, and supply-chain issues
  • Ability to deliver against project metrics in a physically and mentally challenging environment
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, to review a wide breadth of information, and provide succinct summaries and recommendations based on what is known
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and independently (self-starter)
  • Experience in WASH desirable, but not required


Since 1990, PYXERA Global has matched talented and experienced MBA graduates with skill-based volunteer assignments in emerging markets around the world. Over this time over 1,000 highly skilled MBAs have strengthened and supported more than 4,000 enterprises, entrepreneurs, governments, and NGOs.

MBAs Without Borders Advisors utilize their business acumen and skills to provide pro bono consulting services to promote growth, entrepreneurship, and economic development around the world.

MBAs Without Borders assignments are not salaried, however, PYXERA Global ensures that Advisors are fully supported during their assignment. Through the program and its partners, MBAs Without Borders provides the following benefits to Advisors:

· A generous living stipend to cover meals and incidentals

· Housing

· Travel and transportation

· Health and evacuation insurance

In addition to logistical and administrative support provided by PYXERA Global, Advisors are also able to draw upon the experience of PYXERA Global’s team, consultants, and former Advisors to support their work. As a volunteer program, MBAs Without Borders meets the criteria accepted by most financial institutions to allow for deferment of student loans for participants during their assignment.