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The Aquaya Institute Social Entrepreneur Job Vacancy

Aquaya is a San Francisco-based NGO dedicated to accelerating safe water delivery in developing countries.

Our program areas include technology development, delivery model optimization, and impact assessment, with ongoing work in a number of countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Closing date: 30 Sep 2010
Location: Kenya - Nairobi


Aquaya's Water Business Kits (TM) program promotes the growth of private sector approaches to safe water delivery, with a focus on the small-scale water treatment and vending business model originally pioneered in Southeast Asia.

We are seeking an experienced and motivated team member who is passionate about the opportunity to create profitable demonstration businesses selling affordable, high quality treated drinking water in Kenya.

The Social Entrepreneur - Kenya will be stationed in Nairobi and will be responsible for implementing the Water Business Kits (TM) program in Kenya. He/she will report to Aquaya's Water Business Kits (TM) Program Manager in San Francisco.

  • Build, startup, staff, and manage an enterprise consisting of several demonstration retail outlets that treat and sell drinking water for household consumption in urban and peri-urban regions.
  • Report regularly on overall business performance, including sales, marketing, and quality control and assurance.
  • Support the Program Manager in negotiations with water treatment equipment suppliers and in securing required regulatory approvals.
  • Troubleshoot all aspects of demonstration water business operation.
  • A minimum of one year of experience working in a developing country setting is required; experience in East Africa strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of one year of experience working in or with the private sector.
  • Innovative and open-minded approach to all aspects of work. Ability to question and challenge colleagues, including managers and partners in a constructive manner.
  • Strong analytical skills, including quantitative assessments and a focused approach to complex problems.
  • Exceptional results orientation combined with demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, persistence, efficiency, and diplomacy in international settings.
  • Ability to establish priorities among multiple, competing demands and to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated capacity to conceptualize, structure, negotiate, and execute challenging projects/programs.
  • Solid team player who can also operate independently.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to convey complex situations in a clear, concise manner.
How to apply

Interested parties, please e-mail resume and cover letter with “Social Entrepreneur – Kenya” in the subject line to This position is open until filled.

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