Private Sector Development Advisor - Rural and Peri-urban Sanitation Project, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Senior-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 2 February 2021
  • Congo, The Democratic Republic of
  • Closing on 4 March 2021
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Job Description

Private Sector Development Advisor - Rural and Peri-urban Sanitation Project, Democratic Republic of Congo

In anticipation of a new multi-year USAID Rural and Peri-urban Sanitation Project, IMA World Health is seeking a Private Sector Development advisor.

Corus International is a family of organizations which believes that those who were born into impossible circumstances deserve the opportunity for a better life. Corus was formed through the strategic merger of IMA World Health (operating as a public health organization since 1960), and Lutheran World Relief (operating as a livelihoods organization since 1945), and today includes the smaller entities of Charlie Goldsmith Associates, Ground Up Investing, and Farmers Market Coffee. Corus International works in over 20 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, with a primary focus on health, livelihoods, and emergency response and the crosscutting benefits of equity and WASH.

Corus International’s largest country portfolio is the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where IMA World Health has worked alongside the Congolese government, donors, and a variety of local and international partners since 2000 with a staff of over 200. Programs to revitalize the country’s health system, improve WASH access and systems, prevent and respond to SGBV, promote clean energy, and improve the health of the population. The portfolio includes a focus on both sustainable development and humanitarian assistance activities and operates out of two base offices in Kinshasa and Goma.

The Private Sector Development Advisor will report to the Chief of Party (COP) and will be responsible for private sector engagement and the development of entrepreneur-based solutions in the sanitation and WASH sectors. This position also will lead and manage the development of public-private partnerships. The Advisor will provide technical oversight of private sector development issues, including identifying opportunities for entrepreneurs in the sanitation sector, managing relationships with private sector actors, analyzing the evolution and progress of the WASH private sector, engaging with relevant industry regulators, and leading strategies and activities to encourage access to finance for entrepreneurs in the sanitation sector. The role will work closely with the MEL Director, DCOP for Operations, COP, and activity component leads.

Actual hiring is contingent upon successful agreement award and USAID approval.


  • Lead Private Sector Engagement (PSE) strategy and market-based approach to stimulate innovation and investment to meet demand, while factoring sustainability, local market conditions, and overall viability
  • Provide guidance and technical support to develop private sector governance and management tools to promote sustainability and institutionalization of interventions
  • Create and implement sanitation marketing strategy in collaboration with District Sanitation Centers and sanitation product entrepreneurs
  • Lead engagement and planning efforts for the identification, design, formalization, and management of innovative public-private partnerships
  • Develop relationships with financial institutions in order to facilitate access to finance options for entrepreneurs and households to support WASH investments, particularly in sanitation
  • Reinforce supply chain strength for WASH products, especially sanitation products, by linking businesses in water and sanitation supply chains to key distributors and wholesalers
  • Represent the activity on public-private sector issues at technical, policy, and strategic planning meetings, including meetings with collaborators and donors
  • Engage local enterprise accelerators/incubators to design innovation challenges to overcome key barriers to oversight and management of reliable water systems
  • Supervise technical staff in providing guidance to organizations coordinating training and service provision in the private sector in DRC



  • Master’s Degree in finance, management, economics, business, or any related field
  • At least five (5) years of experience in market-based solutions, especially in the WASH private sector, or experience providing technical assistance and capacity building to improve private sector performance in the WASH sector
  • Successful experience and significant understanding in private sector service delivery approaches
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully engaging sanitation-focused host country stakeholders and facilitating long-term relationships with financing institutions and the private sector (particularly in sanitation)
  • Experience developing and executing business and financial models that sustainably introduce critical sanitation products into challenging markets
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with and build consensus among private and public sector stakeholders
  • Experience working on donor-funded international development projects of similar scope, complexity, and size
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, and ability to work with a wide range of people from different backgrounds
  • Fluency in French and English, in both oral and written communication


  • Experience living and/or working in DRC
  • Experience with USAID-funded projects and familiarity with USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, Adapting (CLA) practices

Based on the final solicitation for this opportunity and target geographic areas, this position will be based in either Kinshasa or Goma. The role can be negotiated as an accompanied post for families.

IMA/Corus International prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by U.S. or International law.

About the Organization

Longtime partner INGOs Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and IMA World Health (IMA) founded Corus International to spearhead new collaborations and innovations across the global development, aid, public health, and private sectors that achieve transformational change and build self-reliance. We draw on the over 75 years of experience of our non-profit and for-profit subsidiary organizations – LWR, IMA, Charlie Goldsmith Associates (CGA), Ground Up Investing, IMA Innovations, and LWR Farmers Market. Together, we take a systems approach to grow rural economies, eliminate extreme poverty, ensure access to quality healthcare, and respond to urgent humanitarian needs in fragile settings.