Management Sciences for Health

  • WASH Marketing Advisor

    Job ID
    # of Positions
    GEN (General)
    A516 - Malawi ONSE
    Application Due Date
    Reports To
    Diarrhea and Infection Prevention Unit Director
  • Overview

    The Organized Network of Services for Everyone’s Health (ONSE Health) Activity is a five-year, USAID-funded program to improve maternal, newborn, and child survival and wellbeing in Malawi. It began in 2017 and will end in 2022. The ONSE Health Activity is working toward four main objectives: (1) increasing access to priority health services; (2) improving quality of priority health services; (3) strengthening performance of health systems; and (4) increasing demand for priority health services. Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are core components of health services and is therefore a critical and cross-cutting part of the Activity. WASH activities aim to improve water supply, sanitation, and hygiene services in communities, as well as in health facilities, in order to reduce the prevalence of diarrheal diseases and prevent infections of health care providers, their patients, and women of childbearing age. Therefore, it is critical that WASH activities are actively and fully integrated across the other aspects of the Activity that include maternal and newborn health (MNH), Family Planning, Community Mobilization and Exchange, Gender and Youth, Nutrition, and Child Health.

    Specific Responsibilities

    The WASH Marketing Advisor will undertake the following tasks:

    • Identify the wholesale sources of water treatment products, sanitation products and services, and hygiene products (e.g., household water filters, SaTo pans, latrine construction, soap, and sanitary pads) in Malawi appropriate for use by rural households
    • Characterize the supply chains that may be available for identified products and services to reach rural households, including through Champion Communities and CHAGs
    • Lead the ONSE Activity’s contribution to establishing supply chains for identified products and services into rural communities
    • Collaborate with the ONSE Private Sector unit to develop and execute activities that increase the business skills of Champion Communities and CHAGs involved in supply of water, sanitation, and/or hygiene products.
    • Collaborate with the ONSE Community Mobilization and Exchange unit to support creative efforts to create demand for water, sanitation, and hygiene products and services available through commercial markets, Champion Communities, and/or CHAGs
    • Facilitate locally-appropriate financial mobilization systems (e.g., village savings and loans) to enable acquisition of products and/or services by rural households
    • Collaborate with NGOs and CBOs to promote the availability of water, sanitation, and hygiene products and/or service in areas where the ONSE Activity is not implementing its programs
    • Provide technical oversight support to WASH District Officers to develop, implement and monitor the availability, sale, and use of products and services in rural communities
    • Ensure effective monitoring and reporting of household purchases and use of products and services and the timely reporting of results, as well as documentation of successes, lessons and facilitation of knowledge sharing among ONSE Activity implementing partners ensuring

    Qualifications and Experience




    • Graduate training and research in sanitation, market-based approaches for rural customers, business administration or other related field, or experience managing supply chains reaching rural consumers in Malawi


    • Minimum of one year of experience in developing or studying supply chains to meet demand in rural communities in Malawi
    • Training and/or field experience in water supply and sanitation technologies and applying participatory demand generation activities
    • Experience working in rural communities to improve access to and demand for water, sanitation, and/or hygiene products or services
    • Familiarization with the concepts of sanitation marketing
    • Experience implementing community-based activities through collaborative approaches with government, NGOs, and CBOs


    • Applying social and behavior change communication approaches to influence purchasing behaviors
    • Sanitation marketing and promotion of basic/improved sanitation facilities
    • Basic training and/or skills in accounting, record keeping, and business administration


    Background Information

    Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

    EEO Statement

    Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

    Reports To

    Diarrhea and Infection Prevention Unit Director
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