Vacancy: Marketing & Communications Manager

WaterSHED is seeking a dynamic and talented professional to help us engage more effectively with diverse audiences. We believe that exchanging and learning within our sector and within the communities we serve are pillars of our success. Do you want to help shape the story of a leading organization in private sector development in water, sanitation, and hygiene? Do you want to be part of a team whose efforts will improve the health and livelihoods of millions of people?

In the past few years, WaterSHED has pioneered the Hands-Off model of private sector engagement, enabled the unsubsidized purchase by consumers of more than 100,000 household latrines, developed a cutting-edge leadership development program for local government officials, designed and launched the world’s first handwashing device manufactured for Base-of-Pyramid consumers, incubated two leading social enterprises in point-of-use water treatment, and much more. We are ambitious about our objectives and are striving to take our initiatives to the next level for massive, multi-country impact. We embrace commercial approaches, believe in the power of leadership, and invest in enabling technologies to support healthy behaviours to become social norms.

To support our strategic vision, WaterSHED is recruiting a Marketing and Communications Manager. Qualified candidates will be proficient communicators and clear and concise writers. The successful candidate will have an unrivaled opportunity to help us grow our impact and change the landscape of development in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

Job Title: Marketing & Communications Manager
Location: Phnom Penh, with travel to Vietnam and international events
Report to: Regional Program Manager
Deadline: January 25, 2015

You will be key member of the WaterSHED team and will work closely with the Executive Director and Regional Program Manager. The successful candidate will lead a small team, supervising and mentoring staff members, and recruiting new talent as necessary.

Content: You will play a lead role in managing all external communications with current and potential partners, donor, and thinkers in the sector. You will oversee WaterSHED’s website, newsletter, social media, blogs, video production, and contributed content.

Strategy: You will hone WaterSHED’s communications and advocacy strategy, enable richer and more targeted interaction with target audiences, prioritize media and outreach activities, and develop high-quality communications and creative assets.

Advocacy & Coordination: You will develop channels with a variety of agencies in the sector to influence sector policymaking and coordination. You will cultivate feature stories with journalists to increase the visibility of market-based approaches in WASH, and showcase WaterSHED’s thought-leadership.

Marketing: You will play a supporting role with our social enterprises in market research, outreach, content development, and strategy. You will manage content development by outside marketing firms, supporting the design and management of campaigns.


  • >5 years of experience in communications, journalism, public relations, or marketing.
  • Exceptional writer. Candidates should enjoy writing and be capable of producing compelling, well-articulated content across a range of platforms, especially internet media.
  • Experience in writing grant proposals is a plus.
  • Willingness to travel regionally and internationally.
  • University Bachelor’s degree

WaterSHED engages local enterprises and government in the development of sustainable market-based approaches that empower households to be active and informed consumers of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) products and services. We operate in Southeast Asia and provide business development services including training and marketing support, research and design of new products and offerings, and research services related to social, behavioral, and financial aspects of the adoption of WASH products and services. Combining the best practices from the commercial sector and the development world, WaterSHED is building sustainable business systems to improve the health and livelihoods of rural households. WaterSHED has been featured in The Economist and the Huffington Post, and is a twice winner of USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures competition, a winner of Canada Grand Challenges Stars in Global Public Health, and 1st prize winner of the Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge.

Who are you?
Working with us will give you the chance to use your creativity and deploy your ideas every day. We have a dynamic, highly collaborative culture that sets high standards for our work. If you learn quickly, are down to earth, have a sense of humor and want to help those around you grow, you will be welcome at WaterSHED.
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We are looking for people who appreciate the objectives and values of WaterSHED, have excellent communication skills, are entrepreneurial and creative, take initiative, and are enthusiastic. Good problem-solving, critical-thinking skills, honesty and trustworthiness are essential.

Interested applicants please send your application including:

  1. A cover letter
  2. Your C.V or Resume

to with the subject “Marketing & Communications Manager”.
Please include links to your writing samples via your portfolio, website, or blog.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. For further information about the organization: or Follow us @WaterSHEDAsia and @HappyTap_TM

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