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Do you have what it takes to serve Pakistan’s health and water needs?

Affordable healthcare and drinking water are two of the most important challenges facing low-income citizens in Pakistan today. The need is great – but so is the opportunity for businesses, driven by talented teams, to step up and fill this need. Do you have the skill and the will to address one of Pakistan’s most pressing problems? Are you inspired by the chance to lead one of Pakistan’s most innovative social enterprises? An opportunity is waiting for you.

Pharmagen Healthcare Limited, a social enterprise focused on delivering clean water and healthcare in urban Pakistan, is looking for a Chief Operating Officer. This person will be responsible for driving the business’s core operations as it seeks to become the leading provider of clean drinking water and healthcare services to low-income communities in Pakistan.

This is a rare opportunity for you to use your business experience and organizational drive in an environment that is committed to social change. Finding success in low-income healthcare and water delivery in South Asia has been notoriously difficult. However, Pharmagen is offering a singular opportunity to transform a successful social start-up into a national enterprise poised for growth.

The COO will be responsible for general management, strategic planning and reporting, organizational development, as well as its relationship with investors and professional networks. Under the guidance of the CEO, the COO will be responsible for overall company performance and will direct various aspects of its planning and operations, including marketing, sales/distribution, finance, human resources, business development, product development and supply-chain management.

Pharmagen currently operates 17 water shops in Lahore, Pakistan and plans to launch 32 water shops with Acumen Fund’s investment, which will supply half a million people with clean water daily. Water is affordably priced for low-income customers, who pay only 1.5 rupees per liter at Pharmagen’s shops.

Ideal candidates for this role will have excellent general management skills combined with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Some of the additional qualifications include:

  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience with 5+ years of executive/senior management experience.
  • Demonstrated experience of executing innovative sales and marketing strategies for a social purpose and to achieve ambitious sales targets.
  • An MBA and FMCG experience would be highly preferred.
  • Previous exposure and a strong commitment to serving low income communities with a comfort of dealing with them directly.
  • Strong professional networks which can be translated into business development opportunities.

If you think you have what it takes to serve Pakistan’s health and water needs, please send a cover letter and resume to Taylor Ray at tray@acumenfund.org. See the attached PDF for the full job description.

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