Government Affairs Manager

Yangon, Yangon Region, Myanmar · Government Affairs

Description

Create extraordinary impact in Myanmar’s rural communities

We are looking for an exceptional individual motivated to join a leading social business in Myanmar that directly serves farmers. Myanmar’s 6+ million smallholder farm households produce over 90 percent of the country’s food and employ a majority of the country’s rural labor force. Yet farmers remain largely underserved by markets and government services, and lack practical farm advisory services, finance and affordable farm technologies to grow their enterprises. This is a unique position for an impact-driven professional who is inspired to transform a key sector and make it more prosperous and sustainable.

Your Mission

As Government Affairs Manager, you will help Proximity Designs achieve its social mission by maintaining positive relationships with the Government of Myanmar. You will identify opportunities, develop materials and ensure smooth communications with national, regional, state and township governments, maintaining our image and reputation for Proximity Designs’ success in rural communities. You will serve in a leadership position for the new Government Affairs team, and as the first member, you will shape the role, and the impact you have across the organization.

You will create key messages and content regarding Proximity Designs’ work for government audiences, and work closely with our operations and finance team to prepare informational reports for various departments. At times, you will serve as a spokesperson with Government bodies, to promote Proximity’s services and products. You will work independently but with frequent collaboration with other teams and Proximity’s field managers.

What You Will Do

In addition to leading and developing your team of 2-3 future members, you will focus on the following priorities:

Requirements

Benefits

About Us

Proximity Designs is an award-winning social business in Myanmar. We design and deliver affordable, income-boosting products that complement the entrepreneurial spirit of rural families.

Launched in 2004, we’ve created Myanmar’s largest agricultural services platform — farm technology, advising and finance — to help small family farms be profitable. Across our platform, we’re now engaging with over 100,000 new customers a year, on top of the 550,000 we’ve already served. These families see an average of $250 annual income increase as a result — a life-changing amount for those living on less than $3 a day.

By using human-centered design, we listen, observe and learn from our customers. From this deep knowledge, we design and bring to market products and services to meet their changing needs. Today the scope of our network reaches nearly 80 percent of the farming population. We have customers in the Ayeyarwady Delta, Lower Myanmar, the central Dry Zone and the Shan hills.

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