Head of Global Distributors Collective

About the role
Launched in 2018, the Global Distributors Collective is a collective of over 180 last mile distribution companies that cumulatively reach millions of the poorest consumers in the world with beneficial products such as solar lights, water filters and improved cookstoves. The GDC was established in 2018 to support its members and develop the last mile distribution sector as a whole. It provides a collective voice for its members to ensure their priorities are supported; drives research and innovation across the sector; facilitates the exchange of information, insight and expertise; and provides critical services that leverage economies of scale.The GDC has a strong track record of delivery, a clear strategy and secure funding for three years and significant potential for further development. We have a dynamic and highly collaborative team working within Practical Action (5 staff) and in our strategic/implementing partner Bopinc.

We are seeking an exceptional leader with expertise in last mile distribution to grow and guide the GDC through its next phase, deliver value for members, and help ensure that life-changing products can be made affordable and available to all.

You can see more information on the Global Distributors Collective (GDC) project here.


Additional information

We offer flexible working hours and have a hybrid working policy.

We believe that having a diverse and inclusive workplace culture based on respect will enable us to be an effective organisation. We seek to create an inclusive workplace in which people are accepted as individuals, regardless of their differences and where they feel their contribution is valued. We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

Practical Action is committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal checks and terrorist financing.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 27th November 2022


Interview Process:

First round of interviews to be conducted provisionally in the week commencing 28 November 2022

Second round of interviews to be conducted provisionally in the week of 12 December 2022

Location and Salary: Flexible location. This is a senior post with commensurate salary. Salary will be benchmarked against local conditions.


How to Apply

If you believe that you are the leader the GDC is looking for, then we would like to hear from you. Please submit a copy of your CV and a supporting statement that describes your suitability for the role to