Regional Program Officer – Latin America

Water for People

Denver, CO, USA


Water For People is a global nonprofit working across nine countries, bringing together communities, local entrepreneurs, and governments to build and maintain water and sanitation services that will last. We have a sustainable solution to end the global water and sanitation crisis, and our employees across the world help drive this solution.


Water For People is currently recruiting for the position of Regional Program Officer – Latin America. Support the overall development, implementation, promotion, and evaluation of Water For People’s programmatic work and support business development activities for Denver-managed and in-country managed donors. The Regional Program Officer (RPO) is critical to the coordination and consolidation of information flows from country programs throughout the rest of the organization. The RPO supports the activities of the Regional Director(s) by representing, communicating, and promoting Water For People’s programs in communications and fundraising efforts, and provides grant management, research, and programmatic support to country programs and the Regional Director.  The RPO also supports the Regional Finance Manager by understanding the link between budgets and secured and potential funding.


As a member of the Global Programs team, it is also important that the RPO is able to demonstrate a clear understanding of organizational priorities, mission, vision, values, and strategic goals and objectives, as well as trust and teamwork in all aspects of Water For People business. As this role is critical to the effective flow of information and business development with colleagues across the organization, the RPO must model effective teamwork and problem-solving skills and maintain a proactive and positive attitude when faced with challenges.



  1. Support programmatic planning in Latin America:
    • Coordinate and review:
    • Operational plans and budgets
    • Bi-Annual reports
    • Impact Tracking spreadsheets (quarterly)
    • Reflection reports and tools
  • Work with Regional Director and Chief Programs Officer to update Reflection Workshop reporting process and tools annually
  • Lead process of updating Operational Plan, Biannual Report, and Impact Tracking Spreadsheet formats annually in coordination with Regional Director and Chief Programs Officer
  • Coordinate the process of developing Country Strategies
  1. Program administration and support internationally
  • First point of external contact with Global Programs team for regional programmatic information
  • Support and delegate to Global Programs Coordinator on administrative and logistical information, and with coordination of external visits to Country Programs (CPs) in the region, including planning, and periodically co-leading week-long annual Impact Tours to Latin America Country Programs
  • Central point of contact for the five country programs in the region: Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Peru.
  1. Maintain organizational information on programs, current and historically
  • Main link to the Donor Impact team from the Global Programs team for all programmatic information needed from Latin America for pitching to donors, answering donor questions, proposals, and grant reports
  • Main link to the Marketing and Communications team for programmatic information from Latin America to review and support creation of content for all external communications and marketing, including web, annual reports, human interest stories, marketing campaigns, the Everyone Forever Tracker platform, and to support translation review of this content when necessary
  • Prepare staff traveling to Country Programs for the first time with programmatic, logistical, and safety information
    • In general, provide up-to-date information on programs in Latin America for the organization including current programmatic successes and challenges
    • Status on progress towards organizational strategic objectives
  • Key learning points around analysis, evaluation, and program documentation
  1. Support Grant Management and Program Design for Latin America Region
  • Serve as Global Programs designated lead for review of program design, concept note and proposal writing, for relationships with complex programmatic planning and reporting requirements in close coordination with Country Program staff, as assigned
  • Monitor program progress and write grant reports in close coordination with Country Program staff, as assigned
  • Understand current programmatic funding, and link between budgets and secured and potential funding
  • As Global Programs designated lead for Latin America, support the Donor Impact staff with proposal development process, and review proposals and reports for programmatic accuracy specific to Country Programs in the Latin America region
  1. Understand and communicate organizational approach, in different contexts to different internal and external audiences, including current and potential donors, and domestic and international partners
  2. Conduct Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) activities to help promote adaptation in programming at country and regional levels
  • Support the Programs Learning Manager on Regional Learning Initiatives for Latin America, with support from Regional Director and Global Programs Coordinator
  • In collaboration with the Global and in-country Monitoring & Evaluation colleagues, compile, analyze, and track WASH outputs and progress toward strategic objectives for internal and external audiences
  • Provide programmatic review of Latin America content for the Global Programs Newsletter, which is compiled monthly by the Global Programs Coordinator
  • In collaboration with the Global Programs teams (water, sanitation, hygiene, monitoring, water resource management, among others), coordinate and execute regional learning events on these topics and initiatives.

Other duties assigned by the Regional Director for Latin America, including but not limited to:

  • Reviewing translations of organizational documents and communications (shared with the Global Programs Coordinator, Regional Director, and Regional Finance Manager)


Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.