WASH Technical Advisor

Food for the Hungry

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸

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FH Heartbeat

At Food for the Hungry (FH), we operate under a set of guiding principles we call “The Heartbeat.” This includes our Values, Vision and Purpose, which serve as the explanation of who we are and how we work as an organization. Together we follow God’s call responding to human suffering and graduating communities from extreme poverty.

Job Summary

Responsible for informing the development and implementation of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects and activities across the organization. Contributes to the FH WASH technical strategies through a multi-sectoral, collaborative approach and contributes to staff development and learning around best practices through the WASH community of practice (CoP). Supports the design, monitoring, and evaluating of FH WASH projects including writing proposals, backstopping implementation, and assisting with WASH elements of project reports.

Principal Responsibilities

•    Technical Support: Provide technical guidance for the effective implementation and quality of WASH projects globally. This includes defining the technical specifications and supervision of WASH infrastructure projects and programs, development of systems-based, sustainable WASH schemes and practices, and implementation of effective hygiene promotion programs.

•    Learning: Management of the WASH CoP including promoting best practices and facilitating cross learning between sectors, regions, and fields. This will include arranging and hosting quarterly webinars to promote learning in emerging areas of interest and facilitating opportunities for learning exchange highlighting best practices in field offices. Represent FH and present WASH technical programs at relevant forums to enhance FH’s technical knowledge and reputation in the international development community.

•    Proposal Support: Write technical components related to WASH for proposal development in support of the Grants Team and other units. Provide technical guidance in development of proposal strategies to ensure that gender and youth are integrated within the WASH sector. Provide cost estimating support to ensure that WASH is adequately budgeted for in proposal applications.

•    Planning: Assist in the refinement and implementation of annual WASH Work Plans and the 2030 WASH Strategy in alignment with FH Strategic Priorities and other unit strategies. Research evidence-based WASH models and determine applicability for FH WASH strategy. Develop supporting documents including WASH standards, indicators, and technical guidelines.

•    Humanitarian Response: The position should be willing and able to provide WASH technical support for humanitarian response operations when needed. This may include deployment to response sites, living and working in harsh environments with limited support and facilities. Support other staff in assessing, designing, and implementing WASH elements of response programs. Attend WASH cluster meetings and coordinate work with UN agencies, donors, and other nongovernmental organizations.

•    Other duties as assigned

Job Level Specifications

•    Vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a Christian commitment to serving the poor and in full agreement with FH’s Christian beliefs expressed in The Heartbeat.

•    Demonstrated computer-operating skills, including proficiency in Google platforms, Microsoft Office products, and virtual technologies such as Skype and/or Zoom.

•    Excellent people skills must be able to relate to and effectively communicate with people from different cultures within the organization.

•    High integrity and a strong sense of professional ethics.

•    Familiarity with GIS, CADD, data analysis software, and water modeling software preferred.

•    Knowledge and understanding of WASH guidelines and standards, including SPHERE.

•    Aptitude for systems strengthening, community mobilization, and capacity building.

•    Ability to sit/stand at a computer for up to 8 hours a day doing repetitive motions on a keyboard.

•    Able to lift up to 25 lbs.

•    Ability to travel up to 25% of time per year in the region and internationally, to insecure countries or locations.


•    At least 4 years of WASH experience in a global organization.

•    Advisor-level experience with a WASH program in a developing country is desirable.

•    Experience in budget preparation and report writing is a plus.

•    Non-profit ministry experience is a plus.


•    Bachelor’s degree in civil or environmental engineering or a similar WASH-related field.

•    Master’s degree preferred in a WASH-related or International Development field.


Proficiency in spoken and written English. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the public.

Safeguarding Policy

FH strives to provide an environment free from sexual exploitation and abuse and harassment in all places where relief and development programs are implemented. FH holds a zero-tolerance policy against sexual exploitation and abuse and harassment. FH expects its employees to maintain high ethical standards, protect organizational integrity and reputation, and ensure that FH work is carried out in honest and fair methods, in alignment with the FH Heartbeat and safeguarding and associated policies. Violations to stated policies will be subject to corrective action up to and including termination of employment.

The responsibilities listed above are not all inclusive and may be changed at any time.

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