Local recruitment (Southern Africa): Regional Technical Advisor


South Africa 🇿🇦

It’s hard to believe that today 844 million people do not have clean water and 2.3 billion do not have a decent toilet – around one in three of the world’s population. Every two minutes a child under five dies from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation.

WaterAid is looking for a Regional Technical Advisor to play a vital role in our mission to make clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere by 2030.

How to Apply

If you are interested in the position and have the right skills and attributes, send your application, consisting of a letter of interest and a CV to [email protected], using RTA as the subject of the email.

Application Deadline: 5th December 2021

Interviews: Soon after the closing date

Please note: to apply for this role you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in South Africa or any of the Southern Africa countries in which WaterAid operates.

Working within the Southern Africa Regional Leadership team the Regional Technical Advisor will:

  • Lead on ensuring that the technical quality of delivery of our programmes is consistent with national and global best practice in the sector.
  • Be responsible for working with country leadership to raise their technical competency standards.
  • Provide or coordinate advice and assurance to senior programme staff at the country and regional levels on the technical quality of our work and that of our partner organisations.

To be successful, you’ll need to be:

  • A Masters graduate with specialisation in water, sanitation, environment, or other WASH-related area. Or equivalent experience
  • A systems thinker with sound knowledge of the latest development in WASH programme delivery.
  • Experienced in WASH sector project design, development, and delivery in low-income countries.
  • Successful in offering technical assistance, consulting, and/or advisory services to empower and to develop capacities of others
  • Fully committed to WaterAid’s vision, mission and values and a way of working that demonstrates this, with the ability to communicate this enthusiasm to others.

We started because no NGO like us existed. We’ll end when no organisation like us is needed. In the meantime, we’re making great progress – since 1981, we have reached 25 million people with clean water and, since 2004, 24 million people with sanitation.

We’re looking for people who share a commitment to our vision. We’re looking for people with an appreciation and respect for different people and ideas, and the energy and expertise to help tackle the most important challenges.

In return, you can expect to get inspiration from the change you help make happen, a sense of belonging and the feeling of being part of a global community. You will also experience stimulation and fulfilment, the chance to grow, and space to be yourself at your best. This is our pledge to you.

Click on ‘Apply’ to download the job description.

WaterAid is committed to ensuring that wherever we work in the world there is no tolerance for the abuse of power, privilege, or trust. WaterAid reinforces a culture of zero tolerance towards any form of inappropriate behaviour, abuse, harassment, or exploitation of any kind. The safeguarding of our beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf, is our top priority, and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously. All staff and volunteers are required to share in this commitment through our Global Code of Conduct. We will conduct the most appropriate preemployment references and checks to ensure high standards are maintained.

WaterAid is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We particularly encourage applications from women who are underrepresented at this level in the organisation.

Only candidates shortlisted for interviewing will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date for applications.

No recruitment agencies please.





IHE Delft Institute for Water Education - MSc in Water and Sustainable Development