Local recruitment (US): Regional Program Officer (India)

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.


The Regional Program Officer (RPO) – India supports the overall development, implementation, and promotion of Water For People’s programmatic work in India. The RPO collaborates with country and Global teams on evidence-based planning and adaptive management of programs in achievement of impact and revenue targets. The RPO represents and promotes Water For People’s programs in communications and fundraising efforts, and provides grant management and business development support. The RPO is critical to the coordination and consolidation of information flows from India country program throughout the rest of the organization. 

 As a member of the Strategic Accountability and Adaptation team, the RPO understands and champions the organization’s Destination 2030 (D30) Strategy by contributing to monitoring, evaluation, and learning throughout the year. It is important that the RPO is able to demonstrate 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. The RPO must model effective teamwork and problem-solving skills and maintain a proactive and positive attitude when faced with challenges.


Facilitate evidence-based programmatic planning in the region

  • Support India Country Director and the Program Director with the development of country strategy and implementation plan guided by Destination 2030 vision and strategy
  • Support process of updating Multiannual Operational Plan, Biannual Report, and Tracking Spreadsheet templates in coordination with other RPOs and Strategic Accountability and Adaptation team 

 Promote adaptive management of programs through Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) 

  • Support MEL by interfacing with the Accountability & Adaptation team for evidence based programming
  • Support MEL activities, such as Reflection Sessions, Biannual Narrative Reporting, Sustainable Services Checklist, and Level of Service Monitoring, among others, to help promote adaptation in programming at country level
  • Assist Monitoring & Evaluation colleagues to compile, analyze, and track WASH outputs and progress toward strategic objectives for internal and external audiences
  • Provide guidance to country programs on integrating equity and inclusion (E&I) considerations into annual monitoring processes and support ad hoc evaluations and E&I validation studies  

 Execute effective grant management for India country program 

  • Serve as the main link to Donor Impact (DI) team for all programmatic information needed from India for pitching to donors, answering donor questions, proposals, and grant reports  
  • Coordinate reviews for all active and prospective grants – Global and in-country – ensuring programmatic accuracy for all proposals and reports
  • Participate in Grants/ DI Unit meetings to help identify India’s grant management needs, upcoming proposals/reports, and business development resource needs

 Support creation and dissemination of knowledge products to influence the WASH sector 

  • Collaborate with Knowledge Management team in India to develop content geared towards sector audience and national government as part of national impact pathway strategy  
  • Support capacity development of India team to produce high-quality products such as documentation of best practices, technical articles, and blogs to raise the profile and influence of Water For People in India 
  • Facilitate and participate in learning and knowledge exchange opportunities, including trainings, workshops, and webinars 

Manage clear communication flows across the organization regarding programmatic information:

  • Serve as the central point of contact on Global Team for India country program 
  • Main link to Donor Impact team from the Global Programs team for all programmatic information needed from India including Marketing & Communications products such as campaigns, human interest stories, and the EF Tracker platform  
  • Provide programmatic review of various internal communication tools, such as the GP newsletter, Internal Organizational Update messages, Biweekly Standup Meeting and Global Team updates  
  • In general, provide up-to-date information on programs in India for the organization including:   
    1. Current program progress and challenges 
    2. Status of organizational impact goals, e.g., milestones and scale objectives 
    3. Good understanding of key learning points around analysis, evaluation, and program documentation 
  • Other duties assigned by Country Director and Senior RPO, including regional programmatic support, communications, and other activities related to managing Water For People’s affiliate relationship with Water For People India 


  • Connect to Mission – Embrace the Water For People mission and works to align tasks to support mission; align own behavior with the needs or priorities of the organization and demonstrates commitment to the mission; show respect and composure, publicly admit mistakes and commit to learn  
  • Manage through Ambiguity – Deal comfortably with uncertainty; effectively cope with change; decide and act without having the total picture; balance thinking with action  
  • Demonstrate Cultural Awareness – Understand and value different perspectives while looking for the common ground; recognize and respect diversity through words and actions; effectively interact, work and develop relationships with people of various cultural backgrounds  
  • Action-oriented – Set priorities and take action; has an unwavering commitment to delivering quality work products; recognize needs or opportunities to act; maintain an attitude of open, curious and proactive learning, continually expanding own area of understanding and expertise  
  • Sense of Team – Create partnerships and effective working teams; consciously use the informal structures, dynamics and culture of an organization to get things done; actively share and seek input in decision-making from appropriate sources; show others how their objectives align with own, getting past individual bias; invest in building relationships with others 
  • Demonstrate humility – display mature confidence and courage to ask questions, innovate, risk, and lead in own role; handle tough questions or critique in a professional manner assuming the best intentions; be open to learning and coaching


  • Bachelor’s Degree in international development or related field, or equivalent work experience
  • Master’s Degree in relevant field preferred 
  • At least 2 years of progressively responsible experience in related field
  • Professional-level proficiency in English, written and spoken is essential 
  • At least one year of field experience in a developing country is strongly preferred, preferably in India
  • Experience with nonprofit business development preferred
  • Good “people skills” and situation judgment in dealing effectively with a variety of constituencies, such as staff, donors, volunteers, and representatives of related organizations
  • High degree of commitment to programs in international development and effectively coordinating across departments and cultures
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in or familiarity with the water and sanitation fields; with international development organizations and foundations; and with partner organizations
  • Flexible and able to meet tight deadlines and function in a high stress environment while maintaining congeniality and professionalism
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating and monitoring multiple projects, with the aptitude to problem solve and respond creatively to adjustments to the project approach
  • Ability to be a creative thinker, energetic and demonstrate enthusiasm and leadership in this role
  • Practical experience in effectively relating to people of all ranks and professions and experience working successfully in multi-cultural environments
  • Strong understanding of Microsoft Office programs including Word, Power Point, Outlook, and with emphasis in Excel


  • Required to work outside of normal business hours to connect with Indian team
  • Travel and host of international visitors may be required outside of normal business hours
  • This is a 3.5-month temporary nonexempt position. 20 hours per week 
  • This position is based at Water For People Headquarters in Denver, Colorado and has the option of remote work
  • Personal vehicle, driver’s license and willingness to transport international visitors to and from airport and other destinations during visits is preferred

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

Contact and Further Information:

If you are both qualified and Water For People interests you, please visit our Career Center and apply with your resume and cover letter to this position. 

Salary Range:  $24.00 – $26.00 per hour


Benefits are one of the ways we encourage healthy living for you and your family. Our generous package may include medical, dental and vision coverage. But health is more than a well-working body: it encompasses body, mind, and social well-being. To that end, we provide a global EAP and Telehealth benefit to address your holistic health. Healthy living also includes financial wellness tools including, digital tools, classes, counseling, paid time off and generous retirement savings plan.

Water For People cannot provide immigration sponsorship for this position.

Water For People is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to creating a culture of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our workplace. Water for people strives to create and maintain a level of diversity that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of race, ethnicity, ancestry, tribal affiliation, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, veteran status, disability, socioeconomic class, educational attainment, or other social identities is critical to our ability to have a world where every person has access to reliable and safe water and sanitation services. 

 Our commitment ensures that we:   

  • Have a different array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.
  • Strive for a culture of inclusion and belonging by treating each other with dignity, respect, and appreciation enabling us to feel welcome, supported, and valued.   
  • Effectively connect, communicate, and build long-lasting relationships with stakeholders within our diverse communities.  
  • Have diversity of thought, perspectives, backgrounds, identities, and talents that will support our mission to develop high-quality drinking water and sanitation services are available to Everyone Forever. 





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