U.S. citizens: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor

Public Health Institute
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Position Summary

A. Position Identification

Position Title: Level II Technical Professional – C: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor

Division: USAID Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance

Department: Office of Food for Peace, Policy and Technical Division

Work Location: Washington, DC

B. Summary Statement

The Office of Food for Peace (FFP), within USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), works to reduce hunger and malnutrition and to ensure that all people at all times have access to sufficient food for a healthy and productive life. USAID/FFP programs bring together emergency relief and development efforts so that life-saving, humanitarian assistance contributes to the long-term benefits for local populations. USAID/FFP administers the world’s largest food assistance program, providing emergency food assistance to populations in imminent danger of increased malnutrition and mortality resulting from natural and complex humanitarian disasters. Further information on FFP’s emergency programming can be found here: USAID/FFP Emergency Programs. FFP also administers development food assistance projects which address chronic, long-term food insecurity in 15 countries globally. Its development projects target chronically food insecure populations with multi-sectoral household and community level interventions that address the underlying causes of hunger and malnutrition. Sectoral interventions within development projects often include: nutrition, maternal and child health, agriculture and livelihoods, WASH, access to markets and finance, disaster risk management. Further information on development food assistance can be found here: USAID/FFP Development Food Assistance Programs

Under USAID/Food for Peace’s Strategy for 2016 -2025, FFP WASH interventions are aligned with a core objective of FFP food security programs—to target the underlying causes of hunger and malnutrition in vulnerable populations, including the health and nutritional deficits resulting from inadequate WASH access. This is accomplished through two key objectives (1) improving food utilization, by creating access to WASH services and behavior change strategies that decrease the fecal-oral route of disease transmission and improve environmental health conditions (i.e. WASH for Health); and by (2) expanding food availability, through increased water availability for agricultural or other income generating activities (i.e. Water for Livelihoods).WASH activities within the FFP portfolio lie primarily within the 15+ country development portfolio, commonly as rural water supply, operations and maintenance (O&M); multi-level governance and capacity building; demand-driven sanitation; and hygiene behavior change. Within the emergency portfolio, FFP administers a relatively limited scope of WASHinterventions, often as cash or food for asset (CFA/FFA) activities aimed at construction or rehabilitation of community water retention and storage assets.

Duties & Responsibilities

C. Job Requirements

The Senior Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor (Senior Advisor), based in the Policy and Technical Division, will provide technical leadership and guidance in the design, implementation, and evaluation of WASH strategies, approaches, and activities, as funded within FFP multi-sectoral food security projects.

S/he will work closely with and receive technical guidance from the Food Security Team Leader who will serve as his/her point of contact.

D. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Senior WASH Advisor will be responsible for:

Overall Technical Support

  • Leading technical WASH activities within the FFP Technical Division and providing technical assistance to FFP staff, cooperating agencies, and mission staff on issues related to WASH, including WASH for health (e.g. domestic water supply and WASH) or Water for Food (e.g. productive water resources).
  • Contributing to FFP strategic thinking related to program and policy discussions.
  • Maintaining currency in the literature and ongoing research activities related to the professional field of focus, with particular emphasis on: WASH-Nutrition linkages, including the current evidence base for enteric dysfunction and related nutritional outcomes; and WASH strategies and best practice for both hardware and software, specifically on appropriate and sustainable solutions for the extreme poor and vulnerable.
  • Maintaining up-to-date, expert-level knowledge of the organizations engaged in related program activities, whether emergency or development.
  • Engaging and coordinating with USAID/OFDA emergency WASH programming, as well as USAID/Bureau for Global Health and USAID/E3 Bureau development WASHprogramming as well as liaising with the USAID/Bureau of Food Security, as needed.
  • Developing and delivering WASH training on behalf of USAID/FFP staff and NGOpartners, with a focus on best practice, and current/new developments within the WASH sector.
  • Documenting and sharing success stories on evidence-based and innovative strategies to integrate WASH activities into programs.

Program Design

  • Supporting development activity design, including: (1) Serving on multi-sectoral program design teams; (2) Conducting background research on country-specific WASH initiatives, laws, and partners; (3) Participating in field work to conduct WASHneeds assessments in vulnerable and often remote populations of priority countries (see list here: FFP Country Fact Sheets); and (4) Drafting a strategic response and designing criteria for WASH activities to be addressed within the scope of a food security program.
  • Supporting technical review of project applications, particularly of development projects, to ensure technically sound design of WASH activities. This includes conducting background analytical work as well as providing substantive written and oral comments on the technical quality and best practice, contextual appropriateness, and likelihood of impact and sustainability of program design.

Program Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Monitoring the effectiveness, appropriateness, and sustainability of FFP-funded WASH activities and providing assistance for improving outcomes.
  • Participating in field-level and remote monitoring and evaluation of FFP and other USAID-funded project activities, with particular focus on impact and sustainability of WASH interventions in development activities.
  • Communicating findings, and disseminating best practice and lessons learned from monitoring trips within FFP and USAID.

Advancing USAID’s WASH Objectives

  • Participating in meetings at the national, international, and policy levels to advance USAID’s WASH objectives.
  • Attending and/or presenting at conferences and meetings, such as the annual Water & Health Conference..
  • Providing technical assistance to USAID staff and cooperating agencies on WASHissues, including acting as a liaison with the Economic Growth, Environment and Education Bureau (E3), the Bureau for Food Security (BFS), and the Bureau for Global Health (GH) to link with other water, WASH, and food security sector activities.
  • Providing technical advice on WASH within the FFP portfolio, and coordinating activities with other DCHA and Bureau programs to identify opportunities for integration, improved efficiency, and the potential to leverage other resources.
  • Collaborating with FFP partners, including but not limited to, the Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) and the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA2) Programs in order to enhance the impact of respective programs.
  • Participating in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development
  • Completing and executing an Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan
  • International and domestic travel approximately 20-30%.

Minimum Qualifications

E. Minimum Qualification Requirements

  • Master’s degree and 7+ years relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree and 9+ years of experience in civil and/or environmental engineering, environmental science/health or related field.
  • Relevant, extensive experience in research, design, implementation and/or evaluation of WASH programs with at least three to five (3-5) years’ experience in an international or resource challenged setting.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting critical analysis, designing WASH programs, and evaluating technical and programmatic aspects of programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and implementation of performance evaluations and rigorous research studies, with knowledge of quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current issues in international WASH programs.
  • Strong understanding of programs and organizational aspects of major international donors, multilateral agencies, and non-governmental organizations/private voluntary organizations supporting the WASH sector.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to write technical documents for external audiences, and give state-of-the-art presentations to colleagues in and outside of USAID.
  • US Citizenship required.

F. Clearance Required

  • Secret Clearance

Credence Management Solutions, LLC and Public Health Institute are Equal Opportunity Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or disability.

This position described in this announcement falls under a contract with USAID, and therefore is subject to the provisions put forward in OMB Circular A-76 which prohibit contractors from performing inherently governmental functions. Specifically, TPs placed in USAID positions will not perform inherently governmental functions, nor supervise any employees other than the contractor’s own staff, nor make final decisions or sign documents that commit the U.S. Government.

How to Apply

  • You should apply via this link (http://www.phi.jobs/postings/6382), and must submit a cover letter and resume as part of your application. Paper or email applications will not be considered.