Programme officer WASH & Climate


Netherlands 🇳🇱

Bangladesh 🇧🇩

Kenya 🇰🇪

Uganda 🇺🇬

Nepal 🇳🇵

Vacature: 32-36 hours per week based in the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Nepal, Uganda or Kenya

Are you working in the area of water, climate, and gender equality? Are you knowledgeable about the human rights to water and sanitation?

Do you belief in social and climate justice? And do you consider yourself a feminist? Are you an outstanding networker with excellent relationship skills, and are you good at listening and asking the right questions? If so, and if you feel at home in an agile organisation – then Simavi is looking for you!


Powerful women, healthy societies. It starts with women. Therefore we strive for a world in which all women and girls enjoy their human rights to water and sanitation, resulting in healthy and just societies – for all. By joining Simavi you will create a stage for millions of girls and women raising their voice to demand climate and social justice. We work with almost 60 civil society partners from different countries, they know best what is needed in their country. We strongly believe in locally-led development and support where we can add most value.

The Team

In this role, you will join a team of 28 colleagues from the Programmes circle, and be part of different programme teams; you will be coached by the Director of Programmes. You will also be working closely with our colleagues from Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning as well as Lobby & Advocacy. And you will co-create new programmes with our partners, whereby we would love you to be able to think out-of-the box.

Your role at Simavi

As programme officer you will be responsible for maintaining a productive relation with CSO partners in specific countries. Trust is key in building up effective partnerships. You will collaborate with these partners in the execution of their projects and programmes, liaise with them to ensure we follow our partnership principles, and uphold agreements on accountability and transparency. Both towards the donor, as well as to the ultimate stakeholder, and last but not least – to each other.

As Programme Officer you also support our integrated advocacy and campaign work, linking what partners do in-country with our L&A and campaign teams to inform and influence relevant audiences in the Netherlands and internationally.

You will also contribute to the development of new projects and programmes, and collaborate with CSO partners in the co-creation process. We apply an evidence-informed approach, therefore you will also be expected to deliver specific thematic and country expertise (of what has been tried and tested and has proven to be effective) to come up with creative and innovative new ideas.

Your result areas

  • Effective and trust-base relations with CSO partners in our focus countries, in support of their projects and programmes to achieve the greatest impact possible, in line with our mission and vision.
  • Co-create new projects and programmes with CSO partners, and support writing new funding proposals in line with our Theory of Change and long term strategy, including how we can shift, share and shape our power – to the benefit of women and girls as our ultimate stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain sector expertise and networks, and contribute to external visibility and profiling of our work together with partners.

What you bring

  • Academic level of education (master degree) in the area of water, climate adaptation, gender or related field.
  • At least three years of relevant working experience with an (international) NGO.
  • Proven knowledge and experience with rights- and justice-based approaches.
  • You belief in equal partnerships and are able to build trustworthy relationships with likeminded people and their organisations.
  • You are a are a team player and are open to listen to and learn from others.
  • You stand your ground and feel comfortable to provide constructive feedback.
  • You are self-reliant, result-driven and entrepreneurial.
  • You exhibit good communication skills within a multicultural context (our common working language is English, yet for many of our colleagues this is not their native language).
  • Eligible to work in the Netherlands or registered as an independent consultant in Bangladesh, Nepal, Uganda or Kenya.


This is an international position. In accordance with our Diversification and Inclusion policy, and our engagement to “shift the power” this position can be based in the Netherlands, Uganda, Nepal, Bangladesh or Kenya. The requirements mentioned above will be leading in the selection process. Please note that we will not consider applications outside of the mentioned countries.

What do we offer?

An exciting and challenging position in an international working environment. Besides a fun and healthy working environment (e.g. weekly bootcamp and (online) yoga sessions), we are an agile organisation offering possibility to work partially from home to improve the work/life balance. We are an equal opportunity employer meaning we don’t discriminate in our hiring practices and we actively seek a diverse applicant pool. Our five core values lie at the basis of everything we do: just, sustainable, empowering, inspiring, connecting.

If you are based in the Netherlands, we offer a contract for 12 months for max. 36 hours per week with possible extension. The salary we offer depends on the years of working experience you bring along and will be within the salary range of € 3.152,57.- and € 4.514,38.- gross per month on a full time basis (36 hours per week), when based in the Netherlands (when based in one of our hubs, subsequent adjustments will be made depending on location). The position within the salary scale depends on the number of relevant years of working experience. In the Netherlands, part of our terms of employment are: 5 weeks’ vacation per year, 8% holiday allowance, mobile phone allowance, commuting allowance (as of >10 kilometres), a pension insurance and a disability insurance. Our Amsterdam office is located at Naritaweg 135, which is a 5 minutes’ walk from train station Amsterdam Sloterdijk.

Additionally we have small hubs in Kathmandu, Dhaka, Nairobi and Kampala, facilitated through collaboration with some of our strategic partners. In those mentioned countries, terms of consultancy depend on local regulations.

How to apply?

Do you recognise yourself in the profile and do you want to contribute to Simavi’s mission and vision? Please upload your motivation letter and resume (in English, max. 4 pages) before 17th April 2022 via the application button.

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The procedure consists in 2 Interviews (1st round last week of April and 1st week of May), a case study, a reference check and Certificate of Good Conduct.

Do you have questions about this position? Please contact Esther de Vreede, Director of Programmes

Esther de Vreede
[email protected]
+31 (0)88 313 1564

We encourage applications from people from underrepresented groups, including: people of colour; people of certain social and religious background; people living with chronic disease and/or disability; LGBTQIA+ people. Only applications that are uploaded via the application hyperlink will be processed. Commercial inquiries or job postings without our consent are not appreciated and accepted. Because physical and emotional safety of children is crucial for Simavi, we do not accept any form of abuse. Child safeguarding is addressed in our recruitment and selection process.