Senior Technical Advisor (WASH Behavior Change)

Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Job Description
Share Big Dreams

At World Vision, we're sharing a big dream for children. One that moves beyond just clean water or food or healthcare to offer a full solution to poverty. We want children to have everything they need to thrive, both physically and spiritually, so they can experience the kind of life God intends—life in all its fullness. View our "Who We Are" clip here.

We want the same for our staff: big dreams, a career of significance, and fullness of life. Share your experience so you can share a full life with children in need.

World Vision is looking for a Senior Technical Advisor.

As a Senior Technical Advisor, you will serve as the lead technical expert for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and position World Vision as a leader in innovative programming. To achieve this the Senior Technical Advisor will be responsible for designing class-leading impactful solutions. You will represent World Vision’s programming in the sector in working closely with university and academic partners primarily but also with other major public and private donors, and professional organizations to build and strengthen relationships with these key stakeholders. Through your technical designs you will secure critical public and privately funded resources and provide technical oversight during project implementation.

As the Senior Technical Advisor, you will help carry out our Christian organization’s mission, vision, and strategies. You’ll personify the ministry of World Vision by witnessing to Christ and ministering to others through life, deed, word and sign.



  • Provide technical leadership for World Vision’s International Programs Group on WASH, with a focus on social behavior change and communication (SBCC), to ensure World Vision is a class-leading organization among US-based peer organizations.
  • Provide leadership in generating and documenting evidence of proven models, best practices and emerging and innovative practices.
  • Participate in World Vision working groups in the design, development, revision, dissemination and promotion of sector strategies, standards, guidelines, working papers, tools, and training materials.
  • Build World Vision’s reputation in WASH and SBCC through participation in relevant networks, working groups and conferences.
  • Cultivate and strengthen strategic partnerships with various donor agencies and institutions (USG federal agencies, selected foundations, multilateral agencies, corporations, and academic and research institutions), locally and internationally, to increase our ministry.
  • Foster organizational learning to promote technical excellence.
  • Provide strategic input and support in developing/reviewing appropriate policies and programmatic coordination for sector-specific policy implementation.

 External Representation and Branding

  • Engage closely with university and academic partners as well as with major public and private donors, and professional organizations to build and strengthen relationships with these key stakeholders.
  • Participate in technical learning events
  • Provide publications and speak at conferences and events

 Business Development

  • Lead sector-specific support to acquisition of US government, major foundations and other funding source grants.
  • Write pertinent technical sections of complex, high-value proposals.
  • Identify and assess a range of funding opportunities in collaboration with business development teams and contribute to development and institutionalization of integrated financial resource streams and cross-sectoral programming

Program Management

  • Provide technical oversight of WASH components of projects and portfolios.
  • Monitor and analyze project performance and provide support and recommendations to project teams to adapt programming to ensure achievement of project goals.
  • Develop field-focused tools and guidance manuals and build capacities of project teams to effectively implement WASH and SBCC project activities.
  • Review and provide sectoral feedback on implementation reports for donors.
Required Experience
Master's degree required. Doctoral level preferred.

6 years international programming work experience, related professional experience, or research institution experience required. 10 years preferred.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.

Must be able to establish strong relationships cross culturally.

Proven work experience managing relationships with academic institutions.

Deep technical knowledge and experience in social behavior change and communication for WASH intervention is highly preferred.

Proficiency in a language other than English preferred.

Job Location
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Position Type

Working Environment / Conditions

Standard office environment. Domestic and international travel, up to 40% of the time.