Program Development Officers (2)

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New York, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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WaterAid is the #1 international non-governmental organization exclusively focused on clean water, hygiene and sanitation, and there are 884 million reasons we do what we do. That daunting figure is the number of men, women and children who still do not have clean water close to home.

Since our founding in 1981, we've already empowered 25.8 million people with clean water. That's 25.8 million more healthy and independent people in the world. It’s a great start but we have so much more work to do. With your help, we can end the water crisis.

WaterAid America’s New York office is recruiting two Program Development Officers (PDO) to join the Strategic Partnerships Team (SPT), which annually raises $15M in support of WaterAid’s global mission. One PDO will specifically support WaterAid’s grants to Africa programs (East, Southern and West Africa regions) and the other will specifically support WaterAid’s grants to Asiaprograms (specifically Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and the South Asia Region). Please see “Where we work” for more detail.

By working closely with US fundraisers and colleagues in WaterAid’s Africa and Asia programs, Program Development Officers (PDO) are responsible for securing, managing and ensuring WaterAid delivers on its grant commitments with corporate, institutional and USAID partners. 

Key to helping WaterAid America achieve restricted fundraising goals, PDOs will work with the respective fundraising portfolio leads on strategies for growth, support the acquisition of new partners, and take ownership over the day-to-day management of these partners’ grants and contracts. PDOs ensure that donor requests are communicated to implementing staff, well managed, and that partners receive the highest quality stewardship. While PDOs will focus on restricted grants, s/he should be comfortable to support on communications and any other area of the donor relationship as needed.  

These roles function as part of a high-performing team and within a high-energy, fast-paced environment. To be successful, PDOs will possess a strong work ethic and sound judgement, and will be a creative problem-solver, excellent communicator, and bring an appetite to learn. PDOs are expected to take ownership of their work and have high personal expectations. Evening and/or weekend work (<20%) may be required.

This is an excellent opportunity for grant managers to grow personally and professionally while working on one of the world’s most urgent – and solvable – crises.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Identify and research prospective funding sources and support fundraisers in donor cultivation processes;
  • Prepare donor materials including presentations, proposals, reports, workplans and budgets within a variety of formats; and ensure internal sign-off as necessary;
  • Manage timelines and deliverables for donors including programmatic, communications and other reporting requirements;
  • Ensure best practices in project implementation and compliance with donor requirements;
  • Keep relevant stakeholders informed, provide updates and, as necessary, escalate risks and issues potentially affecting project delivery and/or donor relations;
  • Monitor program activities and financials to track implementation and expenditures
  • Manage newly secured partnerships, create stewardship and growth plans for the projects and donors they manage;
  • Support the administration of grants in Raiser’s Edge and other internal systems
  • Liaise and meet with donor contacts as needed;
  • Support relationship building opportunities and initiatives;
  • Facilitate start-up workshops; provide logistical support for program-related events including donor field visits;
  • Contribute to the promotion of learning and documentation of experience and good practices within the organization.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of 3 years' experience in development, contract management and/or grant writing;
  • Demonstrated expertise and/or professional experience within the respective geographic area(s) in which WaterAid operates;
  • Demonstrated success managing institutional, corporate and/or USAID partnerships;
  • Ability to set short- and long-term objectives that support organizational goals;
  • Demonstrated relationship-building skills and cross-cultural sensitivity: ability to interface with external constituents from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Strong budgeting and analytical skills, knowledge of Excel;
  • Sharp attention to detail and superb organizational skills;
  • Comfortable with public speaking and presenting to stakeholders (PowerPoint, Prezi);
  • Positive and flexible approach to working in a busy, open office and demonstrated willingness to support individuals at all levels;
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally (with varied work hours), including some evening and weekend commitments;
  • Creative problem-solving skills, resilience and adaptability;
  • Ability to manage and execute numerous projects simultaneously;
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality in working with donor data;
  • Professional demeanor in communicating on behalf of and representing WaterAid;
  • Commitment to WaterAid’s values and a working style that reflects these;
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

Desired skills & experience

  • Graduate degree, preferably in relevant field of study (international relations or development, public health), or equivalent work experience preferred
  • Experience working internationally and/or the international development sector;
  • Familiarity with USAID rules and regulations


WaterAid offers a generous benefits package including fully paid medical, dental, vision insurances; paid leave program; and 403(b) retirement.

How To Apply

WaterAid celebrates, supports, and thrives on diversity and difference for the benefit of our employees, our mission, and the communities we serve. WaterAid is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Please email your CV and cover letter to with "PDO" in the subject line no later than 21 June 2019. Your cover letter should describe your experience within the respective geographic area(s) in which WaterAid operates. Please see the full list of WaterAid programs at

Applications are reviewed as they are received.