Regional Program Officer (India)

Water for People

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India 🇮🇳

Honduras 🇭🇳

Peru 🇵🇪

Bolivia 🇧🇴

Guatemala 🇬🇹

Uganda 🇺🇬

Rwanda 🇷🇼

Malawi 🇲🇼

Tanzania 🇹🇿


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 the development of India country strategy and implementation plan guided by Destination 2030 vision and strategy
  • Lead review of planning and reporting documents, including Multiannual Operational Plans, Costs to Reach Everyone, among others
  • Support process of updating Multiannual Operational Plan, Biannual Report, and Tracking Spreadsheet templates annually in coordination with other RPOs and Strategic Accountability and Adaptation team 

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

  • Engage in 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
  • In collaboration with the Global and in-country Monitoring & Evaluation colleagues, compile, analyze, and track WASH outputs and progress toward strategic objectives for internal and external audiences
  • Provide technical 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 from the Global Programs team for all programmatic information needed from India for pitching to donors, answering donor questions, proposals, and grant reports  
  • Maintain historic programmatic information such as people reached through WASH interventions  
  • Understand current revenue situation and goals, including links between budgets, secured, and potential funding sources 
  • Serve as GP-Designated reviewer on all active and prospective grants – Global and in-country – ensuring programmatic accuracy for all proposals and reports
  • Liaise between Global and Water For People India finance teams on basic finance-related tasks, as assigned 
  • Participate in Grants Unit meetings to help identify India’s grant management needs, upcoming proposals/reports, and business development resource needs
  • Update and disseminate PPSSRs to provide up-to-date information on the status of current grants and prospects pipeline

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
  • Understand and communicate organizational approach in different contexts to different internal and external audiences, including current and potential donors, and sector partners 
  • Provide programmatic review of various internal communication tools, such as the GP newsletter, Internal Organizational Update messages, Biweekly Standup Meeting 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 the Chief Impact Officer and Country Director, including communications and 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 


  •  Bachelor’s Degree in international development or related field, or equivalent work experience
  • Master’s Degree in relevant field preferred 
  • At least 5 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

Don’t meet every single requirement but you are excited about this role? Water For People is committed to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so we encourage to apply even if your past experience does not align perfectly with every qualification listed above. 


  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time domestically and internationally to low- and middle-income countries where travel sometimes is rugged
  • Required to work outside of normal US business hours while traveling and when hosting visitors and to meet with personnel located in other time zones
  • This position has the option to work from an office or remotely in one of the following countries where Water For People is present: Guatemala, Honduras, India, Malawi, Peru, Rwanda, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Tanzania or the United States. Candidates must be a citizen or legally authorized to work in the country in which they live
  • Water For People will not support remote work from other countries besides those listed above and from the following states: NY, NJ, WA, VT, and CA
  • Open office environment if choosing to work in the Denver office

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

Salary Range:

US anticipated annual salary range $54,000 – $69,500 

India anticipated annual salary range INR 487,255 – INR 540,150 

Actual salary will be determined based on experience and other job-related factors. 


Benefits are one of the ways we encourage healthy living for you and your family. Our generous package includes 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 Telehealth benefit and a fitness perk to address your holistic health. Healthy living also includes paid time off and a generous retirement savings plan.  

Water For People cannot provide immigration sponsorship for this position.

Water For People is committed to protecting children encountered during our work and by our employees, preventing sexual abuse and exploitation of all individuals with a particular focus on women and children and other marginalized communities in the performance of our work, preventing human trafficking in the performance of our work and in our supply chain and to having a drug-free workplace.  During the recruitment processes, additional documentation will be requested to comply with our policies and in accordance with the legal requirements in your country of residency, this includes a background check. If you apply for employment, we want you to be aware of our recruitment, selection and hiring processes including important policies regarding employee conduct. 

Water For People is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to creating a culture of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our workplace. For this position we strongly encourage women and people with disabilities to apply. 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. 






IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development