Deputy Director, City-Wide Inclusive Sanitation

Gates Family Foundation

Seattle, WA, USA 🇺🇸

The Foundation

We are the largest nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. Founded on a simple premise: that people everywhere, regardless of identity or circumstances, should have the chance to live healthy, productive lives. By building a global and cultural workplace that supports greater diversity, equity, and inclusion — of voices, ideas, and approaches — together with our employees and partners, we can help all people improve their lives from poverty and health to education. As an organization we offer full healthcare premiums coverage, generous paid time off, contribution to your retirement fund, several employee communities, and a commitment to embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into everything we do.

The TeamThe Gates Foundation’s global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WSH) vision is to enable widespread use of safely managed, sustainable sanitation services, contributing to positive health, economic, and gender equality outcomes for the world’s poorest. Unsafe sanitation is a massive problem that is becoming more urgent as our global population increases and trends like water scarcity and urbanization intensify. About 3.6 billion people—almost half the world’s population—either practice open defecation or use unsafe sanitation facilities and services.

The Gates Foundation WSH Team collaborates with government leaders, the private sector, and technologists to advance promising new toilet and waste treatment technologies, service delivery models, and policies with the greatest potential to improve sanitation conditions for underserved communities. We focus our grantmaking in three complementary areas: 1) developing and commercializing transformative sanitation technologies, led by our Transformative Technology & Commercialization (TTC) initiative; 2) transforming how cities can provide sanitation as a reliable, inclusive and sustainable public service – led by our City-Wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) initiative; and 3) policy, advocacy and communications.

The CWIS initiative focuses on furthering the CWIS public service approach to achieve equitable, sustainable and safely managed sanitation by strengthening the design and implementation of core public systems functions of responsibility, accountability and resource planning and management. The initiative includes a portfolio of investments and relationships to 1) demonstrate, enable and strengthen CWIS approaches through proof points, examples, tools and normative guidance; 2) influence development and financing partners through institutionalization of CWIS approaches in their support to country governments; 3) develop markets for innovative sanitation technology; and 4) replicate and scale CWIS systems change approaches in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia through support to implementation of CWIS programs and policies in selected countries and scaling through regional platforms.

The Deputy Director (DD) will be responsible for leading the global CWIS strategy and portfolio, leveraging partnerships with a range of regional, national and international organizations working to advance the CWIS agenda, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The successful candidate will be a senior leader accelerating urban service delivery and systems change. The DD reports to the Director, WSH, based in the foundation’s Seattle headquarters.

What You’ll Do

  • Serve as the leader of the CWIS strategy: determine outcome goals for the initiative and develop the strategic path to achieve them; drive ongoing refinement of strategic plans and facilitate development of annual investment plans and budgets that implement the strategy.
  • Contribute as a member of the WSH Leadership Team: work with Director and peers to drive continual improvement of the WSH strategy and team culture and to address cross-cutting issues and improve functions and performance.
  • Identify and assess key portfolio risks and develop and manage mitigation/contingency plans at the portfolio level. Provide strategic guidance in crafting grants and contracts that require complex research or analytics. Lead all aspects of global measurement and modeling activities.
  • Manage people and be responsible for hiring the talent needed to achieve our goals, ensuring successful employee onboarding, communicating performance expectations, creating goal alignment, integrating project and change management, giving and seeking feedback, providing coaching, measuring progress and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned.
  • Advise, mentor, and support colleagues within the foundation and their grantees in the design, enhancement, and execution of projects, initiatives and engagements. Manage partnerships and grantee relationships to achieve impact, for example, by conducting site visits, convening meetings of key collaborators, monitoring and evaluating components of grants.
  • Serve as a foundation global spokesperson on industry engagement priorities for global development and related issues internally to foundation Co-chairs and leadership and externally to industry and global development stakeholders.
  • Travel up to 25% of time as needs dictate.

Your Experience

  • Outstanding skills in strategy development and clear & concise verbal and written communications of vision & strategy, with working proficiency in English language skills. French language skills are also preferred.
  • Demonstrated strength in people management and project management
  • Deep understanding of how governments finance and deliver services and how they integrate innovative solutions; proven track record in driving public sector systems change
  • Experience introducing new products, services, or solutions in low-resource settings; personal involvement in developing public awareness of them and/or creating market demand for them.
  • Positive relationship management, facilitation and conflict resolution skills; confident and comfortable working with senior government officials, private sector service providers, international development partners and community organizations.
  • Experience working with and facilitating a broad range of stakeholders and development partnerships; comfortable in a wide range of cultural, geographic and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diverse range of people.
  • Strong analytical skills; creative problem solver with a tenacious focus on achieving results.
  • Data driven, partner focused, naturally curious, and willingness to span from strategy development to execution.
  • Comfort with role ambiguity, working in a fast-paced environment, frequent travel and navigating large complex organizations.
  • Master’s degree in science, engineering, economics, business, government, urban planning, social science or closely related field or bachelor’s degree with relevant work experience.
  • Experience working on projects and/or living in multiple countries across Sub-Saharan Africa and/or South Asia
  • Experience working in sanitation.
  • Experience working on issues of urban resilience and climate adaptation.
  • Experience working with or for Development Finance Institutions.
  • Experience in managing a budget.
  • Experience in grant-making.
  • Experience working with gender equity initiatives.

Hiring Requirements

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Depending upon your work location, we may require proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and any recommended booster doses. All employees based in the United States are to provide proof of full vaccination upon hire and any recommended boosters, subject to applicable laws.

Candidate Accommodations

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Inclusion Statement

We are dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve our mission will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and prior protected activity.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development