Program Development Officer via Idealist


New York, NY, US

The fact that 1 in 10 people in the world today don’t have clean water is an outrage, and we need you to help change that. We’re the #1 international nonprofit exclusively focused on clean water, hygiene and sanitation, and there are 650 million reasons we do what we do. That daunting figure is the number of men, women and children who have yet to see, taste and enjoy safe clean water.

WaterAid’s office in New York City needs an organized and passionate Program Development Officer to join the Strategic Partnerships Team and raise restricted funds in support of WaterAid’s Latin America & Caribbean Region programs (Colombia, Nicaragua and LAC Region). The Strategic Partnerships team is responsible for the successful development and submission of funding proposals and reports to private, large family and corporate foundations and the US Government, as well as providing management of those restricted funds to ensure delivery on grants, contracts and awards.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to grow professionally and personally through working both independently and as part of a close-knit, dedicated team. Not only will you be working with the world’s leading NGO dedicated to water, sanitation and hygiene education, you’ll be doing your part to stop a killer that steals more lives than malaria and AIDS combined.

Collaborating closely with WaterAid Country Program staff in Colombia, Nicaragua and the LAC Region, the Program Development Officer supports the management and delivery of grants through the institutional funding cycle (proposal, award, implementation and reporting):

  • Prepare narrative proposals, reports, workplans and budgets within the required formats and to ensure internal sign-off as necessary.
  • Communicate requirements and manage timelines for funded proposals;
  • Support best practices in project implementation, ensure compliance with donor conditions and requirements;
  • Keep relevant stakeholders informed, provide updates and, as necessary, escalate issues potentially affecting project delivery and/or donor relations;
  • Monitor program activities and financials to track implementation and expenditures;
  • Support project and impact evaluations;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of funding strategies;
  • Liaise and meet with donor contacts as needed;
  • Identify and research prospective funding sources;
  • Support capacity building opportunities and initiatives;
  • Facilitate start-up workshops; provide logistical support for donor field visits.

Essential skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree in international relations or development, or equivalent work experience preferred);
  • Spanish proficiency;
  • Minimum of 3+ years’ experience in development, contract management or grantwriting, preferably with a focus on international issues
  • Demonstrated success managing institutional partnerships;
  • Ability to set short and long term objectives that support organizational goals.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication and analytical skills;
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel required; strong administrative skills including MS Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint);
  • Excellent attention to detail and a willingness to support individuals at all levels;
  • Ability to manage a busy and varied workload, including multiple projects and deadlines, and think proactively and work independently, with limited supervision;
  • Positive and flexible approach to working in a busy, open office as part of a team.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally with varied work hours, including some evening and weekend commitments.