Local recruitment: Climate Resilient WASH Specialist

RTI International

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸



Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a not-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects. RTI’s Sustainable Growth & Resilience (SG&R) technical unit within the International Development Group brings together RTI experts and capabilities across food security, agriculture, energy, environment, water, governance, and economic opportunity. SG&R will leverage RTI’s experience designing and delivering multisectoral programming and technical solutions to respond to climate change, build resilience, and promote economic growth around the world.

SG&R’s Water portfolio has delivered innovative, breakthrough solutions in key development sectors, including water sector governance, water security, sanitation, and hygiene (WSSH) services, urban resilience, community engagement, and institutional capacity building.

Position Description:
RTI International is recruiting for a Climate Resilient WASH Specialist. The Climate Resilient WASH Specialist will support RTI’s growth and thought leadership in areas of water security, sanitation and hygiene (WSSH), climate change (adaptation and/or mitigation) and resilience. They will serve as a proposal leader, technical writer or other contributor for USAID-funded solicitations and support RTI technical leadership in WASH, including through project management of any assigned USAID-funded WSSH programs.

This position will report to the Senior WASH Manager and would be based in Washington, DC, or the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (RTI headquarters). Telecommuting will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The position will be expected to travel internationally up to 25% of the time. Candidates must be authorized to work in the US.


  • Serve as proposal leader, lead or other technical writer on WSSH opportunities. Contribute to the development of strategic approaches and methodologies related to WSSH and climate change. Participate in technical proposal reviews and provide constructive feedback to help writers improve technical drafts.
  • Explore opportunities to expand RTI’s current markets and positions the Water division to enter new and adjacent technical areas or geographies. Contribute to the division’s business development strategy. Conduct research and/or scouting missions in preparation for proposal opportunities that align with the division’s business development priorities.
  • Support the Chief of Party, Program Manager, and Water Division Director in the definition and execution of project activities; the development of plans, schedules, budgets and high-quality deliverables; and review of scope and deliverables by sub-contractors or sub-awardees
  • Support and present results from in-depth technical research and analysis on key sectors related to WSSH to support business development and thought leadership (via articles, blogs, events and other outreach activities).


  • Bachelor’s Degree and 8 years of experience, Master’s degree and 6 years of experience.
  • At least five years of professional experience in the international development sector required, with experience with USAID-funded project preferred.
  • Technical interest in water security, WASH and/or climate change adaptation/mitigation.
  • Previous experience supporting USAID business development, including experience with proposal capture, proposal management and/or proposal technical writing.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to present information in an articulate and concise manner.
  • Ability to cultivate strong relationships and collaborate inclusively with a wide variety of individuals in a matrixed environment to accomplish project goals.
  • Experience working as part of multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams in dispersed locations is a plus.
  • Must work effectively under deadlines, both independently and as a team member.
  • Fluency in Spanish, French and/or another language is a plus.


EEO & Pay Equity Statements

As a global employer of choice, RTI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace and the communities and markets where we serve our mission. We value diversity of thought, culture, background and perspective and welcome applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, creed, citizenship status, disability, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws or RTI policy.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach and one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.

For USA Job Postings Only: RTI participates in the US Government E-Verify program. Further information regarding the E-Verify program and laws that are designed to protect you against discrimination relating to your legal right to work in the US can be found here.

For San Francisco, CA USA Job Postings Only: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. Further information is available here.

The anticipated pay range for this role is listed below. Our pay ranges represent national averages and may vary by location as a geographic differential may be applied to some locations within the United States.

RTI considers multiple factors when making an offer including, for example: established salary range, internal budget, business needs, and education and years of work experience possessed by the applicant. Further, salary is merely one element to our offer.

At RTI, we demonstrate our commitment to rewarding individual and team achievement through a total rewards package. This package includes (among other things) a competitive base salary, a generous paid time off policy, merit based annual increases, bonus opportunities and a robust recognition program. Other benefits include a competitive range of insurance plans (including health, dental, life, and short-term and long-term disability), access to a retirement savings program such as a 401(k) plan, paid parental leave for all parents, financial assistance with adoption expenses or infertility treatments, financial reimbursement for education and developmental opportunities, an employee assistance program, and numerous other offerings to support a healthy work-life balance.

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