WASH Technical Specialist

World Vision (WV)

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 🇵🇬

With over 70 years of experience, our focus is on helping the most vulnerable children overcome poverty and experience fullness of life. We help children of all backgrounds, even in the most dangerous places, inspired by our Christian faith.

Come join our 34,000+ staff working in nearly 100 countries and share the joy of transforming vulnerable children’s life stories!

Key Responsibilities:


To ensure the quality and effectiveness of the WASH Portfolio and its outcomes and results contribute to the child wellbeing targets.  To build capacity in WVPNG to implement WASH programs and communicate the impact of WV’s work in different programming settings. Oversee the procurement and contract management for the WASH Portfolio to ensure adherence to contracts and protocols. Supports accountability to communities, management and donors and monitors program goals achieved according to donor and WV partnership-defined standards reflecting WV’s core values, mission and strategic directions.


1. Assist in contract management and procurement for the WASH Portfolio

  • Provide oversight to the procurement of supplies and goods for WASH Portfolio.
  • Provide oversight of contract management for WASH Portfolio
  • Ensure that all suppliers and contractors are adhering to contracts
  • Ensure that WASH projects are following procurement and contracting protocol for WV PNG
  • Ensure that all WASH Projects adhere to WASH design standards as set by NOPNG and WV WASH

2. Strategy and alignment

  • Ensure the strategic direction aligned with the WV Partnership strategic direction, standards, child well-being outcomes, WASH approach and internationally recognized WASH standards.
  • Work with stakeholders in developing/ updating/ implementing the 3-5 year WASH Strategy for WVPNG should focus to ensure that a consistent approach is taken throughout all WASH Projects within WVPNG and aligned to the PNG WASH Policy.

3. Program implementation

  • Ensure documentation of best practices/learning and provide up to date technical knowledge of sector interventions.
  • Collaborate with Program Quality (PQ) staff and others, to ensure effective integration of Sectoral issues into organizational systems for design, monitoring, evaluation and learning.
  • Provide necessary support concerning WASH components for WASH projects throughout WVPNG
  • Ensure WASH activities in WASH projects are using appropriate approaches to address community health issues.
  • Provide WASH related relief advice for emergency relief situations (HEA),
  • Monitor programs in WASH to achieve the above.
  • Provide advice to country programs and area programs on WASH program assessment, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Monitor the quality of WASH reports and ensure reports to donors are accurate and clearly written.
  • Prepare for periodic project evaluations with internal and external evaluators.
  • Develop relations with the Government and other stakeholders at new project locations to initiate project activities and establish systems and logistics for the project.

4. Staff development and capacity building

  • Create room for ongoing growth and learning, including the opportunity to make and learn from mistakes.  Support staff professional and personal development through on the job coaching.
  • Provide mentoring tools for WASH staff to enable projects/ programmes staffs achieve their WASH project goal;
  • In consultation/liaison with the HR Department; develop relevant WASH training for World Vision staff and counterparts;
  • Conduct training needs assessment and determine resources;

5. Advocacy & Representation

  • Represent WV PNG and help advocate on behalf of WV PNG on Sector related issues that can make a difference in creating short and long-term solutions in PNG.
  • Visit potential new project areas and assess the WASH status of the community.
  • Periodically develop concept papers to be used when potential funding possibilities develop.
  • Collect data from new and existing project sites and design projects for submission to donors.
  • Act as WASH liaison for WV PNG in generating relationships with NGOs, GOs, IOs, and UN bodies.
  • Assist project/programme teams and communities to access resources that will enable them to meet WASH needs.
  • Coordination of the WASH Cluster
  • Work closely with the government agency involved in the WASH sector


  • 3-5 years experience in community development
  • 3-5 years experience in construction in developing countries
  • 3-5 years experience in technical civil and water engineering designs
  • At least 3 years work experience constructing water systems, sanitation hygiene in communities
  • Bachelor’s degree or college qualifications in water engineering, civil engineering or environmental health
  • Knowledge in multi-sectoral approaches
  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, emotional maturity
  • Ability to work in and contribute to team building environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Decision Making

  • This position reports to the Portfolio Manager – WASH and from time to time. He or she may have to consult the Portfolio Manager for further advice & direction
  • Tasks related to this role may be assigned via email or verbal communication by the portfolio  manager

Key Working Relationships


  • Government Authorities
  • INGO’s , UN Agencies
  • CBO’s/Partners/Communities
  • Contractors and suppliers


  • WV WASH (GC) and WV US
  • Program Staff

Travel and/or Work Environment

  • Partnership with other WASH Specialists in country 
  • Travelling to WASH Program Sites
  • 60% travel time
  • Unaccompanied role

Applicant Types Accepted: Local and International Applicants (IA’s) Accepted





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