Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Senior Advisor

Camris International

Washington, DC, US


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U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau for Global Health, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, Nutrition and Environmental Health Division (GH/MCHN/NEH)

Title:   Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Senior Advisor

GS: 14 – Equivalency

Application Deadline:   Open until Filled

Summary Statement

The Bureau for Global Health (GH) is USAID’s primary provider of technical expertise, leadership and donor coordination for health, including programming and international policy development related to HIV/AIDS, malaria, other infectious diseases, maternal and child health, family planning, reproductive health, nutrition, and health systems strengthening.

Within GH the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) is USAID’s technical and policy lead on maternal and newborn health, child survival, immunization, environmental health, and nutrition, with a focus on preventing child and maternal deaths. Within MCHN, the Nutrition and Environmental Health Division (NEH) provides global technical leadership to USAID Missions, host governments, partners and stakeholders to improve nutrition and food security strategies, policies and programming. The Division works with various USAID operating units and partners in the implementation of nutrition and food security programs, including Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths, Feed the Future, Title II Cooperating Sponsors/Private Voluntary Organizations, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) partners, and host-country institutions.

The U.S. Government (USG) Water Strategy 2018-2023 provides an increased focus on sustainability, scale and country selectivity, uses emerging science and technology and embraces partnerships for long-term impact. Within the Strategy, USAID targets 13 focus and 12 aligned countries for increasing access to sustainable water and sanitation services and increased adoption of evidence-based hygiene behaviors.

The Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Senior Advisor, based in the NEH Division, provides WASH expertise for USAID’s WASH and nutrition portfolio across the Agency. The Advisor serves as a focal point for programming and technical guidance related to WASH engineering, research, monitoring and evaluation, sustainability, and other environmental health priorities. The Environmental Health (EH) Team Lead is USAID the point of contact for this position.


Provide Global Technical Leadership to Agency Programs on WASH.

  • Provide senior technical and programmatic WASH expertise and leadership to the planning, updating, and implementation of the Global Health Bureau’s WASH programs;
  • In coordination with other Office and Bureau staff, participate in global, regional, and national-level WASH fora to advise policy and promote best practices in WASH programs; 
  • Provide technical leadership and support to and facilitate the coordination of policies, approaches, and programs with respect to WASH programs with other international donors and organizations, including (but not limited to) WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank and private sector partners;
  • Participate in strategic planning and provide expert advice on resource allocation activities for WASH programs;
  • Maintain professional contacts with experts in other international and national institutions and with researchers in the academic community, and drawing upon these experts for program review, field consultations, and evaluations; and
  • Attend and/or present or prepare papers for interagency, intergovernmental, national and professional conferences on behalf of the NEH Division, related to WASH issues.

Serve as senior subject matter expert to MCHN Office, Bureau-wide project team(s):

  • Coordinate across MCHN and other Offices in the Global Health Bureau to ensure that WASH is strategically integrated within ongoing programs and emergency response activities.
  • Collaborate closely with the Agency Water Office and provide technical support to the Water Leadership Council, ensuring that Global Health WASH-related programmatic interests are reflected in Agency strategies and priorities.
  • Provide expert technical guidance on developing, implementing, and monitoring annual work plans;
  • Monitor programs through reviewing financial and technical reports, making field visits, and analyzing outcome and impact data;
  • Review quarterly and annual reports of progress and problems;
  • Design and conduct management reviews, monitoring and evaluation plans, and external evaluations, as needed.

Assessing current health literature and international guidelines, and providing recommendations to USAID.

  • Maintains knowledge of and shares knowledge on state-of-the-art, technical, policy, and programmatic developments in WASH, with particular attention to: sustainability of rural water supply; approaches to improving water quality; approaches to improving sanitation coverage; governance and finance in the water and sanitation sectors; improvements to WASH in healthcare facilities; and the impact of WASH on health and nutrition outcomes.

Contributing to the routine work, including providing technical updates, briefers and other documents that describe USAID’s activities, research and progress; preparing portfolio reviews and reports; reviewing documents such as annual reports and operational plans; and preparing responses to Q&As and other requests for information.

Assisting countries in developing their capacity to plan management activities.

  • Serves as technical liaison and facilitates the coordination of monitoring, evaluation and learning between USAID and other international donors and organizations, including (but not limited to) WHO, UNICEF, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private sector actors.

Assisting international and local partners at the country level.

  • Serves as senior technical lead, supporting multiple external partnerships (such as the Rotary International – USAID Partnership and Joint Monitoring Programme).

Providing expert technical advice to ensure that country programs are consistent with current practice, international standards and recommendations.

  • Join country teams, participate in country program reviews and action plans, and serve as a technical and programmatic liaison among headquarters and country teams on WASH programs advanced by the Global Health Bureau;
  • Provide technical support to USAID missions in selected MCH and Water priority countries and assist in strengthening WASH programs;
  • Participate in national assessments of health programs in order to assist host countries in sharpening their own plans and strategies in WASH;
  • Monitor programs through reviewing technical reports, conducting field visits, analyzing outcome and impact data and reviewing routine reports; and
  • Provide WASH expertise in the design or evaluation of program activities (GH, regional bureau, or field mission) and participate in design committees and competitive reviews, as appropriate.

Contributing public health expertise and participating in working groups, task forces, and advisory boards.

  • Attends and/or presents or prepares WASH-related papers/presentations for interagency, intergovernmental, national and professional conferences.
  • Participates in interagency and intra-Agency working groups to provide technical expertise as appropriate to the scope of work.
  • Deepens knowledge of best practices in WASH implementation and research.

Other duties as assigned.


  • Doctoral degree and 7 years, Master’s degree and 9 years, or Bachelor’s degree and 11 years of relevant experience working in WASH programs with at least three (3) years’ experience in an international or resource-challenged or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated experience designing, planning, implementing and/or evaluating WASH programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning with a focus on achieving results.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the current literature and best practices in WASH implementation and research.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of government, civil society, donor and UN partners and ability to build strong partnerships inside and outside of the organization.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills.
  • Understanding of USAID policy, procedures and programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and represent technical and programmatic processes and activities including engaging with Bureau, Mission, and external sector leadership
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with teams, as well as ability to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness to respond to changing work priorities and environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to present to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 35% of the time.

Applicants selected will be subject to a background investigation and must obtain and maintain a favorable adjudication as applicable to their position/duties

 *******In order to fully evaluate your eligibility, your resume must include relevant paid and non-paid experience showing dates held with month, year and hours worked per week for each position.******

This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.

CAMRIS International offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.camris.com. CAMRIS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by any applicable federal, state, or local law.