Program Development Officer (Asia)


New York, NY, US

Who we are:

WaterAid is the #1 international non-governmental organization exclusively focused on clean water, hygiene and sanitation, and there are 780 million reasons we do what we do. That daunting figure is the number of men, women and children who still do not have clean water close to home.

Our work has taken on a renewed urgency in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As the world waits for a vaccine, handwashing with soap and clean water is the cheapest and most effective preventative measure available.

We are working in over 30 countries with culturally-relevant projects to best educate communities about the threat of the virus and install handwashing systems as fast as we can.

The role

WaterAid America is recruiting a Program Development Officer, Asia (PDO) to join its NYC-based Strategic Partnerships Team to ensure that WaterAid delivers high-impact and high-quality programs in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Nepal and Pakistan and to provide our critical donors and partners with the highest quality stewardship.  

To be successful, the PDO will possess a strong work ethic and sound judgement and will be a creative problem-solver with an appetite to learn.  This role requires outstanding English language and communication skills, including writing: to craft compelling narrative proposals and presentation decks; presenting: to lead virtual meetings and workshops; speaking: to translate technical programmatic or financial information to new audiences; and listening skills: to anticipate both needs and opportunities and successfully steward and cultivate our partners. To develop, monitor and analyze programmatic budgets and reports, the role requires financial literacy and proficiency in excel.

In addition to having an interest in and/or experience working in southeast Asia, the PDO should have with the capacity to travel to the region when needed (note that, at time of writing, WaterAid has suspended international travel and, though WaterAid staff are mostly based in the DC and NYC areas, our teams are fully remote until further notice).  PDOs are expected to take ownership of their work and have high personal expectations. Evening and/or weekend work (<20%) may be required.

This is an excellent opportunity for an aspiring grant manager to grow personally and professionally while working on one of the world’s most urgent – and solvable – crises.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Manage timelines and deliverables for donors including programmatic, communications and other reporting requirements.
  • Prepare materials for donors including presentations, proposals, reports, workplans and budgets within a variety of formats; and ensure internal sign-off as necessary.
  • Ensure best practices in project implementation in compliance with donor 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.
  • Ensure grant funds are accurately recorded and managed via internal systems, liaise with finance to prepare budgets and account for grant spend.
  • Prepare audit trail by ensuring grant documentation is complete and shared with stakeholders.
  • Facilitate start-up workshops; provide logistical support for donor programmatic visits.
  • Contribute to the promotion of learning and documentation of experience and good practices within the organization.
  • Manage new partnerships once secured; create stewardship and growth plans for the grants and donors they manage.;
  • Liaise and meet with donor contacts as needed, support relationship building opportunities and initiatives.

Essential experience and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or minimum of 3+ years’ experience in international development, program management or grant writing
  • Demonstrated success managing and growing institutional and/or corporate partnerships
  • Ability to set short- and long-term objectives that support organizational goals
  • Strong oral and written communication skills along with analytical skills
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel required; strong administrative skills including MS Office
  • Excellent attention to detail and a willingness to support individuals at all levels
  • Ability to prioritize a busy and varied workload with multiple projects and deadlines, 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

Desired skills & experience

  • Significant work experience in India or southeast Asia
  • Graduate or advanced studies in international relations or development
  • Familiarity with Raisers Edge or other fundraising/ CRM software

Salary & Benefits

The salary range for this role is between $56,763 – $66,000/ year. WaterAid offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision insurances (with several options that are 100% employer-paid); paid-time off; and 403(b) retirement.

EEO & Safegaurding Statement

WaterAid celebrates, supports, and thrives on diversity and difference for the benefit of our employees, our mission, and the communities we serve.  WaterAid is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We are committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of all individuals, including the people in communities in which we work, staff, volunteers, contractors, and partners. Any form of abuse is not tolerated.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

To Apply:

Please fill out an application and upload your CV/resume and cover letter no later than 14 August 2020.  Your cover letter should describe your experience within the respective geographic area(s) in which WaterAid operates. Please see the full list of WaterAid programs at

WaterAid is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We particularly encourage applications from women who are underrepresented at this level in the organisation.

Only candidates shortlisted for interviewing will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date for applications.





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