Senior Watershed Technical Specialist (short-term)

Global Communities
Silver Spring, MD, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
8-9 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Global Communities is an international development non-profit organization. Our mission is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe.


Global Communities is seeking a short-term Senior Watershed Technical Specialist.  


The Senior Watershed Technical Specialist will provide technical expertise to projects across the organization’s portfolio, including the technical design and implementation of civil works in water infrastructure improvement and environmental mitigation. This role will also support new business development for the organization in water resources and watershed management. This position will also provide thought leadership and develop learning briefs or short technical publications highlighting lessons learned in Honduras’ micro-watershed project work and will share lessons learned across countries via webinars and other appropriate forums. S/he will also explore opportunities to expand Global Communities’ work in this area across the Central American Dry Corridor.


This is a short-term role working full-time for the period January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021.


NOTE:  Only considering internal applicants at this time.    


Technical Support

Based on availability of project funding:

  • Provide technical support to Nuestra Cuenca Goascorán Project in key areas such as: strengthening and expanding the hydro-climate monitoring network in Goascorán Watershed, the development of watershed wide water resources Management Plan and watershed planning (14 micro-watersheds in Goascorán Project).
  • Provide technical support to the Ethiopia/RIPA project in water resources management.
  • Provide technical support to the Guatemala Barrio Mio project; and to the Huehuetenango emergency food security project to exchange technical approaches in water resources management in vulnerable communities.
  • Provide technical support to any emergency food security response related to Hurricane ETA in Honduras (in development now).
  • Provide technical support and share Honduras experience with the cross-organizational Guatemala team and explore potential future regional opportunities in water resources-WASH/watershed/Food Security and environmental mitigation to address current problems in the Central American Dry Corridor.

Shared Learning and Visibility

  • Draft short technical publications for the micro-watershed project (lessons learned and moving forward).
  • Develop and implement a Dry Corridor Water Management Seminar/Webinar to share experiences among different stakeholders and funding agencies.

New Business Development

  • Provide technical leadership for the upcoming/follow on to Honduras NVEST-H watershed management project to be funded by a new World Bank loan (depending on success of Expression of Interest).
  • Compilation and analysis of lessons learned from our current programming, to inform pursuits of future bids and innovative programming, contextualized to the Dry Corridor context. Report/presentation to HQ on lessons learned and opportunities for growth and future development.
  • Compilation of key strategic input for future bids in this area.
  • Link to the Guatemala Barrio Mio team to exchange ideas on urban resilience and disasters and micro-watersheds for positioning with Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, USAID/Honduras, and other donors.
  • Support pursuit of World Bank and other funding in Malawi to restart Global Communities’ watershed work in collaboration with the government of Malawi.
    • Develop a combined capacity statement between PCI and GC, including Honduras WB/ GoH work, and prepare to present to the mission and others our new “merged” capacity;
    • Host an internal technical meeting on the elements of technically excellent watershed and resilience work, including its links to inclusive programming; and
    • Discuss early on with operations across GC and PCI if/how we can use GC’s WB experience and structure to accept funds from the WB and/or GoM, and its implications for potential programming and cost recovery.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work with teams across countries and cultures.
  • Able to articulate thoughts and ideas so that project teams understand and can move forward with project recommendations.
  • Background in project design and implementation management including the design of work plans, M&E plans, learning plans.
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to gather and share lessons learned verbally and in a written format.
  • Fluency in Spanish is highly preferable and will directly contribute to applicant success.
  • Strong English language writing and communication skills, including documentation of program results, case studies and marketing/positioning materials; funding proposals; and donor reports.


  • Master’s Degree or higher in agriculture, economics, marketing, business, or relevant areas in international development or social sciences; with minimum of 5 years of experience or a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 8 years of experience.
  • Minimum of 8+ years of experience working in international development with work in two or more of the following areas: WASH, water systems, watershed management.
  • Demonstrated skills and success in new business development.
  • Direct experience in water systems, WASH and watershed management, Food Security programs design, development and implementation.
  • Experience and sincere interest in gender inclusive & responsive development approaches.
  • Experience successfully providing technical assistance to projects in this arena.
  • Must have U.S. work authorization.

Global Communities is 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, or status as a protected veteran.