Programme Manager Watershed


Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪

Health is the first step out of poverty. Simavi realises structural improvement to the health conditions of people in marginalised communities in 9 countries in Africa and Asia. We know from experience that investments in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) are vital for people to be able to lead a healthy life. Therefore we concentrate our efforts in these two areas. It is our ambition to structurally improve the basic health of 10 million people by 2020.

Simavi is an ambitious, growing development organization of more than 50 people. Our head office is in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and we have local representations in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Tanzania and Uganda. In partnership with local civil society organisations, we improve the health of marginalised communities in the poorest regions in developing countries in Africa and Asia. Together with local communities, the private sector, knowledge institutes and governments we address Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights as well as the basic need for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene- because we believe that those two themes are the basic determinants for a good health. We campaign to engage the general public and involve them in what we do. We are the lead agent of the WASH Alliance international (WAI), a member of the Watershed Strategic Partnership, a member of the GUSO (Get Up Speak Out) Alliance, and take part in many more initiatives and alliances.

Simavi is looking for an independent, flexible and decisive

Programme Manager Watershed

Empowering Citizens in Kenya

This vacancy is open to Kenyan nationals only

The Watershed- Empowering Citizens programme

Watershed- empowering citizens is a five year (2016-2020) strategic partnership of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IRC, Simavi, Wetlands International and Akvo. It is designed to strengthen policy and advocacy capacity of civil society globally. We will focus on the linkages between Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The programme is active in Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mali and Uganda. Other partnerships will be developed in The Netherlands and at international level.

Specific expertise Simavi brings into the programme is capacity strengthening on social inclusion and an integrated approach for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). We strive for inclusive and sustainable WASH services for all by 2030 by working with local partner organisations which are well-connected to local communities.

The Job

Simavi is the lead for the Kenya programme and therefore we are looking for a Programme Manager for Watershed, who will represent Simavi in Kenya.

During the inception phase in 2016 a context analysis was done, intervention counties were selected and a Theory of Change (ToC) was developed. The Kenya team will focus its capacity strengthening interventions and advocacy efforts at Laikipia and Kajiado county and national level. Our ToC consists of three pathways addressing: WASH and IWRM integration in planning and governance, social inclusion in citizens response and use of reliable data and evidence for policy influencing.

The Programme Manager will be accountable to Simavi in The Netherlands; daily management will be done by the Senior Project Officer (i.e. functional management line) and Performance Management will the responsibility of the WASH Programme Manager (i.e. hierarchical management line).

This is an operational manager function which requires hands on mentality and flexibility.

Tasks and responsibilities

Programme Development and Coordination

  • Day-t0-day management of the in-Country programme along the lines set out by the Watershed Executive Committee in cooperation with the Senior Programme Officer (SPO) of Simavi, based in the Netherlands.
  • Operational responsibility for the in-Country Programme and together with the SPO accountable for the implementation of the programme to the Watershed Executive Committee. Have regular contact with SPO and Watershed executive team.
  • To coordinate the activities of the Kenya Watershed activities and facilitate regular country team meetings.
  • To participate in the Watershed global meetings and webinars when requested.
  • Support and secure proactive and effective communication between local consortium partners as well as other partners like the respective government agencies.
  • Identify and liaise with other programmes and initiatives for shared capacity building, policy influencing and joint learning and advise accordingly to SPO and the consortium partners.
  • Coordination between Simavi partners in close collaboration with SPO.
  • Proactively reach out to important stakeholders in the water and sanitation sector in Kenya to influence relevant policies and programmes.
  • Keep track of own time / agenda/ activities spending for contractual work categories.

Capacity building

  • Facilitation of capacity development and learning on the Simavi topics as selected and agreed in the annual plan.
  • Initiate capacity building activities at both individual organisation level (internal) and for the Watershed consortium in Kenya (external).
  • Planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Timely submission of Country Work Package annual plans and budget and Country Work Package quarterly progress reports to the Watershed Executive Committee, in close cooperation with Simavi NL and analyse gaps and synergies in light of Watershed Kenya strategy and objectives.
  • To organise annual planning, bi-annual outcome monitoring and reporting meetings with Kenya in-Country Work Package Team.
  • Monitor the Kenyan learning agenda and proactively facilitate cross learning with other Work Packages (e.g.Uganda – Kenya; Kenya – International, Kenya – PMEL).

External relations and communication

  • Manage and maintain relevant WASH-IWRM sector relations in close coordination with KEWASNET (one of our national partners).
  • Representing Watershed-Empowering Citizens on behalf of Simavi in national, regional and international networks.
  • To ensure proper and regular communication about the country programme by in-country WP team by meaningful communication products (e.g. blogs).


  • University degree (minimum BSc, preferably MSc) in an area related to the programme objectives – e.g. water sanitation and hygiene, in water resources management, political science, international development.
  • Seven years professional work experience at the subnational and national levels in strategic planning, networking, lobby and advocacy, capacity building and resource mobilization.
  • Experience with different levels of policy influencing and experience with different approaches of influencing and capacity building.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of Kenyan policies and regulations in the water and sanitation sector, e.g. the Kenyan water act and the devolution process.
  • Experience in reporting, formulating strategies and concepts.
  • Excellent analytical, negotiation, communication and advocacy skills.
  • Ability to develop/nurture partnerships and networks.
  • Good reporting and presentation skills and fluency in English.
  • Independent, flexible, decisive and action-oriented.
  • Computer skills (with good skills in EXCEL, Word) including internet navigation and various office equipment.
  • Willingness to travel to the field and spend longer periods of time in the field.
  • Strong motivation for equity, passionate colleague and willing to work dedicated to the aim of the Agenda 2030: Leave no one behind.
  • Relevant networks in Kajiado and Laikipia (or other counties) is a regarded as a plus.


Nairobi, Kenya, with regular travel to the districts and possibly to other programme countries.

Simavi offers

1 year consultancy contract (fulltime) with possible extension. Consultancy fee will depend on qualifications and years of relevant working experience of the selected candidate, with a maximum of € 35,000.– per calendar year (incl. VAT (or similar, if applicable), income tax, medical insurance, pension insurance and life insurance, commuting costs).

More information

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Roel Blesgraaf ([email protected]).

To get to know our organisation, please visit our website

To apply

Do you recognise yourself in the profile? Candidates are invited to apply Februay 19th, 2017 at the latest. Please send your letter and resume (in English, max. 4 pages) to [email protected], using reference Programme Manager Watershed.

Apply only when you fit the requested profile. References will be checked.

Interviews are aimed to take place on February 23rd (1st round by Skype with head office) and March 1st (2nd round face to face in Nairobi). A written test will be part of the procedure (in the 2nd round).

Commercial inquiries or job postings are not appreciated or accepted regarding this vacancy.