Advisor WASH

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

Nampula, Mozambique 🇲🇿

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation. Founded in the Netherlands nearly 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in 38 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development. SNV Mozambique works together with local partners to provide technical expertise in three sectors: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Renewable Energy and Agriculture, thereby contributing to finding local solutions to global challenges and sowing the seeds of lasting change.

Project Background

The UK-DFID and Mozambique Government developed a six years program to support the expansion of water, sanitation and hygiene services in rural communities in Mozambique with focus in two provinces. Although increased investment is urgently required in the sector, financing infrastructure alone will not lead to improved coverage levels. Improving WASH involves a fundamental shift towards improved citizen participation and government capacity to manage and deliver services. Consequently, the UK intervention consists of two complementary components. Component one involves capacity building support from community to national level, which will build individual capacity, strengthen organisations and systems, and lead to efficient, decentralised approaches to WASH services delivery. Component two involves financial resources for WASH promotion and service delivery. The program will target several districts in Nampula and Zambezia provinces.

SNV is responding to the first component of the UK support as Capacity Building Agent of Government of Mozambique to the implementation of PRONASAR (Programa Nacional de Saneamento e Água Rural) in those two provinces. Through project CEDeS (Capacity Enhancement for Decentralised Services in the WASH sector), SNV will focus on building capacity within the government so that they can implement activities at the community level. The tools and approaches developed through CEDeS will be scalable at national level.

The programme considers the theory of change that if communities can formulate their demands, be aware of and respond to their rights and duties on the WASH sector, while government is performing its appropriate role and with transparent and effective use of decentralized funds increased coverage of good quality WASH services will be available in the rural areas.

Therefore, specific outcomes of CEDeS will be:

  • Outcome 1: Sustained increase in effective demand for WASH services channelled from communities to local government;
  • Outcome 2: Sustained increase in efficient and effective supply of WASH services by provincial and district government;
  • Outcome 3: Improved support and policy reform by government for decentralised service delivery.        

Main responsibilities

  • Assist the government staff in design and implementation of plans to construct new Water and Sanitation facilities (water pumps, water supply systems,  school toilets, etc) and rehabilitate old ones, through on the job training sessions and workshops, and support the procurement and contract management’ processes associated;
  • Provide technical support to DPOPHRH and SDPIs on supervision of works and services contracts;
  • Work closely with government entities and other stakeholders to design and implement targeted strategies to improve community participation in WASH facilities management, including the design of Operation and Maintenance procedures;
  • Facilitate ODF (Open Defecation Free) certification process by government staff and local leaders;
  • Develop a capacity building training program of social companies contracted by government to promote the good use and management of WASH facilities by local communities;
  • Support Government, SNV and other partners in the revision of strategic documents and policies to improve sustainability of rural WASH programs;
  • Improve the capacity of private sector involved in the construction of water infrastructures (like water systems and boreholes) and engaged in the programs to promote the use of safe and affordable sanitation & hygiene facilities in rural communities;
  • Contributing to the SNV WASH sector strategies in other to operationalize the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Nurtures good relationships with partners, especially with government departments, and participates actively in relevant networks, giving technical input and guidance;
  • Ensure that key crosscutting issues including gender and disability others are systematically considered during program implementation
  • Work with the SNV team and project partners on feedback loops for improved dissemination, dialogue and learning based on results considering the experience at national level; and
  • Contribute for the program learning and documentation, including reporting to stakeholders.

Candidate profile

  • Relevant advanced academic qualification in Hydraulic engineering or related fields (civil engineering, geology, etc);
  • 7+ years of relevant working experience in WASH projects in Southern Africa, preferably in Mozambique;
  • Deep knowledge in WASH technologies, including experience in designing water supply systems and sanitation facilities, and in works supervision;
  • Experience providing training/mentorship/capacity to government units at the provincial and district level;
  • Proven track working on SNV’s cross-cutting themes as governance, gender equity and social inclusion;
  • Good analytical skills combined with a practical and pragmatic approach oriented towards lasting results;
  • Ability to develop and nurture partnerships and networks;
  • Willingness and availability to travel to the districts for long periods;
  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel;
  • Good reporting and presentation skills;
  • Excellent communication (oral and written), negotiation, and analytical skills;
  • Very good knowledge of written and speaking Portuguese or Spanish is mandatory; and
  • Good written and spoken English is an advantage.

Duty station             : Nampula, Mozambique 

Contract Type           : International

Contract Duration     : 12 months

Expected Start Date : As soon as possible

Working at SNV

SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, per national or international standards. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of WASH experts. For more information, please visit our website:

How to apply

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV (max 5 pages), one page table summarizing the educational background, work experience, technical skills and competencies, and a letter of motivation onto our in-house recruitment system via the apply button before 10 March 2017.