Programme Officer: Sanitation, Hygiene & Monitoring

The Hague, , NL

IRC is an international think-and-do tank that works with governments, NGOs, entrepreneurs and people around the world to find long-term solutions to the global crisis in water, sanitation and hygiene services. At the heart of its mission is the aim to move from short-term interventions to sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.

IRC implements long-term programmes in a number of selected countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and implements a wide variety of smaller projects in multiple countries. IRC is an internationally operating organization with offices in The Hague, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Uganda and India.

In support to achieving our mission, IRC aims to attract and maintain a highly performing international team of professionals working from different parts of the world.  We are currently looking for experienced candidates for the position of:

Programme Officer: Sanitation, Hygiene & Monitoring

The Programme Officer will be part of the International and Innovation team in The Hague (The Netherlands) and will be expected to participate in multi-disciplinary project teams. The International and Innovation team consists of a team of professionals that combines action research, support to large-scale water and sanitation implementation programmes, knowledge management and lobby and advocacy to improve sanitation and hygiene service delivery. The Programme Officer will contribute to the further expansion and strengthening of IRC’s sanitation and hygiene programmes with a strong focus on monitoring; bridge conceptual development and on-the-ground realities.

Main responsibilities

  • Contributes to the conceptual development and strengthening of innovative water, sanitation and hygiene frameworks and their implementation with a strong focus on governance and monitoring work.
  • Provides inputs to new IRC publications and articles on a regular basis. Prepares, maintains, and updates website materials.
  • Works with partners to facilitate and support advocacy initiatives and further expands IRC’s network of strategic partners.
  • Coordinates and plans activities within the project framework, and is responsible for the progress and internal coordination.
  • Represents IRC in (inter)national networks. Contributes to the organisation of international, regional and national events.
  • Pro-actively leads and supports on-going and future acquisition efforts to further expand IRC’s portfolio of sanitation and hygiene programmes.
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of strong country programmes  through management and participation in medium-scale and/ or small projects.


  • Academic degree at a minimum master’s level in relevant field. Background in Public Health or related field is a plus.
  • At least five years of relevant professional experience in an international context. Field experience in Africa, Asia or Latin America is an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience related with development of sanitation services. Particular knowledge and experience of governance in urban areas is an asset.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and French (an absolute requirement for the position).
  • Solid research and analytical skills, with a proven ability to apply theoretical and conceptual knowledge and communicate them to a non-expert audience.
  • Proven writing skills reflected in a number of publications and a pro-active attitude towards the sharing of information and knowledge. Use of social media an asset.
  • Willingness and availability to travel regularly (estimated at least 25%, but possibly up to 50% of working time).
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners, external actors and allies.
  • Flexible, highly motivated and capable of working independently in multi-disciplinary groups, and in informal and unstructured settings.
  • Mature work practices, demonstrated sound judgment and the ability to respond positively to mentoring and directions.
  • Advanced computer skills

Details of the position

You will initially be offered a one year contract with a salary depending on qualifications and experience up to a maximum of €3,469.57 per month exclusive 8% Holiday Bonus based on a fulltime working week. Part of our competitive benefits package is a 13th month, 23 days annual leave and 26 days of ADV (compensation days) based on a fulltime working week. IRC has a working week of 36 hours.

The post will require a working permit for The Netherlands (granted automatically for EU citizens), and will require being physically based in the Netherlands. Employment is preferably as soon as possible, but no later than 1st September 2016.

Interested candidates are kindly requested to respond with a motivation letter explaining their interest in the position, and curriculum vitae latest by Friday 1st July 2016, to IRC to the attention of Ms. Coline van der Ven, via email: [email protected] or by mail to P.O. Box 82327, 2508 EH, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Job interviews will be scheduled in the last two weeks of July. For additional information please visit us at