WASH and Health Advisor

Stockholm, , SE

WASH and health are fundamentally linked. The absence of safe water and sanitation services and safe hygiene behaviours undermines efforts by health programmes to prevent infections such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and intestinal worms, contributing to the global burden of disease. Over the past few years WaterAid has been one of the few WASH INGOs to consistently engage in global and national health initiatives. We use our unique experience, reputation and global reach to promote effective advocacy and programming in WASH and health, offering excellent value for money and a commitment to reach the poorest and most marginalised sections of society, as well as enhancing targeting of key services by government and other agencies.

Integration is a strategic aim in our new Global Strategy, and influencing for greater integration of WASH and child health is our current Global Advocacy Priority, Healthy Start. We work in partnership with a broader set of stakeholders, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Bank, UNICEF, Sida, the Gates Foundation and academic partners, to achieve universal access to WASH. We work with and strengthen existing health systems. WaterAid works on WASH and health within four main areas:

  1. Embed WASH in health care facilities – both infrastructure and behaviour change
  2. Integrate WASH into nutrition programmes, and make WASH programmes more ‘nutrition-sensitive’
  3. Integrate WASH into programmes to tackle neglected tropical diseases, and improve the targeting of WASH interventions to endemic areas
  4. Integrate hygiene and health programmes

In order to deliver our ambition, we need to enhance our capacity to design and implement innovative integrated programmes linked with a robust influencing agenda targeting and partnering with governments and development partners to amplify the impact of our programmes to deliver systemic and sustainable change. We therefore seek an experienced WASH and health sector professional advisor with significant experience of working in this area in a development context and reasonable knowledge of WASH development.

The role

This role of WASH and Health Advisor will be working in a matrix fashion between different parts of WaterAid globally. The Advisor will be employed by and based in WaterAid Sweden’s office in Stockholm as part of the International Programs Team, but will also be a member of the Programme Support Unit, in the WaterAid UK International Programmes Department in London, and work with colleagues from across the global organisation, currently present in 35 countries.

International Program Team, WaterAid Sweden

The International Program Team in WaterAid Sweden coordinates programmes funded by Swedish institutional donors and foundations. This entails close collaboration with colleagues in Sweden and across the federation to manage the grants and support implementation. It also entails close communication with donors regarding the programmes and other relevant thematic areas.

The WASH and Health Advisor will report to the Head of the International Program Team in Sweden, and be responsible for engaging the Swedish and Scandinavian donors and other agencies and actors on these issues and support the development of appropriate and impactful WASH and Health programmes and support policy recommendations. It is anticipated that the Advisor will spend approximately 25% of their time on the work in Sweden. The role will work closely with program, policy and communications colleagues in WaterAid Sweden.

Programme Support Unit, WaterAid UK

The Programme Support Unit (PSU) works directly with the four WaterAid UK Regional Teams (West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa and South Asia), staff from Country Programmes, as well as the Policy and Campaigns Department and Communications and Fundraising departments, ensuring joined up approaches and messaging. Furthermore, the team liaises with other members of the WaterAid International federation (Australia, America, Canada, India, Sweden and Japan), drawing on our global experience and expertise and providing cross member support as necessary.

The WASH and Health advisor will spend approximately 75% of their time working with global program issues and be part of the quality programme team within PSU, which consists of specialists covering the areas of water, sanitation, hygiene behaviour change, urban WASH, sector monitoring, partnership and equality, inclusion and rights. The team has developed a set of quality standards with supporting guidelines in all of these areas, and supports country programmes to apply these standards through a combination of direct support, communities of practice, training, and good practice guidelines. Together with the colleagues from Policy team, our specialists also provide support to our fundraising teams in engaging and influencing donors and other development agencies and performing a key role in the development of programme proposals.

Under the leadership of the Senior WASH Manager – Hygiene, the purpose of the job is to provide thematic advice on WASH and Health Programming to ensure WaterAid’s interventions are relevant and effective, and adds value in the countries where we work and to the global WASH and Health community. The role will support the development of high quality, impactful programmes to deliver our organisation approach to WASH and Health, and provide targeted support to implementing teams to ensure quality implementation, learning and adaptation as required. The role will also include aspects of wider influencing of practice and policy beyond WaterAid, in the countries where we work, and globally.


  • Play a key technical role in the development of impactful WASH and Health programmes and grant proposals, ensuring these meet organisational goals and standards and align with Country Programme strategies, building on existing work.
  • Support the ongoing development of frameworks, strategies, policies and guidelines to guide WaterAid’s sustainable WASH and Health interventions, with a focus on reaching poor and marginalised people and groups.
  • In conjunction with other PSU, Policy and Regional staff, provide advisory support, mentoring and capacity development necessary to embed these standards, best practices and commitments within WaterAid’s Country Programmes.
  • Support relevant collaborative research and innovation projects led by country programmes.
  • Support and guide continuous analysis, adaptation and documentation of key WaterAid WASH and Health experiences for learning and analysis, to ensure experiences lead to scalable and sustainable interventions and are shared within WaterAid and with key external communities and networks.
  • Support and advise policy, campaigns, fundraising and communications teams as needed in relation to technical issues and the development of donor relations and igh quality grant proposals.
  • Represent WaterAid in relevant strategic collaborations to ensure WaterAid contributes to and benefits from knowledge and best practices developed in the global health community, maintaining focus on sector strengthening for sustainable services, on the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders and especially on the development of key institutions.
  • Manage or support, as appropriate, the documentation of key learnings from WASH and Health programming across the organization.
  • Support donor and other sector agency engagement and influencing in Sweden and in Scandinavia with the aim to increased priority to the issues and raise funds for WASH and Health programming, drawing on expertise and resources as needed from across WaterAid globally.
  • Collaborate closely with other members of the quality programme and the UK/Sweden Policy Team to make sure relevant linkages are made between the WASH and Health work and other thematic areas. All members of PSU are expected to contribute to and champion the quality programme standards that cut across all the thematic areas.
  • If required to manage junior staff/interns in the team, ensuring that they have clear objectives and receive meaningful feedback on their performance.
  • Help inspire and support WASH and Health linked staff across the organisation through maintaining regular contact and an active community of practice.

Person specification


  • Substantial experience of health programmes (across the four key areas: WASH in Health Care Facilities; WASH and nutrition; WASH and neglected tropical diseases; and health and hygiene) in low-income countries.
  • Postgraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification in a subject of close relevance to WASH and Health, e.g. Health Policy & Management, Public Health, Health Promotion etc.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise of WASH issues and the WASH sector, particularly the institutional, regulatory and financial issues as well as a broad understanding of the challenges of delivering water and sanitation services and improved hygiene behaviours.
  • Proven influencing skills and the ability to clearly articulate complex WASH and Health issues to both non-technical and technical audiences.
  • Proven programmes development and proposal-writing skills.
  • Experience of working with, supporting and building capacity on WASH and health professionals relating to WASH and health programming and influencing work.
  • Proven expertise in advisory support, collaboration and team-working. Experience of advising and motivating staff across a diverse organisation.
  • Significant experience of project-, people-, and budget-management in an international NGO or similar, including supporting people and programmes remotely.
  • Proven track record of effectively facilitating learning internally and externally at the organizational level and developing capacity within an organisation in an empowering way.
  • Ability to work effectively with a range of people, organisations and cultures at all levels.
  • Availability to undertake substantial international travel approx. 13 weeks a year.
  • Commitment to WaterAid’s values and a working style that reflects these.
  • Proficiency in English and working knowledge in Swedish.
  • Eligible to work in Sweden.


  • Experience of health sector support across several countries and across the government, service provider and international development sectors.
  • Experience of operating in a global organisation.
  • Chartered membership of a professional institution related to the health sector including academic institutions.
  • Working knowledge of two or more of WaterAid’s working languages (French,
  • Portuguese and Spanish).
  • Experiences of working with poor, marginalized and excluded communities in low and middle in-come settings.

What WaterAid can offer

We can offer an exciting and challenging role within a dynamic organisation that makes a difference. You will be based at WaterAid Sweden, a growing and vibrant organisation closely linked with global colleagues from the other 34 countries where WaterAid work. This is a permanent position with a 6-month probationary period. Join us in making sure everyone everywhere have clean water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030 – then we will have to find other jobs!


Please send your CV and a personal letter to [email protected] by 15 October 2017 to [email protected]. Feel free to email any questions regarding the position to email [email protected] or contact Hannah Morris, Head of International Programs, on Tel 073 661 22 74. We look forward to receiving your application!