Senior Technical Advisor (Water, Environment and Sanitation)

Baltimore, MD, US

Job Description

CRS seeks a highly motivated and original thinker to serve as Senior Technical Advisor (STA) for Water, Environment and Sanitation (WES), encompassing multiple use water systems (MUS) for domestic use and Water supply, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) services for health and nutrition improvements. This individual will advance WES programming and be responsible for finalizing the new WES strategy. The STA will ensure technical excellence and innovation through contributions to program design and implementation, training, publications and agency representation. This position will support learning and standardization of best practices across CRS’s global project portfolio. Experience and a clear vision about how to integrate WES into other sectors such as health and nutrition is also important. Candidates should have a solid understanding of current technical trends and position CRS with major donors in WES. The STA will also work closely with Emergency Response and Recovery WASH team in the Humanitarian Response Department (HRD) on issues of WES as it relates to emergency responses and recovery (droughts, floods, earthquakes, and conflict related displacement and refugees in communities).
  • Provides strategic leadership for the agency in the development of water, environment and sanitation strategies, program area standards and best practices.
  • Leading donor relationships in WES with USAID/OFDA (in collaboration with HRD), UNICEF, DfID, and Caritas Networks.
  • Provides technical support on strategic planning and program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of WES programs. Advises regional offices and country programs on WES strategy development. Provides technical guidance and assistance to field staff on overall water program development. Supports program growth through technical support to proposals and identification of opportunities for resource mobilization.
  • Provides strategic support to other CRS sectors to ensure that activities are well integrated and consistent with holistic WES strategies. The STA will work with:
    • Health Advisors and HRD on disease control programs and on the formulation of appropriate environmental health and behavioral change interventions related to WES and water resources development.
    • WES Regional Technical Advisors and Country Program staff for standalone WES program design and integrated WES to food security including health and nutrition.
    • WES TA and agriculture advisors on crop productivity, food security and environmental protection programs, using a multiple uses of water approach and an integrated water resources management approach.
    • Education Advisors on school WES programs involving both infrastructure and behavioral change interventions.
    • Peacebuilding Advisors on conflict mitigation interventions related to water resources development.
    • Microfinance Advisors on applications of community-based savings and loan components in WES programs.
    • HRD on emergency preparedness, response and recovery programs requiring WES interventions.
  • Contributes to the promotion and application of gender, the Integral Human Development framework, the Justice lens, the Do-No-Harm concept, and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
  • Designs learning and capacity building strategies for agency-wide water programs. Mentors and collaborates with field-based technical staff and supports cross-regional learning.
  • Initiates and supports the establishment of partnerships with organizations (NGOs, private sector, government, universities) to promote water-related issues and build capacity.
  • Represents and raises the profile of CRS at strategic technical events, conferences, workshops, etc. through presentations, papers and other technical publications.
  • Supports the work of other CRS divisions, specifically US Operations and Charitable Giving, in linking donors to water-related projects and building awareness in the U.S.
  • Other tasks as requested by the Director of Programming or Senior Vice President.

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory Responsibilities: WES Technical Advisor II

Internal: The STA will work closely with country and regional offices, other technical staff in the OverOps team, including health, nutrition, education, agricultural and livelihoods staff and the Emergency Response and Recovery WASH team. The STA will also collaborate closely with business development and donor engagement staff.

External: This position will represent CRS at WES workshops and events.


  1. PhD (preferred) or Master’s degree in the field of engineering, public health, environmental planning or related field.
  2. Minimum 10-15 years relevant field experience designing, implementing in WES in developing countries, with at least seven years of developing country field experience in designing and implementing programs.
  3. Demonstrated success in proposal development; strong project design and writing and analytical skills.
  4. Familiarity with strategic planning methodologies and guidelines development.
  5. Demonstrated success promoting cooperation and collaboration with governmental agencies, private sector and other NGOs.
  6. Strong representational skills and wide network of contacts in the water sector
  7. Demonstrated interpersonal relations skills.
  8. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  9. Fluency in English required; working ability in French preferred.
  10. Willingness and ability to travel overseas 25% of time.

Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position. CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Note: All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.