Senior WASH Advisor


Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸


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Summary: CARE is seeking a Senior WASH Advisor to be based in Washington, D.C. for USAID-funded Implementer-led Design, Evidence, Analysis and Learning (IDEAL) program. This procurement is a five-year cooperative agreement of US$30 million. The earliest expected start date for this position is October 2017.

IDEAL’s Senior WASH Senior Advisor will promote high quality, state-of-the-art (SOTA) WASH programming practices by strengthening the knowledge and institutional capacity of implementing partners and beyond by fostering knowledge management and learning, documentation, and promotion of SOTA approaches. S/he will lead the IDEAL Program’s WASH integration strategies and activities in a collaborative and results-oriented manner with FFP partners, USAID offices and bureaus, cooperating sponsors, and other national and international technical practitioners, including multilateral institutions and academic/research institutions.

This position is subject to project award and funding

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic leadership for WASH programming to IDEAL, FFP and FFP-funded implementing partners, including the identification of relevant topics and processes to bring tasks, products, targets and objectives to completion.
  • Conduct an analysis of WASH implementation within prior and current FFP programming to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and compliance with WASH sector learning and best practice.
  • Lead the IDEAL WASH Task Force; convene and chair meetings.
  • Coordinate with USAID/FFP and WASH leads in other USAID offices on WASH-related guidance and activities. Coordinate with other IDEAL Technical Leads on the integration of WASH programming into their technical specialty areas, including adding WASH-specific components to all trainings rolled out through IDEAL.
  • Identify and supervise consultants on prioritized tasks, ensuring that deliverables are met through a consultative and timely process.
  • Promote integration of WASH SOTA programming in tandem with governance/social cohesion and youth-focused interventions for sustainable outcomes and impact.
  • Identify, prioritize and synthesize lessons learned to document, share and adapt successful WASH approaches and best practices appropriate under Food for Peace food aid funding mechanisms.
  • Lead knowledge management and learning components – including documentation and publication – on WASH integration, mainstreaming and best practices.
  • Lead design and implementation of learning and training agenda components on WASH subject areas for all IDEAL semi-annual (and similar) domestic U.S. and international capacity strengthening and FSN Network knowledge sharing meetings.
  • Lead production of reliable, high-quality information, tools, and services in user-friendly formats.
  • Support and expand knowledge/information exchange through online forums, working groups and discussion groups to advance SOTA WASH approaches, interventions, and overall programming.
  • Position IDEAL and implementing partners to be able to collaborate more intentionally with other WASH thought leaders inside and outside of the FFP-funded community.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Advanced degree  in development and/or humanitarian programing related discipline
  • Minimum of ten years of experience in WASH or water resources management required, with particular experience in governance, gender, food security, nutrition, and/or livelihoods.
  • Minimum of three years of overseas experience in dealing with public and private donors, especially USG.
  • Technical expertise in the areas of food security, livelihoods, gender and WASH programming.
  • Experience with program assessment and design; proposal development (particularly with USAID); knowledge management and learning.
  • Knowledge management and learning experience (including documentation and publishing) pertaining to WASH.
  • Experience with FFP-funded development and emergency programs, including M&E requirements.
  • Ability to travel and to work independently under tight deadlines with multi-cultural teams.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills in English. Language skills a plus – French and/or Spanish preferably. 

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