District WASH Officer

Development Innovations Group

Malawi 🇲🇼

The Development Innovations Group (DIG) is seeking District WASH Officers to be based in targeted districts of the USAID-funded Organized Network of Services for Everyone’s (ONSE) Health program. The overall purpose of the ONSE program is to support Government of Malawi efforts to improve the health of their citizens through  the delivery of integrated health services. The program will focus on:  i  mproving access to and quality of priority health services; strengthening district health systems; and increasing community demand for priority services. Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) will be a core component of the program. WASH activities will aim to: increase access to and management of improved water supply and sanitation facilities; and cultivate a market-based approach for the delivery of WASH products and services.  The District WASH Officers will assist the District Water Development Office(r) and District Environmental Health Office(r) in developing the district water/sanitation work plans and executing day-to-day management and implementation of WASH activities at district level, including direct oversight of community mobilization groups around WASH issues.

Specific Responsibilities:

1. Manage and provide technical support to District Water Development Office(r) in the ONSE target districts.

2. Support the District Water Development Office to ensure the efficient implementation of all WASH activities and the timely reporting of results at the district level.

3. Provide technical support to the District Water Development Office, Water Users Associations, City and District Councils, Water Boards, and community-based organizations to develop and submit grant proposals to ONSE to increase water and sanitation service provision within the districts.

4. Develop and execute program activities that increase the demand and supply of priority WASH products and services including: improved sanitation facilities (latrines); soap and handwashing stations; water storage, treatment, and supply at district level.

5. Work with government, financial institutions and WASH service providers to develop and improve tools for accessing WASH financing.

6. Engage and develop the capacity of WASH stakeholders at district and community levels, particularly the Water Monitoring Assistants, to improve sustainability of WASH services.

7. Build relationships and work in close collaboration with program partners at the national, district and community levels to promote inclusive and sustainable WASH policies and practices.


1. Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Health, or related field of expertise.

2. Minimum 5 years of experience with progressively increasing responsibility for designing, managing and implementing complex WASH activities in Malawi involving multiple stakeholders and implementing partners.

3. Demonstrated experience building market-based approaches to WASH service delivery.

4. Hands-on experience strengthening government, non-government, and community capacity to address WASH issues and improve the delivery of WASH services.

5. Fluency in English is required.  

6. Fluency in Chichewa is required.

7. Malawian nationals encouraged to apply.

To Apply:
To apply, please email CV, cover letter, salary history, and three professional references from previous employers (name, title, affiliation, daytime phone and email) to: [email protected]Please include “District WASH Officers – ONSE” in the subject line of the email. Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only shortlisted candidates who have met the required experience and qualifications will be contacted. No phone calls please. Thank you for your interest.

About DIG:
About DIG:
The Development Innovations Group (DIG) is an international management and consulting firm dedicated to excellence in the fields of: financial services for the poor; urban, water and infrastructure services; and fund management. Our main office is located in metropolitan Washington, D.C., USA, with operations in Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. DIG implements activities in transitioning and developing economies, as well as post-emergency settings. Our track record spans more than 35 countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. DIG’s innovative and inclusive programs help poor families and entrepreneurs increase their income, build their asset base, and improve their living conditions, while strengthening the capacity of local governments to better deliver the services they need. For more information about DIG, please visit: www.developinnovations.com.