Senior Programme Manager (WASH)

The Hague, Netherlands 🇳🇱

The Senior Programme Manager will have a primary responsibility to expand IRC’s successful model for strengthening WASH systems into new countries, with a focus on Asia. A passionate entrepreneur, you will help to develop impactful programmes that will bring about real change in the delivery of WASH services. As a member of IRC’s management team, you will bring your knowledge of market-based approaches to strengthen and deepen IRC’s work in this area. As a proven leader, you will enthuse and enable IRC’s team of dedicated WASH nerds to thrive in new countries and areas of work.

Main responsibilities:

  • Lead the identification and development of new IRC country programmes, especially in South/South-East Asia, including identification and development of partner networks; establishment of offices; recruitment of staff; development of fundable programmes; identification and development of financiers;
  • Act as a member of IRC’s management team, supporting the evolution of IRC’s strategy and action;
  • Lead development of IRC’s expertise in market-based approaches;
  • Represent IRC at the highest level internationally.


  • At least ten years of post-MSc level professional experience;
  • Experience-based knowledge and networks in South and/or South-East Asia are preferred;
  • An impressive and demonstrable track record of starting and developing new programmes;
  • An independent and entrepreneurial spirit, linked to the ability to motivate and work effectively with teams;
  • Demonstrable expertise and experience in market-based solutions to development issues, ideally but not necessarily in the field of WASH;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.  Other languages are an advantage, particularly French, Spanish and Dutch;
  • Knowledge and experience of sanitation and/or water resource management and/or development finance is an advantage;
  • 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 judgement 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 in scale 18 of the IRC CAO 2017-2019 exclusive 8% Holiday Bonus based on a full time working week. Part of our competitive benefits package is a 13th month and 35 days annual leave. IRC has a working week of 40 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 starting on 1st May 2018.

Recruitment procedure

Interested candidates are kindly requested to respond with a motivation letter in English explaining their interest in the position, and curriculum vitae (also in English) latest by 23rd March 2018, 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.