Regional WASH Director

Dakar, , SN


Lead and support the West Africa Region (WAR) WASH teams in the national offices, collaborate with other WARO technical functions and network with relevant external partners to effectively implement defined WASH strategies for the region for the well-being of vulnerable children in the region.


Strategic Leadership:

  • Develop a Regional strategic guidance (technical guidance) for WASH programming in alignment with global and regional strategy and standards.
  • Ensure regional technical guidance and National Office (NO) technical approaches focus on child well-being.
  • Coordinate implementation of the technical guidance/regional WASH business plan and conduct regular performance review of the targets set as part of the regional strategy score card.
  • Coordinate the measurement of impact of interventions on to Child Well-Being Outcomes(CWBO) and targets.
  • Engage and support in regional strategy development and measurement processes.
  • Ensure that support to National Offices is included in the Organizational Capacity building Plans (OCP) and aligned to PST mechanisms for greater impact.
  • Interpret relevant sponsorship monitoring data trends and leverage them to inform regional and national actions to address gaps in child participation and wellbeing.

Technical Support:

  • Provide technical oversight to major WASH initiatives in NOs in the region.
  • Provide leadership in mainstreaming, integration and scaling up evidenced based best practices in WASH.
  • Provide technical support in the development, adaptation and scaling up of project models and approaches that contribute to specific child well-being outcomes.
  • Supporting NO programming, quality assurance of WASH projects/programmes management, review expenditure reports for NO WASH grant & sponsorship projects to advice accordingly.
  • Provide technical support to major initiatives and projects in the region.
  • Coordinate well-planned integrated approaches to building skills and expertise in NOs.

Resource Development:

Prepositioning work:

  • Explore potential funding sources for WASH programming to support Regional Offices, National Offices and work with appropriate staff on these opportunities.
  • Work with NOs and SOs to develop a sustainable pipeline of WASH grants.
  • Work with Regional Resource Development & National Offices to maintain strong WASH donor relationships at regional level, developing WASH engagement strategies for each donor or a group of donors.
  • Provide technical support to Regional Resource Development Unit and in NOs during prepositioning meetings with bilateral, multilaterals, foundations and Public Private Partners.
  • Monitor the WASH donor competitive landscape; provide support and guidance to NOs in development of WASH capacity statements aligned to Technical Approaches (TAs) and Technical Programmes (TPs) to be utilized during prepositioning meetings with donors.
  • Collaborate with the WARO Resource Acquisition Management department, NOs and SO to support resource development for WASH programming.

Grant Acquisition:

  • Provide technical assistance for WASH project design work in the region, working to ensure that National Offices have adequate public and private funding to scale up high quality programming.
  • Work with Support Office and NO WASH teams, and other regional ministry and functions to ensure that large-scale grants and other specially funded initiatives are implemented in alignment with WV models, and that they achieve best practice standards of programming as well as financial accountability.
  • Provide support in the development of multi country WASH proposals.

External Engagement:

  • Coordinate engagement and frontline work for WASH sector.
  • Establish and strengthen linkages and networks with leading institutions, governments and other organizations to establish formal or informal partnerships.
  • Support significant NO-level donor and technical partner engagements.
  • Represent WV in global, regional and national WASH events, conferences, fora, seminars and technical working groups.

Evidence and Learning:

  • Coordinate the documentation and publication, of promising practices.
  • Promote adoption and scale up of promising practices, project models and innovations.
  • Facilitate cross learning between NOs, learning from Support Offices (SO), other regions and peer organizations.
  • Engage research institutions and universities in mission critical /operational research to solve key problems/issues identified in communities.
  • Conduct operations research studies and pilots, documentation and ensure dissemination of lessons learned to members of the Communities of Practice (CoP), regional and international forum.
  • Organize annual forum as a learning and innovation event.

Collaboration and cross functional work:

  • Participate in the global WASH community of practice and major WASH networks in the region.
  • Strengthen the WASH community of practice (CoP) in WAR through the establishment and running of the regional chapter.
  • Mobilize technical expertise across the region through GTRN, ensuring effective knowledge management, learning and continuous improvement of programming in the region.
  • Collaborate with regional HEA to monitor situations and make recommendations for WASH in emergencies or related actions.
  • Collaborate with key regional entities on defined collaboration matrix and joint projects.
  • Participate in Regional disaster management team (RDMT) and support NO technical teams participation in National disaster management teams (NDMTs).
  • Collaborate with HEA for joint actions in early warning, emergency preparedness and response.
  • Contribute to the Integrated Learning site concept by working with other technical units and Integrated Programs & Strategy.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Carry out any other additional responsibilities as required.


  • The position requires a Master’s Degree in hydrogeology, hydrology, Hydraulics, sanitation & Hygiene engineering or related field.
  • Expertise in developing strategy, fundraising and cross sectoral integration.
  • Multi-sectoral/integrated program design and implementation.
  • At Least 10 years relevant experience in WASH programming in developing countries.
  • Experience in working in a complex political and operational environment/fragile context is preferred.
  • Fluent both in English and French.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Have a strong knowledge on the business of WASH at National and international level, particularly WV WASH goal and objectives; sense of action and achieving results.
  • Have sense of Partnership and multi-stakeholder development processes and requirements.
  • Hygiene and behavior change programming.
  • Experience in West Africa, program in fragile contexts.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30% of the time.