WASH Director (TOPS Program)

Save the Children

Washington, DC, US


The Program Director/WASH Advisor will be a highly qualified WASH technical expert, with global program management experience. The Program Director/WASH Advisor will manage all staff, award finances, and implementation of program activities. S/he will be the primary Save the Children lead and liaison with the USAID Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP), FFP implementing partners, TOPS Bridge, and other Associate Awards. This position is grant funded, and is expected to last for 5 years, but is contingent upon successful funding and performance.

The Program Director/WASH Advisor will identify and support strategic and sustainable capacity strengthening, learning, and knowledge sharing activities, focused on WASH approaches, as funded by FFP food security activities. S/he will liaise with research institutions and experts to identify and initiate applied research activities; deliver technical training and support learning activities; ensure that an effective Program Monitoring Plan is designed and carried out throughout the program, incorporating findings into the adaptive management strategy; and coordinate activities with the donor, international or multi-lateral agencies, and other actors. 

 What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

The Program Director will exercise independent judgment and discretion on significant matters and will implement objectives independently, after approval by their senior management and with management support, to determine accomplishment, key milestones and overall success. Functional based policy and practices exist, and the incumbent is provided with the “why” and often determines the “what”, but must always determine the “how.”

  • Technical Leadership and Support (60%)
  • Management (40%)

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in a WASH-related field, including, but not limited to, civil and/or environmental engineering, environmental science/health, public health, or related field
  • Minimum 7-10 years’ experience implementing WASH programming in the context of health programs in a developing world context
  • Demonstrated experience working on USAID/FFP-funded WASH activities, or similarly funded rural WASH targeting highly vulnerable populations.
  • Experience designing and implementing WASH-related trainings and capacity building activities
  • Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation systems for WASH projects
  • Experience in in designing and implementing WASH research activities
  • Ability to communicate effectively and maintain productive relationships with donors, implementing partners, research institutions, and national governments
  • Demonstrated management, planning, supervisory, and leadership skills. Ability to think critically, strategically, and operationally.
  • Proven ability to manage technical and non-technical staff
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships and collaborates with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to travel 20% of the time. Travel includes both international and domestic trips.

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree strongly preferred in a WASH-related field, including, but not limited to, civil and/or environmental engineering, environmental science/health, public health, with at least 10 years of experience;
  • Practical and/or intellectual experience applying WASH in extremely resource-limited settings, with a focus on rural water supply, water service operations and maintenance (O&M); multi-level governance and capacity building; demand-driven sanitation; and hygiene behavior change.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work both independently and as a team member with donors, partner organizations, national governments;
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills;
  • French language skills are desirable;
  • Computer literacy in word processing, graphics, and spreadsheet software packages and particularly use of PowerPoint.