Project Development Officer (WASH) via ReliefWeb

SEED Madagascar

Fort Dauphin, Madagascar 🇲🇬

Position Overview

Based in the coastal town of Fort Dauphin in the southeast of Madagascar, this post will provide support to the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects run through the NGO. The successful candidate will work within a combined Malagasy and International team to assist in developing projects, writing the proposals to secure funding, supporting with the implementation of projects and evaluating their success. The role is predominantly office-based, and the diversity of activities undertaken will provide a wide-ranging experience for a development professional who can effectively and efficiently deal with a comprehensive range of tasks related to the complex world of overseas development work. Initially an internship for the first 3 months, this exciting post would suit someone with some experience or a passion to learn, and would be essential in-country experience for anyone wishing to begin a career in international development.

Title: Project Development Intern for initial 3 months; change of title and responsibilities to Project Development Officer subject to passing probationary review.

Location: Fort-Dauphin, Anosy Region, Madagascar

Timeframe: 12 months extendable

Contract: Voluntary, unsalaried with SEED Madagascar.

Reporting to: Head of Project Development (Community Health, WASH and Construction)

Primary responsibilities

Development of new projects (including funding searches); preparation and editing of proposals and reports; information formatting; monitoring and evaluation of current projects; researching international best practice; liaison with the London project development team and local staff.

Core duties and responsibilities

Compile funding proposals based on past evaluation, team discussion and International best practice in an engaging and professional manner
Conduct internet searches for potential donors to fund the programme and relating projects
Write project reports that clearly demonstrate the successes and challenges of the projects, learning from the project and give clear
Work alongside the Head of Project Development and Head of Finance in developing and managing the budgets relating to projects
Assist in developing monitoring and evaluation tools for projects and to work with the team in the field on implementing these
Conduct research into International best practice with regard to health programmes and take the lead in discussing these with the team
Take a leading role in ensuring accuracy of all statistics relating to the projects
Work with the Malagasy team in increasing their skills and capacity, providing mentoring or training where appropriate
Take an active role in project management meetings, leading these where appropriate
Analyse data and be able to clearly and concisely present to the team, with demonstrable ability in gathering and assimilating information from various sources, identifying lessons learnt and best practice
Take the lead in writing social media and website content for the health-related projects
Maintain a database of projects and funders alongside the UK team in London
Maintain the database of photographs for projects
Form part of the team representing projects when required
Liaise with the UK team in London ensuring clear communication at all times
Take an active part in international team meetings and the support to other members of the team
Complete any other tasks required by the Head of Project Development or Director of Operations and Heads of Departments commensurate with this role

Person specification

Hold a relevant undergraduate/Master’s degree in or with elements relating to international development, WASH or community health, or have equivalent experience
Demonstrate sound knowledge and a keen interest in WASH and its interface with international health and development; previous experience of community-based work would be an asset
Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to SEED’s ethos and approach and be a good ambassador for the organisation at all times
Have passion, curiosity and motivation for the job and the ability to enthuse others
Have the ability and desire to build capacity and share skills across cultures, and work with teams from different economic and cultural backgrounds and across multiple language barriers
Demonstrate proven ability to recognise and appropriately deal with challenging situations
Demonstrate an awareness of and comfort with increased social and professional responsibility, working at all times with cultural sensitivity and respect
Demonstrate the ability, social skills and confidence to give clear guidance and support to other members of the team in respect of the philosophy and procedures of SEED in order to protect both their safety and the reputation of the NGO
Be punctual and be able to work to tight deadlines in an organised manner and to a high standard
Have a flexible and patient attitude
Have excellent problem-solving skills
Be able to work both independently and as part of a team


The successful candidate will be able to financially support themselves for the full duration of this post and be equipped with a laptop computer (non-tablet).

How to Apply
Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter outlining how their skills and experience match the requirements in the role description criteria to Rachel Mather by email on [email protected] Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Long-listed applicants will be contacted for an initial informal chat with Madagascar based staff and short-listed applicants will then be offered a face-to-face interview with the London team in-person. More information on the work of SEED Madagascar can be found at