Regional Coordinator (South Asia) for Sanitation and Water for All

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Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA)
Telengana, India
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Applications are invited from suitably qualified, experienced, innovative, result oriented and self-driven professionals.

The position is to work for 'Sanitation and for All (SWA)' a global partnership to achieve universal access to clean water and adequate sanitation. This position will be based at the South Asia Regional Secretariat of Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) which is hosted by Modern Architects for Rural India (MARI).


Regional Coordinator will provide specialized strategic advisory support and coordination to SWA country governments and other constituencies in the South Asia Region to maximize the impact of their water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) plans and programmes.

Scope of the objectives:

  • To deepen engagement and work with countries to ensure the active participation of other in-country SWA partners in the governments’ activities and thus enhance the governments’ accountability to their population
  • To mobilise and work with partners to support countries in reaching their water, sanitation and hygiene-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly encouraging a focus on the most marginalized and excluded from WASH services
  • To promote, give visibility to and represent the SWA while integrating the SWA partnership within the existing processes at country and regional levels and also identifying potential new partners in the South Asia region
  • To mobilise support from SWA external support agencies, civil society organizations, research & learning, and the private sector constituencies to respond efficiently to the needs of countries and also work with SWA’s constituencies in the region to prepare for High-level Meetings hosted by SWA to catalyse high level political leadership and action on WASH.


The Regional Coordinator will be hosted at South Asia Regional Secretariat of Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) which is hosted by Modern Architects for Rural India (MARI) located at No.12-13-677/66, Plot No.187, St. No.1, Kimtee Colony, Tarnaka, Secunderabad-500017, Telangana in INDIA. MARI has been implementing integrated community development projects since 1988 and WASH is one of its core areas of focus since its inception and also hosting FANSA regional secretariat since 2008.


The Regional Coordinator will be accountable to the SWA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for all substantive, functional and delivery of tasks and will be under the supervision of the FANSA Regional Convenor, for daily management and administrative operations. The SWA regional Coordinator will maintain independence and neutrality towards his/her host organization and promote the multi-stakeholder nature of the SWA partnership.

About FANSA:

FANSA is a regional network of civil society organizations with presence in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. FANSA aims to strengthen the engagement of CSOs in policy-making and development initiatives to achieve the international targets on water and sanitation, improve regional cooperation between CSOs of differing perspectives, priorities and skills and increase the number of NGOs to advocate and communicate clearly on WASH and broader water policy issues. 

Members of FANSA are engaged in a wide variety of initiatives contributing to universal access to clean water and safely managed sanitation. Members place particular focus on equity, accountability and sustainability. The National and Sub-national Chapters of FANSA are engaged in collective action to address the WASH issues and priorities identified at each level as well as implement the common action agenda agreed at the regional level. At the regional level, FANSA's priority is to strengthen CSO engagement in the advocacy processes aimed at realization of SDG 6 and accountability for commitments made at each SACOSAN and SWA High Level Meetings. FANSA is also closely working with the National Governments in south Asia to accelerate progress on SDG 6 with emphasis on equity, inclusion, sustainability and inclusive accountability. FANSA is actively associated with SWA process since its genesis and is a constituent member of the SWA Steering Committee.

About SWA:

Hosted by UNICEF, Sanitation and Water for All, (SWA) is a global partnership of governments, external support agencies, civil society organizations, research & learning, and the private sector, united in their commitment to delivering universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. Established in 2010, the SWA partnership works towards this goal by strengthening collaboration, improving performance, ensuring mutual accountability and seeking increased political support and financing for WASH. The partnership is governed by a Steering Committee, elected by its members. UNICEF is a founder member of SWA, sits on SWA’s Steering Committee, and has hosted SWA’s Secretariat since 2010. Over the years, Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) has grown and now includes 70 member states, and a total of over 200 partners. As SWA matures it has decided to deepen its engagement and impact at country and regional levels, inter alia, through the appointment of Regional Coordinators.

Detailed Job description:

Key Expected Results:

Support multi-stakeholder country engagement strategies at regional and country levels: 

  • Develop plans for improving engagement with constituencies that are under-represented at country and regional levels;
  • Develop mechanisms to ensure regular bilateral follow-up with existing and potential new partners are organized and undertaken;
  • Facilitate linkages between global SWA partners at regional and country levels.
  • Identify specific country needs with regional and country-level partners  

Coordinate and support activities to strengthen country engagement to achieve universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene 

  • Lead in the development and implementation of country and regional engagement with country level partners;
  • Advise and guide countries in planning and implementing strategies to address the WASH-related targets of the SDGs;
  • Advise countries in addressing financing shortfalls in the sector, including by 1) supporting the development, agreement and consistent following of sector financing plans, with financial expenditure reports easily accessible to the public, 2) making the case for increasing government budget allocations to WASH, 3) making the case for better alignment of external support agencies, civil society organizations, research & learning, and the private sector to national WASH plans;
  • Support and encourage the organization of annual WASH Joint Sector Reviews in the different SWA partner countries in collaboration with all constituencies, resulting in an agreed set of priority actions, as well as of other formal mechanisms that facilitate inter-sectoral coordination for WASH;
  • Advise countries to address inequalities in access to WASH, including by 1) mapping of extent and nature of inequalities, 2) developing strategies to specifically address them and 3) regularly report on progress;
  • Support countries in encouraging an alignment between the plans/activities of development partners as well as regional commitments with those of the government, as well as partners’ participation in government-led coordination mechanisms;
  • Advise countries in the development and management of national WASH monitoring frameworks, with indicators aligned with those defined by the SDGs, as well as encourage ways in which that data can inform governments’ strategic decisions.

Support in country partners in the preparations for Regional and Global meetings aimed at aligning efforts towards the achievement of the water, sanitation and hygiene related targets of the SDGs 

  • Ensure partners in the region are well informed about objectives, timing and logistics of High-level Meetings;
  • Guide and ensure partners participate and contribute to preparatory process, including by identifying relevant regional case-studies to be shared;
  • Ensure that background briefing materials are provided to participants, including templates for country and constituency presentations;
  • Webinars, phone calls and other means of communication are used to provide information and gather information from participants about their expectations of the meeting;
  • Facilitate and promote in-country, multi-stakeholder dialogues to prepare participants to fully benefit from the meetings;
  • Support documentation of the preparatory processes and capture key lessons learned for the future. 

Strategic Planning and Management: 

  • Lead and manage the development and implementation of a regional SWA strategy aligned with SWA’s overall Strategy 2015-2020 and taking into consideration the region’s particular context. The Strategy should include the adoption and implementation by partners in the Region of SWA’s Collaborative Behaviours; Building Blocks and Guiding Principles.
  • Critically analyse outcomes and impact of SWA’s work in the region in order to document and share key learning and good practice;
  • Maximise SWA’s impact by using all appropriate opportunities to advocate and promote water, sanitation and hygiene externally across the WASH sector and beyond it;
  • Support to review progress and delivery of plans as envisaged in engagement strategies. 

Increase visibility and presence of SWA in the region 

  • Assess and identify strategic opportunities in the region, including regional meetings and high-level political processes, and support SWA leadership to strengthen relationships with governments, potential partners, donors and other key stakeholders.
  • Mobilise SWA Constituencies including External Support Agencies, Research and Learning, CSOs, and Private Sector, towards raising the profile of WASH and achievement of WASH-related SDGs targets at country level
  • Represent SWA in regional inter-governmental and other platforms when needed
  • Support to the roll-out of the SWA Accountability Mechanism at country and regional levels:
  • Lead in the dissemination of communication materials on the accountability mechanism
  • Support country partners in their plans to roll-out the accountability mechanism
  • Support and follow up in the documentation of commitments developed through the mechanism and ensure that they are collated and inputted in the global database 

Qualifications of the Successful Candidate:


  • Advanced university degree in water and sanitation-related field, in development studies, public policy/administration or in a relevant area.
  • An understanding of technical, social and institutional issues relating to water, sanitation and hygiene in Low and Middle Income countries, both in rural, peri-urban and urban areas;
  • A successful track record of influencing key-decision makers including governments;
  • Knowledge of how regional agencies and key stakeholders operate in the Region;
  • A good knowledge of the social, political, policy and institutional environments of countries and the region. 


  • A highly desirable skill is the ability to speak and write fluently in one of the major international languages i.e. English, French, Portuguese and Spanish and also one of the major languages of the region where the Regional Advisor is going to be placed; 
  • A team player, self-starter, able to work in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-country team
  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively to high level target audiences - both professional/specialist and lay audiences;
  • Experience in establishing contacts at the political level in the region.
  • Experience in convening and organising multi-stakeholder meetings and consultations.  

Work Experience: 

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the region in the area of sustainable development in general and, preferably, also in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene. 

Submission of Applications:

FANSA and SWA are committed to diversity and inclusion and encourage all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit applications explaining their interest and competencies matching the job description outlined above, together with updated Curriculum Vitae by 22nd September 2018 to the email address:  /">  with a copy to  /">

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advanced to the next stage of the selection process.