Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program Manager

World Vision (WV)

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸

Federal Way, WA, USA 🇺🇸


00 At a Glance: 

Role: Program Manager

Location: Washington, D.C. preferred; Federal Way, WA or remote may be considered

Reports to: Director of WASH

Required experience: Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred in engineering, water policy, water resource management, economics, public health, business, or another relevant discipline. In addition, this role requires a minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience. Experience in WASH is required. Experience in WASH financing, water resource management, sanitation or advocacy is preferred. Direct experience managing large grants from US Government agencies, institutional foundations or major individuals preferred.

Work Authorization: Must be authorized to work in the U.S.A. for any employer.

Travel: Up to 25% of time both in development and fragile contexts.

01 The Job:

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are at the heart of child well-being and foundational to World Vision’s mission for all children and their communities to experience life in all its fullness.  For more than 35 years, World Vision has been committed to stand in the gap, globally leveraging resources and locally working alongside communities to ensure millions of children around the world have access to clean water, dignified sanitation and healthy hygiene practices.  However, there is much work left to be done.  As our work enters a new decade with less than 10 years remaining to achieve progress towards the 2030 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, World Vision must accelerate efforts.  We have put together a Global WASH Business Plan, outlining our commitment to invest $1 billion over the next five years to extend the impact of our work across 41 countries.  Having a team of program managers to support portfolio of WASH programs that incorporate water supply, sanitation and hygiene, governance and finance, and water security and resilience is essential to helping us reach our goals. Bring your creative, tenacious character and skills in leadership, program design, relationship building and problem solving to our highly productive WASH team of 14 people that sits in our International Programs Group and help us work towards reaching everyone with sustainable and equitable access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

02 Your Responsibilities Will Include:

Program Management – You will manage a portfolio of programs, projects, partnerships and initiatives, proactively contributing to improvements in program design, implementation quality and measure of impact.

  • Become a subject matter expert for WASH in countries within your portfolio
  • Ensure alignment with strategic priorities
  • Tracking of programming progress
  • Increase National Office WASH program visibility
  • Review reports and tracking program spending
  • Project site visits

Revenue Growth – You will support the growth of diversified revenue by working cross-functionally with teams in private philanthropy, mass marketing, and public sector channels.

  • Review new funding opportunities and ensure alignment with strategic priorities
  • Collecting and presenting information to donors that creates instant, intimate and evidentiary value
  • Contribute to and review customized reports
  • Support pre-positioning of WASH programs in your portfolio

Technical Branding – You will strengthen World Vision WASH practitioner leadership and technical branding through collaboration with global teams, development of technical communications and participating at global conferences.

  • Support development of technical briefs, capacity statements, program summaries and resource guides
  • Participate in round table discussions and external forums
  • Submit abstracts and participate in global conferences
  • Engage in regional WASH workshops and learning events

03 You Bring These Skills: 

We’re looking for you to take initiative to lead, create, develop and problem solve. This role allows you to explore your interests, build capacity and tackle different challenges.  Success in this role lies in your ability to influence and persuade as you’ll be working with teams in different departments, different organizations, and across different countries and cultures.  This requires relationship building and respecting and adapting to other cultures, religions, and opinions. We’re also hoping that you will make us a better team through consistent and persistent intent to seek improvement in our WASH programs, our team productivity and in your own capacities. 

04 Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (eight years) work experience.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • In addition to education or education equivalent, requires a minimum of four years’ relevant work experience.
  • Significant knowledge and passion for water, sanitation and hygiene.
  • Knowledge of relevant institutions and donors.
  • Demonstrated competencies in interpersonal communication, stakeholder engagement and cultural intelligence.

05 Additional Skills We Are Interested In: 

  • Experience in WASH financing, water resource management, sanitation, or advocacy
  • Proficiency in Spanish
  • Good communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Conversant with mWater and ArcGIS

06Where this job could take your career

World Vision USA is a part of the larger World Vision International partnership. Globally, we have nearly 35,000 staff working in nearly 100 countries. Just over 900 of us call World Vision USA home. You’ll have opportunities to advance within our robust and talented group of professionals as you continue to stretch and grow your career for the future. 

07About World Vision USA

When you work at World Vision, your passions and talents come together to meet the greatest needs in the world today. We go to ends of the earth and into the margins. Where few go and the road is less traveled. Because Jesus is alive in the hardest places to be a child. We are dangerously soft-hearted. But just the right kind of dangerous. That’s because we’re a global Christian humanitarian organization. We partner with children, families, and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. We empower people out of poverty. For real. For good. For nearly the last 70 years. Jesus’ love at the center. Always. We’re Christian and follow Jesus’ example to show unconditional love to the poor and oppressed. Serving every child we can regardless of faith. Are you feeling called to explore joining us? We hope so. 

08 Salary Range & Benefits 

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09To Apply

Click the Apply box on the lower left corner. We look forward to reviewing your application. 

10 What happens next? 

Glad you asked. We owe you that and strive to not leave you wondering. We review applications nearly every day assessing strength of fit for the role. Sometimes questions arise on our end so we message you to learn more. Short-listed candidates are contacted for an initial phone conversation with our recruiting staff. Moving deeper into our selection process you can expect to interview 1:1 with a hiring manager. Finalists normally participate in a panel interview where the opportunity to meet additional members of our staff lends itself to more of a 360-view of the role. Our most valuable resource is our talented staff. Our goal is to fill this vacancy with the right person in the shortest amount of time, so we have all hands-on deck to move this important work forward. 

Required Skills

Job Location

Washington, D.C. preferred; Federal Way, WA or remote may be considered, United States

Position Type


Working Environment / Conditions

Standard office environment. Domestic and international travel required (up to 25% of the time).