Two new positions from the WASH Advocacy Initiative

The WASH Advocacy Initiative is looking to fill two positions: communications director and sustainability director. Click on the link for the former post to read the description. The description for the second job is pasted after the jump.

Here’s some information about the WASH Advocacy Initiative:

The voluntary, sector-wide initiative, will support the U.S. WASH community in moving the U.S. Government and U.S. citizens, including individuals, foundations, corporations and civic and faith-based groups, into a global leadership position on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) on several fronts. These include but are not limited to the level of foreign investment, general awareness of the global water crisis, sustainability of WASH programming, prioritization of WASH within the U.S. Administration, and integration of WASH in other global development activities. The Initiative is designed as a 12-month effort and is supported by a consortium of organizations including, Global Water Challenge, Water For People, and CARE.

WASH Sustainability Director (seconded to WASH Advocacy Initiative in D.C.)
Sponsoring organization: Partnership Department, Water For People
Grade: 70, Exempt, Term of Position: 1 year, January 2011 – December 31, 2011

Supervisor’s Title: Managing Director, WASH Advocacy Initiative

Background & Scope of Responsibility:

Water Advocates, the first independent, full-time advocacy organization within the United States dedicated to increasing effective funding for safe drinking water and sanitation globally, sunsets on December 31, 2010. Through a spectrum of activities, Water Advocates has been successful in substantially increasing awareness of the global WASH crisis and the amount of U.S. public and private funding directed to this crisis over the past five years. At a minimum, its work has yielded an additional $100 million per year for the sector. In the absence of an independent organization with significant capacity for advocacy with a range of actors including the U.S. Government, corporations, foundations, civic groups, and the wider U.S. public, the sector is at risk of losing important momentum around the U.S. policy agenda and increasing awareness of the global water, sanitation, and hygiene crisis.

While Water Advocates was able to achieve significant success in its five years, WASH advocacy still pales in comparison to other international development sectors. The WASH Advocacy Initiative will support the U.S. WASH community in moving the U.S. Government and U.S. citizens into a global leadership position on water and sanitation on several fronts, including but not limited to level of foreign investment, general awareness of the global water crisis, sustainability of WASH aid and programming, prioritization of WASH within the U.S. Department of State, and integration of WASH in other global development activities. will lead and manage the WASH Advocacy Initiative in partnership with CARE, the Global Water Challenge and Water For People. The initiative is designed to be a 12-month effort and to provide a bridge between the current Water Advocates impact and the next phase of WASH advocacy, which will be informed by the results of the current landscaping analysis that is taking place. The initiative will help maintain and expand upon existing collaboration in the sector to achieve shared objectives.

Water For People will provide the staff member focused on Sustainable WASH Programming.

Key Strategies:

  • Begin to develop a common understanding of WASH monitoring and sustainability, with ideally movement towards some common core indicators, so that US public and private sector organizations involved in water and sanitation can demonstrate lasting results from US WASH sector investments
  • Provide concrete tools and methodologies that can be adopted by sector role players (e.g. implementers, funders, advocates) to develop a more unified and consistent story of success
  • Provide the tools and information necessary to demonstrate that water and sanitation are sound investments that help shift the debate from showing how water and sanitation could make significant differences around the world to one that focuses on how water and sanitation has actually lead to transformative change around the world, and is thus a good investment
  • Use creative communication methods to broaden & deepen the voice of the sector (empower country program to champion and communicate – orally and via multimedia – around innovative programming with proven results about how we work)

Essential Job Functions & Duties:

  • Develop a strategy to enhance the accountability, transparency, monitoring and sustainability of WASH initiatives/investments
  • Coordinate the development of an influence agenda and engage the appropriate sector representatives to fulfill that agenda.
  • Coordinate development of tools for influence (written, oral, and multimedia) that support the initiative’s key messages
  • Document examples of influence by the initiative
  • Coordinate at least two expert workshops on monitoring and sustainability with the goal of ensuring that better M&E is integrated into future programming

Job Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have at least 10 years of experience; 5 of those years on-the-ground experience of water and sanitation solutions in developing countries.
  • Sound understanding of WASH monitoring, evaluation and sustainability
  • Have powerful communication and influential skills
  • Have experience setting strategy
  • Work well across borders, cultures, and languages


Required: Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field

Desired: Master’s Degree in relevant field (international affairs, public health, environmental engineering)

Skills & Abilities

  • Computer skills – familiar with Microsoft Office programs including Word, PowerPoint and Excel
    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Superior organizational skills
  • High level of attention to detail, self-motivated, team player with the ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and deadlines.

Living Conditions/Level of Travel

  • Position is based in Washington DC in the WASH Advocacy Initiative office
  • Travel – 10 percent of the time


This position will be seconded by Water For People to the WASH Advocacy Initiative, and reports to the Managing Director of the WASH Advocacy Initiative.

Material and Equipment Directly Used

  • Personal computer, including Microsoft Office
  • General office equipment

Working Environment/Physical Activities

  • Office environment.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally if/as needed

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