Category Archives: NGOs

Regional Programme Manager – Southern Africa, WaterAid, Southern Africa [deadline 13 March]

The Regional Programme Manager (RPM) is a senior member of the regional team, reporting directly to the Head of Southern Africa Region. The RPM will lead on programme planning, development, effectiveness, quality assurance, learning and impact in the region, ensuring that country teams have the right capacities to make best use of WaterAid’s programming approaches. The role will also make significant contributions to influencing work across the region, exploring collaborative regional opportunities around programme delivery and advocating change in how WASH is delivered in the region, to bring about equitable and sustainable change to achieve universal access.

Applicants for this challenging post must have a postgraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification relevant to the WASH sector, and sound knowledge of international regional WASH development and programme delivery. Substantial experience of working at a senior management level in a developing country and in the region is essential, particularly in strategic and operational planning, project and programme management with significant financial and budget management responsibility. The role will be based in the Regional Office in Pretoria, South Africa, or any of WaterAid’s country offices in Zambia, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, Lesotho or Swaziland.

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Shelter & WASH Project Manager – Haiti

Role and Responsibilities

Plan, develop, monitor and evaluate the assigned project(s). This involves assessing WASH-Shelter needs, designing projects, writing proposals and initiating and effectively managing and reporting on the projects in line with the objectives, timeframe and budget. Provide technical support, leadership and strategic direction. The role includes meeting quality standards in WASH-Shelter delivery, encouraging beneficiary participation, liaising with other stakeholders and managing and training staff.

Project Overview

Medair is implementing a DRR Shelter Training and WASH project in the South East district of Haiti as a response to the earthquake. The WASH component includes CATS training, latrine, rainwater harvesting tank construction and repair of water distribution systems. The Shelter component includes house construction and upgrade, local builders and home owners training, and community awareness.

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WASH Advisor – Haiti

Role and Responsibilities

Provide technical advice and support to management and project staff, deliver training and ensure quality programming. Develop, lead, monitor and evaluate technical aspects of the country programme WASH activities. Coordinate and network at a senior level with national and regional authorities, clusters and other NGOs, providing capacity building for national and international staff, championing best practice (international and Medair) and contributing to the overall management of the country programme. Advise on assessment and survey design for existing and new project areas; point of contact in the country programme for HQ sector Technical Advisors.

Project Overview

The Medair programme in Haiti started in January 2010, providing assistance to earthquake affected communities in the Sud-Est department of Haiti. The initial shelter response, which provided emergency and transitional shelters to vulnerable households in Jacmel commune, has expanded in subsequent years to the commune of Cotes-de-Fer. The areas of intervention has included the repair and construction of permanent houses, upgrading of transitional shelters into permanent homes, provision of rainwater harvesting systems, spring protections, latrines, hygiene behaviour change activities, CATS, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Food Security & Livelihoods aspects.

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Knowledge and Research Coordinator, Global, CAWST [open untill filled]


CAWST is looking for an enterprising and motivated individual with excellent organizational and writing skills to further build CAWST’s staff, partners and clients’ knowledge and expertise in WASH. The position is based in Calgary, Canada.

The Position:Knowledge and Research Coordinator

Reports to: Director, Research Learning

Type: Full-time permanent. Part-time may be considered.

Start Date: Flexible, February 2015

Position Summary:

This is a new position at CAWST. You will develop innovative strategies, processes and tools to effectively manage technical knowledge in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), building CAWST to become a global leader and centre of expertise in WASH.

You will lead the collection, analysis, and management of WASH technical knowledge from academia, grey literature, and the field experience of practitioners and CAWST’s broad base of over 1,000 clients in over 100 countries. You will also support the sharing of knowledge, both within CAWST to ensure that staff are informed and current, as well as with our partners and clients. You will facilitate the exchange of knowledge between academics and practitioners, mentors practitioners to implement WASH programs using the best available knowledge, and supports academics to conduct research relevant to the needs of the practitioners.

You are an enterprising and motivated individual with excellent organizational and writing skills, who wants to contribute to expanding water and sanitation access globally.

The position is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Travel is not required.


The Knowledge and Research Coordinator will support the following functions:

A. Create innovative strategies and processes to transfer relevant knowledge to staff

  • Create and streamline strategies, processes and tools to access and review latest WASH research information.
  • Create and streamline strategies, processes and tools to distill relevant research knowledge to staff through written and verbal means, in-person and remotely.
  • Response to technical inquires by CAWST staff.
  • Maintain a list of commonly asked WASH facts and figures.

B. Capture knowledge from staff and clients

  • Create and implement new strategies, processes and tools to collect tacit knowledge and learnings from field staff and from clients.
  • Advance the expansion of knowledge management systems, including but not limited to e-Libraries and online knowledge bases.

C. Generate and disseminate new knowledge to the sector through innovative channels

  • Establish strong working relationship with reputable research institutions worldwide to address priority knowledge gaps in the sector.
  • Coach practitioners to design and manage practical research projects to increase the impacts and sustainability of their WASH programs.
  • Support Education Program Development department in creating effective education and training materials.
  • Share new knowledge through emerging and traditional channels, including and not limited to webinars, videos, virtual discussion forums, online knowledge-bases conferences, and publications.
  • Response to technical inquiries by clients, students, and others.

D. Global services to clients

  • Develop, pilot test, and refine potential in-country services to clients related to practical research and knowledge management.

E. Other responsibilities

  • Maintain water quality testing equipment and supplies.
  • Support business development and management functions, for example:
    • Develop and execute strategies and plans of the Research Learning department.
    • Understand and contribute as appropriate to CAWST’s operations and business services cycle (e.g. monthly operations reports, budget reconciliations)
  • Interface and sustain credibility with partners, clients and potential clients to promote CAWST’s credibility and services.
  • Assist with proposal writing, fund development, donor reporting and public campaigns, as required.


  • Masters level degree (or higher) in engineering, public health, science or related fields.


  • Minimum 2 years of experience working in water, sanitation, hygiene, or health in international development context.
  • Preferred experience in library and information science.
  • Preferred experience of applying ICT (information communications technology) to knowledge management.

Skills and Attributes:

  • Entrepreneurial: Enjoy working in a dynamic, constantly changing environment. Able to identify opportunities, think creatively about challenges, resolve issues, make recommendations, and seek support when necessary.
  • Organized: Strong project management and coordination skills. Able to handle multiple tasks and balance priorities.
  • Team player: Able to work well both independently and within a team.
  • Discerning: Make good judgement on the authenticity and relevancy of research findings.
  • Analytical capability: Effectively analyze and synthesize academic research articles to generate strategic recommendations and practical actions.
  • Communication: Appropriately present often complex information in plain language, with the ability to target different and cross-cultural audiences.
  • Meticulous: Exercise great care in collecting and managing technical knowledge with high degree of accuracy, consistency, and rigour, down to the last detail.
  • Research: Able to conceptualize, plan, and conduct high quality practical research projects.
  • Languages: Fluent French and / or Spanish an asset (verbal and written)

For application and more information

Only completed applications will be considered. No calls please – only qualified candidates will be contacted for a personal interview.

Africa Programme Manager, Water Witness International, Tanzania [deadline 30 January]

Water Witness International and its partner Shahidi wa Maji are seeking an experienced Regional Manger to lead their growing portfolio of collaborative work to advance water security and justice in Africa. From the regional headquarters in Morogoro, Tanzania the post holder will build, guide and manage country teams to roll out the Fair Water Futures Programme in Tanzania and Zambia. Strong leadership and regular field missions will be required to ensure that the programme of social accountability monitoring with civil society; water stewardship with the private sector and capacity development with government is efficiently planned, resourced, delivered and documented, with consistently high quality, stakeholder focus and impact. With an excellent work environment, remuneration and benefits package, this is an exciting opportunity for an African water or development practitioner to take their career to the next level, as leader of a dynamic regional team.

Application details: download a recruitment pack from or email

Closing date: Friday 30th January 2015