WASH Sector Lead, WV Afghanistan

International Role - Yes
1-2 Years


To take the lead in developing an organization-wide industry leading integrated Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) strategy and approach for World Vision Afghanistan (WVA); coordinate the design/development of WASH interventions throughout WVA programming; ensure relevant to context WASH industry best practices and innovations are applied and effectively implemented.


Take the lead in developing WVA’s WASH strategy and approach:

  • Design and coordinate implementation of WASH situation analysis and needs assessment exercises in each zone.

  • Conduct an evidence of change and capacity assessment of current and recent WVA WASH endeavors to determine lessons learned and best practices that can be applied to future WASH programming.

  • Canvass experience of other WASH implementers in the country to identify practices and innovations relevant to WVA programming.

  • Develop an organization-wide integrated WASH strategy and approach for WVA that is relevant and feasible for our context, innovative in nature, and aligned with WVI approaches/systems as far as they add cost effective value to programming in Afghanistan.

Coordinate the design/development and scale-up potential of WASH interventions and capacity throughout WVA:

  • Identify WASH grant funding opportunities and take the lead in design and proposal development, but also provide technical assistance to other project design efforts that include or could include a WASH component.

  • Develop/identify written material for guiding WASH implementation, for community awareness raising/education, and for positioning WVA for efforts related to WASH advocacy.

  • Provide/organize WASH-related technical and community process capacity development/learning opportunities for zonal based WVA supervisory and field staff.

Ensure WASH programming quality is optimized and evidence of effective change is demonstrated, documented, and leveraged:

  • In partnership with WVA’s MEAL team, develop a sound M&E framework for WASH programming that focuses on providing evidence of sustainable change and rationale for scale up.

  • Ensure quality control of WASH initiatives and compliance with government policies/standards and international standards such as Sphere, DO NO Harm related principles of Social and Behavior Change, and gender/highly marginalized inclusion.

  • Together with WVA’s Communications Manager, develop and disseminate WASH related promotional and evidence-based communications products.

Represent WVA and act as focal point in national, regional and international WASH related forums and networks:

  • Represent and posture WVA in WASH related clusters, forums within Afghanistan.

  • Network/interact with WASH related professionals and initiatives within the MEER region and the larger WVA partnership, such as the WV WASH CoP.

  • Explore partnerships with research institutions to provide an evidence-base in order to leverage additional funding and to establish credibility for WASH programming in Afghanistan within the WVA partnership and beyond.

  • Identify and interact with potential partners for joint implementation of WASH programming in Afghanistan, either as sub-grantees or for forming consortiums.


  • Advanced degree in a relevant field.

  • Advanced written and oral English skills. (Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively, both in spoken and written English).

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Understanding of the workings of major donor agencies.

  • Knowledge of project cycle elements, M&E systems design and management.

  • Understanding of integrated rural community development programming and processes.

  • Thorough knowledge of MS Office, Lotus Notes and data management and analysis software such as SPSS.

  • Strong capacity building and facilitation skills.

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible world view, emotional maturity and physical stamina.

  • Self-starter who can work independently under pressure and who has ability to manage work tasks without direct supervision.

  • Strong ability to work with and relate to diverse personality types, to practice relational and ideological tolerance, and to contribute to a positive organizational culture.

  • Ability to maintain performance expectations and healthy social interactions in psychologically stressful environments and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.

  • Willing to travel as required.

  • Able to live and work within a fragile context and restricted environment.

  • Commitment to World Vision Core Values, Vision and Mission Statement.

  • Familiarity with grant requirements of major donors such as EU, ECHO, DFID, CIDA, AusAid, etc.

  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience in WASH programming at a field program level.

  • At least 2 years work experience in a WASH technical leadership position.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Mentoring within cross cultural contexts.

  • Minimum five (5) years of development and/or relief work at the programmatic level.

  • Experience in integrated program/project cycle management.

  • Experience living and working in a fragile context.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Position is based in Herat, Afghanistan, with possible travel up to 25% of the time (local and international).

  • Expatriates in Herat work intensely together in close quarters office space and also live together in a team house. It is critical that each of them has the ability to both find “personal space” for themselves and honor the personal space of others, and to practice a high level of relational and personality tolerance.