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Senior Director – (WASH) - US position


*Preferred location: Nairobi, Kenya. Position to be based in Africa where WVI is registered to operate.


World Vision (WV) believes that every child deserves clean water, proper sanitation and dignified hygiene. In fact, in 2015 WV formalized this by making a bold commitment: to reach everyone, everywhere we work with clean, safe water, appropriate sanitation and dignified hygiene before 2030. With teams in more than 50 countries, this year we have made great strides towards that audacious goal: 1.6 million people reached with sanitation, 3.2 million people benefiting from programming that improved their hygiene and 4.7 million people provided with access to clean drinking water.

The Senior Director of WASH provides strategic leadership and direction for the WASH field operations to maximize the WASH contribution to child well-being, the Sustainable Development Goals and to ensure operational performance that meets the sector standards and donors’ expectations. It Ensure effective partnership with WV field teams, the donors and other partners. The role strengthens WV operational reputation, creates partnerships and innovative approaches and strengthens and mobilizes the community of practice to execute programming that demonstrates evidence of impact. The role with collaborate with WVUS Director of WASH Funding Strategy.


Set Strategic Priorities:

  • Develops annual WASH Business Plans with the Regional WASH Directors, Support Offices, and National teams.

  • Provides thought WASH leadership both within and outside WV.

  • Ensures integration of WV distinctives and ethos in WASH implementation.

  • Ensure alignment of WASH programming with global sector approaches and project models.

  • Ensure overall compliance with Partnership standards and industry standards.

  • Oversee the quality and coverage of WASH programming.

  • Champion cross-sector collaboration for integration of WASH with other sectors.

Provide Operational Accountability:

  • Ensure accountability of national and regional portfolios to delivery WASH outcomes as defined in Business Plans.

  • Ensure donor promises are met or exceeded.

  • Measure extent to which resourcing opportunities meet WASH operations needs and impact child well-being.

  • Provide high quality technical support to National Offices on the development of Technical Approach and Technical Programs to address WASH needs.

External Engagement:

  • Actively positions WV as the NGO of choice with potential and key partners, donors and stakeholders through quality WASH programming and evidence of impacts.

  • Participates in high level international and regional meetings, forums and conferences as required.

  • Collaborates with Faith and Development actors externally as we seek to integrate faith into all our programming.

Build Capacities:

  • Determines the technical capacity needs for the Field WASH teams.

  • Builds capability of the Field WASH professionals and community of practice.

  • Builds understanding of current footprint and identify opportunities for further growth and impact.

  • Promotes a culture of innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement

  • Collaborate with Global Centre (GC) sector lead to ensure WASH lessons are documented and disseminated.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree required in international relief and development, engineering or business, plus related professional work experience.

  • Excellent in written reporting and in verbal communication in English.

  • Strong experience and proven skills in leading a team of technical professionals.

  • Leader with minimum 5 years’ experience designing and leading WASH programming in the developing world.

  • In-depth knowledge/expertise in WASH programming including evidence based best practices.

  • Strong relational and networking skills, demonstrated ability to supervise teams, and significant experience engaging with donors and fundraisers.


  • Strong experience in working with and managing large grant portfolios for foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors.

  • Strong experience and proven skills in working effectively across cultures to advance priorities and achieve change, in situations without direct authority.

  • Strong experience and proven skills in external engagement that contributes to change in policy and practice and builds WVs reputation as a leader in the industry.

  • Strong experience developing strategy and policy in large organization.

  • Experience in working with faith, faith actors and faith related issues in development.

  • Fluency in a relevant second language (Spanish or French) is desirable.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 40% of the time.