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Senior Technical Advisor, WASH

Job Description


  • The position will provide sectoral leadership in WASH programming across the region to contribute to child wellbeing. It will define the technical guidance, standards for technical approaches and programs to enhance ministry performance aligned to global industry practice. The aim is also to work with regional, SO and NO resource development teams to mobilize adequate resources to effectively scale up WASH programs in the region.

  • The role is responsible for External engagement and strategic partnerships for advocacy, policy influence and resource development in the WASH sector. The position will also provide leadership in planning, mainstreaming and scaling up of evidence-based practices throughout the EA region. In addition, it will provide thought leadership, evidence and learning on WASH within a multi sector collaborative approach to enhance child wellbeing.


Strategic Leadership:

  • Develop a Regional strategic guidance (technical guidance) for WASH programming in alignment with global and regional strategy and standards.

  • Ensure regional technical guidance and National Office (NO) technical approaches focus on child well-being

  • Coordinate implementation of the technical guidance/regional WASH business plan and conduct regular performance review of the targets set as part of the regional strategy score card

  • Coordinate the measurement of impact of interventions on to Child Well-Being Outcomes(CWBO) and targets

  • Engage and support in regional strategy development and measurement processes

  • Ensure that support to National Offices is included in the Organizational Capacity building Plans (OCP) and aligned to PST mechanisms for greater impact.

  • Interpret relevant sponsorship monitoring data trends and leverage them to inform regional and national actions to address gaps in child participation and wellbeing.

  • Technical Support:

  • Provide technical oversight to major WASH initiatives in NOs in the region.

  • Provide leadership in mainstreaming, integration and scaling up evidenced based best practices in WASH

  • Provide technical support in the development, adaptation and scaling up of project models and approaches that contribute to specific child well-being outcomes

  • Supporting NO programming, quality assurance of WASH projects/programmes management, review expenditure reports for NO WASH grant & sponsorship projects to advice accordingly.

  • Provide technical support to major initiatives and projects in the region.

  • Coordinate well-planned integrated approaches to building skills and expertise in NOs

Resource Development

Prepositioning work:

  • Explore potential funding sources for WASH programming to support Regional Offices, National Offices and work with appropriate staff on these opportunities.

  • Work with NOs and SOs to develop a sustainable pipeline of WASH grants,

  • Work with Regional Resource Development & National Offices to maintain strong WASH donor relationships at regional level, developing WASH engagement strategies for each donor or a group of donors

  • Provide technical support to Regional Resource Development Unit and in NOs during prepositioning meetings with bilateral, multilaterals, foundations and Public Private Partners

  • Monitor the WASH donor competitive landscape; provide support and guidance to NOs in development of WASH capacity statements aligned to Technical Approaches (TAs) and Technical Programmes (TPs) to be utilized during prepositioning meetings with donors.

  • Collaborate with the EAR Resource Development Unit (RDU), NOs and SO to support resource development for WASH programming

Grant Acquisition:

  • Provide technical assistance for WASH project design work in the region, working to ensure that National Offices have adequate public and private funding to scale up high quality programming.

  • Work with Support Office and NO WASH teams, and other regional ministry and functions to ensure that large-scale grants and other specially funded initiatives are implemented in alignment with WV models, and that they achieve best practice standards of programming as well as financial accountability

  • Provide support in the development of multi country WASH proposals

  • External Engagement:

  • Coordinate engagement and frontline work for WASH sector within the Nairobi regional hub framework

  • Establish and strengthen linkages and networks with leading institutions, governments and other organizations to establish formal or informal partnerships

  • Support significant NO-level donor and technical partner engagements

  • Represent WV in global, regional and national WASH events, conferences, forums, seminars and technical working groups

Evidence and learning:

  • Coordinate the documentation and publication, of promising practices

  • Promote adoption and scale up of promising practices, project models and innovations

  • Facilitate cross learning between NOs, learning from Support Offices (SO), other regions and peer organizations

  • Engage research institutions and universities in mission critical /operational research to solve key problems/issues identified in communities

  • Conduct operations research studies and pilots, documentation and ensure dissemination of lessons

  • learned to members of the Communities of Practice (CoP), regional and international forum.

  • Organize annual forum as a learning and innovation event

Collaboration and cross functional work:

  • Participate in the global WASH community of practice and major WASH networks in the region.

  • Strengthen the WASH community of practice (CoP) in EAR through the establishment and running of the regional chapter

  • Mobilize technical expertise across the region through GTRN, ensuring effective knowledge management, learning and continuous improvement of programming in the region.

  • Collaborate with regional HEA to monitor situations and make recommendations for WASH in emergencies or related actions

  • Collaborate with key regional entities on defined collaboration matrix and joint projects

  • Participate in Regional disaster management team (RDMT) and support NO technical teams participation in National disaster management teams (NDMTs)

  • Collaborate with HEA for joint actions in early warning, emergency preparedness and response.

  • Contribute to the Integrated Learning site concept by working with other technical units and Integrated Programs & Strategy.


  • Carry out any other additional responsibilities as required.


Must have:

  • Master’s Degree in Water engineering or related field.

  • Must have at 10 years relevant experience in WASH programming in developing countries.

  • Expertise in developing strategy, fundraising and cross sectoral integration.

  • Experience in working in a complex political and operational environment/fragile context is preferred.

  • Experience leading and managing a professional technical team.

  • Demonstrated experience in leading research and evaluation for evidence and learning.

  • Significant bi-lateral, multi-lateral donor grant experience with program design, implementation, funding acquisition and reporting.

  • East Africa regional experience

  • Fragile context experience including WASH in emergencies

  • Grant Acquisition experience

  • Proficient in English language


  • Theory of change and logical framework development

  • Technical writing

  • Hygiene and behavior change programming

  • Experience in WASH in Emergencies

  • Interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Networking and collaborating skills

  • Presentation and communications skills

  • Experience in East Africa, program in fragile contexts

  • Professional experience in training/capacity building

  • Research and evaluation experience

  • Multi-sectoral/integrated program design and implementation


  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel both domestically and internationally, up to 30% of the time.

  • Successful candidate to be based in their home country within East Africa.