Technical Lead - WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

Abt Associates - Australia
Dili, Timor-Leste
Apply by 21 May 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 4 May 2018

Job Description

The Partnership for Human Development (PHD) represents Australia’s long-term vision for enhancing human development in Timor Leste. It brings together the Australian Embassy’s (Timor Leste) diverse activities in health, education, water, sanitation, nutrition, gender equality, disability and social protection into a single program to maximise effectiveness, relevance and performance. This investment in Timor-Leste will work towards Strategic Objective 2 of Australia’s Timor-Leste Aid Investment Plan: enhancing human development. Improved human development will ensure that coming generations of Timorese people are better able to lead, contribute to and benefit from their nation’s economic and social development.

The Position

  • Responsible for the overall leadership and implementation of the WASH program in Timor Leste
  • Oversee quality assurance and coordinated delivery of WASH technical inputs
  • Provide high level strategic advice and contribute to WASH policy dialogue

The Technical Lead – WASH is a pivotal position, responsible for the overall leadership, management and implementation of the WASH program to deliver on water, sanitation, and hygiene sector goals. Our long-term vision is to improve the health and well-being of the Timorese, through access to safe clean drinking water and improved sanitary facilities in urban and rural households. Long term sustainability lies at the core of our work with focus on strengthening sustainable water systems, that are free of contaminants and reduce pathways for disease transmission; working closely with functioning Water Management Groups (WMGs) to engage communities and influence behaviour change in selected sucos.

This leadership position will oversee technical and program delivery by PHD program staff and by implementing partners, support the Australian Embassy’s WASH policy dialogue with the Government of Timor-Leste, to support strategy development and management of sustainable rural water service delivery and improved household and institutional sanitation.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Substantial program management experience (at least 10 years) in rural water management, sanitation and hygiene applied in international development context
  • Ability to lead and implement a complex WASH program with proven results in integrating with other cross sectoral program activities in collaboration with other sectors
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with ability to manage representation at a senior level with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Postgraduate Degree in Water Resources Management, Water Engineering, public health and/or environmental health.

Further Information and How to Apply

Full details for this opportunity, including a detailed Terms of Reference, can be found from the Careers page of Abt Associates website at

It is preferred that all applications should be submitted online via the Careers page listed above. Applications can also be lodged through PHD Human Resources email - Please insert the job title in the email subject heading. All applications are to include a current CV and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria.

Closing date: Monday 21 May 2018 (midnight AEST)

About the Organization

About Abt Associates

Abt Associates is a recognised leader in the international development sector. Working with our many partners, Abt Associates implements bold innovative solutions to improve the lives of the community and deliver valued outcomes for our clients. We provide a comprehensive range of services from policy to service delivery in the public and private sectors contributing to long term benefits for clients and communities. Operating in remote and challenging environments, we offer innovative solutions, extensive experience in the region, strong technical capacity, and a proven project management track record. We are committed to gender equity in our employment strategies and encourage applications from capable women. Abt Associates is a child safe organisation and promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.

For more information about our company and what we do visit our website at

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