WASH Sector Leader

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Apply by 9 June 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 10 May 2018

Job Description

Job Description


SNV’s WASH initiatives in both a rural and an urban context will provide access to improved drinking water services and/or improved sanitation facilities for 10 million people from 2016 to 2018. Our work improves environmental health by reducing pathways for disease transmission, enhances nutrition - especially in regards to stunting in children- and reduces both untreated human waste and wastewater.

Long-term sustainability lies at the core of our work. We strengthen public governance around WASH services, support institutional changes and capacity, develop financially viable services, and improve asset management of existing WASH infrastructure. This includes strengthening the roles of civil society and the private sector in advocacy and operation, as well as promoting sector and stakeholder dialogue and reflection about changing needs and standards in the light of increasing urbanisation and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Bangladesh is a developing country with more than eight hundred rivers crisscrossing its land. Bangladesh has formulated different policies, rules, regulations and acts for the development and protection of water resources to ensure sustainable and efficient use. Access to improved water sources has increased remarkably and Bangladesh was able to achieve its MDG target for water, three years before the end of the MDG era. However, water resources management remains a challenge. There is ample water in the wet season but scarcity of water in the dry season is a yearly phenomenon. Major constraints on the water resources of the country are over-population, unplanned urbanisation, siltation of river and waterbodies, dry season water scarcity, pollution, water salinity, river erosion and climate induced natural calamities, which hinder the economy of the country.

Bangladesh has made rapid progress in terms of Sanitation with less than 1% open defecation, though challenges remain; the quality of facilities is not ideal, and a very high percentage of sludge ultimately ends up in the environment, drains, waterways and marginal land. Whereas this is problematic in both rural and urban environments, the situation is more acute in urban areas. There is an urgency to demonstrate alternative sustainable sanitation solutions for the context of urban Bangladesh. In response to this situation, many innovations have come to the fore in Bangladesh. This is especially true in the area of faecal sludge management. Results are promising, but also show the complexity of providing city-wide services, requiring business development, policy changes, technical and financial solutions, as well as behaviour change of a range of stakeholders. SNV is implementing two urban sanitation projects in Southern Bangladesh with a goal to set cities on a trajectory towards achieving the SDG goal on sanitation (safely managed sanitation for all by 2030). These initiatives are part of our global drive to develop urban sanitation and hygiene for health and development.

For more information on our operations in Bangladesh visit our website: www.snv.org

Overview of the position

SNV seeks a talented, entrepreneurial, result-oriented and proven professional who will work with the country team in Bangladesh to further build on SNVs high quality WASH programme.

The WASH Sector Leader

  1. Is responsible for the overall quality of WASH programme content, business development, resource mobilisation, steering the quality of technical advisory services, and overall management of the SNV WASH programmes in country;
  2. Will enhance the quality and visibility of our WASH programmes and position SNV within the national WASH sector.

The WASH Sector Leader reports directly to the Country Director and collaborates closely with the WASH global sector team.


  • Strategic Leadership: develop country level WASH strategy aligned to corporate WASH frameworks;
  • Advisory Services: lead complex assignments, set benchmarks for results, and monitor quality of advisory services of the WASH sector team;
  • Programme Management: deliver effective development results, planning and monitoring, financial management, and donor reporting;
  • Business Development: develop proposals and secure funding for innovative WASH programmes;
  • People Management: lead, manage, and coach the team of SNV advisors, local capacity builders and consultants;
  • Relationship Management: ensure cordial relationships with variety of partners connecting different processes in a competitive market and identify strategic alliances and networks to invest in; willingness to work under the guidance of the multi-country WASH programme manager.
  • Monitoring & Evaluation: ensure uniform understanding and practice in planning, reporting, monitoring, and evaluation of WASH programmes in line with SNV’s internal frameworks;
  • Representation & Promotion: develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders to improve SNV’s market position and actively participate in external and internal networks;
  • Facilitate learning, documentation and evidence based knowledge development in collaboration with SNV’s global team and partners;
  • Contribute to SNV as a member of the Country Management Team.
  • Relevant advanced academic qualification in WASH or related field; engineering background is preferred
  • 7+ years of relevant experience in WASH service delivery including at least 5 years in a management role, preferably in Asia;
  • Experience in urban sanitation; preferably in on-site and non-sewered sanitation;
  • International work experience and the ability to effectively coach and lead a team of advisors in a multi-cultural setting;
  • Strong background in resource mobilisation; demonstrated programme design, proposal writing, business development, and international donor relationship management;
  • Proven track record in project management, specifically in project planning, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and financial management for large scale comprehensive projects;
  • Outward looking and interested in collaboration with others in order to achieve results and impact
  • Established WASH networks and strong relationship management skills;
  • Proficiency in English required;
  • The successful candidate will be a self-motivated achiever with excellent intercultural leadership, teamwork, coaching, communication, networking and organisational skills.
Additional Information

Contract Type: International

Contract Duration: 3 years

Expected Start Date: October 2018

Information Duty Station: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Working at SNV
SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of WASH experts. For more information, please visit our website: www.snv.org

How to Apply
If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and letter of motivation before June 9, 2018.

About the Organization

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation, working in Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

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