Global Technical Advisor, WASH

Providing clean water, coupled with health and hygiene education, is perhaps the most preventative measure we can take in keeping our world safe from infectious disease. Every day, 6,000 people die from drinking contaminated water. Samaritan's Purse (SP) works to provide a thirsty world with clean water. Whether it's drilling freshwater wells or teaching health and hygiene education in a refugee camp, all of these efforts aim to point people to the "living water" found in Jesus Christ.

The Global Technical Advisor, WASH will provide technical support and advice in the overall water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) efforts of Samaritan’s Purse.  We are searching for an engineer to provide guidance on disaster relief, training and capacity building of SP WASH field staff in design, monitoring, reporting, and compliance with donor regulations. When called upon, the WASH Advisor may sit on the Incident Management Team during disaster responses or be assigned to a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and deploy to a disaster site to participate in the organization’s humanitarian efforts. The Advisor will be based in our headquarter office in Boone, NC, but will travel frequently to the field as needed.


  • Support WASH disaster relief efforts, traveling to the field, as necessary. Research and test water treatment technologies that could be implemented in the field. Assist logistics in prepositioning WASH relief items.

  • Assist ongoing field projects and provide collaborative support on current efforts. Work with field staff to integrate the spiritual aspects into each WASH intervention. Provide technical backstopping for WASH projects as needed. Consult with field offices on specific technical issues related to water, sanitation and hygiene programming, baseline surveys, monitoring and assessments. Support interviewing and training of employees. Build capacity of WASH staff in the field.

  • In the area of project development, write and/or review WASH portions of funding proposals. Work closely with regional directors, country directors, program development and grants staff in project development. Support the pursuit of grant/funding opportunities in current fields.

  • Be innovative, able to conceptualize and formulate research, and engage in sharing best practices (through providing training or resources) with staff while maintaining excellence in the WASH sector.

  • Understand the global trends in WASH and be able to help develop WASH strategic plans for country offices. Be able to provide guidance on water quality and quantity in relation to multiple uses.

  • Be a team player. Work with other WASH Advisors on strategy, direction, developing standard indicators, backstopping each other’s work during travel, etc. Represent SP at WASH related or fundraising events, as needed.


  • Minimum Bachelor degree (Masters preferred) in civil, environmental or water engineering, hydrogeology, or other related field

  • 8-10 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Significant international experience and demonstrated success in cross-cultural communication, preferred.

  • Available to travel approximately 60 days throughout the year.

Please include a cover letter along with your resume to explain why you are qualified for this position.

Samaritan’s Purse Distinct Objectives:

PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL - EXALT Christ and share the Gospel while working in His Name around the world

SERVE WITH EXCELLENCE - EXCEED the world’s standard while serving the purposes of God’s kingdom

RESPOND WITH COMPASSIONATE ACTION - EXPEDITE our response to needs as the Lord reveals opportunities to minister

DEMONSTRATE BIBLICAL INTEGRITY - EXHIBIT character and integrity personally, at home and work

WALK IN BOLD FAITH - EXPECT God to do the impossible

To apply for this position, and to read a full description, please visit the member site here.