Lifewater

WASH Program Officer

Who We Are

Lifewater International ("Lifewater") is a non-profit Christian community development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. With experience in more than 40 countries since 1977, Lifewater serves all people by providing them with contextually appropriate water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions. We walk alongside families, leaders, schools, and churches to overcome all forms of water poverty by helping them learn to live in healthy relationship with God and the environment and to recognize how small changes can transform their life and community.

We are a non-governmental, faith-based organization serving communities in the rural regions of East Africa and Southeast Asia. We have active programs in Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Uganda; countries with a desperate lack of resources to provide basic water and sanitation services to rural children and families. Since our inception, Lifewater’s worldwide team has impacted the lives of more than 2.5 million people. And we’re just getting started!

Lifewater has an annual budget of $6M USD with strategic plans to double in the next three years. Our global headquarters is located in San Luis Obispo, California with domestic staff of 20 people that serve our field offices around the world. We have regional offices in Addis Ababa, Kampala, and Phnom Penh and program offices in the actual regions of service. All in-country operations are staffed by qualified national personnel, currently numbering 115+ people.

Position Overview 

Reporting to the Director of Programs, the WASH Program Officer (WPO) will serve as an invaluable member of the Global Programs Team. You will be responsible for the execution of a portfolio of programs, in conjunction with Lifewater field teams. In so doing, you directly contribute to the overall success of Lifewater efforts around the globe. You will communicate daily with our teams, ensuring they have everything they need to implement high quality programs that best serve vulnerable children and families. You will provide program management oversight (budgeting/scheduling), monitor and evaluate program quality, and provide trainings and support that build the capacity of our field teams. You will serve as the first level of support to program managers/field staff, and will coordinate inputs from the engineering and finance staff at HQ to ensure quality and efficiency of program deliverables.

A successful WPO will be able to:

  • Track program progress against agreed milestones

  • Facilitate effective cross-cultural conversations

  • Write reports for their assigned programs for grants and external reporting

  • Thoroughly answer questions from management related to their assigned programs

  • Analyze data to determine program improvements/opportunities and trends

  • Have a thorough understanding of the WASH situation in their country of responsibility

  • Continuously learn and engage with the sector to share the learning with the team

  • Support Director/Deputy of Programs in new strategic initiatives

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

Program Management Support

  • Draft, review, and lead the execution of the logical framework, program schedule, and budget for each program/project assignment.

  • Prepare and facilitate bi-monthly program status meetings (PSMs) with assigned field staff to evaluate program progress, identify areas of concern, and to provide encouragement during challenges.

  • Lead the development and modifications of program work plans and budgets based on program progress.

  • Determine gaps in program activities and plans in order to make recommendations and derive solutions.

  • Help teams troubleshoot challenges that arise, working together to develop creative solutions.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Conduct regular on-site monitoring of Lifewater programs, shadowing/interviewing program staff and participants to determine effectiveness of interventions.

  • Analyze program data to track progress toward and evaluate achievement of program activities, objectives, and goals and support field teams in continuous improvement.

  • Prepare and facilitate quarterly program quality reviews with field and HQ management teams.

  • Contribute to the preparation of proposals and reports for internal and external stakeholders, including institutional funders.

  • Recommend program and training modifications based on a number of indicators, including the analysis of program data.

Training and Capacity Building

  • Facilitate in-country training for field staff and relevant community leaders, including but not limited to Healthy Communities, Healthy Homes, Healthy Schools, and refresher trainings for field staff before and during program intervention.

  • Continuously improve curriculum and operations manuals based on lessons learned from program implementation and analysis of program data.

  • Contribute to the overall development of Lifewater programming by remaining relevant in the WASH sector, and by representing Lifewater in various forums.

  • Through continuous research and learning, serve as the subject-matter-expert for all WASH-related issues in assigned country.

Required Qualifications

  • Active Christian faith as evidenced by adherence to Lifewater’s statement of faith and demonstrated involvement in a local church

  • Master’s degree in related field (Public Health, International Development, International Relations, Economics, Environmental Health, etc.)

  • 1-3 years of professional experience in international development, global health, or related sector

  • Experience working in a cross-cultural environment

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word, Excel, and Powerpoint)

  • Excellent people skills & emotional intelligence in working with teams

  • Skills in analytical thinking and data interpretation

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of professional experience in international development, global health, or related sector

  • Experience living or working in a developing country

  • Experience working on WASH programs

  • Proficiency in data analysis using SPSS, STATA, or similar program

  • Proficiency in Akvo Flow and/or other field data collection tools

To be successful as a member of the Lifewater team, you will also:

  • Have a passion for our mission and cause

  • Be very precise, thorough, and accurate

  • Have the capacity to execute a high volume of work without sacrificing quality

  • Be a creative problem solver

  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness

  • Have a strong work ethic, take initiative, and require minimal direction

  • Work well independently as well as part of a team

  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment

  • Have a humble attitude and be eager to learn and grow

 Compensation

Lifewater offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. Benefits include health, dental, vision, life insurance, and a simple IRA match. The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, fun, and rapidly growing organization that is changing the world.

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

Jr. WASH Engineer

The Opportunity 

At Lifewater, we believe that work should be more than a job; it should be an opportunity for you to make a difference in the world. We are social scientists, engineers, program managers, advocates, and community workers who care deeply about preventing the needless and tragic death of 1,600 children who die each and every day from preventable water-borne diseases. If you are looking to join a lean but rapidly growing global team comprised of like-minded, professional, passionate people motivated by faith in Jesus Christ then this might be just the job you have been praying for.

Who We Are

Lifewater International ("Lifewater") is a non-profit Christian community development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. With experience in more than 40 countries since 1977, Lifewater serves all people by providing them with contextually appropriate water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions. We walk alongside families, leaders, schools, and churches to overcome all forms of water poverty by helping them learn to live in healthy relationship with God and the environment and to recognize how small changes can transform their life and community.

We are a non-governmental, faith-based organization serving communities in the rural regions of East Africa and Southeast Asia. We have active programs in Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Uganda; countries with a desperate lack of resources to provide basic water and sanitation services to rural children and families. Since our inception, Lifewater’s worldwide team has impacted the lives of more than 2.5 million people. And we’re just getting started. 

Lifewater has an annual budget of $6M USD with strategic plans to double in the next three years. Our global headquarters is located in San Luis Obispo, California with domestic staff of 20 people that serve our field offices around the world. We have regional offices in Addis Ababa, Kampala, and Phnom Penh and program offices in the actual regions of service. All in-country operations are staffed by qualified national personnel, currently numbering 100+ people.

Position Overview

Within the context of Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village (VHV) program strategy, the Jr. WASH Engineerserves to improve Water and Sanitation operational excellence, technical implementation, and long-term maintenance and sustainability of hardware systems. The Jr. WASH Engineer does this through oversight and review of technical water and sanitation programming in their country of assignment which will improve the health and well-being of vulnerable children and families in targeted program regions. This position will support the national and field offices in their efficient and effective execution of the VHV including the operational review and field support of engineering designs/strategies, performance, maintenance, sustainability, monitoring, and evaluation tools related to hardware. They will also do this through the support of special projects within the department.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the VP of Programs, the Jr. WASH Engineer will serve as an invaluable member of the Global Programs Team. Your primary areas of responsibility are:

Provide technical day-to-day support, quality assurance, and monitoring for assigned Lifewater programs ensuring the technical quality of the work and increasing the capacity of hardware staff.

  • Support national and field offices in detailed hardware planning, review, and tracking of planned versus actual activities for programs, using standard tools and live data from Akvo system.
  • Detailed review of hardware projects submitted using Akvo data forms, ensuring reconciliation of all data issues within a timely manner.
  • Provide oversight of hardware activities, including well drilling, spring protection, school rain tanks, and school latrines by performing site visits, reviewing submitted data, and contributing at regular support meetings with the field WASH Technicians and field leadership.
  • Participate in bi-weekly and quarterly status meetings with HQ and field staff, and lead technical updates for all meetings.
  • Perform site visits to assigned programs to review hardware installations and support hardware planning in order to provide coaching and capacity building of field WASH Technicians.
  • Support the development and roll-out of special projects within the department in order to bring excellence to all hardware installations.
  • Provide technical expertise in locally appropriate WASH technological developments, such as enhancements to equipment, strategies, and program quality.
  • Support in the drafting and updating of technical drawings (using AutoCAD) coming from the field for multi-door latrine blocks, spring improvements, hand-dug wells, drilled wells, and rainwater catchment systems.
  • Support in the development of operations and maintenance plans for each program.
  • Support the development, documentation, and dissemination of new systems, standards, guidelines, manuals, and trainings to build capacity of local staff.
  • Support regular department processes including ordering water quality supplies, mapping of water points and related data using ArcGIS, preparing standard reports, and providing technical support as needed.

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

Marketing Coordinator

Within the Fundraising and Marketing Strategy set by Lifewater leadership, the Marketing Coordinator is responsible for the timely production of Lifewater marketing materials and assets for campaigns, communications, and special events to various segments across multiple channels. The coordinator ensures that all marketing materials are produced on time, to the right segments, in the right channel and with utmost quality. These channels include print, digital, web, and social.  The Coordinator is responsible for pulling segmented lists for both digital and print assets. 

The coordinator maintains a publicly visible master calendar and production timeline for all campaigns, content and communications as well as manages tasks for a diverse group of producers and stakeholders.

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

Donor Relations Coordinator

What You Would Be Doing

Reporting to the Vice President of Philanthropy, the Donor Relations Coordinator (DRC) will serve as an invaluable member of the Philanthropy Team. The successful DRC will implement a coordinated strategy of donor solicitation and cultivation that increases the total number of donors and associated gift revenue to support Lifewater’s programs and increase the number of vulnerable women and children served. The DRC oversees an efficient and effective prospect management system that engages and involves mid-level donors; creating and implementing strategies that result in significant funding from mid-level donor campaigns. The DRC takes ownership for mid-level donor strategies, processes, programs and budgets, to ensure annual objectives and goals are met. The DRC also works in close conjunction with Major Gift Officers to move donors to the appropriate portfolio, ensuring that they get the utmost in care.

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

WASH Engineer

The Opportunity

At Lifewater, we believe that work should be more than a job; it should be an opportunity for you to make a difference in the world. We are social scientists, engineers, program managers, advocates, and community workers who care deeply about preventing the needless and tragic death of 1,600 children who die each and every day from preventable water-borne diseases. If you are looking to join a lean but rapidly growing global team comprised of like-minded, professional, passionate people motivated by faith in Jesus Christ then this might be just the job you have been praying for, and yes – you’ll even get paid for your work.

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

WASH Technical Specialist

Purpose of Position

Within the context of Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village (VHV) program strategy, the WASH Technical Specialist serves to improve Water and Sanitation operational excellence, technical implementation, and long-term maintenance and sustainability of these hardware systems. The Specialist does this through oversight and review of technical water and sanitation programming which will improve the health and well-being of vulnerable children and families in targeted program regions. This position will support the national and field offices in their efficient and effective execution of the VHV including the operational review and field support of engineering designs/strategies, performance, maintenance, sustainability, monitoring, and evaluation tools related to hardware.

The WASH Technical Specialist will serve as a vital member of the Global Programs team and will be based in San Luis Obispo, with significant travel responsibilities to all East African and Southeast Asian field offices.

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

Curriculum Consultant - WASH in Schools Programming

Who You Are

We are looking for an experienced consultant to create a comprehensive and practical field guide/manual (East Africa-focused) that will be used by field staff for the implementation of a WASH in Schools program. This project would involve reviewing existing WASH in Schools approaches utilized by different organizations and critically evaluating which aspects will be the most effective and sustainable for Lifewater programs. All activities must be integrated within Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village strategy. This is the first module of many that Lifewater will be developing this year. Successful completion of this project could lead to longer-term project work. 

Consultant Responsibilities

Develop comprehensive manual outline
Complete draft WASH in Schools manual using current best practices
Develop key learning objectives for each chapter of the manual
Include suggested graphics/photos/design elements

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