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August 13, 2013

Program Development Officer, WaterAid America- New York, NY


WaterAid America

WaterAid America, based in New York City, is a leading international nonprofit organization working with local partners to deliver safe water, sanitation, and hygiene education to impoverished and vulnerable people living in many of the world's poorest countries. WaterAid America (WAA) is a member of WaterAid international (WAi), which includes member offices in the UK, Australia, Sweden, Japan and most recently, Canada. Established in 2004, WaterAid America mobilizes financial and other resources in the U.S. to support work undertaken by WaterAid's 27 country programs across Africa, Asia and the South Pacific – as well as one country program in Nicaragua which WAA manages. WAA also manages a Policy and Advocacy Program from its office in Washington. It also undertakes public outreach to raise awareness about the global water and sanitation crisis and its solutions. WAA works closely with its fellow WaterAid member organizations to implement a Global Strategy (2009-2015).

Position Summary

The Program Development Officer will support WaterAid America (WAA) in increasing our contribution to WaterAid's global mission through partnerships and enhancing the impact of our work through fundraising and strategic grant making. Collaborating closely with our Country Program staff, primarily in francophone countries, and our Program Funding team in London and reporting to the WAA Program Development Manager, the responsibilities of this position fall under three main areas:

To support and/or lead the development and submission of funding proposals and reports to a range of institutional donors, mainly foundations and US government sources.

To support Country Programs (majority francophone) to implement funded projects, ensuring compliance to donor contract conditions and promoting best practices in contract management.

To work closely with WaterAid's country programs, and other WaterAid staff to build their capacity to explore, access and manage institutional funding. The latter involves tracking the monitoring of program implementation and expenditure and supporting the, evaluation of impact and report writing to donors.

This is an exceptional opportunity for someone who thrives in a collaborative, entrepreneurial environment and has the motivation and capability to develop their professional skills and gain significant experience in the WASH sector. The ideal candidate will possess experience and/or familiarity with international development issues and a commitment to WaterAid's mission and values. The selected candidate will be expected to travel domestically and internationally with varied work hours, including some evening and weekend commitments.

Duties & Responsibilities

Support the management and execution of the institutional funding cycle:
Communicate requirements to and manage timelines for funded proposals with WaterAid country program staff.
Support Country Program staff and partners in managing all aspects of grants and contracts, including advice and guidance on best practices, clarifying reporting requirements and timeframes, submission of payment requests etc.
Work with colleagues in the UK, Country Programs and respective Finance Departments to ensure sufficient capacity (staff, systems, skills) in place to effectively predict, record, and monitor income and expenditure.
Facilitate start-up workshops, as assigned, for new funding contracts and other capacity building activities to promote best practice in contract management.
Support Regional Team and Country Programs to prepare narrative and financial reports for submission to donors and to evaluate donor-funded programs.
Working closely with country program staff, develop work plans and budgets and continuously monitor that activities align with program expenditure throughout the duration of a grant.
Maintain communication with relevant stakeholders, providing updates on significant concerns, risks and issues affecting the management of donor contracts and broader relationships.
Attend meetings with Regional Teams to discuss and review funding related issues within the relevant region, as assigned. There are four regional offices: West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa and South Asia.

Support and lead, when assigned, in developing relationships with existing and prospective institutional funders by supporting Country Programs in implementing Funding Strategies in line with wider organizational funding strategies, targets and policies:
With Director of Development and Communications, Program Development Manager, Regional Team, Country Programs and other relevant teams, select suitable projects to offer donors.
Support Country Programs to prepare proposals and budgets within the required formats and to ensure internal sign-off as necessary.
Define roles and responsibilities with other relevant colleagues for submission of all new proposals and budgets and in contract management processes.
Conduct research on prospective foundations and government sources; identify prospects for funding annual and special campaign needs.
Communicate passionately about WaterAid's work while also presenting detailed project information that demonstrates our impact.


Bachelor's degree, preferably in international relations or development, or equivalent work experience. Advanced degree preferred.
At least 4+ years' experience in development, contract management or grant writing, preferably with a focus on international issues.
Advanced knowledge of Excel required.
Proficiency in French language preferred.
Demonstrated success managing institutional partnerships.
Ability to set short and long term objectives that support organizational goals.
Demonstrated oral and written communication and analytical skills.
Strong computer skills including MS Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel)
Excellent attention to detail and a willingness to support individuals at all levels.
Ability to manage a busy and varied workload, including multiple projects and deadlines, and think proactively and work independently, with limited supervision.
Positive and flexible approach to working in a busy, open office as part of a team

How to apply

Salary is commensurate with experience. WaterAid America, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks a diverse pool of candidates for this position. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to inquiries@wateraidamerica.org with your
name and "Development Officer" in the subject field by no later than August 31st.

Posted by sjadrich at August 13, 2013 11:57 AM


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