Technical Advisor WASH

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS' relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Job Summary

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Within CRS the Humanitarian Response Department (HRD) provides leadership and support to CRS emergency programming. The HRD strengthens CRS' impact through high quality, innovative programs; improved technical and management capacity at the field level; and active engagement in global efforts to promote excellence and learning in humanitarian response. The HRD has technical staff who support emergency program planning, rapid response, and capacity strengthening of staff and partners worldwide. The WASH TA will enhance the WASH capacity of CRS globally, by providing on the ground and remote technical guidance to humanitarian response and recovery programming.

The WASH TA will provide technical advice and support to a range of program design and implementation issues in the area of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to Country Program (CP) teams to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. The TA WASH's advice, knowledge, and support will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS' WASH programming is across the globe.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the development and contribute to the implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards, tools and best practices in Humanitarian WASH settings as well as in recovery, and other WASH programs/responses as necessary that effectively engage partners, donors, and governments. Help ensure a cross-sectoral approach integrating gender, protection mainstreaming, and disaster risk reduction.
  • Provide technical solutions to CP teams, remotely and on-site, for strategic planning and how to best apply standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools and M&E, helping to ensure high-quality implementation.
  • Contribute to, and in some cases lead, the development of the technical design for proposals. Support the process of preparation, design, submission and approval of project concepts and full-fledged proposals. As needed, act as a technical writer on proposal development teams. Advise project teams on integrating donor strategies, priorities and technical requirements into CRS' approach.
  • Support capacity strengthening initiatives in WASH programming for staff and partner through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and coaching.
  • Collect and analyze program data, capture and share lessons learned and best practices for specific projects to facilitate improvements in decision-making and contribute to the WASH learning agenda.
  • Contribute to maintaining relationships with donors, peer organizations, research and other institutions, participate in forums in the area of WASH to collect and share best practices and promote CRS' work. The TA will also look for research and innovation opportunities, especially around water supply and its financing aspects, fecal sludge management, community engagement and overall effectiveness of WASH programs.
  • The TA I-WASH must be able to;
    • Design appropriate hardware systems through technical drawings and BOQ's for both water supply systems/schemes with strategies that incorporates water quality surveillance systems.
    • Design innovative sanitation solutions (excreta management solutions that always considers Fecal sludge Management stages, waste water treatment and solid waste management solutions).
    • Design appropriate Hygiene Promotion and Community Engagement activities complementary and supportive to relevant hardware implementations (Vector Control, MMH and Environmental Health solutions) using as much as possible tools such as Base and End line KAP surveys to determine approaches.
  • Integrates WASH with Shelter activities whenever possible.
  • Use market-based program approaches to resolve WASH needs when appropriate.
  • Support HRD WASH Team in consolidating minimum WASH requirements for emergencies and WASH strategy and guidelines for use by CRS agency wide.
  • Designs and develops strategic trainings for CRS and partner emergency program staff in collaboration with relevant members of the HRD and other WASH professionals in the agency as well as externally.
  • Identify WASH training needs and requirements for emergency program staff in country programs, regions and HQ and lead the design and facilitation of the training

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements

Education and Experience

  • Master's Degree in Water and Sanitation Engineering, Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Environmental Engineering, Public Health or a related field to program area is required.
    • Minimum of three years relevant work experience with progressive responsibilities (advisory and management), ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of two years relevant field-based experience in managing WASH programs. Five years or more work and field experience preferred.
    • Knowledge of technical principles and concepts in WASH. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
    • Experience in project design and proposal development. Experience in writing content for proposals.
    • Knowledge of capacity strengthening best practices.
    • Experience with program monitoring and evaluation and analysis.
    • Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
    • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.
    • Familiarity with current standards and guidelines for water supply, sanitation and hygiene in humanitarian emergency response, in particular SPHERE Standards.
    • Good understanding of and experience coordinating with the WASH Cluster mechanism in humanitarian crises.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings
  • Good strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
  • Good technical writing skills
  • Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented

Required/Desired Foreign Language

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English required, and French preferred.
  • Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese are advantageous.

Travel Required: 50%

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: None

Internal: HRD team members, PIQA WASH staff, DRD PQs, field based WASH staff, Heads of Programs, PIQA health staff.

External: Local and international NGOs involved in emergency support, cluster leads, partners, donors, research institutions and private sector companies, as appropriate.

Agency-wide Competencies

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship