New Jobs at WaterAid


Title: Head Of Programs 

Deadline: 8th July 2024

Location: Dar Es Salaam – Tanzania

Want to use your skills, knowledge and experience in programming to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere? 

We need passionate, creative and dedicated people. In return, you will be encouraged and empowered to be yourself at your very best. Together, we will make a bigger difference. 


Join WaterAid as a Head of Programs to change normal for millions of people so they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good. 

Job purpose 

The Head of Programs provide the overall strategic, technical leadership and oversight on all aspects of strategy, programming in water, sanitation and hygiene and public health programmes and projects of the Country Program. 

The position plays a vital role in strategic planning, system thinking, representation in the sector, demonstrating political and contextual analysis for adaptive programming and visionary to anticipate WASH future trends whilst strategically leading and guiding WaterAid to influence change in the sector. 

S/he is responsible for program planning and design, partner support, oversight of program quality including adherence to WaterAid technical standards, and donor guidelines, while fostering innovation to improve effectiveness and impact. This will include contributing to strategic business development leading start-ups and new programs, working to draw in the resource and expertise required for success. The role enhances WaterAid’s existing portfolio of programs and partnerships, closely working with Policy and Advocacy and diverse expertise to design and showcase WaterAid’s service delivery models, and innovation with the aim of influencing for wider and transformational change in support of WaterAid’s vision and strategy. This role will support government and donor engagements, scoping of donors at local, regional, and global level, to identify fundraising opportunities; liaise with the Head of Business Development and other staff involved in fund acquisition to produce specific documents for fundraising. 

The Head of Programs is a member of the Senior Management Team and reports directly to the Country Director. The Incumbent will work with various stakeholders including programme, thematic heads, Regional and global colleagues, policy teams alongside our partners

To be successful, you will need the following:

  • Master’s degree or higher, preferably in a discipline directly or closely related to WASH, such as Water Resources, Engineering, Development Management, or Public Health.
  • Minimum fifteen (15) years professional experience and at least seven (7) of which should be in a senior management position in reputed international or national non -governmental Organization (NGO). 
  • At least 5 years proven experience of leading development, planning, growth, and implementation of programs that deliver transformational change through systems strengthening, advocacy and influencing, partnerships, gender equality and inclusion,
  •  Experience managing WASH projects and programs and budgets, experience with market-based solutions, urban WASH, and/or results-based financing would be a strong advantage. 
  • Knowledge and experience of the WASH sector, understanding sector trends, regulations, and best practices, national and international development issues, including experience working with key WASH sector donors. 
  • Understanding of rights-based approaches to development and how they apply to the WASH sector in Tanzania. 

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