Sector Leader Water

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Sector Leader Water

Kathmandu, Nepal
Contract type: International employment contract

Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation, working in Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

Job Description

SNV’s WASH initiatives in both a rural and an urban context will provide access to improved drinking water services and/or improved sanitary facilities for 5 million people from 2019 to 2022. Access to water and sanitation is a human right, and we work with local governments to realise that right in their area, aiming at area-wide services. Our work improves environmental health by reducing pathways for disease transmission, and reduces both untreated human waste and wastewater.

Long-term sustainability lies at the core of our work. We strengthen public governance around WASH services, support institutional changes and capacity, develop financially viable services, and improve asset management of existing WASH infrastructure. This includes strengthening the roles of civil society and the private sector in advocacy and operation, as well as promoting sector and stakeholder dialogue and reflection about changing needs and standards in the light of increasing urbanisation and the Sustainable Development Goals.

SNV Nepal was our first office in Asia, commencing in 1980. Since then we have directly impacted the lives of people in some of the poorest districts of the country. Currently we operate in 4 of 7 provinces across Nepal. The primary office is based in Kathmandu, with project offices in provinces. SNV’s WASH sector in Nepal presently has four major projects under implementation, encompassing both rural and urban sanitation, WASH in health care facilities and rural water. Our work is aligned with the development priorities of the government of Nepal and integrates the strengthening of the new federal structure at federal, provincial and local level.

SNV seeks a talented, entrepreneurial, result oriented and proven professional who will work with the country team to further build on SNVs high quality WASH programme. We encourage passionate professionals looking to influence the sector. Under guidance of the global sector, developing the transition from WASH to a broader water sector in the country.

The WASH Sector Leader;

  1. Is responsible for the overall quality of WASH programme content, business development, resource mobilisation, and steering the quality of technical advisory services, SNV WASH programmes in country;
  2. Is responsible for donor reporting and relations in country;
  3. Will enhance the quality and visibility of our WASH programmes and position SNV within the national WASH sector; and
  4. Assumes the role of in-country Project Manager for the USHHD (Urban Sanitation and Hygiene for Health and Development) project in Nepal.

The WASH Sector Leader reports directly to the Country Director and collaborates closely with the WASH global sector team.

  • Strategic Leadership: develop country level WASH strategy aligned to corporate WASH frameworks;
  • Advisory Services: lead complex assignments, set benchmarks for results, and monitor quality of advisory services of the WASH sector team;
  • Programme Management: deliver effective development results, planning and monitoring, financial management, and donor reporting;
  • Business Development: develop proposals and secure funding for innovative WASH programmes;
  • People Management: lead, manage, and coach the team of SNV advisors, local capacity builders and consultants;
  • Monitoring & Evaluation: ensure uniform understanding and practice in planning, reporting, monitoring, and evaluation of WASH programmes in line with SNV’s internal frameworks;
  • Representation & Promotion: develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders to improve SNV’s market position and actively participate in external and internal networks;
  • Knowledge and learning: Facilitate learning, documentation and evidence based knowledge development in collaboration with SNV’s global team and partners;
  • Relationship Management: ensure quality donor relationship management related to ongoing and new programmes/projects.
  • Contribute to SNV as a member of the Country Management Team.


  • Relevant advanced academic qualification in WASH or related field;
  • 7+ years of relevant experience in WASH service delivery including at least 3 years in a management role;
  • A thorough understanding of the aspects influencing sustainable WASH service delivery beyond the community level.
  • International work experience in-country and the ability to effectively manage a team of advisors in a multi-cultural setting;
  • Strong background in resource mobilisation; demonstrated programme design, proposal writing, business development, and international donor relationship management;
  • Proven track record in project management, specifically in project planning, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and financial management for large scale comprehensive projects;
  • Established WASH networks and strong relationship management skills;


  • Interest to collaborate, contribute to and learn from peers in SNV’s global WASH network;
    Proficiency in English speaking, reading and writing required;
  • The successful candidate will be a self-motivated achiever with excellent intercultural
  • leadership, teamwork, coaching, communication, networking and organisational skills.

Additional information

Contract Type: 0.8-1.0 FTE
Contract Duration: 1 years with a strong possibility for extension
Expected Start Date: April/May 2022
Information Duty Station: Kathmandu, Nepal
Travel to Projects: In-country approximately 20% (Covid Permitting)

Working at SNV

SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and international working environment. Our staff benefits from, and contribute to, an internal and global network of experts. For more information, please visit our website:

How to apply?

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and letter of motivation by 4th May 2022 by clicking on the link: I’m interested.

We will require that you provide us with the full details of three people who are willing to act as a reference. We will not contact these references without your explicit permission.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should SNV wish to proceed with your application, two interviews with a Selection Committee will take place.

SNV is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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