Crisis Response WASH Advisor

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About FHI 360

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Crisis Response WASH Advisor


The Crisis Response Wash Advisor is a core member of the Crisis Response Team (CRT) and is one of the first staff members on the ground in humanitarian emergencies. They are responsible for developing and leading technical programming, and play a critical role in ensuring FHI360 emergency programming is responsive to the needs of disaster-affected populations. They also ensure that activities are evidence-based and adhere to technical standards for the field.  As circumstances demand, the advisor will engage at all stages of an emergency, from the initial acute phase through to transition and recovery, and will support technical programs from assessment and conception through close-out and evaluation. Based in Washington DC, the incumbent will be expected to deploy to the field for 70-80% of work time, often to austere and/or insecure locations with minimal infrastructure or amenities. 

Job Summary / Responsibilities

  • Deploy and lead FHI 360 WASH activities in emergencies, from conception through implementation and onward to the transition phase, ensuring programming exceeds established quality criteria and technical standards.
  • Conduct technical assessments on availability and access to water and sanitation facilities in crisis-affected communities.
  • Provide technical guidance on appropriate emergency activities, and devise sector-specific response strategies for the acute and transitional phases of emergency operations.
  • Assist with resource mobilization by designing, drafting, and reviewing concept notes and technical proposals for emergency operations and related programming, as required.
  • During deployments, act as “Officer in Charge” for field operations in the absence of the team leader.
  • Develop partnerships and ensure effective coordination with local and international organizations operating in the WASH sector and attend regional cluster meetings.
  • Manage emergency WASH program budgets, as assigned, including routine expense forecasting and pipeline analysis.
  • Determine staffing needs for emergency programming, conduct recruitment in collaboration with management and home office technical staff, as necessary.
  • Manage field personnel supporting emergency WASH programming.


  • Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent ** Or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience sufficient to successfully perform the key responsibilities of the job.  
  • Minimum 8 years experience in managing WASH programming in emergencies, including first-phase response operations; experience working in Urban and camp-based contexts preferred.
  • Demonstrable experience designing and leading technical assessments, including inspection of water distribution infrastructure, as well as cultural practices associated with hygiene and sanitation.
  • Skilled in developing responsive, evidence-based program designs, including costing & budget development. Knowledge of USAID/OFDA proposal guidelines essential.
  • Experience coordinating complex emergency WASH programs with wide variety of stakeholders; experience as cluster co-lead desirable.
  • Experience identifying & managing private-sector contractors tasked with infrastructure construction or rehabilitation.
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills required. French or Arabic language skills advantageous.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360's Career Center for a list of all open positions.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.


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