Regional Director - Africa

Water For People is a global nonprofit working across nine countries, bringing together communities, local entrepreneurs, and governments to build and maintain water and sanitation services that will last. We have a sustainable solution to end the global water and sanitation crisis, and our employees around the world help drive this solution.

About the Position

Water For People is seeking an exceptional individual to become the next Regional Director of Africa. This role is ultimately responsible for managing all aspects of Water For People’s work on the continent. Leading a team of leaders, the appointed candidate will ensure that Water For People’s 2017-2021 Strategic Plan is successfully implemented while providing support to Country Directors as they deliver work in-country and develop country plans that are aligned with the global strategy and policies.

Operationally, the Regional Director is responsible for ensuring there is effective management of resources (funds, people and equipment) and open information flows required for resource mobilization and fundraising, as well as guaranteeing that offices follow appropriate systems for financial, program and human resource management. This role also leads on scale and learning initiatives and manages a wide range of external relationships, in particular those with remit across the region. Importantly, this person will be key in the role as liaison between Water For People HQ in Denver, Colorado and the three country programs of Uganda, Rwanda, and Malawi. The position will be based in Uganda, Rwanda, or Malawi. UK nationals who prefer to be based in the UK and are willing to travel significantly to serve in the RD Africa role will also be considered. Applicants who are local nationals of the countries where Water For People work (Malawi, Rwanda, and Uganda) are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will have a track record of success in program management with an emphasis on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in Africa as well as an understanding of technical, social and institutional issues relating to WASH specific advocacy, education and community development in Africa. Ideally, the candidate will have a deep understanding of and experience with: community, public and private finance in enabling service delivery; market-based approaches to deliver services and development of entrepreneurs; and replication and scaling-up of businesses (including social enterprises) and public-private partnerships.

Water For People is a global nonprofit working across nine countries to achieve lasting quality water and sanitation services. Sustained access to these services improves health and education and drives economic productivity – especially for women and girls. Water For People empowers local governments, community members, and service providers to invest in the long-term solutions and systems that are right for them. We ensure that every community will have lasting access to safe water and sanitation for generations to come – we call this impact model Everyone Forever.


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This role closes on Thursday, September 28th, 2017.


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