Mid-Level Program WASH Specialist

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



District of Columbia
United States


Macfadden seeks a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Specialist to support USAID’s Office Food for Peace (USAID/FFP). FFP administers multi-sectoral programming that include Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) interventions that seek to address the underlying causes of hunger and malnutrition in vulnerable populations. This is accomplished through interventions targeting WASH for health (e.g. potable water, sanitation, WASH behavior change), as well as broader water for livelihoods (e.g. expanding water for agriculture and other income generating activities). WASH activities within the FFP portfolio lie primarily within the 15+ country development portfolio, commonly as rural water supply, operations and maintenance (O&M); multi-level governance and capacity building; demand-driven sanitation; and hygiene behavior change. Within the emergency portfolio, FFP administers a relatively limited scope of WASH interventions, often as cash or food for asset (CFA/FFA) activities aimed at construction or rehabilitation of community water retention and storage assets.

As a member of the FFP Food Security Team, the WASH Specialist will provide technical support to FFP partners and Missions. The primary purpose of the technical support is to enhance and strengthen FFP and its awardees’ technical capacity to incorporate WASH considerations in the performance of development and emergency food security programs, working closely with Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) and Public International Organizations (PIOs).  The selected candidate will take direction from the current FFP WASH Advisors and be assigned to the FFP Food Security Team within the Technical, Learning and Planning Division. The successful candidate will review WASH designs and indicators, analyze the WASH outcomes of programs, respond to taskers, and prepare and present reports and studies related to FFP emergency and development programs.

The selected candidate will be a member of a diverse and interdisciplinary FFP team, working with a variety of clients, including FFP global, technical, policy, knowledge management, and activity design, teams; technical and implementation partners, USAID Missions, and Regional Offices. Therefore, it is extremely important for the candidate to be a strong team player, have a strong client-based service orientation, be able to translate complex scientific concepts into easily understandable language, and be sensitive to timely delivery of high quality outputs.

Essential Functions:

  • Review WASH plans for FFP activities, and provide concise and realistic advice and recommendations for improvements.
  • Coordinate with FFP field missions and partners to provide technical support to strengthen FFP partner WASH activities.
  • Provide technical support to FFP staff in Washington and country Missions as they develop and implement country-level WASH plans; support analysis of report findings.
  • Keep abreast of trends in WASH; apply knowledge to improve FFP’s overall programming.
  • Support design and facilitation of WASH workshops in developing countries.
  • Update and manage information and knowledge management systems, provide desk research and reviews on request.
  • International travel as needed to provide direct in-country support to FFP field staff and FFP implementing partners.


  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum 8 year’s demonstrated experience; or Master’s degree with minimum 6 years’ demonstrated experience; Degree and/or specialization in a relevant field, preferably in civil and/or environmental engineering, environmental science/health, public health, or closely related WASH/Water discipline.
  • Minimum 6 years’ of progressively responsible, professional-level experience related to activity design, evaluation, and/or implementation.
  • Familiarity with USAID policies, processes, and guidelines highly desirable.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience working on WASH issues related to food security/economic growth/nutrition.
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations, often in rural/marginal areas of developing countries.
  • Experience providing technical guidance/advice on WASH programming, preferably in developing countries.
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methodologies commonly used in rural development and humanitarian activities, and activity design steps and processes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated ability to provide accurate reporting.
  • Ability to prepare ad hoc reports, project documentation, and briefing papers.
  • Demonstrated experience working in multi-cultural and interdisciplinary teams with a strong work ethic.
  • Willingness to learn and adapt to new challenges, priorities, and environments.
  • Ability to think analytically and to problem-solve.
  • Ability to work in high-pressure environments and manage multiple projects under tight deadlines.

U.S. Citizenship is required; selected candidate must be able to qualify for a government sponsored clearance.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree