Programme Officer WASH

A healthy life.  It enables you to develop yourself socially and economically, take matters into your own hands and pursue your dreams. With good health, you can look after yourself and your family and lift yourself out of poverty. That is why Simavi works towards a healthy life for all.  We work to ensure that disadvantaged people, especially women and girls, in low- and middle-income countries practice healthy behaviours based on their own free and informed decisions.

We believe there are two crucial factors that determine good health and well-being: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Our integrated approach of these two expertise areas is reflected in our programmes to achieve the greatest impact possible for the most disadvantaged groups in Africa and Asia. Our communications, lobby and advocacy efforts aim to engage the general public and involve them in what we do.

Since 1925, we have been working with local partners, the private sector, knowledge institutes, donors, alliance partners and governments to realise our highest ambition. We are amongst others the lead NGO in the WASH SDG Consortium and the Golden Line programme. And we are member of the Watershed Alliance and the More than Brides Alliance.

In 2017, we have restructured our organisation. We introduced an agile style of working. Moving away from a hierarchical organisation into a ‘flat’ circles based organisation instead of departments. Each employee has one or more roles, which may vary in time. The roles are grouped into eight functional circles, each with a specific purpose and its responsibilities.

Simavi is looking for an experienced and energetic

Programme Officer WASH

(36 hours per week)

The challenge

Simavi is looking for a qualified and ambitious Programme Officer to join our Programme Implementation Circle to manage programmes,  projects and relations with partners based on Simavi’s Theory of Change, which incorporates both WASH and SRHR.

Within this team it will be your role to support our partner organisations mainly in WASH programmes in Kenya and Ghana, and ensure that the project results are achieved in respect to its targets and contribute to the overall programme results. It will be your responsibility to manage the contracts with these local partners and to perform the related project administration. At the same time you will support our local partners and in-country coordinator in facilitating capacity strengthening and learning trajectories, especially on gender and social inclusion and evidence-based advocacy and policy influencing.

Your main tasks and responsibilities

  1. Managing project and programme implementation to achieve the greatest impact possible
  • Assess applications by partners, both substantive technical and financial, based on Simavi’s policies and procedures.
  • Substantiated advise to Circle Lead and/or Programme Lead on approving programme applications from local partners.
  • Prepare contractual agreements with partners after approval of applications.
  • Manage projects and programmes in accordance with the agreed results and quality, time planning, budget and relation management.
  • Monitor and guide partners in the implementation of projects and programmes by assessing narrative and financial reports, work plans and budgets, timely signalling bottlenecks, communication on progress, preparing payments and when relevant organising research, support missions and evaluations.
  • Capacity assessment and strengthening of local partner organisations.
  • Conduct regular field visits to monitor project and programme progress and meet with partners, actively network with local relations, evaluate activities, facilitate workshops and training, and capture lessons learnt.
  • Fulfil reporting obligations to donors.
  • Close collaboration and support to Simavi local staff where available.
  1. (Co-)developing new projects and programmes
  • Contributes to the development and review of country strategies based on Simavi’s strategic plan and key priorities.
  • Actively networks with key stakeholders like partners, donors, consultants, other NGO’s, embassies, companies and governments both in the Netherlands as in-country.
  • Develops and maintains strategic partnerships.
  • Follows trends and signals new fundraising opportunities.
  • Contributes to the development of new concepts, and writing of project and programme proposals based on Simavi’s Theory of Change, where applicable in consultation with partners and other key stakeholders.
  1. Developing thematic and country expertise
  • Develop and maintain specific expertise on certain countries and assigned themes. And translates these to Simavi policies, strategic plans and (training) materials.
  • Provide input to programme proposals, communications and lobby trajectories on assigned expertise areas.
  • Technical assistance to programmes and partners.
  • Represent Simavi in forums relevant for these specific expertise areas, by actively participating in conferences, debates and meetings.

 Do you recognise yourself in this profile?

  • Academic level of education (master degree) in a relevant field
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant working experience in a comparable position, of which at least 1 year in a developing country (preferably in Kenya and/or Ghana)
  • Knowledge, experience or strong affinity with WASH sector, policy influencing, social accountability and/or gender and social inclusion
  • Experience with and knowledge of project cycle management, theory of change development, project administration, monitoring and evaluation as well as proposal development
  • Experience working with assessing and strengthening the capacity of local partner organisations and managing contacts with key-stakeholders
  • Excellent communications skills in English within a multicultural context
  • You are result-driven and entrepreneurial
  • You stand your ground and know how to provide feedback in a positive way
  • You are a team player and are open to others opinions and ideas
  • Eligible to work in the Netherlands

What do we offer?

Simavi offers a result-driven and challenging position in an international working environment, with considerable ways to make a difference. Besides a fun and healthy working environment (i.e. weekly boot camp sessions, agile way of working and healthy lunches), we are an equal opportunity employer meaning we don’t discriminate in our hiring practices and we actively seek a diverse applicant pool. Our five core values lie at the basis of everything we do: just, sustainable, empowering, inspiring, connecting.

We offer a contract for 1 year for 36 hours per week with possible extension. The salary we offer depends on the years of working experience you bring along and will be within the salary range of € 3.045.- and € 4.360.- gross per month for 36 hours per week (i.e. a fulltime contract).

Our office is located at Naritaweg 135, which is a 2 minutes’ walk from train station Amsterdam Sloterdijk.

How to apply?

Do you recognise yourself in the profile and do you want to contribute to Simavi’s mission and vision? Please upload your motivation letter and resume (in English, max. 4 pages) before 5 December 2018 via this application link:

Do you have questions about this position? Please contact Sara Ahrari (Programme Manager) via

Or visit our website: (Dutch) or (English).

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The procedure consists of 2 interview rounds, a case study and a reference check.

Because physical and emotional safety of children is crucial for Simavi, we do not accept any form of abuse. Child safeguarding is addressed in our recruitment and selection process.

Commercial inquiries or job postings are not appreciated or accepted regarding this vacancy.

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