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 Water Sanitation & Hygiene Adviser
 DFID India

 Location: New Delhi
 Last Date: July 15, 2011
Contract type : Fixed Term (3yrs)


Reference: DFIDJOB-0080

Closing date: 15 July 2011

Interview date: Not Specified

Number of vacancies: 1

Salary: - Please refer to the job description

Location: New Delhi, India

Appointment Terms: Three years, with an option to extend subject to agreed business need.

Working Arrangements: Full time

Specific requirements: Staff Appointed in Country (SAIC)

Brief description: The role of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Adviser is both challenging and rewarding. It involves technical leadership; effective communication and policy influencing, team working, and provides experience across a range of programme and policy.

General description

Despite India’s rapid economic growth, there are still substantial development challenges in the poorer parts of India. DFID India is responsible for a programme of development cooperation with Indian partners worth £280 million per year. Focused mainly on the states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, and West Bengal, the programme includes work in health, education, governance, infrastructure, rural livelihoods, and urban development. In all these areas, we focus particularly on women and girls. A new programme of work to support private sector development to deliver jobs, products, infrastructure and basic services is being designed. There is an innovative cross-departmental unit on climate change housed within DFID.

DFID India works in partnership with government, international organisations, civil society and private sector. The 90 staff based in our New Delhi office (co-location with the British High Commission is planned for 2012) work with the Government of India on nationwide programmes, and with governments in a number of states with particular poverty needs. The State Offices provide support and local knowledge.

Sanitation is a key development priority in India. More than 600 million people practice open defecation. Diarrhoea is the second biggest killer of children in India, killing 1000 children every day. Poor sanitation also plays a significant role in respiratory infections and the poor nutritional status of young children.
While India is officially on-track to reach the water MDG target, the majority of the poorest people in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa do not have access to a safe and reliable water service. Groundwater in major parts of DFID’s partner States is prone to arsenic, fluoride, or bacteriological contamination. Periods of drought and a rising population mean that a high proportion of existing tubewells run empty, particularly in the dry months. Climate change will compound this challenge.

In India, DFID is supporting rural WASH outcomes in a number of ways. The bulk of our WASH support is technical assistance to improve planning and implementation capacity amongst national and state government partners. Direct support is through partnerships with state governments to help deliver a range of health outcomes. We now aim to scale up significantly the water, sanitation and hygiene components of these programmes.  Indirect support is through our financial assistance to international agencies like UNICEF, the World Bank-administered Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP) and WaterAid (registered in India as the Jal Seva Charitable Foundation).

Globally, DFID’s approach to WASH is led by the Infrastructure Cadre of advisers. The work of the Infrastructure Cadre is structured around the following themes:

  1. Infrastructure to support shared and sustainable growth
  2. Pro-poor infrastructure service delivery;
  3. Infrastructure provision for state building;
  4. Infrastructure and climate change;

DFID India will contribute around over 20% of DFID’s total results on sanitation and nearly 10% of results on water in next four years.  As a WASH Adviser you will play a critical role in delivering this commitment, as well as influencing policy both in India and within DFID.  You will have responsibility for leading a range of strategic WASH tasks with national and state level programme partners.    You will lead and co-ordinate/oversee WASH projects, and provide high quality inputs to other programmes – particularly in urban development, education and private sector.  You will share learning on WASH effective strategies with colleagues working on other behaviour change initiatives (eg in nutrition).

DFID India has a reputation for corporate excellence.  A high value is placed on good financial management, efficient systems, and clear communication.



The role of WASH Adviser is both challenging and rewarding.  It involves technical leadership; effective communication and policy influencing, team working, and provides experience across a range of programme and policy.

Major responsibilities are:

  • Lead design, implementation and acceleration of WASH in DFID’s three State health programmes with a clear focus on results and achieving high Value for Money.
  • Contribute high quality WASH advice to programmes led by other specialists e.g. urban development, education.
  • Conduct discrete pieces of analysis to develop in depth DFID understanding of WASH sector challenges and opportunities, including on research and innovation, and to inform and influence DFID strategies.
  • Lead DFID India’s engagement on specific WASH policy, research and evidence themes particularly on the needs of women and girls, and results-based approaches to hygiene outcomes; and ensure that DFID India’s strategy is regularly discussed with DFID HQ and the DFID Research Consortium on sanitation and hygiene (SHARE) housed at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
  • Develop and maintain networks with government, civil society, the private sector and external support agencies through high level policy dialogue, regular and systematic networking, practical programme collaboration and information sharing.
  • Undertake personal and skill development to maintain high quality competencies and knowledge.


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