Project Director, WASH


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Project Director, WASH

Position Description

START DATE: December 2013

PSI is a leading global health organization with programs in WASH, malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives.

PSI's core values are a belief in making markets work for the poor; results and a strong focus on measurement; speed and efficiency with a predisposition to action and an aversion to bureaucracy; decentralization and empowering our staff at the local level; and a long term commitment to the people we serve. PSI has programs in 67 countries. For more information, please visit

PSI seeks a Project Director for an anticipated multi-country WASH project. This position will lead a project implementation team in Washington DC and up to six country programs. The Project Director will provide strategic leadership, and technical assistance in areas including WASH program design and implementation, business and marketing support, quality assurance and act as the primary donor liaison.

The Project Director should have an entrepreneurial spirit and significant leadership, management and international development experience, including with market-based approaches to development and with water, sanitation and hygiene and/or environmental health programs. This position is based in Washington DC with approximately 25% international travel and will report to the Deputy Director of Malaria and Child Survival.

*Contingent on Funding


• Oversee the design and implementation of a multi-country, comprehensive WASH project focused on social marketing, social franchising and market development approaches.
• Provide expertise in developing and scaling up sustainable business models for water, sanitation and hygiene, including research on existing markets and barriers to growth.
• Provide effective guidance, mentorship and support to technical members of the in-country management teams and staff assigned to the project.
• Develop and implement processes and materials for sharing lessons learned about tools, approaches and models, so that these lessons can be used in future WASH programs.
• Develop country specific implementation plans including timelines and assigned roles and responsibilities.
• Ensure all project deliverables, as stated in the donor contract, and/or agreed separately with the donor, are achieved on time and to the highest standard.
• Monitor project expenditure (with support from PSI/DC) and manage the overall budget.
• Manage sub-contract development and negotiations; coordinate partner activities and monitor performance against agreed deliverables in sub contracts.
• Influence the context in which PSI works in WASH through representation at relevant technical working groups, conferences, workshops, and policy-oriented forums using appropriate media.
• Represent PSI at relevant donor meetings.


• A Master’s degree in a relevant field; MBA preferred.
• At least 8 years of experience designing, implementing and managing large, complex projects in/for developing countries, including managing a team, preferably in Africa or Asia.
• At least 4 years developing, implementing, and managing market-based approaches in developing countries.
• Previous experience with DFID
• Prior experience working with finance and/or business development agencies to develop financial products and to deliver business development services preferred
• Excellent management skills
• Willingness to travel approximately 25% during the life of the program.
• Fluency in English required; French preferred
• The successful candidate will be a creative, innovative and strategic thinker, and will have: excellent communication, analytical, organizational, interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; a passion for private sector approaches to development; and proven ability to produce results.


• Exempt
• Level 5

Please apply online at No calls or emails please.

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

(Attached you will find the full description in PDF format).

[Posted by Hector]
Posted by a member of the SuSanA secretariat held by the GIZ Sector Program Water Policy – Innovations for Resilience
Located at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Bonn, Germany
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