Head of Programmes - Pakistan

Sagheera Bibi, 43, helping her kids wash hands with soap in her house in the village of Buland Shah Wala, Union Council, Jhalarain, District Muzaffargarh, Province Punjab, Pakistan, April 2018.


It’s hard to believe that today 844 million people do not have clean water and 2.3 billion do not have a decent toilet – around one in three of the world’s population. Every two minutes a child under five dies from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. 

WaterAid is looking for Head of Programmes to play a vital role in our mission to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere by 2030.

Working within the Programmes Team, you will:

  • Design and lead programs in line with the country strategy to ensure maximum impact and effectiveness and transformational change at scale
  • Provide direction to Programme Managers Rural and Urban for effective integration of programmatic and advocacy work.
  • Initiate challenging and innovative programmes and ensure learning is applied for improved programme effectiveness and external influencing
  • Lead the integration of strategic themes, cross cutting issues, and implementation of global programme frameworks, policies, and standards throughout the organisation, and ensure that all programmes (at state or regional levels) are aligned with these
  • Ensure that any contractual requirements related to donor funded programmes/projects are fully committed to by all involved, effectively monitored and evaluated, and that appropriate plans for meeting them are made.
  • Along with the Country Director and Manager Policy and Advocacy, represent WaterAid in relationships with senior decision-makers to persuasively advocate for WaterAid’s change agenda
  • Manage and monitor expenditure against budgets for strategic and annual plans in the programme, adhering to financial guidelines, ensuring value for money, and acting as appropriate within delegated authorities
  • Manage the performance and development of staff to create and maintain an effective, motivated team

To be successful, you’ll need to have:

  • Post-graduate degree in social sciences, WASH, or development economics.
  • Proven experience of developing and leading programmes that deliver transformational change through the integration of learning
  • Very strong strategic planning skills with demonstrated experience 
  • Proven experience of developing diverse donors’ successful funding proposals
  • Demonstrated ability to build collaborative partnerships and alliances for effective programme development and implementation 
  • Knowledge of policy and advocacy networks and social movements in Pakistan and the South Asia region
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
  • In depth understanding of the WASH sector in Pakistan, key sector stakeholders and critical blockages
  • Understanding of rights based approaches to development and how they might apply to the WASH sector in Pakistan

Find the job description below for full details of the role.

We’re looking for people who share a commitment to our vision. We’re looking for people with an appreciation and respect for different people and ideas, and the energy and expertise to help tackle the most important challenges.

In return, you can expect to get inspiration from the change you help make happen, a sense of belonging and the feeling of being part of a global community. You will also experience stimulation and fulfilment, the chance to grow, and space to be yourself at your best. This is our pledge to you.

If you are interested in the position and have the right skills and attributes, apply through visiting http://wateraid.rozee.pk

Please note: to apply for this role you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in Pakistan.

WaterAid is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We particularly encourage applications from women who are underrepresented at this level in the organisation. 

Only candidates shortlisted for interviewing will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date for applications.