Organization: CARE USA
Closing date: 9 Jul 2021

CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. These solutions have a broad range, from clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us, and fight with CARE.

CARE is committed to meeting the urgent lifesaving needs of women, men, girls, and boys affected by disasters and conflict, consistent with CARE's humanitarian mandate. Humanitarian and emergency response are core to CARE's programming and global identity in fighting poverty and strengthening CARE's global capacity to deliver high-quality programming in key technical sectors with a focus on women and girls.

The WASH Specialist within the Humanitarian Affairs team is an important part of the Strategic Framework functions, who will provide in-country and remote support to CARE’s WASH programs, will lead on WASH knowledge management and represent CARE in external forums as needed. Because of the nature of the work, demands are fast-paced and unpredictable. This position requires an individual who is very flexible, provides expertise and technical leadership, and who works well within a dynamic and diverse team.

We are seeking a strong candidate who has proven experience and expertise in WASH engineering and hygiene promotion in the WASH sector. Due to varying in needs in our emergency responses, the successful candidate should possess the ability and an interest in deploying quickly, and often, to provide both support in a generalist WASH role and specifically on WASH engineering and/or hygiene promotion. Additional proactive/strategic work will be a feature of non-deployment time. Experience in integrating gender equality considerations into humanitarian interventions is also required.

The WASH Specialist will maintain close engagement with regional and country offices to understand their challenges, help identify viable solutions, coordinate solutions from across the organization, provide support & guidance to address the challenges so that country teams can deliver on their humanitarian commitments. The role also supports the delivery of continuous improvement, in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders of WASH humanitarian assistance which is the second largest area without CARE's overall humanitarian assistance.

The person in this role will collaborate with the respective CARE USA's units/departments, CARE Member Partners (CMPs), Regional Management Units (RMUs), and country office (CO) teams to provide timely support to CARE's humanitarian response. The position reports directly to the Director Humanitarian Response and acts as an active team member who works closely and in collaboration with other team members, especially Cash and Markets, and Food, Nutrition, and livelihoods.


  • Program quality and technical support in WASH
  • Provide surge support to country offices as needed
  • Capacity building and fundraising for WASH humanitarian assistance
  • Internal and external representation
  • Communication, documentation, and sharing of learnings and good practices
  • Undertake additional responsibilities as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the field of humanitarian WASH and global humanitarian organization
  • Excellent capacity building, coaching, and training skills for humanitarian response teams
  • Language: excellent written and spoken English is essential

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