Programme Manager, Water and Sanitation

Stockholm, Sweden
Application deadline: 2022-10-15

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is looking for an experienced Programme Manager to work on different water and sanitation programs at the global level.

 SIWI is a policy institute that generates knowledge and informs decision-making towards a water wise world. SIWI conducts research, builds institutional capacity, and provides advisory services to water decision-makers and practitioners in emerging and developing economies. Our expertise relates to multi-level governance of shared water resources and sustainable delivery of water and services. We work on the linkages of water with sectors such as climate, food and energy and at multiple scales in countries, cities, rural communities and along river basins. SIWI organises the World Water Week in Stockholm - the leading annual global meeting place on water and development issues – and hosts the Stockholm Water Prize and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

 About the Department and related programs:

 The Water and Sanitation Department implements programs in the areas of water and sanitation service delivery, and also conducts several activities in coordination with the water resources department, with the aim to contribute to achieve sustainable and resilient water and sanitation services. Accountability for Sustainability  is a partnership with UNICEF aimed to improve governance as a means to increase sustainability of water supply and sanitation services. The partnership includes a global program and two dedicated regional programs for Latin America and Middle East and North Africa. Only in 2021, SIWI supported over 25 countries in different regions of the world through this program, also covering countries in SubSaharan Africa and East Asia. These programs provide on demand support to regional and country offices, including in water and sanitation enabling environment analyses and related action planning (e.g., WASH Bottleneck Analysis) and for the integration of water scarcity and climate resilience into water and sanitation programming. Another program, the City Water Resilience Approach, is working to better understand and plan for water resilience at city level. GO-WATER (Building Governance Capacity for Improved Water Security) is a capacity development programme that aims to make policy impact at systemic level through more effective water sector institutions,. The Department also conducts research studies and capacity building oriented initiatives.

 Description of the position:

The assignment is a full-time position. The Manager will be responsible for implementation and development of water governance related projects in relation to resilient water supply and sanitation. This includes managerial functions, as well as capacity building, technical support and advice on governance related to water supply and sanitation issues; responsible for project development and development of methodologies, tools and knowledge products. 

 The main duties of the Program Manager will include the following:

 § The Manager will support UNICEF to deliver sustainable, climate resilient WASH programs, through support on climate risk analysis and related action planning.

§ The Manager will support UNICEF in the operationalization of the Sanitation Game Plan, with specific focus on the development and implementation of climate resilient sanitation strategies and programs.

§ The Manager will contribute to the implementation of other programs in the water and sanitation department, with a focus on climate resilience.

§ The Manager will mainly support SIWI’s portfolio in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, although specific support in MENA and LAC may be also requested.

§ The Manager will contribute to evidence generation and knowledge management in all programs.


Within the assignment, the Program manager will:

§ Contribute to the thematic development of SIWI’s portfolio in the areas of resilient water supply and sanitation

§ Develop and/or contribute to the development of knowledge products, training materials, methodologies, tools, and research

§ Organize and facilitate workshops / trainings as needed.

§ Identify and develop relationships with national and regional partners

§ Provide technical support and advisory services to support water governance processes to countries and to SIWI partners as per demand

§ Identification, and development of project proposals and strategic partnerships

§ Responsible for financial and administrative oversight and results reporting of the programs in charge of.

§ Represent SIWI in international fora, as appropriate.

§ Contribute to internal knowledge management and collaboration with other SIWI departments.

 The Manager will work within the Water and Sanitation Department and collaborate with other departments at SIWI, as necessary for the different assignments. The programme Manager will be supervised by the Water and Sanitation Department Director.

 Required skills and competencies:

  • Experience of working with water governance in relation to water supply and sanitation at local, national, and international level.
  • Experience of working with global climate change and disaster risk reduction processes. Solid understanding of environmental and climate policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.
  • Experience in applying knowledge to climate policy-related decisions and advice.
  • Experience of working on safely managed sanitation, covering the full sanitation chain. Solid understanding of the linkages between sanitation and climate change, in relation to both adaptation and mitigation strategies.
  • Experience of working with capacity development, stakeholder facilitation, institutional strengthening, and policy development.
  • Strong managerial skills, including: planning, budgeting and risk management; managing external and internal relations; coordinating a number of programme partners;
  • Experience in applied research will be an asset.
  • Good drafting, communication and interpersonal skills are basic requirements
  •  Ability to function effectively as part of a team
  • Commitment to, and agreement with SIWI´s core values and vision. 

 Education and work experience:

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in relevant Social or Natural / Engineering Sciences.
  • PhD in relevant topic is preferred.
  • 8-12 years of experience working with policy development and implementation of water and sanitation services in emerging and developing economies contexts.
  • 3 years of experience working with sanitation and/or climate change issues


Language skills:

·       Proficiency in English is required

·       Good level of French/Portuguese or Spanish will be a strong asset.

·       Knowledge of other global languages will be desirable.

Availability to travel

·       Ability and willingness to travel and be part of short-term missions is required (up to 30% of the time)

 Duty Station

  • The full-time position will be based at the Stockholm International Water Institute headquarters office in Stockholm. Holders of a working permit in South Africa will be eligible to work from the SIWI Africa Regional Centre in Pretoria. Holders of a working permit in Jordan will be eligible to work from the SIWI MENA office in Jordan. Other duty stations in Europe might be considered if the applicant holds a valid working permit. 


Duration of contract

The position is a 15 months contract, subject to renewal upon good performance and availability of funds.

Starting date: January 2023

How to apply for the position

·       Please submit a CV and cover letter in English by 15th October 2022



Contact person

Ricard Giné

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