- Develop and implement a 12 month (2015) communications strategy that will raise the profile of the WASH issue and its linkages to related development challenges; this will include key objectives, target audiences, specific opportunities, timelines, and messages;
- Draft, refine, and disseminate WASH advocacy materials, including talking points, press releases, blogposts, case studies, Tech Notes, congressional briefs, sample letters and social media messages;
- Build and maintain relationships with other communications experts in the sector and participate in relevant working group meetings, increasing coordination of partners active in WASH advocacy;
- Coordinate WASH Advocates’ external communications with an independent, sector-wide voice, including a newsletter, website(s), social media outreach, and one-on-one grasstops outreach;
- Cultivate new spokespersons for the WASH sector and maintain relationships with current spokespersons;
- Develop and nurture relationships with journalists to pitch WASH stories and generate and respond to incoming media requests;
- maintain the WA communications style standard for all external messaging; and
- Plan and support events that raise awareness of the efforts of WASH Advocates and its partners, including for World Water Day (March 22), Global Handwashing Day (October 15), and World Toilet Day (November 19).
- Masters degree or commensurate experience in mass communications, advocacy, marketing, journalism, or a related field;
- 5+ years of experience in communications and/or advocacy-related work;
- Strong understanding and experience in communicating international development and ideally WASH issues;
- Strong writing skills, particularly for web-based content, email action alerts, and press releases;
- Excellent computer skills, particularly in using mass email platforms (Email Now, Constant Contact, MailChimp) and social media tools (Facebook, TweetDeck, HootSuite, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr); and
- Experience with developing and managing websites, ideally on WordPress.
- Have strong and persuasive oral and written communication, facilitation, advocacy, and stakeholder engagement skills;
- Be able to work well in a small and highly productive internal team and foster external collaboration among a diverse set of stakeholders;
- Engage partners to actively participate and contribute to the WASH sector with time and resources;
- Exercise creativity and opportunism in raising the profile of WASH issues;
- Build relationships and networks, linking appropriate spokespersons within the WASH community with specific opportunities and needs.
- 2-3 years of experience with international WASH issues;
- Existing relationships and contacts with media.
Internships (part-time, stipend)
WASH Advocates is a nonprofit, nonpartisan initiative in Washington, D.C. dedicated to helping solve the global safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge. WASH Advocates is seeking part-time interns (preferably senior or graduate students working for college credit) to assist with a wide range of projects that support our advocacy, communications, partnership development, and research efforts.
- Research corporations, private foundations, U.S. government, universities, civic, and faith-based organizations to determine their interest and ambition in the global WASH issue. Research U.S. non-governmental organizations and the effectiveness of their water and sanitation programming.
- Help write, edit, and format materials for Congressional meetings.
- Research new WASH initiatives and areas for integration between WASH and other sectors in order to build knowledge within and beyond WASH Advocates.
- Represent WASH Advocates at relevant meetings, meet DC leaders, and brainstorm collaborations.
Your interests should include:
- U.S. and global advocacy for policy change; OR
- Global health and its effects on other sectors, such as education, women’s empowerment, nutrition and child health, environment, etc.
WHO SHOULD APPLY? Our most successful interns have been students in public health, public policy, business and international affairs.
Our internships run on the school semester. We expect a minimum of twenty hours per week for four months totaling 320 hours. We provide a $1,000 stipend at the end of the internship. You must be eligible to work or intern in the U.S. The WASH Advocates office is located at 1506 21st Street NW near Dupont Circle.
Please send résumé and cover letter detailing your interests to info@WASHadvocates.org.
WASH Jobs Resource Guide
Are you looking for a job in the WASH sector? Below is a list of job search engines, resources, and organizations. (Please note this is not a comprehensive list.)
|Job Search Engines|
|International Water Association||www.my-water-career.com|
|African Development Jobs||www.africandevjobs.com|
|Jobs 4 Development||www.jobs4development.com|
|The World Bank||www.worldbank.org|
|The International Monetary Fund||www.imf.org|
|Inter-American Development Bank||www.iadb.org|
|Asian Development Bank||www.adb.org|
|African Development Bank||www.afdb.org|
|United Nations Development Program||www.jobs.undp.org|
|United Nations Environment Program||www.unep.org|
|World Health Organization||www.who.int|
|Food and Agriculture Organization||www.fao.org|
|US Agency for International Development||www.usaid.gov|
|U.S. Department of State||www.state.gov|
|CDC – Safe Water||www.cdc.gov/safewater/|
|National Institute of Health||www.nih.gov|
|The Access Initiative||www.joblist.wri.org|
|Save the Children||www.savethechildren.org|
|International Water Management Institute||www.iwmi.cgiar.org|
|End Water Poverty||www.endwaterpoverty.org|
|Action Against Hunger||www.actionagainsthunger.org|
|International Medical Corps||www.internationalmedicalcorps.org|
|International Relief and Development||www.ird.org|
|Population Services International||www.psi.org|
|Water For People||www.waterforpeople.org|
|Global Poverty Project||www.globalpovertyproject.com|
|H2O for Life||www.h2oforlifeschools.org|
|Lutheran World Relief||www.lwr.org|
|Catholic Relief Services||www.crs.org|
|Living Water International||www.water.cc|
|Camp, Dresser, & Mckee (CDM Smith Inc)||www.cdmsmith.com|
|Global Health Corps||www.ghcorps.org|
|International Development Fellows Program (IDFP)||www.crs.org|
|World Vision Fellowship||www.wvi.org|
|Volunteers in Asia Fellowship||www.viaprograms.org|
|Princeton in Africa Fellowship||www.princetoninafrica.org|
|Princeton in Latin America Fellowship||www.piaweb.princeton.edu|
|The Chicago Council||www.thechicagocouncil.org|
|The Brookings Institutions||www.brookings.edu|
|UNC Water Institute||www.waterinstitute.unc.edu|
|Emory University Center for Global Safe Water||www..sph.emory.edu/cgsw|
|Desert Research Institute||www.dri.edu|
|The Association for Women’s Rights in Development||www.awid.org|
|The UK National Committee for UN Women||www.unwomenuk.org|
|The Global Women’s Institute||www.globalwomensinstitute.gwu.edu|
|Women and Water in Central And South Asia||www.womenandwatergw.org|
|Bill Gates and Melinda Gates Foundation||www.gatesfoundation.org|
|Conrad N. Hilton Foundation||www.hiltonfoundation.org|
|Howard G. Buffet Foundation||www.thehowardgbuffettfoundation.org|