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Communications Manager

Position Summary: WASH Advocates (WA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan initiative dedicated to helping solve the global safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge. Our mission is to increase awareness of WASH challenges and solutions, and to increase the amount and effectiveness of programming and grantmaking devoted to those solutions throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. WA seeks a Communications Manager to help develop and implement our overall communications strategy, with the goal of increasing the visibility, understanding, and reach of the WASH sector and our work.

The Communications Manager will strengthen WASH Advocates’ presence as a resource for the WASH sector and act as a main point of contact for those wanting more information on the global WASH challenge and sustainable solutions. Activities will align with and support WASH Advocates’ three main focus areas – WASH sustainability, strategic communications, and in-country advocacy.

  • 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).
Minimum Education and Skills
The successful candidate will have:
  • 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.
Necessary Competencies
To be successful, the Communications Manager will:
  • 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.
How to Apply: Please send résumé and cover letter to John Oldfield at
This is a one-year position, available starting immediately through December 31, 2015. Salary range is $45,000 – $55,000 per year. Successful completion of a writing test will be required. No phone calls please.

New Venture Fund Careers
WASH Advocates is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The New Venture Fund’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, beliefs, religions, faiths and ideologies, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and levels of physical ability.

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.

Responsibilities include:

  • 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

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
African Development Jobs
Global Jobs
WASH Vacancies
Jobs 4 Development
Development Banks
The World Bank
The International Monetary Fund
Inter-American Development Bank
Asian Development Bank
African Development Bank
United Nations
UN Jobs
United Nations Development Program
United Nations Environment Program
World Health Organization
Food and Agriculture Organization
UN Water
US Government
USA Jobs
US Agency for International Development
U.S. Department of State
CDC – Safe Water
Peace Corps
National Institute of Health
International NGOs
The Access Initiative
FHI 360
Save the Children
International Water Management Institute
Plan International
End Water Poverty
Action Against Hunger
International Medical Corps
World Vision
International Relief and Development
Population Services International
Mercy Corps
Relief International
Water For People
Winrock, International
Charity Water
Global Poverty Project
H2O for Life
FACE Africa
Faith-Based Organizations
Lutheran World Relief
Catholic Relief Services
Living Water International
Camp, Dresser, & Mckee (CDM Smith Inc)
Tetra Tech
CH2M Hill
Global Health Corps
International Development Fellows Program (IDFP)
Fulbright Fellowship
Boren Fellowship
World Vision Fellowship
Volunteers in Asia Fellowship
Princeton in Africa Fellowship
Princeton in Latin America Fellowship
Think Tanks
The Chicago Council
The Brookings Institutions
Research Institutions
UNC Water Institute
Emory University Center for Global Safe Water
Desert Research Institute
The Association for Women’s Rights in Development
The UK National Committee for UN Women
The Global Women’s Institute
Women and Water in Central And South Asia
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates Foundation
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Coca-Cola Foundation
Howard G. Buffet Foundation
Skoll Foundation
Clinton Foundation


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