Are you a WASH professional with a passion for training? We are looking for a unique combination of skills, experience and interests including water and sanitation, international development, and capacity development of WASH practitioners. You believe that everybody can learn, and you love training and supporting others to develop their WASH knowledge and skills.


The Position: Senior Global WASH Advisor

Reports to: Director, Global Services

Type: Full time, permanent

Location: The position is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Once travel resumes, International travel is typically four trips per year.  Approximately 50% of working time will be spent overseas

Position start date: As soon as possible

Application due date: Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis until the position is filled

Compensation: Salary will be discussed in the personal interview so please include salary expectations in your cover letter

Position Summary

The Senior Global WASH Advisor (GWA) is part of CAWST’s Global Services team. In this position, you will provide leadership and guidance to the Global Services team, and take responsibility for complex assignments of strategic importance to the organization. As a Senior GWA, you will work directly with client organizations to increase their capacity to start, strengthen and grow their WASH programs. You will provide professional technical training and ongoing consulting support to help clients overcome technical and implementation challenges.

The Senior GWA provides expert advice and guidance on non-networked WASH technical topics and project implementation that supports practitioners to implement relevant, effective, and sustainable programs.

The Senior GWA also works with Water Expertise and Training (WET) Centres and other Capacity Service Providers to strengthen their capacity development services.

Each Senior GWA is assigned responsibility for managing relationships and CAWST service provision in several countries, and developing and executing on their country and regional plans.

The Senior GWA is responsible for developing and maintaining strong client relationships and for identifying and following up on new opportunities for training, networking and client support.

The Senior GWA works with all CAWST departments, including to contribute to our communication and fundraising efforts, results measurement, and to develop our people and processes.

Areas of Responsibility

  1. Build capacity of organizations to implement WASH projects and services
  2. Strengthen the capacity of organizations to provide WASH capacity development services
  3. Provide expertise and support to the Global Services team to strengthen capacity in implementation of relevant, effective, and sustainable programs
  4. Develop Business, Client and Funder Relations
  5. Planning, Reporting and Management
  6. Contribute to CAWST’s Learning, Research, and other initiatives

The Person


  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in engineering, sciences, public health or other relevant discipline


  • 8+ years experience implementing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs, including a minimum of three years delivering training and capacity development services.
  • Experience in a consultant or advisory role
  • Significant experience implementing and managing projects in the following is highly desirable:
  • Sanitation and excreta management
  • Hygiene or health promotion and behaviour change
  • Water supply and treatment


  • Fluent written and spoken English required
  • Fluent written and spoken French or Spanish is an asset

Skills and Attributes 

  • Excellent technical knowledge and experience implementing water, sanitation and hygiene programs
  • Able to create a participatory learning environment and use a range of cross-cultural training and facilitation methods
  • Service-oriented and committed to providing the highest level of professional service to clients and colleagues
  • Comfortable with complexity and ambiguity, has good judgment based on objective analysis, experience and common sense
  • Comfortable and credible in providing reasoned and appropriate advice and guidance to others based on available information
  • Easily and quickly establishes credibility with clients and other stakeholders
  • Strategic and proactive in project management and coordination
  • Excellent written and verbal communications
  • Easily adapts to different contexts, and able to maintain a professional and diplomatic approach in dynamic and challenging situations

To Apply

Please apply by submitting your cover letter and resume. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis until the position is filled.

Please note: Only resumes from candidates eligible to work in Canada will be reviewed; and only those applicants granted an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Organizational Background

CAWST is a Canadian charity and licensed engineering firm. We address the global need for safe drinking water and sanitation by building local knowledge and skills on household solutions people can implement themselves.

At the heart of everything we do is our belief that when people have their basic water and sanitation needs met, they have the opportunity to succeed. This is what drives our dedicated team to work with a global network of more than 1,500 clients and partners. Together, we have reached more than 16 million people since our inception in 2001.

Collectively, we are making a difference at a scale beyond what any of us could do individually. But our job isn’t done yet and we need you to help us expand our reach.

CAWST values equitable opportunities, sustainable solutions, and collaborative and inclusive processes. We recognize and accept differences in cultural and religious beliefs.

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age


April 20, 2021




Full-time Permanent