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Global Technical Advisor: Sustainable Water Cycles Full-time Job

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Global Technical Advisor: Sustainable Water Cycles

  • The Hague, Netherlands
  • Full-time
  • Contract type: International employment contract

As per 2022, SNV broadened its WASH sector to a Water sector aimed at improving water security, namely the reliable availability of an acceptable quantity and quality of water for health, livelihoods, ecosystems and production, coupled with an acceptable level of water-related risks. SNVs new global value proposition for water brings all its water work together in one sector, with a common narrative and metrics. The water cycle is central in all water work. Under the Water sector SNV supports sustainable and inclusive water uses for domestic and productive proposes, sanitation, pollution and waste management, as well as an urban integrated water cycle approach and water resource management.

SNV is seeking stronger integration of hydrological knowledge and analysis in its water work in general, specifically in the areas of hydro-informatics, citizens science and democratisation of data and decision making. This involves on the one hand ICT, RS, modelling and decision support for water resource management, water use sectors, and forecasting related to hydrological extremes. On the other, it touches upon the quality, transparency and inclusiveness of data and decision making, field applications and the ways to better engage people whose lives are affected. Note that climate change is a universal theme within SNV, and is embedded in all sectors.

For these reasons, SNV is seeking a hydrologist or professional with related background for the position of Global Technical Advisor (GTA) - Sustainable Water Cycles. The GTA Sustainable Water Cycles will work within the global water team to;

1) contribute to the design and implementation of SNVs approaches in the different sub-sectors, (tools, approaches, metrics),

2) strengthen the capacity and guidance of global and country teams,

3) provide backstopping to projects and support the design of proposals, and

4) better link SNV to the different expertise and service providers working in the space of hydrology, hydro-informatics, and decision support systems.

The GTA Sustainable Water Cycles reports to the Global Head of Water.

Duties and Responsibilities

Sector development:

Contribute to the integration of a water cycle perspective, tools and approaches in the different sub-sector areas of the water sector (water resource management, rural WASH, irrigation and urban water cycle approach) .

Support water Sector Leaders in the countries in the development of their water sector analysis and strategy for the country

Identify innovative and relevant methodologies and software, based on experience and external developments, together with other water team members.

Quality assurance and technical support:

Provide technical assistance to a number of projects in the water portfolio, ensuring quality of delivery of ongoing projects by supporting and coaching country teams;

Ensure that the sets of tools and approaches are coherent across the portfolio and aligned with SNVs collective understanding of best practice.

  • Undertake travel to projects to support and guide.

Business Development:

Support the Global Water Head in design and review quality of new proposals in water.

Provide advice and support at different stages of proposal development

Knowledge and Learning:

Contributing to the sector knowledge agenda and learning

Capture relevant learning from best practices and strategic topics

Support knowledge partnerships and collaboration

Partnership Identification:

Identify, build and maintains partnerships with appropriate partners and networks for the sector in consultation with the Global Water Head

Profiling and positioning:

Represent SNV at selected events.

Contribute to sector market development and communication


Master's Degree in a relevant technical field (hydrology, hydrogeology, hydro-informatics)

5+ years of working experience in water management in multiple countries in Asia, Africa or Latin America, of which part at a strategic level

Good balance of technical, social and methodological skills


Proven experience in developing programme strategies in water management, water-related modelling, information management and knowledge supported decision making.

Extensive expertise in hydrological methodologies and applications (water quantity and quality), including data collection, processing and analysis, catchment hydrological modelling and the relation to climate data.

General overview of water management and decision-making support modelling tools, as well as advisory skills to match these with the specific needs of our partners.

A good understanding of the development issues in water resource governance and water use, particularly around equity.

Strong methodological skills and ability to design learning and knowledge development processes.

An international professional network is desirable.

Strong background in business development with external donors: proven ability and solid experience designing impactful projects and programmes, writing successful proposals and managing international donor relationships.

International work experience and proven ability to effectively advise and coach a team of advisors in a multi-cultural setting.

Good communication and negotiation skills as well as intercultural sensitivity.

Entrepreneurial, result-oriented and a drive for change.

Excellent social and networking skills, ability to engage with governments and the private sector including influencing skills and experience of working effectively in a matrix organisation.

Proficiency in both written and spoken English is required. Proficiency in French is desirable

Additional Information

Contract Type: Full time

Contract Duration: 2 years with possibility for extension

Expected Start Date: TBA

Information Duty Station: Any of the SNV country offices

Travel: Approximately 20%

Working at SNV

SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and international working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal and global network of experts. For more information, please visit our website: www.snv.org.

We will require that you provide us with the full details of three people who are willing to act as a reference. We will not contact these references without your explicit permission.

How to apply?

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and motivation letter before 4th of April 2022 . Click on the link: I'm interested. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Should SNV wish to proceed with your application, two interviews with a Selection Committee will take place. SNV is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

- We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement -

Company Description
SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies practical knowledge to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our expertise in agriculture, energy, and water to local contexts. SNV has over 1250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.
In its current Strategic Plan (20192022), SNV is explicitly aiming for structural change and scale in its programmes in the agriculture, energy, and water sectors, as well as bringing knowledge and initiatives from different programmes together at the country level to contribute to systems change. We position ourselves as a learning organisation striving for excellence and invest in making knowledge flow to and from the people we work with.
For more information on SNV, visit our website: www.snv.org.

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