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The Programme Officer will be part of the International Innovation team in The Hague (The Netherlands) and will be expected to participate in multi-disciplinary project teams carrying out work around the world. The International Innovation team consists of professionals undertaking action research; support to large-scale water and sanitation implementation programmes; knowledge management; and, advocacy activities to improve water, sanitation and hygiene service delivery. The Programme Officer will contribute to the further expansion and strengthening of IRC’s finance thematic area with a strong focus on sanitation and bridging conceptual development and on-the-ground realities.

Main responsibilities

  • Contributes to the conceptual development and strengthening of innovative water, sanitation and hygiene frameworks and their implementation with a strong focus on finance, governance and monitoring work for sanitation.
  • Provides inputs to new IRC publications and articles on a regular basis. Prepares, maintains, and updates website materials.
  • Works with partners to facilitate and support advocacy initiatives and further expands IRC’s network of strategic partners.
  • Represents IRC in (inter)national networks. Contributes to the organisation of international, regional and national events.
  • Pro-actively leads and supports on-going and future acquisition efforts to further expand IRC’s portfolio of sanitation and hygiene programmes.
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of strong country programmes through management and participation in medium-scale and/ or small projects.


  •  Academic degree at a minimum master’s level in relevant field. Background in Economics or Public Health or related field is a plus.
  • At least five years of relevant professional experience in an international context. Field experience in Africa, Asia or Latin America is an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience related with development of sanitation services. Particular knowledge and experience of governance in urban areas is an asset.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and French (this is an absolute requirement for the position).
  • Solid research and analytical skills, with a proven ability to apply theoretical and conceptual knowledge and communicate them to a non-expert audience.
  • Proven writing skills reflected in a number of publications and a pro-active attitude towards the sharing of information and knowledge. Use of social media an asset.
  • Willingness and availability to travel regularly (estimated at least 25%, but possibly up to 50% of working time).
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners, external actors and allies.
  • Flexible, highly motivated and capable of working independently in multi-disciplinary groups, and in informal and unstructured settings.
  • Mature work practices, demonstrated sound judgement and the ability to respond positively to mentoring and directions.
  • Advanced computer skills.

Details of the position

You will initially be offered a one year contract with a salary depending on qualifications and experience in scale 15 of the IRC CAO 2017-2019 exclusive 8% Holiday Bonus based on a full-time working week. Part of our competitive benefits package is a 13th month and 35 day annual leave. IRC has a working week of 40 hours.

The post will require a working permit for The Netherlands (granted automatically for EU citizens), and will require being physically based in The Netherlands. Employment is preferably as soon as possible.

Interested candidates are kindly requested to respond with a motivation letter explaining their interest in the position, and curriculum vitae latest by 21st August 2017, to IRC to the attention of Ms. Coline van der Ven, via email: or by mail to P.O. Box 82327, 2508 EH, The Hague, The Netherlands.

About IRC

IRC is an international think-and-do tank that works with governments, NGOs, entrepreneurs and people around the world to find long-term solutions to the global crisis in water, sanitation and hygiene services. At the heart of its mission is the aim to move from short-term interventions to sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.

IRC implements long-term programmes in a number of selected countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and implements a wide variety of smaller projects in multiple countries. To support its activities IRC has offices in The Hague, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Uganda and India.

In support of our mission, IRC aims to attract and maintain a high performance team of international professionals, working from different parts of the world.


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