John is the Director of IRCs Global Hub and a member of the management team. The Global Hub supports IRCs focus country programmes in delivering relevant and innovative activities to strengthen WASH systems and improve services, it supports monitoring, analysis and learning across country programmes, and it disseminates evidence-based findings and works to influence others in the WASH sector and beyond. John leads a team of 12 IRC staff and a network of associates including teams focused on 1) Accountability and Adaptation, 2) Sector Communications and Knowledge Outreach and 3) Advocacy, Partnerships and Networks.
He currently works from Lodz, Poland but looks forward to being able to travel regularly to the Netherlands and IRCs focus countries again.
John established IRCs Ethiopia Country Programme and served as Country Director from 2016-19. He has specific expertise in WASH systems, WASH sector monitoring, alternative approaches to rural water supply (self supply, multiple use water services), rural water maintenance, transparency and accountability, multi-stakeholder approaches to learning and change, and water resources management.
John has over 20 years practical experience in WASH working in Latin America, Africa and Asia. He previously worked in the UK with the Natural Resources Institute's (NRI) Livelihoods & Institutions group, in the engineering team at consultants Scott Wilson, was an associate professional officer for the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and a PhD researcher (on catchment management in southern Zimbabwe) at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in the UK.
John is a member of the steering committee for the Agenda for Change and previously served for IRC as the coordinator of the Multiple Use Water Services thematic group, and on the International Steering Committee of the Water Integrity Network.