John is the Country Director of IRC's Ethiopia Country Programme where he supports a range of project activities and the development of IRCs team and capacities. This includes managing long-term support to districts where IRC are working to strengthen WASH services delivery. He has specific expertise in WASH sector monitoring, alternative approaches to rural water supply (self supply, multiple use water services), transparency and accountability, multi-stakeholder approaches to learning and change, and water resources management.
John has 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.
His academic background is in geography and hydrology. John has served as the coordinator of the Multiple Use Water Services thematic group, on the International Steering Committee of the Water Integrity Network and a regular contributor to the Rural Water Supply Network working group on self supply. John lives in Ethiopia with his young family.