Management Sciences for Health

  • Water Governance Advisor

    Job ID
    # of Positions
    GEN (General)
    A516 - Malawi ONSE
    Reports To
    Diarrhea and Infection Prevention Unit Director
  • Overview

    The Organized Network of Services for Everyone’s Health (ONSE Health) Activity is a five-year, USAID-funded program to improve maternal, newborn, and child survival and wellbeing in Malawi. It began in 2017 and will end in 2022. The ONSE Health Activity is working toward four main objectives: (1) increasing access to priority health services; (2) improving quality of priority health services; (3) strengthening performance of health systems; and (4) increasing demand for priority health services. Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are core components of health services and is therefore a critical and cross-cutting part of the Activity. WASH activities aim to improve water supply, sanitation, and hygiene services in communities, as well as in health facilities, in order to reduce the prevalence of diarrheal diseases and prevent infections of health care providers, their patients, and women of childbearing age. Therefore, it is critical that WASH activities are actively and fully integrated across the other aspects of the Activity that include maternal and newborn health (MNH), Family Planning, Community Mobilization and Exchange, Gender and Youth, Nutrition, and Child Health.

    Specific Responsibilities

    The Water Governance Advisor will undertake the following tasks:

    • Lead the development of the tools and activities to assess capacity of district-level service authorities and community/health care facility service providers in order to understand capacity gaps and enable design and implementation of activities to address key gaps
    • Work closely with the ONSE Systems Support Unit to implement capacity building activities that support integrated planning and action between key line ministries and district authorities
    • Provide water governance inputs to the development of health facility management plans. This will be done in partnership with ONSE clinical services technical staff, District WASH Officers, health facility staff, and district health counterparts.
    • Provide technical support, and training as necessary, to WASH District Officers to position them to monitor capacity improvements that support sustainable water service delivery
    • Ensure effective monitoring and reporting of all water-related capacity building activities and the timely reporting of results, as well as documentation of successes and lessons learned.
    • Provide direction and advice to implementing partners, community management structures, and district government on water quality standards, operation and maintenance responsibilities, and tariff development processes
    • In collaboration with MoAIWD and District Councils, provide advice and support to the formation of water user associations and water point committees for the sustainable management of water supply schemes
    • Collaborate with MoAIWD to support its ability to ensure delivery of water supply in accordance with Malawi Government policies, practices, designs, and standards
    • Represent the ONSE Activity in WASH sector meetings and provide feedback to ONSE management on developments in the sector

    Qualifications and Experience


    • Graduate degree in planning and management, business administration, organizational development or other relevant field or 10 years of experience assessing and building capacity of district government and community management structures in Malawi


    • Track record of achieving or supporting improved management of water service authorities in Malawi
    • Experience in assessing organizational capacity, developing responsive capacity building programs, and assessing organizational capacity change
    • Previous experience supporting water-related activities at the community and district levels including linkages with district councils and other district level stakeholders such as Water Boards
    • Familiarity with institutional and organizational responsibilities for water service provision in urban, rural and peri-urban areas


    • Experience with USAID-funded projects strongly preferred
    • Understanding of the principles of the global Agenda for Change and district-wide approaches to improved service delivery

    Background Information

    Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

    EEO Statement

    Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

    Reports To

    Diarrhea and Infection Prevention Unit Director
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