Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor


Job Reference XYYWA
Closing Date Monday 07 Mar 2022

Remuneration: Competitive

Location: London, UK with international travel

55% of the world’s population live in urban areas, yet in the last 20 years, the number of people living in cities without clean water readily available at home has increased by more than 50% to 615 million. Climate change has brought increased flooding, damaging city infrastructure including sewers, contaminating water sources, while droughts are exacerbating water scarcity. COVID-19 has also brought home to us all, wherever we are, the importance of clean water and decent hygiene facilities as the first line of defence in public health. Too many city dwellers across the Global South are experiencing the terrible consequences of this lack of safe water, sanitation & hygiene facilities on their health, wellbeing and prosperity.

Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) has developed a reputation as a world leader in research and practical assistance in the market-led delivery of access to urban water, sanitation and hygiene. We are unique in working across the public sector, commercial sector and civil society to catalyse systemic change. With operations across seven countries, our work has benefited more than 30 million people as well as mobilising over $650m in investment for more than 45 cities and towns. Our work is critical.

After the successful tenure of our outgoing Chief Executive, we are looking for our next strategic leader. Candidates will bring significant experience as a senior strategic leader who has successfully led institutional growth and change in a non-profit, foundation or business of similar scale. They will bring commercial acumen and demonstrable or relatable experience in building philanthropic support and sustainably growing revenue for increased impact as well as the operational, financial and people management skills to lead a diverse, global, multidisciplinary mission driven organisation. With outstanding communication and stakeholder management skills, s/he will bring the passion for our work that will influence and engage our many partners towards even greater impact.

WSUP embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We are an equal opportunities employer and treat every application on merit alone. 

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to WSUP on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference XYYWA. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Monday 7th March.

Our vision is to create a world where all urban residents, including the poorest, informal settlement dwellers and women and girls enjoy affordable safe water and sanitation services of a high standard.