Regional Representative Asia

Vacancy: Asia

Are you experienced and knowledgeable in the field of water and sanitation, climate adaptation and gender equality? Do you have a broad and varied network of relevant stakeholders, actors, networks in Asia? Do you have a track record in fundraising and influencing in Asia? Then Simavi is looking for you!  


Too much, too little or too dirty water. Globally, women and girls are hit hardest by climate change and the lack of safe drinking water and toilets. For a quarter of the world's population, access to water, toilets and hygiene is still far from a given, especially as climate change increases the problem. Especially for girls and women.

Simavi is an independent international non-profit organization that works with partners in Africa and Asia on programmes that support local solutions so women and girls can enjoy their human rights to water, a toilet and equal treatment.

How do we work?

Simavi is a (small/medium sized) international NGO working in the specialist areas of human rights to water and sanitation, gender equality and climate justice. Our objective is that every woman and girl in a climate vulnerable context overcomes barriers to claim her rights to water and sanitation and is able to enjoy these rights.

We put women and girls at the center of our work and we collaborate with partner organisations world-wide to create impact through our programmes and advocacy and campaigns. We currently work in several countries in Africa and Asia. And we have teams based in Bangladesh, Nepal, Uganda, Kenya, and the Netherlands, where our Head office is located. We are committed to ‘’shift power’’ towards shared global leadership and we work in an networked manner which gives everyone the space and responsibility to contribute to our goals. Our five core values lie at the basis of everything we do: just, sustainable, empowering, inspiring, connecting.

Your role at Simavi

The Regional Representative Asia is responsible for the mobilisation of funding, influencing policies at regional level in Asia and increasing Simavi’s network and partners nationally and regionally in Asia for effective influencing and the development of impactful programs.

The Team

The Regional Representative Asia is accountable to and coached by the Director Fundraising and Engagement, and works closely with the advocacy officer, institutional fundraisers and programme leads.

Your result areas

  • Identify opportunities for fundraising on Simavi key thematic area’s (water and climate) and build relationships with key donors
  • Influencing policies at regional level in Asia focusing on water and climate, always through a gender lens
  • Building relationships with donors and key stakeholder in water and climate and gender
  • Building partnerships with CSO’s and knowledge institutes on water, climate and gender
  • Networking and increasing Simavi profile in the region and at country level
  • Positioning and representing Simavi in Asia

Your tasks

  • Build-up and maintain relevant networks and partnerships
  • Following policy development and influencing policies with key stakeholders in the region that advocate for water justice, improved policies and investments on climate adaptation specifically for WASH
  • Initiate partnerships with other relevant CSO’s
  • Closely following donor trends and have regular meetings with donors
  • Identify new trends and developments, relations, and potential partnerships relevant for Simavi
  • Participate in relevant network events in the region to profile Simavi

Your network

In this role, we expect you to actively connect with :

  • Internally: advocacy officer, institutional fundraisers and programme leads
  • Externally: governments, donors, other CSO’s, research institutes and other relevant actors that are active in the field of water & sanitation and climate adaptation, including locally led adaptation in Asia
  • Advocacy and Influencing organisations in Asia
  • Donors
  • Political and regional bodies that develop/ implement relevant water and climate policies such as development banks.

What you bring

  • Academic level with minimum of 5 years of experience in policy influencing and mobilising around water and sanitation, climate adaptation and gender equality, ideally in Asia
  • Excellent networker, communicator and interpersonal skills, dares to take stage
  • Proactive mentality, go getter and pursues opportunities
  • Experience and track record with effective influencing in the region as well as broad network of organisations and donors that work in the Simavi expertise fields (water and climate) 
  • Understand political landscape of water and climate 
  • Track record in working with regional bodies in Asia 
  • Broad network of CSOs in Asia
  • It is an added value if you understand climate financing, locally led adaptation and WASH policies
  • Affinity with feminist leadership and networked ways of working 
  • Excellent communication skills in English

What do we offer?

An exciting and challenging position in an international working environment. As an hybrid organisation, we aim to create a fun and healthy working environment with a weekly remote international coffee time with colleagues abroad, trainings, budget for team outing. Our five core values lie at the basis of everything we do: just, sustainable, empowering, inspiring, connecting. We are an equal opportunity employer meaning we don’t discriminate in our hiring practices and we actively seek a diverse applicant pool.

We offer a consultancy contract for 1 year for 40 hours per week with possible extension. The salary we offer depends on the years of working experience you bring along and will be within the salary range of € 3.777,- and € 6.000,- gross per month. The position in the salary scale depends on the number of relevant years of working experience.

How to apply?

Do you recognise yourself in the profile and do you want to contribute to Simavi’s mission and vision? Please upload your motivation letter and resume (in English, max. 4 pages) before 30th of June via the application button. 

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The interview process consists in 2 interviews, a case study and a reference check.

Do you have questions about this position? Please contact Camille Grasset HR Manager via

We encourage applications from people currently underrepresented, and particularly in senior positions, including: people with an ethnic background in countries where Simavi is working; people of any social and religious background; people living with disability; LGBTQIA+ people. Simavi is part of the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. As part of this Scheme, sexual misconduct is addressed in our recruitment process. Because physical and emotional safety of children is crucial for Simavi, we do not accept any form of abuse. Child safeguarding is also addressed in our recruitment and selection process. Only applications that are uploaded via the application hyperlink will be processed. Commercial inquiries or job postings without our consent are not appreciated and accepted.
By submitting this application, I certify that:
  • all statements made in my application are correct, complete and done in good faith;
  • I do not have a history of (or am under the investigation for) a criminal offence, misconduct and/or Code of Conduct violation.
By applying for a position at Simavi, I understand and agree that if I am selected as the final candidate the following steps are part of the recruitment procedure:
  • Screening for involvement in financial crimes 
  • Reference check with previous employers, incl. standardized Misconduct reference check in accordance with the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme 
  • Recent Criminal Records statement (in the Netherlands - VOG)
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