WaterAid NGO Jobs – Senior Programme Coordinator Policy & Advocacy

Organization: WaterAid
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Head of Policy, Research and Campaigns
About WAU:
WaterAid’s Vision is of a
world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. Our mission is to
transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in
the world’s poorest communities, WaterAid works with partners to maximize its
impacts for policy change/influence.
WaterAid works through
supporting local organizations and government authorities to design low cost
sustainable projects using appropriate and affordable technologies that can be
managed by the community itself.  WaterAid
also seeks to influence the policy change through government and other key
international organizations to secure and protect the right of poor people to
safe, affordable water and sanitation services.
Job Summary: The Senior Programme Coordinator Policy
& Advocacy will be responsible for providing first-rate policy analysis of
WASH and development issues to enhancing the sector influencing capacity of
WAU. The incumbent will extend analysis and relationship-building beyond the
confines of the WASH sector in order to position WASH as a key economic and
human development issue. You will be a good networker and good at marketing WAU
successes. The incumbent will also contribute to research into WASH Issues and
towards the development of communication and advocacy strategies which will
result in sustainable improvements in the provision of safe water, sanitation
and hygiene to the poor in Uganda. Working in collaboration with partners and
other relevant stakeholders, the job holder will be responsible for processing
WASH information with a focus of influencing and optimising the impact of such
on WASH activities and overcome the barriers preventing the poor from accessing
safe water, sanitation and hygiene services.
Key Duties and
  • Identifying
    key issues on which WAU should focus its policy efforts in order to inform
    research, advocacy and campaigning strategies.
  • Responsible
    for developing agreed indicators with which progress towards objectives in
    policy change can be monitored.
  • Identifies,
    prioritizes and manages a specific policy agenda as part of WaterAid’s
    influencing work in Uganda. This needs to take into consideration
    priorities identified by the WAU Country Strategy Paper, WaterAid global
    priorities, Uganda’s national context and progress in the Water and
    Sanitation sectors against Uganda’s Vision 2040 targets.
  • Offer
    strategic analysis and background for the development of WAU’s annual
    policy agenda in liaison with the Head of Policy, Research and Campaigns.
  • Develops
    and implements strategy for advancing policy goals with key
    decision-makers such as Parliament and relevant sector ministries of
    Health, education, water and environment;
  • Develops
    briefing papers, Policy analysis, Sector reports analysis to support
    WaterAid and partners have facts for engagements on Advocacy for increased
    prioritisation of WASH in Uganda.
  • Communicates
    evidence produced by the Programme Coordinator Research to the sector and
    other relevant stakeholders; gauge sector processes and gather
    intelligence so as to ensure the ‘research into use’ is timely and
  • Steers
    on WaterAid’s Global Advocacy Priorities (GAP) on increasing financing for
    sanitation and on WASH and Health, and ensuring their integration in the
    country programme planning delivery. This will involve mainstreaming and
    integrating issues of Policy and Advocacy in all WAU programme activities.
  • Work
    closely with the Head of Policy, Research and Campaigns facilitate the
    process of building the capacity of WAU and its partners to plan and
    undertake effective policy and campaigning programmes.
  • Keeps
    informed about key political and socio economic developments and WASH
    events and opportunities in Uganda and region, to assess policy
    development work being carried out by other sector players and act
    strategically. This will involve identifying different important actors
    and set out strategies for informing and influencing them.
  • Briefs
    WAU’s national network of partners and allies on policy matters through
    written and electronic media; providing background information for WAU’s
    communications and other Units;
  • Takes
    an active  part  in 
    national  water  sector 
    dialogue  mechanisms,  including  annual sector reviews, using WaterAid
    research to inform discussions.
  • Technically
    supports networks, builds allies and partnerships to leverage WAU’s
    visibility in the sector and beyond to include working with
    parliamentarians, CSOs and other partners to magnify the plight of the
    poor and underserved to have access to WASH services.
  • Builds
    capacity of staff and partners in understanding and mainstreaming advocacy
    and human rights based approaches across programmes and ensure that these
    are implemented, monitored and reported on leading to realisation of the
    Human Rights to Water and Sanitation.
  • Actively
    participates in and contribute to WAU’s efforts to strengthen in-country
    sector networks by establishing and maintaining relationships with other
    WASH sector working groups and research institutions for the purpose of
    gaining and contributing to information and advice on key issues.
  • Develop
    working relationships with officials at key ministries: Ministry of Water,
    the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, Prime Minister’s
    Office,   Ministry of Local
    Governments, Ministry of Karamoja as well as District Local Government
  • Develops
    and strengthen links with policy and advocacy networks nationally and, in
    collaboration with the Head of Policy, Research and Advocacy, and the
    regional team to spearhead WAU’s policy influencing agenda. This will
    involve attending meetings and conferences in-country and internationally
    to represent WAU as and when requested.
  • Performs
    any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as reasonably required as
    the above is given as a broad range of duties and is not intended to be a
    complete description of all tasks. It is important to note that the
    responsibilities may change to meet the evolving needs of WaterAid.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    applicant should hold a Degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies,
    International Relations, Human Rights and Gender Studies, Social Sector
    Policy and Planning or an advanced degree in Sociology, Economics, Social
    Statistics or Water Engineering with a strong development bias.
  • A
    minimum of six years demonstrated working policy analysis and advocacy
    experience at national level in the field of development including WASH,
    budget processes and human rights with any reputed national/
    international/ donor agency.
  • Proven
    ability to analyse public policy proposals, including the drafting of
    policy briefs and using data in shaping policy messages;
  • Past
    experience in coalition-building and working in a team environment;
  • Ability
    to communicate complex information clearly in writing and in oral
    presentations to a range of audiences;
  • Prior
    experience and comfort engaging in policy dialogue with high level
    government officials, policy makers and donors.
  • Past
    exposure and experience and knowledge on WASH sector/ issues is desirable
    with proven ability to analyse (qualitative and quantitative) data
  • Extensive
    experience of Policy or Communication campaigns
  • Specialized
    training in research design, data analysis and report writing (preferred)
  • Excellent
    communication, facilitation, presentation, influencing and interpersonal
  • Possess
    the ability to build and maintain effective partnerships with WaterAid
    partners, government, donors, CSOs and with a wide range of other
  • Strong
    organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Show
    commitment to WaterAid’s values and working style.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested
with a desire to work with WaterAid should send their filled application forms,
, to: WAUrecruitments@wateraid.org.
Deadline: 19th June

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