Head Institutional Strengthening Career Opportunity – WaterAid




Organization: WaterAid
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Director
Programmes
About Us:
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 Head
Institutional Strengthening will lead WaterAid on sector analysis and
developing content of the country strategy paper, defining the sector
strengthening agenda for the country strategy. The incumbent will ensure the
design and intent of the field level programming is aligned to deliver the
sector strengthening intent agenda of the country programme and provide
oversight and support towards the effective implementation of the sector
strengthening at district and national level. The incumbent will work towards
increasing the profile of WaterAid Uganda to positively contribute to
accelerating universal access in Uganda via shaping sector systems and
practice.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
Analytical Leadership and communication:
·        
Take
lead in the development of a clear strategy for delivering the sector capacity
strengthening objectives of WAU.
·        
Responsible
for developing, implementing and documenting institutional strengthening
methodologies and approaches
·        
Articulate
the purpose and influencing intent of the programming work through
supporting the design and approach to program work
·        
Leading
research pieces that can add value to sector knowledge and developing
compelling messages for influencing sector actors.
·        
Proactively
engage in sector discussions, build and maintain relationships with key sector
ministries, institutions and other strategic partners
·        
Ensure
all staff have clear knowledge and understanding of WAU’s strategic intent and
purpose in the sector.
·        
In
charge of following-up on trends in sector processes, strategies and
practice to advice senior management on possible actions in terms of delivering
organizational messaging at key forums.
·        
Responsible
for generating analytical briefs, communication materials and case
stories of evidence and excellence generated from programming at field in line
with the CP and global priorities.
·        
Develop
and implement trainings, workshops, participatory design processes and
consultancies in institutional strengthening for both public and private
entities.
·        
Ensure
the right level of quality control on any outsourced research pieces with a
clear plan for utilization to advance the CPs strategic priorities. .
·        
Technical Support and Oversight:
·        
Work
effectively within a matrix organizational structure with staff in the other
program pillars as well as finance to ensure that all the programme activities
are in line with influencing objectives.
·        
Ensure
that WASH service delivery follows the core value of equity and
inclusion through mainstreaming equity and inclusion in the projects
implemented with government
·        
Ensure
that WASH Programme delivery at the field level is designed to positively
impact the building of better WASH systems and generate replicable
results that can be profiled to contribute to universal access
·        
Spearhead
the sector strengthening agenda by ensuring the shape and content of all
programs at the field level are designed to generate evidence and excellence
that can be utilized at regional and national level
·        
Responsible
for generating consistent critical analysis on the national, regional
and district level political economy which will inform and shape partnership
with government as well as investments.
·        
Represent
WAU at different meetings and forums, nationally/internationally as assigned by
line management
Networking and Partnerships:
·        
Responsible
for building partnerships with government institutions, donors, universities,
private sector and research institutions so as to advance WAU’s strategic
objectives.
·        
Build
networks of supporters by sharing WAU’s key messages.
·        
Represent
WAU in key sector events nationally or globally as assigned
Resource Mobilization:
·        
Work
in liaison with the Director Programmes, Fundraising and Strategy Director to
develop concept notes for mobilizing sufficient resources for the CP
strategic priorities.
·        
Collect
case stories and share with the fund raising team for mobilizing resources
locally or globally from funding agencies.
Monitoring and Reporting:
·        
Regularly
monitor implementation of sector capacity building/system strengthening
programme and prepare key reports on the basis of organizational policies and
procedures including monthly, quarterly, biannual and annual reports.
·        
Ensuring
high-quality, well-written and timely reports meeting donor and WAU
requirements.
·        
Directly
supervise all staff in the unit, support recruitment, supervision,
performance evaluation and capacity development of these positions.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate for the WaterAid Head
Institutional Strengthening career opportunity should hold a Master’s level qualification in
Development Studies, Public Health, WASH, or other related discipline.
·        
At
least ten years’ experience working in a developing country and/or humanitarian
context, with prior experience in senior programme management or working
towards senior programme management.
·        
Previous
exposure and experience in public sector institutional support and/or
reform
·        
Excellent
management and communication skills with the ability to motivate, support and
mentor staff to produce results
·        
Excellent
report writing and communication skills
·        
Previous
experience in business development within private sector is desired
·        
Prior
exposure and experience in solid/ liquid waste or other utilities
management
·        
Experience
in designing and implementing behaviour change activities
·        
Previous
experience working within a Consortium, or a project with multiple partners
·        
Advanced
written and spoken English
·        
Significant
experience of programme design and successful proposal development.
·        
Demonstrable
experience and competence in networking and effective relationship building
with peers, donors and government.
·        
High
level of diplomacy and tact
·        
Cross-cultural
awareness and sensitivity
·        
Ability
to work to deadlines and under pressure
·        
Strong
proven delegation, time management and prioritising skills
·        
Flexible,
patient and adaptable to a changing environment.
·        
Excellent
interpersonal, communication and team building skills.
·        
Effective
networking abilities
·        
Excellent
people management capabilities
·        
Good
public speaking ability in English
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
updated CVs and motivation letters to: WAUrecruitment@wateraid.org including
three work related referees. Emails should not exceed 2MB.
NB: In order to apply for
this role, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in Uganda.
Deadline: 16th
November, 2016

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