Head Voice for Accountability Job Placement – 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 Voice
for Accountability will provide technical oversight in ensuring that citizens
are holding government accountable to its obligations of providing affordable
and sustainable quality WASH services and will work towards amplifying voices
of women and girls most affected by gender-associated vulnerabilities and
inadequate civic expression and engagement. This will involve supporting
strategic programming and execution of interventions designed to ensure
protection of rights to water and sanitation as stipulated in Uganda’s policy
and legal framework. The job holder will contribute to research and learning
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.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
Policy Advocacy and Voice effectiveness
·        
The
incumbent will represent WAU at relevant WASH and advocacy forums for lobbying,
experience sharing, learning and profile building of WAU.
·        
Stay
abreast with emerging WASH agenda in the country and globally and work
of other agencies in order to target WAU’s advocacy work and identify new
opportunities
·        
In
charge of designing, implementing and monitor WAUs influencing approach and
strategies in collaboration with the strategic support and program departments
·        
Communicate
WAUs policy research work through writing policy briefs, position
papers, fact sheets and other I.E.C material
·        
Work
closely with communication to assist in securing media coverage and
spearheading advocacy events such as press conferences, research finding
launching and commemorating relevant dates such as the world water day
·        
Track
and provide a regular overview of sociopolitical developments to the rest of
the organization
·        
Supports
mobilising and coordination of voices (including citizens and private sector,
Local governments and development partners) at different levels to
effectively hold government accountable using participatory and social
accountability tools such as community score cards
·        
Takes
an active part in national water sector dialogue mechanisms, including annual
sector reviews, using WaterAid research to inform discussions
·        
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.
·        
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.
·        
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 Programme Strategy, WaterAid global priorities, Uganda’s
national context and progress in the Water and Sanitation sectors against
Uganda’s Vision 2040 targets.
·        
Develops
and implements strategy for amplifying voice of key stakeholders such as
Parliament, private sector and development partners and in some instances local
governments on WASH rights for women and girls based on the evidence generated
from research and learning
·        
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.
Research and Documentation:
·        
Proactively
analyses and reviews sector policies and plans, seeking to influence government
and key stakeholders towards pro-poor, gender-sensitive, and sustainable approaches
in the sector.
·        
Support
Communications to document the programme learning and disseminate key findings
inside and outside WAU
·        
Assist
in preparing concept notes and policy briefs on issues of importance to
WAU/partners/government/sector.
·        
Working
in close collaboration with partners and other relevant stakeholders,
Process WASH information with a focus of influencing and optimising the impact
on activities and overcome the barriers preventing women and girls from
accessing safe water, sanitation and hygiene services
·        
Take
lead in the process of identification and development of research project
frameworks, including terms of references for external researchers where
appropriate
·        
Facilitating
collection and documentation from project areas for use as evidence for
policy advocacy at district, national and international levels
·        
Generate
evidence through research and sector learning, design and implement a timely
and targeted ‘research into use’ plan to equip rights holders (specifically
women and girls) and duty bearers (government) with information on WASH
rights, roles, responsibilities and obligations.
·        
Provides
strategic analysis and background for the development of WAU’s annual policy
agenda
Influencing, Networking and Alliance Building:
·        
Assist
in establishing strong relationship with relevant government
ministries/departments and bilateral agencies, INGOs, CSOs, media and academic
research institutions for collaboration, support, capacity building and policy
influencing.
·        
Support
WaterAid and partner organizations involvement in and contribution
towards sector’s strategic consultative processes at the federal and provincial
levels.
·        
Assist
in scaling up of WAU’s successfully demonstrated models through promotion of
the same with government and other sector actors.
·        
Support
partners to develop linkages with district and provincial governments
·        
Assist
in the programme monitoring advocacy initiatives of partners in the field area.
·        
Ensure
that WAUs actions are informed by an in-depth knowledge of sector dynamics,
emerging sector issues and national priorities
·        
Respond
to calls for evidence from sector Ministries and development partners on
relevant sector issues
·        
Identify
and exploit opportunities to raise WAUs influencing priorities with government,
and other sector actors
·        
Establish
and develop partnerships with other relevant sectors of health and
education to raise the profile of sanitation and water nationally
·        
Plan
and implement events and initiatives, which influence and build our profile
with decision-makers
·        
Maintain
an effective database of relationships and contacts
·        
Takes
an active part in national water sector dialogue mechanisms, including annual
sector reviews, using WaterAid research to inform discussions.
·        
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.
Capacity Building of Partner Organizations:
·        
Identify
the needs for advocacy related capacity development of partners.
·        
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.
·        
Responsible
for developing training programmes and strategic support to
partners/stakeholders in this regard, particularly in developing partners staff
capacity on advocacy
·        
Assist
partners in developing and implementing effective, efficient and
inclusive advocacy initiatives through exposure and experience sharing among
partners & stakeholders for wider learning
·        
Support
partners in developing and aligning policy and advocacy agenda for creating
synergies in the work
Programming:
·        
Take
lead in the designing and delivery of the Influencing and enabling programme to
achieve programme objectives with contribution to country change objectives and
global aims
·        
Develop
operational plans, strategies including budget for implementation of Influencing
and enabling programme in consultation with line manager and other units
·        
Generating
and feeding of ground level information and data for designing the programme,
advocacy campaigns, concepts papers, and funding proposal
·        
Provide
relevant support and data for six-monthly & annual reports,
programme plans and reviews and other need-based reporting to donor
·        
Contribute
to internal organizational discussions and strategic direction of programmes
·        
Work
collaboratively with other programmes for integrating of cross-programme
activities and functions
·        
Assist
in preparation of project plans and budgets with relevance to voice and
advocacy
·        
Build
the capacity of WAU advocacy staff, in effective writing, communication,
strategies, uses of technology, networking, and other job related tasks,
through on‐ the‐job training, periodic capacity reviews
and other activities or trainings as needed.
·        
Take
on any other tasks assigned by the line manager.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate for the WaterAid Head Voice
for Accountability career placement must hold a Post-graduate / Masters’ degree in development studies, public policy,
public relations or development economics
·        
Possession
of a legal background would be an added advantage but not a necessity
·        
At
least eight years’ experience of advocacy, research and policy analysis
·        
Broad
knowledge and hands-on experience of designing and conducting research
·        
Previous
experience of lobbying and / or campaigning work and its planning
·        
Working
knowledge of working of various government departments at federal and
provincial levels.
·        
Knowledge
on emerging WASH issues and challenges
·        
Broad
knowledge and understanding of NGO advocacy networks and social movements
in Uganda
·        
Knowledge
of poverty, gender, social inclusion and development issues
·        
Knowledge
of political structure, culture and policy making process in the country
·        
Highly
self- motivated person able to work without close supervision
·        
Able
to work effectively in a diverse team environment
·        
Ability
to train and motivate partners and staff effectively in a fast-paced
environment
·        
Willingness
to work additional hours at crucial times and to travel in the field
·        
Excellent
oral and written communication skills in English
·        
Computer
skills (SPSS and other statistical tools, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and
web searching/browsing
·        
Cross-cultural
awareness and sensitivity
·        
Ability
to work to deadlines and under pressure
·        
Strong
proven delegation, time management and prioritising skills
·        
Highly
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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