Policy and Programme Coordinator- Voice for Accountability International NGO Careers – WaterAid

Organization: WaterAid
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Head of
Programmes and Policy
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 Policy and
Programme Coordinator- 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:
  • Ensure that the design of the Voice for
    Accountability Programme is based on a robust understanding of the context
    and inequalities that undermine access to WASH services amongst the
    excluded populations of Uganda
  • Take lead in the design of projects within
    the programme guided by a Human Rights Based Approach that contribute to
    the programme goals as well as the strategic objectives of WAU
  • Lead the designing and delivery of the
    Influencing and enabling programme to achieve programme objectives with
    contribution to country change objectives and global aims
  • 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
  • Actively 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.
Policy Advocacy and Voice effectiveness
  • Tasked with securing media coverage and
    spearheading advocacy events such as press conferences, research finding
    launching and commemorating relevant dates such as the world water day
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
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
  • Working in 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
  • 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.
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.
  • Assist WAU 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.
  • Assist partners to develop linkages with
    district and provincial governments
  • Ensuring effective monitoring of advocacy
    initiatives and documenting evidence of WaterAid’s partner contribution to
    transformative change
  • Ensure that WAUs actions are informed by
    an in-depth knowledge of sector dynamics, emerging sector issues and
    national priorities
  • Establish and develop partnerships with
    other relevant sectors (particularly rights based organizations) of health
    and education to raise the profile of sanitation and water nationally
  • 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
  • Developing training programmes and
    strategic support to partners/stakeholders in this regard, particularly in
    developing partners staff capacity on advocacy
  • Support the 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

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the WaterAid
    Policy and Programme Coordinator- Voice for Accountability employment
    opportunity must hold a Masters’ degree in development studies, public
    policy, public relations or development economics
  • A legal background would be an added
    advantage but not a necessity
  • 10 years’ experience of advocacy, research
    and policy analysis
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience of
    designing and conducting research
  • Experience of lobbying and / or
    campaigning work and its planning
  • Knowledge of working of various government
    departments at federal and provincial levels.
  • Knowledge on emerging WASH issues and
  • Knowledge of NGO advocacy networks and
    social movements in Uganda
  • Knowledge of poverty, gender, social
    inclusion and development issues
  • Desirable
  • Knowledge of political structure, culture
    and policy making process in the country
  • Self- motivated person able to work
    without close supervision
  • Able to work effectively in a diverse team
  • Ability to train and motivate partners and
    staff effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Willing 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
Personal Competencies:
  • Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Ability to work to deadlines and under
  • 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: 19th
December 2017

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