Local recruitment: Senior Advocacy Adviser (International Financial Institutions)


Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸

Want to use your skills in Policy and advocacy leadership to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?

Join WaterAid as Senior Advocacy Adviser – International Financial Institutions to change normal for millions of people so they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good. On top of that you’ll be joining a 2020 Great Place to Work® award-winning organisation.

The WaterAid’s International Affairs team is the ‘political brain’ of WaterAid, we filter the signal from the noise about how key actors think, and what informs their behaviour. Our work enables WaterAid to confidently navigate and leverage the external landscape facing our campaigns. We garner high quality intel, craft politically persuasive messages and build a broad cohort of champions.

As our Senior Advocacy Adviser – International Financial Institutions you will increase and strengthen our advocacy and capacity to influence global development finance institutions, notably the World Bank.

This position reports directly to the International Affairs Director and will be based in Washington DC.

How to Apply

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Please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter into one document in either Word Document or PDF format.

Applications will close 23:59 on 23rd January. Availability for interview is required between 31st January and 2nd February 2022 – Interviews will be conducted on Microsoft Teams.

In this role, you will develop and implement advocacy strategies designed to influence the World Bank’s policies and practices on water sanitation & hygiene, as well as providing strategic support to WaterAid staff and partners to engage the World Bank effectively.

You’ll also:

  • Build a network of contacts and relationships, gather information, and advocate with the Board and staff of the World Bank on particular country operations and key policy areas
  • Represent WaterAid at meetings and conferences, write blogs, give media interviews and speak publicly
  • Keep abreast of complex and fast changing political debates and monitor emerging trends internationally, across the Bank’s key donor governments to inform WaterAid’s political positioning
  • Maintain a high level of expertise on issues related to development finance and help to develop WaterAid advocacy on key breakthroughs in support of achieving SDG 6
  • Participate in and support WaterAid’s engagement in the World Bank/IMF Spring and Annual meetings

To be successful, you’ll need:

  • Demonstrated experience in advocacy and campaigning
  • Strategic and creative thinking Strong and quick conceptual and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work well and support international teams, and with international coalitions.
  • Solid understanding of the IFIs, preferably including the World Bank, such as mandates, ways of working, and how to influence them.

Additional Information

We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post. In order to apply for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the United States.

WaterAid is committed to ensuring that wherever we work in the world there is no tolerance for the abuse of power, privilege or trust. WaterAid reinforces a culture of zero tolerance towards any form of inappropriate behaviour, abuse, harassment, or exploitation of any kind. The safeguarding of our beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf, is our top priority and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously.

All staff and volunteers are required to share in this commitment through our Global Code of Conduct. We will conduct the most appropriate pre-employment references and checks to ensure high standards are maintained.WaterAid is an equal opportunities, disability-confident employer and committed to achieving the highest standards of diversity, fairness and equality. Should you have a disability and require any additional support, please contact us at [email protected]




IHE Delft Institute for Water Education - MSc in Water and Sustainable Development