Regional Advocacy Manager (Southern Africa)


Pretoria, South Africa 🇿🇦

Job description

It’s hard to believe that today 771 million people do not have clean water and 1.7 billion do not have a decent toilet – around 1 in 5 of the world’s population. Every two minutes a child under five dies from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation.

Join WaterAid as our Regional Advocacy Manager 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.

As our Regional Advocacy Manager (RAM), you will be a member of the regional team in the International Programmes Department (IPD) of WaterAid. You will lead and manage regional initiatives around advocacy, policy analysis and research, support the Regional Director in his influencing role, and country programmes to strengthen their advocacy and policy influencing work. You will be the central point at regional level for global advocacy initiatives and you will work with the Pan Africa Programme Manager (PAPM) and RAMs of other regions to achieve our ambitious global strategic aims.

In this role, you will also:

  • Plan and develop proposals for regional advocacy, influencing, campaigning and research to contribute to the delivery of the Regional Strategy and proactively engage with raising resources for the same.
  • Lead regional as well as global advocacy and influencing programmes and campaigns and facilitate support to CPs within the region.
  • Lead and manage regional learning initiatives around advocacy, policy analysis and research.
  • Identify and support the development and/or strengthening of regional WASH sector programmes, partnerships and civil society networks.
  • Be the voice of the region on advocacy and influencing issues, and act as the key spokesperson for the region supported by the RCM.

To be successful, you will have:

  • Extensive senior level experience of action research and policy analysis, preferably in an international agency, based in the region.
  • Proven experience of advocacy and policy work and activity planning.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively to high level target audiences – both professional/specialist and lay audiences.
  • An understanding of technical, social and institutional issues relating to water, sanitation and hygiene promotion in developing countries (both rural and urban).
  • Fully committed to WaterAid’s vision, mission and values and a way of working that demonstrates this, with the ability to communicate this enthusiasm to others.

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Salary: Grade H; Salary and benefits will be in line with WaterAid country’s salary scale and depending on experience.

If you are interested in the position and have the right skills and attributes, send your application before 8 April 2022, consisting of a letter of interest and a CV to southernafricareg[email protected], using RAM as the subject of the email.

Please note: to apply for this role you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in one of our country programmes in Southern Africa.

Only candidates shortlisted for interviewing will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date for applications.

We’re looking for people who share a commitment to our vision. We’re looking for people with an appreciation and respect for different people and ideas, and the energy and expertise to help tackle the most important challenges.

In return, you can expect to get inspiration from the change you help make happen, a sense of belonging and the feeling of being part of a global community. You will also experience stimulation and fulfilment, the chance to grow, and space to be yourself at your best. This is our pledge to you.

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 preemployment references and checks to ensure high standards are maintained.

WaterAid is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We particularly encourage applications from women who are underrepresented at this level in the organisation.

No recruitment agencies please.





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