Local recruitment: Advocacy Officer


London, UK 🇬🇧

Job description

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

Join WaterAid as our Advocacy Officer 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 Global Affairs team’s purpose is to influence political decisionmakers to prioritise water, sanitation and hygiene in their policy and funding agendas, and to create the conditions that enable everyone, everywhere to access WASH by 2030.

As our politically informed and creative Advocacy Officer you will build and maintain relationships with UK parliamentarians and deliver high quality briefings, events, and research to help advance progress on life-changing universal WASH access.

This is a full-time role, which may require some working from home while we transition back to normal (hybrid) working style. International travel may be required in support of influencer trips.

To see the full job pack, please click ‘Apply’. Please apply by submitting your CV and a Cover letter into the same document in either Word Document or PDF format.

Applications will close 23:59 on the 15th May 2022. Availability for interview is required in the w/c 23rd May 2022.

In this role, you will drive WaterAid’s work to influence UK advocacy targets in Westminster and Whitehall as well as the global targets including the EU, G7/G20 Summits, and multilateral institutions.

You’ll also:
* Build and maintain relationships with UK Parliamentarians and keep contact records to ensure strong impact monitoring an evaluation.
* Identify opportunities to engage parliamentarians and develop new WaterAid Parliamentary Champions
* Lead engagement on behalf of WaterAid in a range of networks and coalitions.
* Support the delivery of high-quality events for policy and political audiences.
* Lead daily monitoring of UK parliamentary, political and development sector activities keeping the team informed of relevant developments and engagement opportunities
* Support the drafting of political briefings on key policy areas on WASH, WASH in health care facilities and climate change.

To be successful, you’ll need:
* Bachelor’s degree in development, economics, international relations or a related field, or relevant work experience.
* Experience working in a parliamentary, advocacy or campaigning role.
* Strong verbal and written communications skills, with high attention to detail.
* Experience of managing events, organising travel and providing logistical support.
* Excellent project management skills.
* Knowledge of parliamentary procedure and strong interest in politics and international development.
* High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint.
* Excellent organisational skills and ability to multitask, manage workload independently and work to tight deadlines.
* Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills with the ability to synthesise complex policy documents and translate these for a wider audience.
* Ability to work well within a team and a willingness to take on a range of tasks as necessary.
* Ability to exhibit diplomacy, tact and discretion.
* Working style that reflects WaterAid’s values of Respect, Accountability, Courage, Collaboration, Integrity, and Innovation.
* Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with shifting priorities and occasional heavy workloads.
* Ability to attend regular events in Westminster and London
* Fluency in English.

Salary: £34,399 – £36,098 subject to experience with excellent benefits. WaterAid benefits include:

  • 36 days’ holiday (including Bank Holidays)
  • Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave
  • We offer a generous pension plan with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Wide range of flexible and agile-working arrangement
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Free annual eye tests
  • Pay as You Give charitable giving scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity and Adoption/Surrogacy pay, Shared Parental Leave and Paternity Leave
  • Sabbaticals
  • Volunteer Day

​​​​​​Additional Information:

WaterAid is currently located at Canary Wharf, London and this will be your location and contract base. We support and enjoy a hybrid working environment, this includes regular attendance in the London office to connect with each other. We look forward to discussing with you how you can best deliver in your new role.

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 UK.

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]