Local recruitment: Senior Advocacy Adviser (Multilateral Affairs)


London, UK 🇬🇧

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 – Multilateral Affairs 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.

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 – Multilateral Affairs you will influence multilateral institutions, notably the G7/20, and others that become the focus for our global advocacy priorities in a given 12-18 month period. You will work with WaterAid federation colleagues, and strategic partners to advocate for changes in the policies, practices, and financing of multilateral institutions, particularly as it relates to water sanitation and hygiene in the context of the twin climate change and global health crises.

This position reports directly to the International Affairs Director who is based in the UK.

How to Apply:
To see the full job pack, please click ‘Apply’. 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 21st August 2022. Availability for interview is required the weeks of 29th August and 5th September – Interviews will be conducted on Microsoft Teams.

In this role, you will maximise WaterAid’s existing relationships with global influencers (e.g. statespersons, academics, high profile individuals and celebrities, philanthropists and business leaders), increasing strategic engagement for advocacy and campaigning impact, especially in donor markets.

You’ll also:

* Develop and implement advocacy strategies designed to influence G7/20 policies and practices on water sanitation & hygiene in line with WaterAid’s globally agreed campaign priorities, and in coordination with allies.
* Represent WaterAid at meetings and conferences, write blogs, give media interviews and speak publicly.
* Build a network of contacts and relationships, gather information, and advocate with multilateral institutions
* Keep abreast of complex and fast changing political debates and monitor emerging trends internationally, across key donor governments to inform WaterAid’s political positioning, ensuring the organisation’s advocacy is responsive and relevant;
* Author and/or commission publications related to WASH/climate change/global health/country operations

Person Specification
You will have extensive advocacy experience, demonstrated by examples of strategic impact on policy change and experience of using policy, research, lobbying, public campaigning, media and digital work to influence a political agenda

To be successful, you’ll need:
* A keen political ‘savviness’ and an awareness of the potential for achieving political change, with proven experience of engaging with and influencing decision makers Essential criteria from person specification
* A fluent understanding and extensive experience of the techniques and skills required for effective project management.
* Understanding and experience of employing imaginative communication techniques and an appreciation of how those tools could work with policy, research and lobbying to influence a political agenda
* Imaginative, creative and accurate written and verbal communications skills in English, and experience of producing advocacy materials and resources.
* Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills and proven experience of contributing to strategy development, including monitoring and evaluation.

Salary £42,871- £45,149 depending on 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 arrangements
* 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 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.

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]