Local recruitment: Country Coordinator, Water & Climate Resilience Project 


Abuja, Nigeria 🇳🇬

Job description

The Resilient Water Accelerator (RWA) is a new multi-stakeholder partnership that aims to boost climate finance to build the climate resilience of 50 million vulnerable people living in water-stressed areas by 2030. The Accelerator will enable climate vulnerable communities to secure clean and reliable water resources and services by helping design comprehensive climate-resilient water security programmes and unlock new sources of financing.

  • Contract type: 1 year (fixed term)
  • Salary: Grade F with excellent benefits
  • Location: Lagos, Nigeria
  • Application Deadline: February 6, 2023

The Accelerator helps tackle three key barriers that low-and middle-income countries face in delivering on climate actions.

  • Investment complexities.
  • ‘Enabling environment’ challenges.
  • Lack of collaboration.

As a Country Coordinator, Water and Climate Resilience Project you will drive the Accelerator programmes-linking the work done at the country level with the global work of the Accelerator and reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer.

At a first stage, you will be directly managing and guiding in-country colleagues and consultants that the Accelerator will hire and work in co-ordination with country partners to guide stakeholder engagement and reach formal agreements with governments.

You will be responsible for internal and external co-ordination and will be the main point of contact between an in-country team and the Accelerator Secretariat, to align them with the Accelerator’s core mission, capture their needs and help match them with the right experts from the Accelerator’s network of partners, and to provide oversight over progress on-the-ground and keep the Resilient Water Accelerator Leadership and Steering Committee informed on key milestones.

Key Deliverables include;

  • Manage and guide Accelerator staff, partners and consultants in our country programmes in Lagos.
  • Work with key RWA country partners, including WaterAid Country Programme Staff to ensure that goals and targets of RWA are achieved.
  • Drawing on your technical knowledge you will act as the main link between in-country teams and the Accelerator’s Secretariat, and co-chair the Programme Working Group (consisting of country and regional experts from across partner organizations)
  • Manage the Programme Working Group and engage with members regularly to get guidance on the Accelerator’s programmatic approach and government engagement efforts.
  • Capture the needs of in-country teams and match them with the right set of expertise

To be successful, you will need to be/have:

  • Experience managing in-country programmes related to the environment, climate, water, WASH and/or development while being stationed in-country or at the regional/ global level.
  • A University degree in Environmental/Public Health, Social Sciences, Development studies or related fields
  • Relevant experience and knowledge of the intersection of water and climate change issues at both the policy and programmes level.
  • Experience leading government engagement efforts – preferably on climate and water.
  • Ability to manage a distributed team and effectively report upwards on progress/key risks.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English. Fluency in languages other than English (particularly Bengali, Portuguese, French, and Spanish).
  • Passionate about climate adaptation and water security, and driven to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable communities.
  • Strong team player.
  • Experience working in or closely with one of the Accelerator’s priority countries (Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, and Nigeria).
  • Knowledge of project management tools or design software.
  • 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.

For more details, please see the full Job Description by clicking ‘Apply’

We started because no NGO like us existed. We’ll end when no organisation like us is needed. In the meantime, we’re making great progress – since 1981, we have reached 25 million people with clean water and, since 2004, 24 million people with sanitation.

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.

Interested in applying?

If you are interested in the position and have the right skills and attributes, we want to hear from you! kindly complete the Application form using the link here OR by copying and pasting the link below onto your browser:


Please note: to apply for this role you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in Nigeria.

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.

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.

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

No recruitment agencies please.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development