Local recruitment: Lead Policy Analyst (Water Security and Climate Resilience)


United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Rwanda 🇷🇼

South Africa 🇿🇦

Lead Policy Analyst

Contract: Permanent, Full-time

Salary: United Kingdom: 53,575 – 61,144 GBP

Rwanda: 40,000,000 – 51,306,306 RWF

South Africa: 950,000 – 1,191,126 ZAR

Location: The role can be based in the UK or one of the following WaterAid Country Programme – Rwanda or South Africa, subject to right to work eligibility in the respective countries.

Travel will be required for this role.

Closing date: Applications will close on 5th March at 23:59.

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.
  • Please indicate your location and the right to work eligibility in your Cover letter.

Want to use your skills in water security and climate resilience policy analysis to play a vital role in making safe and sustainable water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?

Join WaterAid as the Lead Policy Analyst, Water Security and Resilience Policy 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.

This position will be based in the Policy Team which consist of a highly motivated group of 11 policy analysts, who are passionate about influencing policy change to enable sustainable access to WASH to the world’s poorest and most marginalised people through evidence-based advocacy.

As our innovative and ambitious Lead Policy Analyst – Water Security and Climate Resilience, you will manage and lead the WaterAid’s water security and climate resilient Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) policy agenda. You will act as a resource for the development of robust policy responses to the challenges presented by increasing water stress which threaten WaterAid’s objective of universal access to WASH by 2030. You will act as an authoritative reference point for WaterAid on water security in relation to WASH, taking the lead on developing informed WaterAid positions on pro-poor policy options concerning these issues.

About the role:

In this role, you will lead and shape the design of water security policy agendas relevant for climate resilient WASH and adaptation measures. You will play a major part in realising WaterAid’s ambition to strengthen the resilience of WASH to climate change and achieve national change through its research, policy work and global advocacy priorities and campaigns

You’ll also:

  • Lead WaterAid’s Water Security and Climate resilient WASH policy agenda
  • Provide strategic leadership and mentoring of the Climate Resilient WASH Team within the Global Policy and Research Team.
  • Lead the shaping of external policy debates on water security and climate resilience to increase the attention and resources dedicated to WASH as a critical means of delivering water security and climate resilience e
  • Lead the articulation of clear narratives of WaterAid’s climate resilient WASH to help to influence increased climate fund flow for water, sanitation and hygiene particularly for the world’s poorest countries.

To be successful, you’ll need:

  • Extensive experience of working in and leading public policy and/or advocacy on issues related to water security and climate resilient water, sanitation and hygiene
  • Experience and demonstrated evidence of leading and managing teams including senior team members;
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the impact of climate change on water security for WASH particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and the corresponding policy implications to ensure that water for WASH is prioritised amongst other water use polices
  • University degree in Water Resources Management, Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Environmental Sciences or other related discipline.
  • A willingness to travel and an ability to work independently with limited supervision.

Our Commitment

An inclusive workplace:

We are committed to being an organisation where everyone is included, respected, and empowered to be their best. We represent and celebrate our staff, partners and everyone we work with, and create a culture where everyone can reach their full potential.

Equal opportunities:

We are an equal opportunity, disability-confident employer and are dedicated to achieving the highest standards of diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, beliefs, customs, traditions and ways of life. This includes, but is not limited to, race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, national or social origin, health status, and economic or social situation.


We are also committed to protecting everyone we come into contact with. We have a zero-tolerance approach to abuse of power, privilege or trust across our global work, and any form of inappropriate behaviour, discrimination, abuse, bullying, harassment, or exploitation. Safeguarding the people and communities we work with, our staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf is our top priority, and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development