Local recruitment: Global and UK Communications Director


United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Kenya 🇰🇪

Nigeria 🇳🇬

Nepal 🇳🇵

South Africa 🇿🇦

Contract: Permanent
UK 81,900 up to 93,100 GBP
Kenya 10,535,480 up to 13,191,655 KES
Nigeria 29,417,627 up to 39,763,741 NGN plus up to 43% of basic pay in allowance
Nepal 11,826,793 up to 16,990,231 NPR
South Africa 1,712,360 up to 2,133,752 ZAR

Location: The role can be based in the UK from our Canary Wharf or one of the following WaterAid Country Programme – Nigeria, Kenya, Nepal or South Africa, subject to right to work eligibility in the respective countries.
Hybrid Working: For our UK location, a minimum of 40% of working time is spent face to face, either in London office, or as a result of external engagement or travel for WaterAid. WaterAid is located at Canary Wharf, London and this will be your location and contract base.

Closing date: Applications will close by Thursday, 16th March at 23:59. Availability for interview: Week commencing 20th March 2023.

Assessments will be carried during the later stages of recruitment process in the form of a presentation/task.

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 answer the following questions when submitting your covering letter using no more than 2 sides of A4.

  • What excites you most about joining WaterAid?
  • This role will manage a highly competent and ambitious team of c.38 WaterAid colleagues. Please describe your leadership style and your interest in joining WaterAid as one of our new leaders.
  • What is the depth and breadth of your expertise in communications?

About WaterAid:
Want to use your skills in global and UK communications to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?

We need passionate, creative and dedicated people. In return, you will be encouraged and empowered to be yourself at your very best. Together, we will make a bigger difference.

Join WaterAid 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.

About the Role:
The Global and UK Communications Director will play a crucial role in championing the importance of Communications in achieving our mission. This is an exciting and unique chance to reposition Communications from service delivery only to strategic force – building relationships across the globe to understand how communications can create greater impact for our activities – from advocacy and influencing to Fundraising and beyond.

You’ll also:

  • Lead on a comprehensive review of our brand personality and positioning to ensure it is fit for purpose to deliver to the new Global Strategy ambitions
  • Elevate the importance of Brand within the organisation across all levels of the organisation including the engagement of UK and Global Boards
  • Seek opportunities to elevate the importance of WASH on the global agenda, specifically amongst key audiences, and position WaterAid as the thought leaders within the WASH sector
  • Lead the team to develop a programme of activity across Brand, Content, Media and Strategic Comms which leads to the growth of our awareness, buzz and word of mouth metrics.
  • Lead the team to deliver compelling and impactful audience-centred external communications that build our profile and contribute to the delivery of our fundraising and advocacy objectives.

To be successful, you’ll need:

  • Extensive experience of working in Communications roles at a senior level including strategic communications, media and brand with a global and UK remit.
  • Passionate about ending poverty and want to be a part of making it happen, with commitment to WaterAid’s mission and values, and a working style that reflects these.
  • Alignment with WaterAid’s values and a commitment to driving Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.
  • Experience of working within or with Senior Leadership Teams and influencing at an Executive or Board of Trustee level.

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