Southern Africa country nationals: Interim Regional Advocacy Manager


Southern Africa, , XV

Job Description

It’s hard to believe that today 844 million people do not have clean water and 2.3 billion do not have a decent toilet – around one in three of the world’s population. Every two minutes a child under five dies from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. WaterAid is looking to recruit an Interim Regional Advocacy Manager – Southern Africa (6 months fixed term in Pretoria or any WaterAid Southern Africa Country) to play a vital role in our mission.

Please note: This is an interim role, as such the successful candidate should ideally be available to take up the role, no later than 03 August 2020 or should be able to start sooner.

As the Interim Regional Advocacy Manager (RAM), you will provide thought leadership and manage regional advocacy initiatives, policy analysis and research. WaterAid is looking for a motivated individual who understands how to inspire and provoke change.

You will have an understanding of technical, social and institutional issues relating to water, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries. You must be knowledgeable of development policies, especially in the Water and Sanitation sector with senior-level experience of action research and policy analysis, preferably in an international agency based in the region. An understanding and knowledge of rights-based approaches and programming would be essential. Experience and knowledge of addressing key current thematic trends such as health system strengthening and climate change will be an advantage.

You will have a Postgraduate / Masters’ Degree in Development Studies, Political Science, Public Policy / Administration or equivalent with a demonstrable commitment to poverty reduction and social justice. Fluency in English with the understanding of French and Portuguese is an added advantage. You will have proven experience of advocacy and campaigns work in the region.

You will be expected to contribute to our service delivery work and draw from it for advocacy and influencing work, exploring regional collaborative opportunities around programme delivery and advocating for change in how WASH is delivered in the region to bring about equitable and permanent change to poor and marginalized people.

You will report directly to the Regional Director and maintain strong professional and functional relationships with global Heads of Policy and Campaigns, Policy Teams in Country Programmes (CPs), WaterAid members and works to support the Pan Africa Manager (PAM) on Africa influencing.

How to Apply

If you are interested in the position and have the right skills and attributes, send your application before 13 July, consisting of a letter of interest and a CV to:[email protected], using Application for Interim Regional Advocacy Manager for Southern Africa as the subject of the email.

Please note: to apply for this role you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in any of the Southern African countries (ideally Eswatini, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia).

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 preemployment references and checks to ensure high standards are maintained.

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.

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

No recruitment agencies, please.