Policy & Advocacy Program Coordinator via Idealist

Washington, DC, US

The fact that 1 in 10 people in the world today don’t have clean water is an outrage, and we need you to help change that. We’re the #1 international nonprofit exclusively focused on clean water, hygiene and sanitation, and there are 650 million reasons we do what we do. That daunting figure is the number of men, women and children who have yet to see, taste and enjoy safe clean water.

WaterAid’s global team of advocates is recruiting an exceptionally organized Program Coordinator to help implement a new, 3-year global grant delivering policy-focused sanitation and health campaigns that contribute to universal access to sanitation for the world’s poorest.

Specifically, the program aims to: ensure accountability for effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as they relate to sanitation, health and climate change; build political will and resources for non-sewered sanitation solutions; and improve the effectiveness of multi-stakeholder partnerships and institutions in and around the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) sector.

The Coordinator will pivot effortlessly between project management and program implementation duties, working on a global team conducting policy research and analysis in Australia, Canada, the US, and UK, and country programs in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, West Africa (regional team), Bangladesh, Nepal and South Asia (regional team).

The role reports to the US Director of Policy & Advocacy and works closely with our New York-based Program Development Manager to coordinate implementation, draft narrative and financial reports to be submitted to the funder and directly contribute to existing US advocacy priorities supported under this project.

This is an excellent opportunity to join the world’s leading NGO dedicated to water, sanitation and hygiene education, while doing your part to stop a neglected killer that steals more lives than malaria and AIDS combined.

This new, part-time position is based in Washington, DC, and is funded through December 31, 2019 at 50% FTE. Remote work arrangements are possible and hours are flexible (we expect that hours-per-week will vary during the year depending upon the program’s deliverables schedule). Domestic and international travel are anticipated; for example, the incumbent is anticipated to support and join global WaterAid staff at one annual, international project coordination meeting, likely to be tied to an international sanitation conference, such as AfricaSan. Other occasional travel, such as to our US headquarters in New York, is also likely.

Duties & responsibilities: The Coordinator will

  • Provide strategic oversight of the overall policy and advocacy objectives of the project
  • Troubleshoot with colleagues responsible for implementing the project to help them accomplish their policy change objectives
  • Maintain an overall picture of advocacy activities underway in all 9 countries implementing this project
  • Liaise with the funder as needed to provide regular updates on activities
  • Coordinate and draft program and financial reporting across all 9 countries engaged in this project
  • Backstop a portfolio of US government policy and advocacy activities, including
    • Producing advocacy materials such as action alerts and fact sheets
    • Drafting blogs and other online content, primarily related to global health issues, in collaboration with the US Marketing and Communications team
    • Undertaking research and analyze new policy developments
    • Representing WaterAid in coalition and partner meetings and events
  • Provide administrative support to the Policy and Advocacy team related to implementation of this project

Essential skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in international relations or development with 3-5 years’ of professional experience, or Master’s Degree and 2-4 years’ professional experience (preferred);
  • Professional experience in a combination of project management, policy and advocacy functions, preferably in the public or international development sectors;
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills including MS Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint), with advanced knowledge of Excel;
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication and analytical skills;
  • Excellent attention to detail and a willingness to support individuals at all levels;
  • Ability to manage a busy and varied workload, and think proactively and work independently, with limited supervision;
  • Demonstrated understanding, through any combination of academic and professional experiences, of the US government’s policy-making, budgeting and appropriations processes
  • Ability to set short and long term objectives that support project goals;
  • Positive and flexible approach to working as part of a global team;
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally and/or work varied work hours, including some early morning, evening and weekend commitments

Desired skills:

  • Understanding of global health and/or WASH sectors
  • Experience working with or for Congressional offices and/or USAID
  • French language skills
  • Demonstrated experience working across cultures and time zones and with culturally and geographically diverse teams