Advocacy Advisor (Water & Climate)


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Job Description

Want to use your skills in campaigning and your experience in climate change issues to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?

Join WaterAid as Advocacy Advisor (Water & Climate) 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.

The WaterAid Global Campaigns Team plays a leadership role across the WaterAid Federation to drive the design and delivery of WaterAid’s major advocacy and campaigns efforts to achieve SDG 6 – the global targets to secure clean water, decent sanitation and good hygiene (WASH) for all by 2030. We deliver an ambitious agenda, grounded in national level change and impact.

As our dynamic and strategic Advocacy Advisor you will play a major leadership role in delivering WaterAid’s newest campaign on water and climate change. You will operate at the global level, working with colleagues across WaterAid as well as campaign allies, to drive forward the advocacy agenda and to identify and maximise political opportunities to gain high-level support.

You will have strong political judgement, have excellent campaign networks that can be leveraged and be able to take complex policy and change processes and build compelling messaging and a clear campaign trajectory. You will have a track record of achieving political change in multiple countries and be adept at using an array of tactics including lobbying, public campaigning and the media.

This is a full time, permanent role. This is an office-based post in a country where WaterAid has a presence. In particular, we are encouraging people with extensive experience of working in the Global South to apply. This post will have to work closely with colleagues and with line reports that are currently based in the UK, so time zones that make working in another country practicably feasible will be a consideration when choosing applicants.

To be successful, you will need:

  • Extensive advocacy experience on WASH or climate change issues, demonstrated by examples of strategic impact on policy change and experience of using policy, research, lobbying, public campaigning, media and digital work to influence a political agenda.
  • A keen political ‘savviness’ and an awareness of the potential for achieving political change, with proven experience of engaging with and influencing decision makers.
  • A strategic, innovative and creative thinker with the ability to deliver tangible results.
  • Fluent understanding and extensive experience of the techniques and skills required for effective project management.
  • Understanding and experience of employing imaginative communication techniques and an appreciation of how those tools could work with policy, research and lobbying to influence a political agenda.

The UK-based salary for this role is £41,210 – £43,400 (subject to experience) with excellent benefits. Salaries for different countries will vary in line with WaterAid’s country salary scales.

WaterAid benefits vary depending on the country of the successful candidates. For UK-based posts this includes:

  • 36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)
  • Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave
  • We offer a generous pension plan with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Flexible working conditions, including the opportunity for part-time work and home working up to 2 days a week
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Free annual eye tests
  • Pay as You Give charitable giving scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity and Adoption/Surrogacy pay, Shared Parental Leave and Paternity Leave
  • Sabbaticals
  • Volunteer Day

Additional Information:
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 name the file with your full name.

Applications will close one minute before midnight on Sunday 10 January 2021. Availability for interview is required w/c 25 January.

We are unable to provide sponsorship or relocation for this post. In order to apply for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the country to which you wish to work.

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 pre-employment references and checks to ensure high standards are maintained.

WaterAid is an equal opportunities, disability-confident employer and committed to achieving the highest standards of diversity, fairness and equality. Should you have a disability and require any additional support, please contact us.