Policy and Sector Strengthening Officer


Nigeria 🇳🇬

WaterAid Nigeria is exploring a collaboration with UNICEF to deliver work in Zamfara State under the auspices of the DFID funded SHAWN II project. The Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria (SHAWN) project will aim at strengthening the WASH enabling environment in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Zamfara State, working with state level systems towards increasing access to equitable and sustainable WASH services in Bakura, Shinkafi and Maru Local Government Areas (LGAs). The funding is for one year.

We are looking for a Policy & Sector Strengthening Officer (1 year fixed term – renewable) to play a vital role in our mission to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere by 2030.

Working within the WaterAid Nigeria, Zamfara State team, the Policy & Sector Strengthening Officer will:

  • Drive state level advocacy strategies that will help deliver the policy changes necessary for sanitation and water to reach the poorest communities.
  • Be accountable for anchoring the CP’s activities aimed at improving internal focussing, capacity, coordination and delivery of sector strengthening initiatives in the state.
  • Be responsible for delivering the specific plans and activities for advocacy, sector strengthening & support in the state.
  • Analyse the institutional and relevant sector policies and delivery mechanisms across RUWASSA, SUBEBS and Health and develop focused institutional strengthening strategies that result in their ability to deliver effectively on the project objectives and future institutional objectives.

To be successful, you’ll need to be:

  • A graduate with a University Degree in Social Sciences, Public policy, Development studies, with a minimum of three (3) years’ work experience of which at least 2 would ideally be in the area of sector strengthening or institutional development/organizational development, policy research or advocacy role.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of sector development in Nigeria and how change happens.
  • Experience in developing, managing effective experiential adult learning interventions.
  • Fully committed to WaterAid’s vision, mission and values and a way of working that demonstrates this, with the ability to communicate this enthusiasm to others.

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    We started because no NGO like us existed. We’ll end when no organisation like us is needed. In the meantime, we’re making great progress – since 1981, we have reached 25 million people with clean water and, since 2004, 24 million people with sanitation. We’re looking for people who share a commitment to our vision. We’re looking for people with an appreciation and respect for different people and ideas, and the energy and expertise to help tackle the most important challenges. In return, you can expect to get inspiration from the change you help make happen, a sense of belonging and the feeling of being part of a global community.

    You will also experience stimulation and fulfilment, the chance to grow, and space to be yourself at your best. This is our pledge to you.

    If you are interested in the position and have the right skills and attributes, send your application, consisting of a letter of interest and a CV to [email protected] using the job title as the subject of the email.

    Please note: to apply for this role you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in Nigeria.

    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 interviewing will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date for applications. No recruitment agencies please.