Policy Officer


Geneva, , CH


WaterLex is an international public interest development organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a UN-Water Partner with UN ECOSOC special consultative status.

Its mission is to develop sustainable solutions based on human rights standards to improve water and sanitation governance worldwide, particularly regarding consistent water law and policy frameworks. It works with an alliance of interested parties to improve water-governance frameworks, bringing them in line with country obligations under international human rights law. The organisation has a secretariat in Geneva, a supervisory board of directors, and a large pool of members and expert advisors.

The International Secretariat is responsible for the implementation of WaterLex projects and the involvement of members and volunteers in the organisation. It also acts as the organisation’s focal point for external stakeholders.

Job Purpose

The Policy Officer role is to support implementation and administration of WaterLex programmes supporting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation.


The Policy Officer reports directly to the Director General.

The Policy Officer is responsible for the following:



University degree in Public Policy, Water governance, Environmental issues or similar

Advanced studies in international relations, water governance, environmental issues, would be an advantage.

Professional Experience

At least five years’ experience working in water governance, human rights or environmental policy.


Fluency in spoken and written English and French is a requirement. Knowledge of additional languages especially Spanish is considered an advantage.

Other details

This position is 100%, based in Geneva, and will require some international travel.

The candidate needs to have the legal right to work in Switzerland, and state eligibility (residence/work permit, EU citizenship) on the application.


Candidates interested in the role may send CVs and cover letters as follows:

Name of CV file should be in the format of PO_LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_CV

Name of Cover Letter should be in the format of PO_LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_Cover Letter

Please send a cover letter of not more than one page, with your CV, to Ms. Sharon Wallis at info(at)waterlex.org before end of day 2nd March 2018.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.