Head of Advocacy, Policy and Communications

Abuja, Nigeria
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Job Description

WaterAid is an international not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping the poor and marginalised people break free from poverty and disease and change their lives for good through improved access to Clean Water, Decent Toilets and Good Hygiene. Since 1995, WaterAid has dedicatedly worked with the governments and people of Nigeria to support the implementation of sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) interventions and programmes.

WaterAid has continued to advocate for the primacy of achieving WASH goals as central to delivering the SDG targets. Without concrete political will and committed leadership at the highest level to drive universal WASH access, its realization will not be possible in Nigeria. Taking into cognizance the size of the country and the existing challenges, achieving SDG 6 by 2030 will require extensive political will and extraordinary efforts to enable improved WASH coverage to unserved populations. The Federal Government of Nigeria has risen to these challenges by formally declaring a State of Emergency in the WASH sector and launching the National Action Plan for its revitalization. While this represents tremendous political will and a huge milestone in the quest to achieve WASH for everyone everywhere in Nigeria, the challenge lies in effective translation of these policy pronouncements to practice.

This role (2 year fixed term - renewable) will have key responsibility for ensuring that the strategic shift to a more influencing approach is reflected in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of the delivery of the three pillars of WaterAid Nigeria's Country Strategy. These include Sector Strengthening with key attention to Urban Sanitation, Citizen Empowerment and building strong WASH Sector Partnerships, as well as the advocacy elements of our work to deliver a more influencing led programme

Key Deliverables include;

  • Under the guidance of the Director of Programmes, leads in the development of strategies and plans to deliver WANG's advocacy around the three strategic pillars of sector strengthening, citizen empowerment and strong WASH sector partnerships in the translation of the National Action Plan from policy to practice
  • Provide support and capacity strengthening to State Programme Leads in their Advocacy activities. Ensure that WaterAid Nigeria WASH Programme delivery at the field level is designed to positively influence and impact the building of better WASH systems and generate replicable results that can be profiled to contribute to universal access for Nigeria.
  • Collaborate with other WASH actors in delivering sector support initiatives and ensure WaterAid participation in sector coordination meetings at state and national levels such as the National Task Group on Sanitation (NTGS), Technical Working Group on Water Quality, WASH Development Partners Group and others where appropriate.
  • Provide required support to CSOs to enable them effectively influence the WASH sector, including capacity strengthening on Advocacy strategies
  • Responsible for proactively seeking and optimising opportunities to increase WaterAid' Nigeria's image, visibility and profile as a leader in the international NGO and WASH sector

To be successful in the Head of Advocay, Policy and Communications role, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Master's Degree level education in International Development Studies, Economics, International Relations, or any related area is required
  • Minimum of Ten (10) years' experience in programme management, including demonstrated ability to effectively plan, execute and manage programme projects & budgets of which three (3) years should be in senior level position
  • Strong technical experience of WASH programming (demonstrate sound understanding of WASH and broader development and poverty reduction themes; experience with conducting political economy analysis of different context).
  • At least 5 years' experience leading teams of experienced professionals and effectively managing their performance; Ability to effectively support and challenge colleagues and other stakeholders and to effectively plan, prioritise and co-ordinate the work of own team and collaboration with other teams
  • A successful track record in the design and delivery of highly successful advocacy strategies.
  • Experience of developing training programmes and facilitating training activities for development organisations and networks
  • Existing links and network within the WASH sector

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.

How to apply?

If you are interested in the position and have the right skills and attributes, please click 'Apply' and follow the instructions in the Job Description.

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.

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.

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

No recruitment agencies please.