10 November 2016

Head Voice for Accountability Job Placement - WaterAid

Organization: WaterAid
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Director Programmes

About Us:
WaterAid’s Vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. Our mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities, WaterAid works with partners to maximize its impacts for policy change/influence.  WaterAid works through supporting local organizations and government authorities to design low cost sustainable projects using appropriate and affordable technologies that can be managed by the community itself.  WaterAid also seeks to influence the policy change through government and other key international organizations to secure and protect the right of poor people to safe, affordable water and sanitation services.

Job Summary: The Head Voice for Accountability will provide technical oversight in ensuring that citizens are holding government accountable to its obligations of providing affordable and sustainable quality WASH services and will work towards amplifying voices of women and girls most affected by gender-associated vulnerabilities and inadequate civic expression and engagement. This will involve supporting strategic programming and execution of interventions designed to ensure protection of rights to water and sanitation as stipulated in Uganda’s policy and legal framework. The job holder will contribute to research and learning towards the development of communication and advocacy strategies which will result in sustainable improvements in the provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene to the poor in Uganda.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Policy Advocacy and Voice effectiveness
·         The incumbent will represent WAU at relevant WASH and advocacy forums for lobbying, experience sharing, learning and profile building of WAU.
·         Stay abreast with emerging WASH agenda in the country and globally and work of other agencies in order to target WAU’s advocacy work and identify new opportunities
·         In charge of designing, implementing and monitor WAUs influencing approach and strategies in collaboration with the strategic support and program departments
·         Communicate WAUs policy research work through writing policy briefs, position papers, fact sheets and other I.E.C material
·         Work closely with communication to assist in securing media coverage and spearheading advocacy events such as press conferences, research finding launching and commemorating relevant dates such as the world water day
·         Track and provide a regular overview of sociopolitical developments to the rest of the organization
·         Supports mobilising and coordination of voices (including citizens and private sector, Local governments and development partners) at different levels to effectively hold government accountable using participatory and social accountability tools such as community score cards
·         Takes an active part in national water sector dialogue mechanisms, including annual sector reviews, using WaterAid research to inform discussions
·         Supports networks, builds allies and partnerships to leverage WAU’s visibility in the sector and beyond to include working with parliamentarians, CSOs and other partners to magnify the plight of the poor and underserved to have access to WASH services.
·         Actively participates in and contribute to WAU’s efforts to strengthen in-country sector networks by establishing and maintaining relationships with other WASH sector working groups and research institutions for the purpose of gaining and contributing to information and advice on key issues.
·         Identifies, prioritizes and manages a specific policy agenda as part of WaterAid’s influencing work in Uganda. This needs to take into consideration priorities identified by the WAU Country Programme Strategy, WaterAid global priorities, Uganda’s national context and progress in the Water and Sanitation sectors against Uganda’s Vision 2040 targets.
·         Develops and implements strategy for amplifying voice of key stakeholders such as Parliament, private sector and development partners and in some instances local governments on WASH rights for women and girls based on the evidence generated from research and learning
·         Develops briefing papers, Policy analysis, Sector reports analysis to support WaterAid and partners have facts for engagements on Advocacy for increased prioritisation of WASH in Uganda.
Research and Documentation:
·         Proactively analyses and reviews sector policies and plans, seeking to influence government and key stakeholders towards pro-poor, gender-sensitive, and sustainable approaches in the sector.
·         Support Communications to document the programme learning and disseminate key findings inside and outside WAU
·         Assist in preparing concept notes and policy briefs on issues of importance to WAU/partners/government/sector.
·         Working in close collaboration with partners and other relevant stakeholders, Process WASH information with a focus of influencing and optimising the impact on activities and overcome the barriers preventing women and girls from accessing safe water, sanitation and hygiene services
·         Take lead in the process of identification and development of research project frameworks, including terms of references for external researchers where appropriate
·         Facilitating collection and documentation from project areas for use as evidence for policy advocacy at district, national and international levels
·         Generate evidence through research and sector learning, design and implement a timely and targeted ‘research into use’ plan to equip rights holders (specifically women and girls) and duty bearers (government) with information on WASH rights, roles, responsibilities and obligations.
·         Provides strategic analysis and background for the development of WAU’s annual policy agenda
Influencing, Networking and Alliance Building:
·         Assist in establishing strong relationship with relevant government ministries/departments and bilateral agencies, INGOs, CSOs, media and academic research institutions for collaboration, support, capacity building and policy influencing.
·         Support WaterAid and partner organizations involvement in and contribution towards sector’s strategic consultative processes at the federal and provincial levels.
·         Assist in scaling up of WAU’s successfully demonstrated models through promotion of the same with government and other sector actors.
·         Support partners to develop linkages with district and provincial governments
·         Assist in the programme monitoring advocacy initiatives of partners in the field area.
·         Ensure that WAUs actions are informed by an in-depth knowledge of sector dynamics, emerging sector issues and national priorities
·         Respond to calls for evidence from sector Ministries and development partners on relevant sector issues
·         Identify and exploit opportunities to raise WAUs influencing priorities with government, and other sector actors
·         Establish and develop partnerships with other relevant sectors of health and education to raise the profile of sanitation and water nationally
·         Plan and implement events and initiatives, which influence and build our profile with decision-makers
·         Maintain an effective database of relationships and contacts
·         Takes an active part in national water sector dialogue mechanisms, including annual sector reviews, using WaterAid research to inform discussions.
·         Supports networks, builds allies and partnerships to leverage WAU’s visibility in the sector and beyond to include working with parliamentarians, CSOs and other partners to magnify the plight of the poor and underserved to have access to WASH services.
Capacity Building of Partner Organizations:
·         Identify the needs for advocacy related capacity development of partners.
·         Builds capacity of staff and partners in understanding and mainstreaming advocacy and human rights based approaches across programmes and ensure that these are implemented, monitored and reported on leading to realisation of the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation.
·         Responsible for developing training programmes and strategic support to partners/stakeholders in this regard, particularly in developing partners staff capacity on advocacy
·         Assist partners in developing and implementing effective, efficient and inclusive advocacy initiatives through exposure and experience sharing among partners & stakeholders for wider learning
·         Support partners in developing and aligning policy and advocacy agenda for creating synergies in the work
·         Take lead in the designing and delivery of the Influencing and enabling programme to achieve programme objectives with contribution to country change objectives and global aims
·         Develop operational plans, strategies including budget for implementation of Influencing and enabling programme in consultation with line manager and other units
·         Generating and feeding of ground level information and data for designing the programme, advocacy campaigns, concepts papers, and funding proposal
·         Provide relevant support and data for six-monthly & annual reports, programme plans and reviews and other need-based reporting to donor
·         Contribute to internal organizational discussions and strategic direction of programmes
·         Work collaboratively with other programmes for integrating of cross-programme activities and functions
·         Assist in preparation of project plans and budgets with relevance to voice and advocacy
·         Build the capacity of WAU advocacy staff, in effective writing, communication, strategies, uses of technology, networking, and other job related tasks, through on‐ the‐job training, periodic capacity reviews and other activities or trainings as needed.
·         Take on any other tasks assigned by the line manager.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The ideal candidate for the WaterAid Head Voice for Accountability career placement must hold a Post-graduate / Masters’ degree in development studies, public policy, public relations or development economics
·         Possession of a legal background would be an added advantage but not a necessity
·         At least eight years’ experience of advocacy, research and policy analysis
·         Broad knowledge and hands-on experience of designing and conducting research
·         Previous experience of lobbying and / or campaigning work and its planning
·         Working knowledge of working of various government departments at federal and provincial levels.
·         Knowledge on emerging WASH issues and challenges
·         Broad knowledge and understanding of NGO advocacy networks and social movements in Uganda
·         Knowledge of poverty, gender, social inclusion and development issues
·         Knowledge of political structure, culture and policy making process in the country
·         Highly self- motivated person able to work without close supervision
·         Able to work effectively in a diverse team environment
·         Ability to train and motivate partners and staff effectively in a fast-paced environment
·         Willingness to work additional hours at crucial times and to travel in the field
·         Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
·         Computer skills (SPSS and other statistical tools, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and web searching/browsing
·         Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity
·         Ability to work to deadlines and under pressure
·         Strong proven delegation, time management and prioritising skills
·         Highly flexible, patient and adaptable to a changing environment.
·         Excellent interpersonal, communication and team building skills.
·         Effective networking abilities
·         Excellent people management capabilities
·         Good public speaking ability in English

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their updated CVs and motivation letters to: WAUrecruitment@wateraid.org including three work related referees. Emails should not exceed 2MB.

NB: In order to apply for this role, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in Uganda.

Deadline: 16th November, 2016

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