Programme Advisor – Voice for Accountability Non-profit Jobs – WaterAid

Organization: WaterAid
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Head of 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 Programme
Advisor- 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: 
  • Ensure that the design of the Voice for
    Accountability Programme is based on a robust understanding of the context
    and inequalities that undermine access to WASH services amongst the
    excluded populations of Uganda
  • Lead the design of projects within the programme guided by a Human Rights
    Based Approach that contribute to the programme goals as well as the
    strategic objectives of WAU
  • Lead the designing and delivery of the Influencing
    and enabling programme to achieve programme objectives with contributi
    on to country change objectives and
    global aims
  • 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 & annua
    reports, programme plans and reviews and other need-based reporting to
  • Contribute to internal organizational
    discussions and strategic direction of programmes
  • Work collaboratively with other programmes for
    integrating of cross-programme activit
    ies 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 o
    ther job
    related tasks, through on
    thejob training, periodic capacity reviews and
    other activities or trainings as needed.
Policy Advocacy and Voice
  • To assist in securing media coverage and
    spearheading advocacy events such as press confe
    rences, research finding launching and
    commemorating relevant dates such as the world water day
  • Supports mobilising and coordination of voices
    (including citizens and private sector, Local governments and development
    partners) at different levels to effe
    ctively hold government accountable using participatory and social
    accountability tools such as community score cards
  • Supports networks, builds allies and
    partnerships to leverage WAU’s visibility in the sector and beyond to
    include working with parliame
    ntarians, CSOs and other partners to magnify the plight of the poor
    and underserved to have access to WASH services.
  • Develops and implements strategy for amplifying
    voice of key stakeholders such as Parliament, private sector and
    development partners and
    some instances local governments on WASH rights for women and girls based
    on the evidence generated from research and learning
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.
  • Working in collaboration with partners and
    other relevant stakeholders, Process WASH information with a focus of
    influencing and optimising the impact on acti
    vities and overcome the barriers
    preventing women and girls from accessing safe water, sanitation and
    hygiene services
  • Facilitating collection and documentation from
    project areas for use as evidence for policy advocacy at district, nat
    ional 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 informati
    on on WASH rights, roles, responsibilities and obligations.
Influencing, Networking and
Alliance Building
  • Assist in establishing strong relationship with
    relevant government ministries/departments and bilateral agencies, INGOs,
    CSOs, media and academic r
    institutions for collaboration, support, capacity building and policy
  • Assist WAU 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.
  • Assist partners to develop linkages with
    district and provincial governments
  • Ensuring effective monitoring of advocacy
    initiatives and documenting evidence of Wateraid’s partner contribution to
    transformative change
  • Ensure that WAUs actions are informed by an
    in-depth knowledge of sector dynamics, emerging sector issues and nat
    ional priorities
  • Establish and develop partnerships with other
    relevant sectors (particularly rights based organizations) of health and
    education to raise the profile of sanitation and water nationally
  • Supports networks, builds allies and
    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
  • 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 implement
    ed, monitored and reported on leading to
    realisation of the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation.
  • 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
  • Support partners in developing and aligning
    policy and advo
    cacy agenda
    for creating synergies in the work

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The WaterAid Programme Advisor- Voice for Accountability should hold a Master’s degree
    in development studies, public policy, public relations or development
  • A legal background would be an added advantage but not a necessity
  • Ten years’ experience of advocacy, research and
    policy analysis
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience of designing
    and conducting research
  • Experience of lobbying and / or campaigning
    work and its planning
  • Knowledge of working of various government departments at
    federal and provincial levels.
  • Knowledge on emerging WASH issues and
  • Knowledge of NGO advocacy networks and social
    movements in Uganda
  • Knowledge of poverty, gender, social inclusion
    and development i
  • Knowledge of political structure, culture and
    policy making process in the country
  • Self- motivated person able to work without close
  • Able to work effectively in a diverse team
  • Ability to train and motivate partners and
    staff effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Willing 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
Personal Competencies:
  • Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Ability to work to deadlines and under pressure
  • Strong proven delegation, time management and prioritising skills
  • Flexible, patient and adaptable to a changing
  • 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: 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: 15th April 2018
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