Chief Advocacy, Influencing and Communications Jobs – IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre

Job Title:  Chief Advocacy, Influencing and Communications

Organization:  IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre

Duty Station:    Kampala, Uganda


About US:

IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre is an international organization that works with governments, NGOs and people around the world to find long-term solutions to make access to safe drinking water and sanitation effective for all, forever. IRC works out of its headquarters in The Hague (Netherlands) and its national offices in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Uganda and India.


Job Summary: The Chief Advocacy, Influencing and Communications will lead and manage a team to design and coordinate effective, integrated advocacy, influencing and communication strategies.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Advise and assist the CEO and Steering Committee on the global positioning and strengthening of political will at the highest levels in support of SDG6 and SWA’s vision and objectives, and enhance the partnership’s credibility and positioning, through effective communications, influencing, advocacy and brand management.
  • Lead the development and implementation of an advocacy, influencing and communication strategy with clear priorities to promote water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as SWA globally.
  • Advise SWA leadership on strategic advocacy targets for delivering on SWA’s mission, with the United Nations, in key political processes (G20, G7), and within specific countries.
  • Support the Secretariat and SWA partners in ensuring consistent messaging across the partnership.
  • Ensure the effective communication and visibility of SWA mandate through the use of integrated communication strategies (media relations, Global Leadership Council, publications, digital and social media), and innovative communication platforms.
  • Ensure a systematic approach to anticipate and manage reputational risks to the organisation and its leadership, as well as act as SWA’s spokesperson when needed.
  • Identify key events for advancing SWA’s mission, and represent the partnership in external events as relevant.
  • Create communication and media partnerships with international media educational institutions and development foundations and others to advocate for and enhance international understanding of development issues and in particular water, sanitation and hygiene issues.
  • Work closely with counterparts within partner organisations and key stakeholders, including UN agencies and identify opportunities for collaboration on joint communication and advocacy initiatives.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in communications, journalism, international relations, or related area;
  • At least 6 years leading and managing teams in fast-paced environments;
  • Strong background and experience dealing with strategic communications, advocacy and influencing, as well as organizational positioning;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to convey complex ideas effectively;
  • Ability to work under very tight deadlines;
  • Languages: excellent command of the English language.



  • Experience in leading and designing strategic communication programmes, initiatives and campaigns at global level;
  • In-depth understanding of international development and advocacy trends;
  • Knowledges of French and/or Spanish is considered a strong asset.


How to Apply:

Candidates are kindly requested to respond with a motivation letter explaining their interest in the position and a concise curriculum vitae (the letter is a critical part of the application – unsupported CVs will be rejected) IRC, attn. Marion Giese at


Shortlisted candidates will be requested to complete a writing assignment mid-May 2024; followed by an interview for selected candidates in the week of 20th May


Deadline: 11th May 2024


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Date Posted 2024-05-10T05:55
Valid Through 2024-05-12T00:00
Employment Type FULL_TIME
Hiring Organization IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre
Job Location Kampala, Kampala, Kampala , 0256, Uganda

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