Jobs – WaterAid International is looking for a Programme Coordinator

Job Title: Programme Coordinator Advocacy

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 Coordinator Advocacy will primarily possess tha responsibility and accountability for technical input in areas of Advocacy within Water Aid Uganda WAU and with its partners. The job holder will form part of the strategic planning, co-ordination, management and development of WAU’s advocacy and communication strategy with a focus on joint collaboration with partners and other relevant stakeholders in order to optimise their impact of working with communities, especially the poor to effectively advocate and address the interests of poor people as regards to water and sanitation at local, regional and national levels. The Advocacy Programme Coordinator will be part of the team responsible for enhancing the scale and quality of WaterAid’s programme.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Contribute towards the strategic planning of WAU’s (Water Aid in Uganda) Advocacy activities, aiming to maximise the provision of sustainable and equitable safe water, and adequate sanitation to the poor.
  • Identifying key sector issues by initiating, planning, implementing, monitoring developments in the field of Advocacy on which WaterAid should focus its advocacy efforts.
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of the Advocacy strategy i.e.ensure a rights based approach to WASH implementation.
  • Prepare an annual work plan and budget for WaterAid in Uganda’s overall Advocacy activities. Contributing these insights, amongst others, to the delivery of these activities.
  • Offer support to programme staff in assessing Advocacy opportunities and integration of the Advocacy strategy in their programme planning.
  • Monitor key national and international meetings and events relating to policy issues affecting poor communities and incorporating them in WAU’s planning processes.
  • Develop and strengthen links with advocacy networks / allies nationally, regionally and globally, in collaboration with the RAPA.
  • Represent WAU in key advocacy and government meetings especially at local levels where partners work. This will also involve strengthening relations with government line ministries specifically MWLE –DWD and MOH-EHD as well as MFED, TSU’s on WASH issues emanating from regions.
  • Strategic support to WAU partners in Advocacy partnership plans development and management e.g. Annual planning partner budget management, accountabilities, fund transfers, reporting etc.
  • Conduct participative planning activities in accordance with the partnership contract plan.
  • Meeting regularly with individual partners in accordance with the above mentioned plan for partnership activity progress.
  • Offer technical support to  partners in developing agreed indicators with which progress towards objectives in advocacy plan can be monitored.
  • Identifying activities which will encourage the development of close working relationships with each individual partner; aiming to truly understand partner needs and issues.
  • Prepare multi-year budgets carry out regular budget monitoring and reviews with support from Finance
  • Provide Capacity Building support to i.e. skills development, programming, fundraising etc.
  • Analysing partner advocacy needs for development or support in providing skills development.
  • Providing technical support, coaching, advice and development activities to partners in areas of Advocacy.
  • Facilitating and supporting the involvement of partners in international meetings / sector meetings and developmental activities related to Advocacy.
  • Identify areas of learning and documentations from partners’ advocacy work:
  • Perform any other job related duties as assigned by the Head of Integrated Wash.

 Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The Programme Coordinator for WaterAid Uganda (WAU) should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Development studies or Water Engineering with a development bias.
  • A minimum of  five years’ experience in conducting research, policy analysis and Advocacy work.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with commitment to WaterAid’s values and working styles.
  • Good skills in presentation, public speaking, documentation and information management.
  • Excellent networking, facilitation and co-ordination skills.
  • Active participation in studies and research on poverty and its impact on social development or experience of capacity building of NGO development partner organizations in advocacy
  • Good working knowledge of policy analysis and research in relation to the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene
  • Comprehensive understanding of national public expenditure, National Development Plan/PEAP, Sector-wide approaches, development financing and functioning of government structures like decentralisation.
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. proficient in the use of  software packages like Excel, MS Word and Access
  • Exhibit commitment to addressing issues of Equity & Inclusion and pro poor approaches.

 How to apply for the job:

All suitably qualified and interested with a desire to work with WaterAid should endeavor to send their applications including a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae (CV) to:

The Head of Human Resources and Administration,
WaterAid Uganda, Plot 90 Luthuli Avenue Bugolobi,
P.O. Box 11759 Kampala, Uganda


NB: Interviews will begin on 17th February, 2014. Please consider your application unsuccessful if you haven’t heard from us by that time.

Deadline: 7th February, 2014

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