Senior Policy Analyst - Governance

Closing date: 9 August 2020
Job Type: Paid
Location: London
Join WaterAid as Senior Policy Analyst to help achieve universal access sustainable water and sanitation services and changes in hygiene practice.

Want to use your skills in policy and governance to play a vital role in making clean water, safe sanitation and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?

Join WaterAid as Senior Policy Analyst to help achieve universal access sustainable water and sanitation services and changes in hygiene practice. On top of that you'll be joining a 2020 Great Place to Work® award-winning organisation.

The post is for a one year contract and is currently based in London. When post-Covid practices are resumed, the postholder will be expected to spend substantial periods of time in WaterAid's Canary Wharf office. Until then, this postholder will work from home.

This post holder will lead on WaterAid's public policy and global advocacy strategies that aim to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of the sector to deliver sustainable water and sanitation services for all. You will be energised by working in in a global organisation that has a local national and global reach in policy-making and programming across some 35 countries. You will have a background of working in policy-making processes in low and lower-income countries and a track record in delivering pro-poor change.

You'll also:

  • Lead on WaterAid's Global Strategy Aim on Sustainable Services work including sector-strengthening and ensure WaterAid builds its credibility and profile amongst key international and national decision-makers in this area.
  • Contribute to large multi-country research programmes that aim to provide the solutions standing in the way of strengthening the performance of water and sanitation services for poorer communities
  • Give guidance to WaterAid's Country Programmes work aiming to strengthen the performance in national WASH sector planning processes

Person Specification

You will be a highly driven individual who is comfortable with analysing complexity and designing and implementing research and advocacy strategies that respond to the key structural weaknesses standing in the way of universal access to WASH. You will have an experience or working knowledge of working in developing countries or in fragile or conflict affected states.

To be successful, you'll need:

  • An exceptional ability in critical thinking with experience of originating and proactively promoting credible and pro-poor policy reforms
  • Significant level of experience in international development policy and policy-making in lower income and least developed countries.
  • A proven track record of delivering high quality, original and intellectually robust research projects.

Additional Information

WaterAid UK benefits include: 

  • 36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)
  • Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave
  • We offer a generous pension plan with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Flexible working conditions, including the opportunity for part-time work and home working up to 2 days a week
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Free annual eye tests
  • Pay as You Give charitable giving scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity and Adoption/Surrogacy pay, Shared Parental Leave and Paternity Leave. 
  • Sabbaticals
  • Volunteer Day 
Region: London and the southeast
Location: London

Application notes

Please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter into one document in either Word Document or PDF format. 

Applications will close one minute before midnight UK time on 09 August 2020. Availability for first stage interviews is required w/c 31st August (Tuesday onwards due to bank holiday). 

WaterAid is currently located at Durham Street, Vauxhall. However, we will be leaving our current location in September 2020 and moving to 20 Canada Square, Canary Wharf. Therefore the London Office location and contract base, if you are successfully offered the role, will change. This will be discussed at the interview stage with you. 

We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post. In order to apply for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the country to which you are applying. 

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. We will conduct the most appropriate pre-employment references and checks to ensure high standards are maintained.

WaterAid is an equal opportunities, disability-confident employer and committed to achieving the highest standards of diversity, fairness and equality. Should you have a disability and require any additional support, please contact us at [email protected] How to apply: Please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter into one document in either Word Document or PDF format. 

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