Regional Advocacy Manager

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WaterAid transforms lives by improving access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities. We work with local partners and influence decision-makers to maximise our impact.

WaterAid (Southern Africa Region) has Country Programmes based in Mozambique, Eswatini, Madgascar, Zambia, Malawi, as well a Regional office based in Pretoria, South Africa. With a pereferred candidate to be based in South Africa, Zambia or Malawi, Water Aid seeks to appoint a


Join WaterAid as our Regional Advocacy Manager to change normal for millions of people so they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good. On top of that you’ll be joining a 2020 Great Place to Work® award-winning organisation. This is a permanent position.

As our Regional Advocacy Manager (RAM), you will be a member of the Southern Africa Regional team in the International Programmes Department (IPD) of WaterAid. You will lead and manage regional initiatives around advocacy, policy analysis and research, support the Regional Director in his influencing role, and country programmes to strengthen their advocacy and policy influencing work. You will be the central point at regional level for global advocacy initiatives and you will work with the Pan Africa Programme Manager (PAPM) and RAMs of other regions to achieve our ambitious global strategic aims.

The  Regional Advocacy Manager  will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Plan and develop proposals for regional advocacy, influencing, campaigning and research to contribute to the delivery of the Regional Strategy and proactively engage with raising resources for the same.
  • Lead regional as well as global advocacy and influencing programmes and campaigns and facilitate support to CPs within the region.
  • Lead and manage regional learning initiatives around advocacy, policy analysis and research.
  • Identify and support the development and/or strengthening of regional WASH sector programmes, partnerships and civil society networks.
  • Be the voice of the region on advocacy and influencing issues, and act as the key spokesperson for the region supported by the Regional Communications Manager.
  • Critically analyse outcomes and impact of WA’s advocacy and policy influencing work in the region in order to document and share key learning and good practice using the organisational PMER systems and other tools.
  • Identify and support the development and/or strengthening of regional WASH sector programmes, partnerships and civil society networks.
  • Lead and support the development of linkages with media, research and academic institutions in countries and the region, and facilitate collaboration in policy development and influencing within the region.

The  Regional Advocacy Manager  must meet the following criteria:

  • Post-graduate / Masters’ degree in public policy / public administration, political science, development studies, law or equivalent.
  • Extensive senior level experience of action research and policy analysis, preferably in an international agency, based in the region.
  • Knowledge of development policies, especially the WASH sector and its challenges and blockages, and how they can be addressed
  • Proven experience of advocacy and policy work and activity planning.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively to high level target audiences – both professional/specialist and lay audiences.
  • An understanding of technical, social and institutional issues relating to water, sanitation and hygiene promotion in developing countries (both rural and urban).
  • Fully committed to WaterAid’s vision, mission and values and a way of working that demonstrates this, with the ability to communicate this enthusiasm to others.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, highly developed political acumen and proposal writing experience

Must be legally eligible to work full time in the relevant SADC country. WaterAid is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We particularly encourage applications from women who are underrepresented at this level in the organisation.

The position is based on a hybrid WFH & office-based system.