WaterAid Uganda Jobs 2021 – Policy Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

WaterAid Uganda Jobs 2021

Job Title: Policy Advocacy and Campaigns Manager – WaterAid Uganda Jobs 2021

Organization: WaterAid

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda



WaterAid Profile

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.



Job Summary

The Policy Advocacy and Campaigns Manager is responsible for providing influencing leadership in WaterAid Uganda country programme on WaterAid’s ambition to achieve transformational change at local, regional and national level to ensure everyone everywhere has access to water, sanitation and hygiene. This role draws on WaterAid’s global advocacy priorities and national analysis to develop and deliver a high-quality and politically responsive research and policy agenda, advocacy strategy and communications approach, all whilst working with others to achieve change.

The Policy Advocacy & Campaigns Manager reports to the WASH Technical Director and does not have direct line management of staff.



Roles and Responsibilities:


  • Lead on developing and overseeing delivery of a country advocacy strategy and annual Advocacy campaign plan, providing strong advocacy vision, political judgement and ambition.
  • Ensuring the Advocacy Strategy and Annual Plan is grounded in WaterAid’s priority areas of work and national context analysis to maximize the prospects of successful policy change.
  • Ensure that advocacy components are integrated in overall country programme strategies and demonstrate clear links with the field priorities to enhance overall influencing work.
  • Lead and anchor the periodic contextual analysis of the Political Economy Analysis and context in country and region in the strategy implementation.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the wider social, political and economic contexts as well as sector-specific issues and advocacy best practice to ensure that WaterAid stays at the forefront of national policy debates and effectively navigates political dynamics.
  • Oversee a politically responsive advocacy strategy that harnesses formal and informal power to build support for WaterAid Uganda’s advocacy agenda.
  • Proactively seeking and optimising opportunities to increase WaterAid Uganda’s positioning, visibility and profile as a leading international NGO in the WASH sector.

Policy and Research

  • Oversee a high-quality policy and research agenda that shapes and supports WaterAid Uganda’s advocacy agenda and is well utilised to build thought leadership in Uganda on the WASH agenda.
  • Working with others, undertake research on the assumptions informing key WASH policy options and generate evidence to support or refute such policy positions in line with WaterAid global position on the issue.
  • Synthesize findings and recommendations from completed research(es) into clear policy recommendations that will enable a scale-up of equitable WASH in Uganda.
  • Develop and disseminate a range of policy and research products that clearly outline WaterAid’s policy positions with compelling evidence to support this (including background papers, discussion papers, project research reports, policy briefs, policy messages, position papers and briefing notes).
  • Oversee WaterAid Uganda’s work to strengthen civil society’s policy engagement with WASH and rights-based organisations, working closely with identified CSO networks to build capacity to effectively engage with national policy making processes.
  • Identify windows of influence and act to ensure WaterAid Uganda’s advocacy messages and recommendations are heard by decision-makers

Campaigning and Influencing

  • Lead the execution of the Advocacy Campaign plan for the WAU
  • Work with regional and Global Communications teams to maximise opportunities for WaterAid Uganda on social and conventional media and ensure the effective and professional promotion of the role, profile and campaigns of WaterAid
  • Ensure that legislation, policy and practice is monitored and analysed to support campaigns, and policy priorities for WaterAid Uganda.


  • Set, manage and monitor expenditure budget for strategic and annual plans in policy and advocacy, adhering to financial guidelines, ensuring value for money and acting as appropriate within delegated authorities. This includes funding for civil society work.
  • In collaboration with the Business Development Manager secure funding to deliver WAU advocacy agenda through supporting the scoping of donors at local, regional and global level, to identify fundraising opportunities and work with others and producing specific documents for fundraising.
  • Lead a monitoring, evaluation and learning process for advocacy plans and strategies, in order to refine and improve advocacy impact.

Networking and Representation

  • Support SMT to develop and maintain productive working relationships with key actors and networks in national policy debates, including government officials, development partners, representatives of civil society and thought leaders.
  • Represent WaterAid through participation in sector discussions, meetings, and other strategic/important events that support achievement of WaterAid goals as directed by the WTD
  • Represent WaterAid in key sector events nationally or globally as may be deemed appropriate.

Contribute to Regional and International Agenda

  • Work with regional advocacy manager, members of the regional team, other Country Programmes, WA Regions and the WA Federation to ensure linkage to regional and global policy agendas as well as bringing out impact at national level to contribute to regional, [pan-African] and global levels
  • Remain abreast of national and international debates on sector policy, finance and performance monitoring and feed lessons from Uganda into these debates directly and through WaterAid Federation and the regional team.



Minimum Qualifications


  • Master’s Degree in International Development, Human Rights, Sociology, Public Policy or Political Science or any other related in the Policy and Advocacy discipline. Or equivalent experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Economics, Development Studies, Environmental health, Public Health, WASH Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Gender and WASH, Financing and WASH Or equivalent experience.
  • Extensive experience in policy, advocacy and/or campaigns including research in the field of development with any reputable national/ international/ donor agency.
  • Desirable experience in the WASH area of policy analysis and advocacy will be an advantage.
  • Experience in research and publication is preferred
  • Experience in a leadership position in a development field desirable
  • Excellent sense of strategy, analysis and political judgement, with a track record of achieving progress in advocacy agendas and realising the rights of marginalised groups of people
  • Excellent sense of strategy, analysis and political judgement, with a track record of achieving progress in advocacy agendas and realising the rights of marginalised groups of people
  • Strong written and verbal communicator who can make compelling arguments to build support for an advocacy vision
  • Experience of collaborating with, managing and motivating others and driving change within a multi-discipline team
  • Excellent relationship management skills, able to build and maintain trusting relationships, negotiate, influence and resolve conflicts with multi-level stakeholders including donor representatives, government officials and community level actors.
  • Knowledge of development policies, especially in the WASH sector and its challenges and blockages, and how they can be addressed
  • INGO working experience is a requisite
  • Initiative, able to prioritise effectively and work under pressure.
  • Commitment to WaterAid’s values and a working style that reflects these.

Desirable Criteria

  • Existing links and network within the WASH sector
  • Track record of gender sensitive advocacy approaches



How To Apply for WaterAid Uganda Jobs 2021

If you are interested in the position and have the right skills and attributes, please download the application form here. Fill in the application form and send with a cover letter to waurecruitments@wateraid.org stating Policy Advocacy and Campaigns Manager in the subject line.

Deadline: 3rd September 2021



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