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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Senior Programme Coordinator – Policy and Campaigns - WaterAid in Uganda (WAU)

Vacancy: Senior Programme Coordinator – Policy and Campaigns
Recruiting Organization: WaterAid in Uganda (WAU)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Country Uganda
Reports to: Head of Policy & Research

Job Summary: The Senior Programme Coordinator Policy & Campaigns is primarily responsible for providing first-rate policy analysis of WASH and development issues to enhancing the sector influencing capacity of WAU. The job holder should be able to extend analysis and relationship-building beyond the confines of the WASH sector in order to position WASH as a key economic and human development issue. You will be a good networker and good at marketing WAU successes

The jobholder will also contribute to research into WASH Issues and towards the development of communication and advocacy strategies which will result in sustainable improvements in the provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene to the poor in Uganda.  Working in collaboration with partners and other relevant stakeholders, you are responsible for processing WASH information with a focus of influencing and optimising the impact of such on WASH activities and overcome the barriers preventing the poor from accessing safe water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Analyse both government and donor policies and assess how they impact on sustainable and equitable delivery of WASH services. This shall be done through
Identifying key issues on which WAU should focus its policy efforts in order to inform research, advocacy and campaigning strategies.
Developing agreed indicators with which progress towards objectives in policy change can be monitored.

You will be responsible for the communication of evidence produced by the Programme Coordinator Research to the sector and other relevant stakeholders; gauge sector processes and gather intelligence so as to ensure the ‘research into use’ is timely and targeted.
Work closely with the Head of Policy, Research and Campaigns facilitate the process of building the capacity of WAU and its partners to plan and undertake effective policy and campaigning programmes.
You will lead on both GAP 1 and GAP 2 WA priorities and ensuring their integration in the CP’s programming and delivery. This will involve you mainstreaming and integrating issues Policy and Advocacy in all WAU programme activities.
Keep informed about key political and socio economic developments and WASH events and opportunities in Uganda and region, to assess policy development work being carried out by other sector players and act strategically. This will involve identifying different important actors and set out strategies for informing and influencing them.
Represent WAU in key district advocacy and government meetings where our 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.
Identify, prioritize and manage a specific policy agenda as part of WaterAid’s influencing work in Uganda.  This needs to take into consideration priorities identified by the WAU Country Strategy Paper, Uganda’s national context and WaterAid global priorities.
Identify, prioritize and manage a specific policy agenda as part of WaterAid’s influencing work in Uganda. This needs to take into consideration priorities and progress in the Water and Sanitation sectors against Uganda’s Vision 2040 targets.
Play an  active  role in  national  water  sector  dialogue  mechanisms,  including  annual sector reviews, using WaterAid research to inform discussions. You will also be handling support to networks, building allies and partnerships etc to leverage WAU’s visibility in the sector and beyond to include working with parliamentarians, CSOs and other partners to magnify the plight of the poor and underserved access to WASH services.
Actively participate in and contribute to WAU’s efforts to strengthen in-country sector networks by establishing developing and maintaining relationships with other WASH sector working groups and research institutions for the purpose of gaining and contributing to information and advice on key issues.
Develop, grow and build good working  relationships  with officials  at key ministries: Ministry of Water, the  Ministry  of  Health,  the  Ministry of  Education,  Prime Minister’s Office,   Ministry of  Local  Governments, Ministry of Karamoja as well as District Local Government heads..
Develop and strengthen links with policy and advocacy networks nationally and, in collaboration with the Director of Policy, Research and Advocacy, regional team spearhead WAU’s policy influencing agenda. This will involve attending meetings and conferences in-country and internationally, represent WAU as and when requested.
Perform any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as assigned.

The best candidate should hold a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences/Development predisposition, an advanced degree in Sociology, Economics, Social Statistics or Water Engineering with a strong development bias.
Additional specialized training in research design, data analysis and report writing (preferred)

Skills and Experience:
A minimum of six years’ demonstrated working experience in Research and Policy Analysis in the field of development with any reputed national/ international/ donor agency.
Excellent communication, facilitation, presentation, influencing and interpersonal skills.
Professional skills in preparation of Research reports, Policy design and interpretation. Having a good number of publications of articles in the recognized journals is preferred.
Past experience of policy dialogue with government and donors.
Significant experience and knowledge on WASH sector/ issues is desirable with proven ability to analyse (qualitative and quantitative) data
Extensive experience of Policy or Communication campaigns
Commitment to WaterAid’s values and working style.

All suitably qualified and interested with a desire to work with WaterAid should send their filled application forms, Download here, via e-mail to wauganda@wateraid.org.

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Deadline: 17th April, 2014