Senior WASH Manager – Governance, Rights and Accountability at WaterAid

Partnerships Manager, Institutional Funding at WaterAid Nigeria

WaterAid’s history stretches back to 1981, when on 21 July we were officially established as a charitable trust.

We have more than 30 years’ experience of bringing water, sanitation and hygiene education to where it is needed most. In this time, we have gone from strength to strength to become one of the most respected organisations dealing solely with water, sanitation and hygiene issues. Your money and support has also helped us to influence policy and practice to ensure that the vital role of water, hygiene and sanitation in reducing poverty is recognised globally.

WaterAid works in 38 countries worldwide, transforming millions of lives every year with safe water, sanitation and hygiene projects.

Do you want to use your skills in governance, rights and accountability to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?

Join WaterAid as Senior Manager, Governance, Rights & Accountability 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 role is part of our Programme Support Unit team, a diverse, motivated, and fun group of 27 technical experts, specialists, advisors, and managers, passionate about bringing sustainable WASH access to the world’s poorest and most marginalised people. The Senior Manager, Governance, Rights & Accountability will provide and coordinate thought leadership in applying governance, rights and accountability principles in WaterAid’s programming, co-develop and disseminate guidance and standards to be used across WaterAid and partners; collaborate with country and regional colleagues in designing and implementing high quality WASH programmes; and to engage externally to learn from and to influence the sector.


This is a full time, permanent position.

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To see the full job description, please click ‘**Apply**’. Please apply by:
* Submitting your CV and a Cover Letter in a single document in either Word Document or PDF format.
* Please indicate your location and the right to work eligibility in your Cover letter.

Applications will close one minute before midnight on 13/03/2022. Availability for interview is required the week commencing 04/04/2022.


In this role, you will be responsible for:
* Provide thought leadership and strategic advices on governance, rights and accountability in WASH framed within a systems strengthening approach, and founded in the principles of the human rights to water and sanitation.
* Co-develop and disseminate programming guidance and technical standards to be used across WaterAid and externally.
* Provide and coordinate targeted technical support to countries and regions on governance, rights and accountability in WASH.
* Provide technical inputs and programming learning to help shape policy research, analysis, and to engage externally to learn from and to influence at local and global scale.

To be successful, you’ll need:
* Substantial experience in governance, rights and accountability in WASH, including considerable experience in low and/or middle-income countries, demonstrated through a progressive career record.
* Knowledge and expertise of current issues in governance, accountability, social justice, gender equality, disability inclusion, and rights.
* Very strong analytical ability and writing ability in English. Experienced in producing practical knowledge products targeting needs of diverse audiences.
* Proven success in offering technical assistance, consulting, and/or advisory services to empower and to develop capacities.
* Demonstrated ability to drive tasks forward to completion in a timely manner while maintaining high quality.
* A team player, able to work responsibly, under pressure, and collaboratively across diverse groups and culture.
* Working style that reflects WaterAid’s values of Respect, Accountability, Courage, Collaboration, Integrity and Innovation

Location: The role can be based in the UK or one of the following WaterAid Country Programme – Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia subject to right to work eligibility in the respective countries.


Salary: This role is Grade G in County Programmes and a Grade 2 in the UK. Salary and benefits will be in line with WaterAid country’s salary scale and depending on experience.

Additional Information:

Please note that we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post. In order to apply for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your right to work eligibility in the country to which you wish to work.For UK based applicants, WaterAid is located in Canary Wharf, London and this will be your location and contract base.

WaterAid is open and supportive of flexibility. We are currently defining our approach to hybrid working. The right balance between office and home-based working should be agreed with your line manager. Your flexibility requirements and that of the role will be discussed at the interview stage with you.

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

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