Principal Officer, International Programmes - Water Witness International

Principal Officer, International Programmes - Water Witness International

Location: Edinburgh 

About the Organisation:

Water Witness International works for a water-secure world where all people have reliable access to the water they need to thrive, and are protected against pollution, flooding, drought and water conflict. We investigate, innovate and influence at local, national and global scales to tackle the root causes of unsustainable and inequitable water management.

Job Purpose:

Water Witness International is seeking an experienced international development practitioner to coordinate its growing portfolio of work to secure lasting water security and justice for some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. From our headquarters in Edinburgh the post holder will respond to the evolving support needs of our delivery partners in Africa and make sure that the evidence emerging from their work drives system change at scale for water security. Regular extended missions will be required to ensure that our social accountability monitoring and water stewardship programmes are effectively planned, resourced, delivered and documented. With an excellent work environment, renumeration and benefits package, this is an exciting opportunity for a future global leader on water to drive real change at the cutting edge of sustainable development and social justice.

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Principal Officer will be responsible for effective delivery of our programme work in Malawi, Tanzania and Ethiopia, providing support, guidance and mentoring to country partner teams. They will be responsible for the joint preparation and delivery of work-plans; for developing appropriate methodologies and associated training and guidance materials; for assisting, tracking and recording delivery in line with monitoring frameworks and budgets; and for collating, packaging and delivering external learning, advocacy and communications. It is envisaged that the post holder will split their time and focus across social accountability monitoring, water stewardship, capacity building, advocacy and WWI organisational development. Other duties to develop the organization and deliver our charitable objectives will be undertaken as required. Specific responsibilities will can be found here.

How to Apply:

Interested and suitably qualified candidates should send the following attachments in an email with ‘PO - IP application’ as the subject heading to This post will be advertised until we have found the right candidate and we will be accepting applications and conducting interviews on a rolling basis.

1. A succinct letter explaining why you are interested in the position with details and examples of how you meet the person specification.

2. Your current CV with email addresses and telephone numbers of two referees.

3. An example of your previous work which demonstrates your suitability for the position. Note that this must be work which you have produced single-handedly, and can be a report, research paper, briefing note, multimedia piece or other transferable format.


Closing date: Rolling applications – until filled · Preliminary interviews: TBD · Expected start date: As soon as possible 

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