Water Aid - Advocacy and Campaigns Officer

Water Aid - Advocacy and Campaigns Officer

Location: London
Salary: £32,000 annual salary with excellent benefits


About the Organisation 

WaterAid's global vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. Together with improved hygiene, these basic human rights underpin health, education and livelihoods, forming the first essential step in overcoming poverty. We work with local partners, who understand local issues, and provide them with the skills and support to help communities set up and manage practical and sustainable projects that meet their real needs. We also work locally and internationally to change policy and practice and ensure that water, hygiene and sanitation's vital role in reducing poverty is recognised.

The Global Campaigns Team sits within the Policy and Campaigns Department (PCD). PCD engages decision-makers and service providers to bring about a world where everyone, everywhere has these essentials by 2030. The Global Campaigns Team leads international advocacy to influence UN agencies/processes and international institutions; coordinates our global advocacy priority ‘Healthy Start’ working with Country Programme teams, Regional Teams and Federation Member countries; and leads UK advocacy targeting the UK Government and influencers.


Job Purpose 

To assist in the development and implementation of advocacy and campaigning strategies in the Global Campaigns Team. This includes providing surge capacity and leading on various global and UK advocacy projects and work strands as needed. Monitoring developments to provide flexible support; drafting and assisting in the production of briefings and other advocacy publications; managing information and communications systems; event management; and providing support in relation to the working of the team.



  • Communicating with and influencing a range of external stakeholders and advocacy targets including UK parliamentarians and their offices, UK government departments, UN agencies, donor agencies and coalition allies.
  • Desk-based research and analysis in order to formulate advocacy positions and calls to action on various thematic priorities.
  • Writing advocacy and campaigning materials for use in global and UK advocacy.
  • Organising and managing events, including the logistics and administration of UK parliamentary events, other events with UK stakeholders (such as WaterAid supporters, water industry partners), and organising global events such as at UN or EU conferences.
  • Engaging with Regional Advocacy Managers and Country Programme teams to support successful national advocacy in low- and middle-income countries, and linking national, regional and international influencing.
  • Coordinating with other WaterAid UK Departments/Teams (such as supporter engagement, communications, fundraising, Water Industry Partnerships)
  • Coordinate with and provide logistical support to Global Campaigns staff based in other locations (eg. Brussels for EU advocacy, New York for UN) and other WaterAid Member Country advocacy teams (eg US, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Japan, India).
  • Undertake other duties that may from time to time be necessary, that are compatible with the nature and grade of the post.


Person Specification 

1. Can demonstrate experience of using advocacy and campaigns to influence a political agenda related to international development (e.g. policy, research, lobbying, public campaigning, media and/or social media).

2. Experience of organising events to deliver political change, including the logistics and administration of events.

3. Excellent at managing and negotiating competing priorities/tight deadlines: ability to adapt to rapidly changing work and can demonstrate a positive “can do” attitude.

4. Ability to grasp issues quickly and analyse complex information (including research reports) and pick out salient points for further work.

5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including strong verbal, written and persuasion skills and ability to communicate complex information clearly and concisely.

6. Good team working skills, including understanding the role and demands of working with others and a flexible approach to collaborative working.

7. Excellent digital communication skills including social media, Microsoft Office (including Word and Excel), databases, email and use of internet.

8. A university degree or equivalent work experience.

9. Ability and willingness to undertaken the more routine tasks with equal enthusiasm as required for the more project lead and interesting work.

10.Commitment to WaterAid’s values (Respect, Collaboration, Accountability, Innovation, Courage and Integrity) and a working style that reflects these.

11.Willingness to undertake occasional UK travel and up to 6 weeks travel to other countries and to work some unsocial hours.


Desirable criteria

1. Good knowledge and understanding of UK parliamentary processes and experience in using effective and appropriate methods for influencing Parliamentarians.

2. Sound understanding of the functioning of the EU and/or UN, their processes, policies and institutions.

3. Fluency in French.

4. Experience of living and working in a low- or middle-income country.

5. Knowledge of international development related policy issues.

How to Apply 

Read more and apply via WaterAid's website here

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