Senior Policy Analyst – Governance at WaterAid Nigeria

WaterAid is an international non-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people break free from poverty and disease, unlock their potential and change their lives for good through improved access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. WaterAid started its operation in Nigeria in 1995. Since then it has successfully executed several intervention programmes as outlined by its objectives and has made impact in the lives of the very poor. WaterAid with the country office in Abuja currently works in Bauchi, Enugu and Plateau States with funding from various donors and partners.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Senior Policy Analyst – Governance

Location: Nigeria
Employment type: Contract (Initially for 12 months, with possibility to go permanent.)

Job description

  • Want to use your skills in governance to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?
  • Join WaterAid as Senior Policy Analyst – Governance 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 position will be based in the Policy Team that consist of a motivated group of 11 policy analysts, who are passionate about influencing policy change to enable sustainable access to WASH to the world’s poorest and most marginalised people through evidence-based advocacy.
  • As Senior Policy Analyst – Governance, you will lead on WaterAid’s public policy and global advocacy strategies that aim to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of the sector to deliver sustainable water and sanitation services for all. You will focus on WASH sector governance – generating the evidence and advocating for the conditions necessary for strengthened institutions, policies and sector performance at national and sub-national levels. You will also be conversant with system-strengthening – a way of working that WaterAid is seeking to embed across our work.
  • In this role, you will lead on WaterAid’s Global Strategy Aim on ‘Universal, Sustainable and safe Access at Subnational Level’ work including sector-strengthening as well as oversee Policy and Campaign Department’s contributions to the system-strengthening agenda for WaterAid.

You’ll also:

  • Lead policy team inputs into the multi-country programme research projects. Work with the WHO and GLAAS teams to submit reports of WaterAid performance against SWA’s Collaborative Behaviours.
  • Provide strategic leadership and guidance across WaterAid including with members of the Directors’ Team and Chief Executives and across the breadth of leadership of our Country Programmes.
  • Provide sector leadership and acting as a recognised authority in sector debates on WASH sector governance.
  • Provide leadership and guidance in shaping national WASH sector planning processes, and bottlenecks preventing the development of an effective and functioning WASH sector in collaboration with the International Programmes Department.

To be successful, you’ll need:

  • Substantial experience in public policy fields, particularly in the WASH sector with an exceptional track record of devising and implementing high impact advocacy strategies.
  • Significant knowledge and experience in international development policy and policy-making in lower income and least developed countries.
  • An exceptional ability in critical thinking with experience of originating and proactively promoting credible and pro-poor policy reforms.
  • Proven experience of broader international development policy debates including aid effectiveness, development finance, global ‘sector partnerships and poverty eradication policies in donor agencies and developing countries.
  • A proven track record of conceptualising and delivering high quality, original and intellectually robust research projects in WASH-related filed.
  • Demonstrated strength in strategic planning processes and a record of contributing to organisational reform processes.
  • 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

Salaries and benefits for different countries will vary in line with the location of the successful candidate and depending on experience. The role is within the salary banding of Grade 2 in UK and Grade G in Country Programme.

Application Closing Date
20th March, 2022 (23:59 UK time).

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Submit your CV and a cover letter into one document in either Word Document or PDF format.
  • Using the person specification in the job description, explain in your Cover Letter, in no more than 1500 words:
    • What your top 3 or 4 skills/experience are that you feel meets the requirements of the role and how you would bring added value,
    • Why you want to work for WaterAid,
    • Why you are interested in this particular role,
  • Indicate your location and the right to work eligibility in your Cover letter.
  • State any dates you would not be available for interview at the end of your note.
  • Shortlisting and interviews may take place on a rolling basis and the application process will close if a suitable candidate is found prior to the advertised closing date.
  • 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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