Lead Policy Analyst - Climate


London, UK

Application Deadline
£64,000 - £72,000

Contract: Permanent, Full-time, 35 hours per week

Location: The role can be based in London, UK, or one of the following WaterAid Country Programmes: Kenya, South Africa, United States, Sweden, and Ethiopia (subject to right-to-work eligibility in the respective countries).

For the UK Location: we offer hybrid working: A minimum of 40% of working time is spent face-to-face, in a WaterAid office. For UK-based staff, WaterAid is located at Canary Wharf, London and this will be your location and contract base.

Salary & Benefits

Salaries and benefits for different countries will vary in line with the location of the successful candidate and depending on experience.

For the UK-based: £64,000 - £72,000 per annum (depending on experience) or equivalent established grade G salary and benefits in the country of employment (United States of America, Sweden, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia)

About WaterAid:

Want to use your skills in Policy and Research to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?

We need passionate, creative and dedicated people. In return, you will be encouraged and empowered to be yourself at your very best. Together, we will make a bigger difference.

Join WaterAid as Lead Policy Analyst - Climate to change normal for millions of people so they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good.

About the Team:

This position will be based in WaterAid’s Global Policy and Research Team (part of the Global Policy and Campaigns Department) and will report to the Director of Policy and Research. The Global Policy Team plays a leadership role across the WaterAid Federation in setting the WaterAid’s policy change agenda and thought leadership to achieve equitable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene globally. Working in the Policy Team, the role of the LPA – Climate is critical to building a policy change and thought leadership that promotes financing for communities on the frontline to have reliable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene services they need to adapt and build resilience to a changing climate.

The successful candidate will collaborate across WaterAid - both in member countries as well as in country programmes – supporting the design of climate-resilient policy agendas and adaptation measures to achieve targeted national, regional and global change.

Job Description

About the Role:

As Lead Policy Analyst-Climate, you will be a senior member of WaterAid’s Global Policy and Research team. You will lead in developing informed WaterAid positions and options on building the resilience of WASH services to climate change; advocate for WASH as a key adaptation measure and contributor to stronger and more efficient systems; and highlight the urgent need for WASH services as worthy of consideration in climate financing.

You’ll also:

  • Develop top-notch research initiatives and robust policy responses to the challenges presented by climate change and advocate for resilient WASH as a key adaptation measure;
  • Lead in developing and implementing WaterAid climate resilient WASH influencing and thought leadership agenda;
  • Represent WaterAid at global climate conventions, including CoPs and select national and regional climate discussions, to clearly articulate organisational positions and narratives, influence policies, and advocate for WASH inclusion in climate financing to be made easily accessible for poor, vulnerable communities in the global south;
  • Work closely with our Country Programmes, WaterAid members, and International Programmes Department as a technical and strategic policy advisor on climate change;

About You:

  • Experienced in working in public policy and advocacy on issues related to climate change with an extensive personal network in the climate action arena;
  • Experienced in research, policy analysis, preparing policy/advocacy briefs and papers with impeccable verbal and written skills in English;
  • Experienced in climate-related disciplines, such as environmental/earth sciences or other climate-related disciplines; water resources management experience to be considered an asset but not mandatory;
  • Qualified from an internationally recognised university, with research experience;
  • Fully committed to WaterAid’s vision, mission and values and a way of working that demonstrates this, with the ability to communicate this enthusiasm to others.

How to Apply: To see the full job pack, please click 'Apply'.

Please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in one document in either Word Document or PDF format.

Please indicate your location and the right-to-work eligibility in your Cover letter.

Closing date: Applications will close at 23:59 on Sunday, 23rd June 2024.

Availability for an interview is required in the week commencing 1st July 2024.

Pre-employment screening: To apply for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the respective country. All pre-employment checks will be carried out according to the applicable laws in the respective countries. All our UK-based vacancies require a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to comply with our Safer Recruitment policy.

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