Return to jobs Return to jobs

Global Policy and Research Director



Posted 3 weeks ago


Lead the charge in global policy and research with WaterAid and help bring essential services to communities worldwide.


icon Salary

No salary declared 😔

icon Location

UK, US, Sweden, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, SA (Onsite)

icon Expires

Expires at anytime

Organisation summary: Join WaterAid, an influential international nonprofit dedicated to ensuring access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. WaterAid offers a dynamic environment where your contributions make a tangible difference to the lives of many. As a valued member, you'll be part of a team that cherishes creativity and individuality, striving together to transform lives and combat poverty.

  • Strategically direct global policy efforts to achieve sustainable and equitable access to essential services.
  • Validate and strengthen WaterAid's policy positions through research and collaboration.
  • Enhance policy capabilities within Country Programmes and contribute to influential advocacy campaigns.
  • Proven eligibility to work in the specified country.
  • Commitment to WaterAid's values, including diversity and safeguarding policies.

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 Global Policy and Research Director to change normal for millions of people so they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good.

The Global Policy team plays a leadership role across the WaterAid Federation in setting WaterAid's policy change agenda to achieve sustainable and equitable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene globally. The role of the Global Policy and Research Director is pivotal to ensure the credibility and robustness of policy positions throughout WaterAid. The Director and the teamwork with other relevant colleagues across WaterAid - both in other members as well as in Country Programmes - supporting the design of policy agendas relevant to those contexts. The role will play a major part in realising WaterAid's ambition to achieve national change through its research, policy work and global priority advocacy and campaigns.

The successful candidate will play a major role in: 1) ensuring that WaterAid's policy positions have relevance for and are rooted in Country Programme experience, robust research evidence and the wider international development agenda; 2) supporting the development of policy capacity within WaterAid's Country Programmes; and 3) contributing to global advocacy and campaigning strategies. The position ensures quality controls are in place and is responsible for the control and mitigation of policy related risks to WaterAid's reputation. The Global Policy and Research Director plays a significant role in representing WaterAid, its work and public policy positions to high-profile, informed and critical external audiences.

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.

We are an equal opportunity, disability-confident employer and are dedicated to achieving the highest standards of diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, beliefs, customs, traditions and ways of life. This includes, but is not limited to, race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, national or social origin, health status, and economic or social situation.

We are also committed to protecting everyone we come into contact with. We have a zero-tolerance approach to abuse of power, privilege or trust across our global work, and any form of inappropriate behaviour, discrimination, abuse, bullying, harassment, or exploitation. Safeguarding the people and communities we work with, our staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf is our top priority, and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously.


Hire with Escape

Showcase your progressive organisation and post your open roles to the biggest UK community of purpose driven job seekers.

Get Started