Senior WASH Manager – Governance, Rights and Accountability at WaterAid Nigeria

Senior WASH Manager – Governance, Rights and Accountability 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 WASH Manager – Governance, Rights and Accountability

Vacancy No: VN501
Location: Nigeria
Employment type: Permanent
Hours of Work: 35.00
Contract Type: This is a full time, permanent position.

Job Description

  • Do you want to use your skills in governance, rights and accountability to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?
  • Join WaterAid as Senior Manager, Governance, Rights & Accountability to change the 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 organization.
  • This role is part of our Programme Support Unit team, a diverse, motivated, and fun group of 27 technical experts, specialists, advisors, and managers, passionate about bringing sustainable WASH access to the world’s poorest and most marginalized people.
  • The Senior Manager, Governance, Rights & Accountability will provide and coordinate thought leadership in applying governance, rights and accountability principles in WaterAid’s programming, co-develop and disseminate guidance and standards to be used across WaterAid and partners; collaborate with country and regional colleagues in designing and implementing high quality WASH programmes; and to engage externally to learn from and to influence the sector.

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Provide thought leadership and strategic advices on governance, rights and accountability in WASH framed within a systems strengthening approach, and founded in the principles of the human rights to water and sanitation.
  • Co-develop and disseminate programming guidance and technical standards to be used across WaterAid and externally.
  • Provide and coordinate targeted technical support to countries and regions on governance, rights and accountability in WASH.
  • Provide technical inputs and programming learning to help shape policy research, analysis, and to engage externally to learn from and to influence at local and global scale.

Essential Skills and Qualifications

  • A relevant post-Graduate Degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Substantial experience in governance, rights and accountability in WASH, including considerable experience in low and/or middle-income countries, demonstrated through a progressive career record.
  • Knowledge and expertise of current issues in governance, accountability, social justice, gender equality, disability inclusion, and rights.
  • Proven leadership and management ability.
  • Effective management of team performance, budget, and projects.
  • Organised and efficient. Demonstrated ability to drive tasks forward to completion in a timely manner while maintaining high quality.
  • Escalate issues where appropriate.
  • Proven success in offering technical assistance, consulting, and/or advisory services to empower and to develop capacities.
  • Ability to handle highly specialized, unusual, and challenging technical assignments, resolve complex issues in practical and imaginative ways.
  • Very strong analytical ability and writing ability in English. Experienced in producing practical knowledge products targeting needs of diverse audiences.
  • Solid IT skills, particularly with core Microsoft Office software.
  • 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.
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 30% if necessary and when situation allows.

Desirable Skills:

  • Working knowledge in French, Portuguese and/or any language widely spoken in the countries where WaterAid is programming.
  • Experience in writing successful funding proposals.
  • Experience in team management and in managing projects that involve staff from various countries, departments and/or multiple external stakeholders.
  • Experience of formation and nurturing of virtual communities of practices and networks.
  • Experience of designing, developing and facilitating in-person and virtual meetings and workshops.
  • Experience of planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluating programmes of work.


  • This role is Grade G in County Programmes and a Grade 2 in the UK. Salary and benefits will be in line with WaterAid country’s salary scale and depending on experience.

Application Closing Date
13th March, 2022.

Interview Date
Availability for interview is required the week commencing 04/04/2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)


  • Please note that 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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