Job Opportunity at WaterAid - Senior Capacity Strengthening Advisor - Millkun

Job Opportunity at WaterAid – Senior Capacity Strengthening Advisor

Senior Capacity Strengthening Advisor

Job description

Passionate about capacity strengthening in international development? Help WaterAid to catalyze a step-change in water, sanitation and hygiene services?

Join WaterAid as Senior Capacity Strengthening Advisor to change normal for millions of people so they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good. Joining just as we launch a new and ambitious global strategy, you’ll also be joining a 2020 Great Place to Work® award-winning organisation.

This role is part of our Programme Support Unit, a diverse, motivated, and fun group of 27 technical specialists, advisors and managers, passionate about bringing sustainable WASH services to people who are the world’s poorest and most marginalized.

The Senior Capacity Strengthening Advisor will lead and drive forward WaterAid’s capacity strengthening agenda, which includes building WaterAid’s approach to capacity strengthening on technical work of the staff and the WASH sector. The Senior Capacity Strengthening Advisor will provide technical support and oversight for capacity strengthening and curriculum development efforts which have grown over the years. The post holder will work closely with the WASH technical experts to provide technical advice and guidance on individual capacity strengthening and institutional strengthening initiatives. As part of this work, the Advisor would be expected to design capacity strengthening initiatives, develop and review learning plans, provide guidance and templates, suggest creative learning methods, support the production of materials, maintain oversight of the delivery. The ideal candidate should have experience of adult learning, strategic workforce planning and developing capacity strengthening initiatives. They should have excellent communication skills with ability to tailor communication (content, style and medium) to diverse audiences and communicate effectively at all organisational levels. The candidate should have a range of experience within capacity strengthening, communication and ability to provide assistance that empowers and strengthens capacities. In this role, you will be responsible for:

1) Plan, develop, coordinate and deliver IPD’s strategic approach to WASH capacity strengthening.

2) Provide technical expertise on capacity strengthening

3) Consult and collaborate with other WaterAid teams and external stakeholders on capacity strengthening

4) Contribute to team processes

How to Apply

To see the full job description, please click ‘Apply’. Please apply by:

Submitting the following 3 items into one document in either Word Document or PDF format:

 Item 1: Your Cover Letter (500 words maximum). Please indicate your location and the right to work eligibility in this letter.

Item 2: Your CV

 Item 3: Short answers to the following three questions on a separate page, in no more than 500 words in total:

Q1. What are your top 3 skills/experiences that you feel meets the requirements of the role?

Q2. What is your approach to provide technical advise and support?

Q3. What is your experience in strategic workforce planning, adult learning, developing trainings/curriculum and delivering capacity strengthening initiatives.

Applications will close at 23:59 (BST) on 1st May 2022 .

To be successful, you’ll need:

  •  At least 10 years of field and professional experience in working and supporting capacity strengthening strategy and initiatives.
  • Proficiency in all areas of capacity development cycle including capacity needs assessment, adult learning techniques and approaches, training content development, delivery and evaluation.
  • Demonstrable past experience in curriculum and training material development.
  • Experience in training of staff across various levels and experience of coaching and mentoring senior staff.
  • Experience of project planning, implementation and monitoring.
  • Ability to prioritize content that supports learning objectives
  •  Organized and efficient. Demonstrated ability to drive tasks forward to completion in a timely manner while maintaining high quality. Escalate issues where appropriate.
  • Strong IT literacy skills, including using web-based solutions and Microsoft Office. Knowledge of designing with eLearning development tools (for example Captivate, Articulate and Toolbook).
  • Strong matrix management, influencing and negotiation skills: proven ability to work effectively in a team with a range of people, organizations and cultures and at all levels
  • Experience in effective budget management
  • A team player, able to work responsibly, under pressure, and collaboratively across diverse groups and culture.
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 20% if necessary and when situation allows.

Location and Salary

This is a full time, permanent position, and can be hosted in our offices in the Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda or United Kingdom, subject to right to work eligibility in the respective countries.

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 3 in UK and Grade F in Country Programme.

Additional Information

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 at Canary Wharf, London and this will be your location and contract base. We support and enjoy a hybrid working environment, this includes regular attendance in the London office to connect with each other. We look forward to discussing with you how you can best deliver in your new role.

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 behavior, 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.

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