WaterAid International Job Vacancy: Coordinator - Policy Research and Advocacy Support, New Delhi - India

Job Description

Job title: Coordinator- Policy Research and Advocacy support
Grade: 5
Location: New Delhi
Reporting to: Head of Policy
Reporting from: None

Jal Seva Charitable Foundation (JSCF) is registered in India as a not for profit company under Chapter Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956. JSCF is an associate member of WaterAid International and used the brand name ‘WaterAid’ in India. WaterAid‘s mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. WaterAid India’s goal is to “Make Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) poverty history in the country”.

WaterAid began working in India in 1986. WaterAid India (WAI) focuses on the poorer states in the country to better target India's most vulnerable communities. The head office is in the nation’s capital, New Delhi. WaterAid India also has Regional Programme Offices in Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad and Lucknow. We currently work in 11 states in the country.

WAI’s Programme focus in the next five years is on promoting and securing rights and access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation for the poor in particular through direct services and millions more through our influencing work.

WaterAid India is seeking to identify a dynamic individual who will play important roles in the policy research and advocacy support initiatives by WaterAid India on water, sanitation, hygiene and allied sector policies. This person will lead or support, as required, various research, knowledge dissemination and uptake initiatives, including regular support on various policy and advocacy action, by WaterAid India.


  • Work with Policy, programme teams to identify annual priority areas for policy research, under the guidance of the Head of Policy; independently undertake  or support development and finalisation of research plans/ protocols
  • Conduct or support policy team members or regional offices, as assigned by the head of policy, in conducting planned research activities
  • Conduct data analysis, prepare research reports, briefs and other knowledge products from the studies conducted or supported
  • Lead or support identification and documentation of best practices from within and outside WaterAid, that are relevant for WAI priorities;
  • Conduct or support, as required, dissemination and policy uptake of various research studies- including leading or supporting preparation and publication  of social media contents, blogs, conference abstracts/papers, news articles and peer reviewed papers
  • Support creating policy briefs out of research products undertaken by WAI on a regular basis
  • Support regional/state teams to develop their policy research initiatives, and to prepare relevant state level policy updates and analysis. facilitate policy uptake
  • Prepare and share timely knowledge and data updates on critical WASH and linked themes, including organising regular talks and seminars on relevant topics
  • Represent WaterAid India, as required, in conferences, meetings, seminars etc., as well as in print and visual media
  • Adhere, and coordinate adherence processes, to the WaterAid India’s research strategy and processes, including convening of the institutional research review mechanisms
  • Supporting WaterAid India’s PME and knowledge management portfolio, by way of sharing of reports and other necessary information from the policy and advocacy action
  • Supporting WaterAid India’s communication portfolio, in preparation and presentation of various communication products from the policy and advocacy action
  • Lead or contribute in research related resource mobilisation activities, including development of funding proposals, in collaboration with the Resource Mobilisation division
  • Support Head of Policy, WaterAid India, in planning and imparting research, knowledge and advocacy initiatives under different thematic areas including in the documentation of the policy and advocacy work in WaterAid India
  • Any other tasks assigned by the line manager. 

Eligibilities and requirements

We prefer candidates with Post graduate (or equivalent) qualification, preferably in one of the following areas : public policy, social sciences, water/natural resource management, environment, public health, economics, engineering; additional research qualification such as M.Phil or PhD in relevant topics will be an added advantage

More than 7 years of relevant work experience, with not less than 3 years of research experience, in similar organisational/functional context. Experience in water, sanitation and hygiene and allied sectors will be an added advantage. Experience criteria will be suitably relaxed for candidates with M.Phil or PhD or  research work, in relevant topics

Other expectations

  • In depth understanding of research methods and processes, and ability to conduct research using qualitative, quantitative as well as mixed methods
  • Strong analytical, writing, presentation and communication skills- including the motivation and interest for preparing quick summaries, notes,  memos and blogs
  • Excellent language proficiency, both written and oral, in English and Hindi. Knowledge of vernaculars of the WaterAid India intervention states will be an added advantage
  • Understanding of various systems and processes in the WASH and allied sectors
  • Pro-activeness and self-motivation, capability to engage persuasively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and networking skills; ability to work effectively in a complex and politically sensitive policy environment
  • Ability to forge effective working relationships at senior level external stakeholders including senior government officers and the media
  • Sensitive and respectful to multiple cultures, able to collaborate with a wide range of people and ability work in a complex team structure
  • Ability to multi-task and to work within a multi-disciplinary team environment and a complex organisational structure.
  • Ability to give presentations and to deliver lectures to large audiences
  • Ability to organise and facilitate meetings, seminars and workshops
  • A quest for continuing learning and development
  • Ability and willingness to undertake travel

Application Process
To apply please download the attached application form. Kindly note that ONLY applications submitted on WaterAid's standard application form will be considered.
Please mention position and location in the subject line “Coordinator- Policy Research and Advocacy support”.

Completed applications should be sent to waindhr@wateraid.org . Closing date: 8th October 2017

Only Shortlisted candidates will be intimated of the interview.

WaterAid is an equal opportunity employer; women and the differently abled are particularly encouraged to apply.