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Director of Policy and Programs

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Location: VIC
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Director, Policy and Programs

• Dynamic NGO
• Location: 3 Albert Coates Lane. Melbourne CBD
• Salary Packaging
• Classification: Level 1
• Reporting to: Chief Executive
• Permanent, Full Time

About Us:

WaterAid is an international not-for-profit organisation. Our vision is a world where everyone everywhere has access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Our mission is to transform lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

WaterAid works through supporting local organisations and government authorities to design and demonstrate appropriate and sustainable WASH programs. WaterAid also seeks to influence policy change through governments and other key sector actors to secure and protect the right of poor people, to safe, affordable, water and sanitation services.

Everything we do is shaped by six values: Integrity, Respect, Collaboration, Courage, Accountability, and Innovation. These values define our culture and unite us globally across the many countries in which we work. The values and standards we uphold are highlighted in our Global Code of Conduct available at www.wateraid.org/uk/publications/global-code-of-conduct. All roles within WaterAid are required to comply with our Global Code of Conduct.

WaterAid is a child-safe organisation and we are committed to protection from sexual exploitation and abuse in everything we do. We recognise that we must meet community expectations and the trust placed in our personnel to maintain the highest standards of conduct with children. Therefore, all roles within WaterAid are required to comply with our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

Successful candidates will also be asked to undergo police and other integrity checks.

About the Role

The position is responsible for leading WaterAid’s Policy and Programs team and in partnership with Country Directors oversees WaterAid Cambodia, PNG, and Timor-Leste country strategies and business plans. The Policy and Programs team has responsibility for program operations, thematic and country strategy planning, technical advice, learning and evidence, policy and influencing, and institutional business development. Leading the work of the Policy and Programs team and supporting Country Directors involves significant people management.

As part of the WaterAid Australia SMT and Regional Leadership Team, the position is responsible for managing key policy and programming risks and opportunities, particularly relating to program quality, DFAT and ACFID accreditation, and safeguarding. Along with the Chief Executive, Country Directors, and other Policy and Programs staff, the Director leads on engaging and influencing key Australian and regional donor and development partners. Within the WaterAid Federation, the position represents WaterAid Australia on the Global Program and Advocacy Executive.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will ideally have senior management and organisational leadership experience, with an ability to inspire and motivate individuals and teams and sustain a thriving, collaborative culture. You have exceptional strategic thinking skills with an ability to identify trends impacting the WASH and not-for-profit sectors. You have worked in various international development contexts and appreciate that policy and programming outcomes require context based, adaptive and politically informed approaches. To this end, you work in a way that reinforces the decision-making and leadership of country program colleagues. You should have a desire to lead a team that has an ambitious commitment to integrating gender transformation, climate resilience, health outcomes and systems strengthening in WASH programming and policy approaches.

Further details on Selection Criteria can be found in Position Description

Details of how to apply

Please submit an application to [email protected] by Monday, 14 August 2023.

Applications for this position must include a resume and a cover letter addressing the above Qualification, Skills and Selection Criteria. Applicants must have the right to work in Australia. For any queries not answered in this document please email [email protected]

Due to high volumes of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. All applications will be treated confidentially and for shortlisted candidates, permission will be sought before contacting any referees.

WaterAid champions diversity, equality and inclusion and encourage applications from people who are from different backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, people of any age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation and cultural background.

Closing Date: Aug 14, 2023