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Technical Lead – Water Security

WaterAid Australia |
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Location: Australia | Any Major City | International
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Title Technical Lead – Water Security
Reporting To Head of Strategy, WaterAid Australia
Location Flexible according to right to work in either Timor-Leste,
Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, or Australia
Employment Details Full time, 2 year contract, competitive INGO salary package

Introduction
WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. Our mission is to
transform lives by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the world’s poorest
communities.

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 government 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 our six values:
• Integrity
• Respect
• Collaboration
• Courage
• Accountability
• Innovation

Overview
WaterAid Australia works within a federated international NGO structure, and is the WaterAid
international member responsible for managing country programs in South East Asia and the Pacific.
WaterAid Australia has country programs in Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, and Cambodia.

The organisation is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Technical Lead – Water Security within
the Policy and Programs team to provide technical leadership of integrated water security and WASH
quality programming in Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and the Asia Pacific region. WaterAid
is a child safe organisation and committed to protection from sexual exploitation and abuse in everything we do. All positions within WaterAid are required to comply with our Global Safeguarding Policy, Child
Safeguarding Policy and Codes of Conduct.

Position Summary
The Technical Lead – Water Security is responsible for supporting high quality implementation of
integrated WASH and Water Security programs in Timor-Leste, PNG, and Cambodia. The position is
responsible for leading and growing WaterAid’s climate resilient WASH strategic portfolio of work
across programming; policy and influencing and business development. This is an excellent
opportunity for a professional with strategic relationships with others in the WASH, water security
and climate change sectors.

The position will be part of an experienced team of Technical Leads, collaborating to integrate water
security and climate resilience with our core gender, health, and system strengthening
programming approaches. Working with the Head of Strategy the position will lead the
implementation and monitoring of WaterAid’s regional climate resilience strategy. The position will
also have responsibility for identifying policy and programming opportunities to collaborate with
WaterAid global staff that are working on climate change.

Key Performance Areas/Accountabilities
• Lead the area of water security within WaterAid Australia, including integrated WASH and
WRM efforts; nature-based solutions and strengthening links to agriculture and energy;
• Work collaboratively with country programs to support them to design, deliver and improve
quality of their water security and climate resilient WASH programming
• Lead the delivery of WaterAid’s Climate Resilient WASH strategy for the Southeast Asia and
Pacific region that builds on and supports the capacities and priorities of country programs;
• Lead or support research initiatives related to integrated water security and WASH and
document and share WaterAid’s experiences, lessons and findings;
• Build networks, relationship and partnership with Australian and regional water security;
climate and agriculture actors to position WASH as a critical issue for climate change
outcomes;
• Maintain strategic relationships with WaterAid water security and climate colleagues across
the global federation;
• Represent WaterAid in Australian, regional and global water security, WASH and climate
forums;
• Drive business development opportunities at a regional level and in collaboration with
country programs relating to water security, WASH and Climate Change, and secure new
funding contracts;

• Support project and contract management, program operations, and learning and
development processes as required.

Qualification, Skills & Attributes (Key Capabilities/Selection Criteria)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
• Experience in water resource management and water security programming
or research in a development context
• Understanding of water, sanitation and hygiene in Southeast Asia and Pacific
contexts
• Experience in providing capacity strengthening support to improve program
quality of in-country teams, including distance relationships management and
the development of staff networks
• Experience integrating water security, WRM and climate data into program
design and implementation approaches
• Excellent facilitation skills and ability to make clear public presentations in
English
• Good networker adept at establishing and maintaining relationships with
colleagues and collaborators. Familiarity with the main WRM and/or climate
change actors (donors, implementing agencies) and global and national
strategies.
• Understanding of the impact of climate change on gender and experience
with addressing gender inequality within development programming
• Strong research, writing and analytical skills to produce technical reports or
scientific papers
Education • Graduate qualification related to water resource management or water
security

Personal Qualities
• Commitment to WaterAid’ values and standards of safety of children and
protection from sexual exploitation and abuse in all our activities
• Demonstrate an understanding of gender equality and women’s
empowerment including ethnic diversity and cultural sensitivity
• Self-motivation and independent worker, adaptable to work with remote
communication between teams
• Excellent interpersonal skills, collaborative style and ability to forge new
relationships and partnerships
• Being open to learn, experiment and take risks
• A strong commitment to gender transformative, inclusive, and pro-poor
development agenda
• Commitment to Child Safeguarding and to the WaterAid values of integrity,
respect, collaboration, courage, accountability and innovation

• Ability to travel to Cambodia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, Pacific region,
Australia and Europe.

Physical Environment and Demands
Remote, flexible working arrangement with relevant equipment supplied as required, approximately 10
weeks overseas travel required per year when safety and security conditions permit.
WaterAid is a child safe organisation and committed to protection from sexual exploitation and abuse in
everything we do. All positions within WaterAid are required to comply with our Global Safeguarding
Policy and Procedures, Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures and Codes of Conduct.

Level of contact with children
During project site visits, office family days.

To apply
Please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria to
[email protected] by 23 June 2024.

Closing Date: Jun 23, 2024
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