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Director of Programmes at WaterAid Nigeria

Water Aid

Around 45,000 children under the age of five in Nigeria die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by the nation’s poor levels of access to water, sanitation and hygiene. Around 31% of the Nigerian population do not have access to safe water- that’s nearly 58 million people; while 71% of Nigeria’s population lacks access to basic sanitation, that’s over 130 million people without a toilet! This is a crisis that calls for urgent action if we are to ensure universal access -access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene services for everyone everywhere in Nigeria by 2030.

WaterAid Nigeria has recently agreed a 5 year strategy and is restructuring for more effectiveness in responding to the needs in the country context. We are expanding the scale and scope of our work over the coming years with a view to supporting and catalysing government efforts to deliver the SDGs and especially Goal 6.

We seek a high calibre of professionals to play leading roles in our mission to transform lives with safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the world’s poorest communities:

Position: Director of Programmes

Working with the Programmes Directorate in WaterAid Nigeria, this senior management role will set, achieve and maintain high standards of programming quality that reflect adherence to WaterAid technical standards, best practice and donor guidelines, while fostering needs-driven innovation to improve effectiveness and impact. The Director of Programmes will ensure country level activities consistently meets the 9 commitments outlined in the WaterAid Programme Accountability Framework while also ensuring the desired integration between policy and practice is achieved and focus our programmes towards influencing for transformational change.

Key responsibilities of the Director of Programmes include:

  • Set high standards of programming quality that reflect adherence to WaterAid programme quality standards, best practice and donor guidelines, while fostering needs-driven innovation to improve programme effectiveness and impact; ensure that WaterAid Nigeria consistently meets the 9 commitments outlined in the WaterAid Programme Accountability Framework.
  • Lead the delivery of influencing programmes at national & state level. Design programming activities to influence government (national, state & LGA) policy & legislation, budgets, co-ordination mechanisms and innovative delivery approaches to strengthen WASH services and increase WASH access.
  • Plan, guide and showcase WaterAid’s service delivery, research and innovations to influence policy makers. Provide guidance to reports on maintaining quality of research products and ensuring effective conversion of research products into use in the sector and beyond.

Qualifications and Experience

  • To be successful in the Director of Programmes role, you must have a graduate or Master’s level Degree plus a minimum ten (10) years development programme management experience. At least three (3) years of your experience should be in a senior management position in a reputable international or development organisation.
  • Candidates must demonstrate experience in managing WASH projects and programmes, strong financial management skills including developing and managing complex budgets and experience in preparing donor reports (narrative and financial) is required.

Application Procedure

All interested applicants are strongly advised to review the detailed job descriptions for these roles which can be found at www.wateraid.org/jobs

Interested applicants should submit an expression of Interest letter and updated CV to hrnig@wateraid.org.

The submission must indicate position title as subject/in the subject line of the email. Applications submission closes on 18th November 2016.

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