We are seeking an exceptional individual with the experience, skills and vision needed to co-ordinate an innovative, multi-country research programme, and to provide strategic leadership for evidence generation and learning across our operations. The post-holder will co-lead the ‘Accountability for Water Action Research Programme’ to ensure the initiatives’ impact and legacy through strengthening water sector governance and service delivery in Africa and beyond. They will co-ordinate and mentor research partners and professional research fellows in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and with a Pan-African focus to support high-quality research design, delivery, documentation and communication of results. This initiative will further develop our global support role in the field of accountability and advocacy for water security. The post holder will also work with our team and partners to enhance the impact of inter-disciplinary research across our growing organisational functions. The goal is to generate and share knowledge which will enable all stakeholders to harness accountability practice to accelerate delivery of the water related SDG’s, social justice, climate resilience and sustainable resource management.
Role and Responsibilities
The practice lead in water stewardship will co-ordinate, deliver and lead Water Witness’s practice and programmes focused on ‘redefining corporate responsibility’ for water. The role will require high levels of competence in the design and delivery of interdisciplinary research, and thoughtful steering of research by a dispersed group of collaborating partners. Specific responsibilities include:
Primary focus will be on delivery of the Accountability for Water Action Research Programme which targets improved water resource governance & WASH services by addressing the priority questions facing those working for water sector accountability, & by sharing knowledge generated widely in accessible ways to advance water security. Initial focus will be on supporting Professional Research Fellows in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, & at a Pan-African scale to undertake inquiry into accountability initiatives (accountability monitoring, budget tracking & analysis, evidence-based advocacy) & mechanisms (statutory grievance systems, public interest litigation, etc.) & their influence on water security for vulnerable communities. There will also be opportunities to design & deliver cross-country research. Success will be contingent on effective management of the research partnership & on ensuring stakeholder needs are met through their ongoing engagement. The Practice Lead will ensure findings are translated into concrete action to improve water security.
Working with the Water Witness team and our co-lead, the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), the postholder will ensure that:
In order to deliver these duties, the post holder will:
The post holder will take responsibility for aspects of our strategy with a strong research component relating to ‘accountable governance’, ‘re-defining corporate responsibility’ and ‘triggering political, social and economic change for water security’. Priorities will be determined via joint planning with the senior management team, and may include:
As research practice lead, the postholder will:
- Proactively input to & track global and national research and debates;
- Evolve Water Witness’s research interests and portfolio, and our fundraising strategies for its delivery;
- Identify and develop constructive partnerships to achieve the organisation’s strategic objectives;
- Identify, develop and deliver fundraising activities and funding proposals;
- Support team members with research advice and design where appropriate;
- Represent the organisation at a senior level at local, regional and global levels to secure strategic research partnerships, funding and to advance our organisational objectives;
- Ensure that the organisation’s systems, assets and capabilities are effectively used and appropriate for delivery of our strategic objectives, with a particular focus on research, knowledge management and evidence-into-use.
- Comply with Water Witness’s internal policies
Experience and Qualifications
Skills and Attributes
All correspondence should be sent to [email protected] with ‘Practice Lead - Research’ in the subject line. Please provide a CV and cover letter in ONE single document. The cover letter should be no more than two pages long, must explain why you want to work in this position, and should clearly set out how your skills and experience make you a good fit.
Please also attach a SINGLE example of your written work which best demonstrates your writing capabilities. This should be a recent, pre-existing report or paper of which you are the primary author.
On this occasion only those with an existing right to work and live in the UK should apply.
NOTE: Applications which do not meet these requirements will not be considered