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Advocacy Communications Manager at WaterAid Nigeria

WaterAid is an international non-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people break free from poverty and disease, unlock their potential and change their lives for good through improved access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. WaterAid started its operation in Nigeria in 1995. Since then it has successfully executed several intervention programmes as outlined by its objectives and has made impact in the lives of the very poor. WaterAid with the country office in Abuja currently works in Bauchi, Enugu and Plateau States with funding from various donors and partners.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Advocacy Communications Manager

Location: Abuja (on a Hybrid Working basis)
Slots: 2

Job Description

  • This role is available as a 1x Permanent Full-time Contract and 1x Fixed-term 12 months Maternity cover. Both options will be discussed at the interview stage.
  • Want to use your skills in strategic communications to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?
  • Join WaterAid as Advocacy Communications Manager to change normal for millions of people so they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good. On top of that you'll be joining a 2020 Great Place to Work award-winning organisation.
  • The WaterAid Strategic Communications team identifies and maximises strategic and creative communications opportunities and value for WaterAid in the UK and Globally.
  • As our Advocacy Communications Manager you will work closely with cross-functional teams in the UK and Globally, leading the coordination and delivery of communications campaigns and high impact activities aligned to advocacy strategies.

About the Role

  • In this role, you will play a key role in translating core policy messaging into compelling advocacy communications materials and harnessing strategic channels to effectively influence decision-makers at international, regional and country levels.

You'll Also

  • Ensure we have strong and effective communications at the heart of our two global advocacy campaigns focusing on Hygiene and Health and Water and Climate Change.
  • Inspire colleagues with your creativity and innovation - whilst remaining ruthlessly strategic ensuring that every piece of content has a defined purpose and audience.
  • Contribute global advocacy communications plans into wider organisational strategic communications planning and activities.
  • Brief and work closely with internal and external stakeholders on the delivery of creative and strategic communications materials.
  • Convene a global group of key communications leads from across our country, regional and member teams on a regular basis to plan, coordinate and monitor the delivery of advocacy communications in support of the global priority campaigns.

To Be Successful, You'll Need

  • A University Degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience of designing compelling campaign messages and communications across a range of channels, including ability to translate complex issues into simple messages that non-expert audiences can understand and act on.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to successfully manage complex and sensitive organisational relationships to achieve cross-organisational, collectively agreed goals.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Commitment to WaterAid's values and a working style that reflects these.
  • Track record of delivering successful communication plans at global and national level across both low-income and high-income country contexts to achieve campaign objectives.
  • A strategic, innovative and creative thinker with the ability to design simple communications that have impact.

Desirable but Non-essential Skills:

  • Proficiency in another language preferably French or Portuguese.
  • Experience of delivering communications work in Africa, Asia and/or Pacific country contexts.

Salary of a Nigeria-based candidate of N21,285,694 - 24,163,624 subject to experience.


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline  2nd October, 2022.


  • WaterAid has a flexible and hybrid working policy, however the candidates are expected to work from their local WaterAid office on a semi-regular basis, with days to be agreed with the hiring manager.
  • Candidates must have the right to work in their country of residence.
  • Please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter into one document in either Word Document or PDF format.
  • Please indicate your location and the right to work eligibility in your Cover letter.
  • Shortlisting and interviews may take place on a rolling basis and the application process will close if a suitable candidate is found prior to the advertised closing date

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