Rooted Advocacy and Policy Officer

WaterAid Ghana

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WaterAid Ghana seeks the services of a Rooted Advocacy and Policy Officer 


Job Title: Rooted Advocacy and Policy Officer 


Job Location: Tamale, Northern Region


Job Summary

  • Working with the Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns Team and reporting to the Policy Manager, the Policy Officer will work with programme officers, local government authorities (LGAs), NGO partners, Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and relevant coalitions and networks to build capacities, generate and monitor policy agenda from the grassroots to national level. The post holder will facilitate and pursue research agenda that adds value to the organisational strategy implementation within Ghana’s WASH policy context including Water Policy and the SWA Compact


Job Description

  • Provide technical support to CBOs and NGOs to strengthen their networking and engagement with duty bearers
  • Analyse the practice of WASH policies and how they affect marginalized people and pro-actively engage in key debates at all levels
  • Write policy briefings and case studies to guide WAG’s positioning in sector debates especially on improving pro-poor targeting and efficiency of investments in WASH in Ghana
  • Identify and facilitate key policy research areas in WASH to enable review and/or implementation of pro-poor targeting
  • Work with the Communications and Campaigns Officer (CCO), NGO partners, coalitions and to regularly document learning for evidence-based advocacy at all levels 
  • Work with the CCO, partners and WATSAN committees to generate case studies (2 per annum) as well as documenting key processes and evidence of WAG’s influencing work 
  • Actively contribute to Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) processes in WaterAid Ghana including annual reviews, partner forums, planning and budgeting, and provide monitoring and evaluation support to partners
  • Work with existing NGOs/coalitions, WSMT, DWSTs, Water boards and LGAs and other relevant stakeholders to identify their community organizing and Human Rights Based Approaches (HRBA)-related capacity needs and support their capacity building
  • Work with NGO partners and Programme Support Department of WAG to identify, implement, and monitor areas of policy-programme integration
  • Develop and strengthen relationships among sector stakeholders including government departments, NGOs and community groups in a tripartite and mutually accountable fashion at all levels
  • Prepare timely information and reports for donors


Qualification and Requirements

  • Bachelors in development studies, public policy & social administration; international relations; development economics; political science
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience of working with grassroots organizations in community organizing and policy advocacy, networking and social movement building 
  • Experience working with LGAs  and facilitating engagements between marginalized peoples and their organizations and LGAs  
  • Knowledge of community organizing and social movement building Knowledge of  HRBA to development
  • Understanding the dynamics of deriving policy issues from service delivery and defining campaign agenda at all levels
  • Understanding of technical, social and institutional issues relating to water and sanitation, hygiene education in developing countries
  • Experience in managing advocacy projects and working with media
  • Experience in report writing and developing policy briefs
  • Experience in leading and facilitating campaigns, performance monitoring and evaluation
  • Excellent oral, written communication and public speaking skills
  • Articulate with above average presentation skills
  • Analytical, critical thinking, facilitation and negotiation skills
  • Good numeracy skills
  • Computer literate-MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher



WaterAid Ghana

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)


Northern Region



Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

1 - 3 years