Programme Officer-Advocacy

Application Deadline: 22 April 2020

Role Brief

WaterAid Bangladesh is an international not-for-profit organization, determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation and is looking for a committed, passionate and self-driven individual for the position of ‘Programme Officer-Advocacy’ for its country office in Bangladesh.

WaterAid aims to bring clean water, safe toilets and good hygiene to everyone, everywhere by 2030, with communities, partners and government and there’s a need for something big to happen in our world to bring the changes and advocacy is key to drive such change! The Programme Officer-Advocacy is a member of the policy advocacy team under the policy advocacy department, which leads on the engagement and development of relationships with government, private sector, networks, individuals and the community. The role plays a key part in the delivery of WaterAid’s Advocacy strategy and to achieve advocacy and influencing goals.

Qualifications Required

Education, Experience and Knowledge:

  • Masters/equivalent degree in Public Health/ Economics/ Development Studies/ Statistics or graduation in Civil/Environmental Engineering. 

  • At least 03 (three) years working experience in the relevant field preferably with reputed development organization.

  • The above requirements can be relaxed in case of excellent academic attainment or higher studies from renowned universities at home/abroad; and for demonstrated leadership skills

  • Clear conception, updated knowledge on equity and rights issues on WASH

  • Analytical ability to analyze policies, strategies and can extract advocacy and influential agenda for the WA

  • Experience in, policy/ strategy/ action plan formulation, report/article writing and documentation

  • Work/Research experience with Government/ Development Partners and INGOs and/or good understanding of Government and Development Partner’s work environment would be an added advantage

  • Understanding of Rights Based Approach and knowledge of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene issues of Bangladesh is preferred.


  • Strong interpersonal communication, networking and campaigning skills

  • Excellent public presentation skills in both Bangla and English 

  • Ability to establish good relationship and rapport with stakeholders and partners allure cooperation from other teams and maintain networks outside the organization

  • Skills to use different technological resources (computer, multimedia projector, internet, email, computer aided systems, widely used software etc)


  • Courage for multi-tasking ability to produce results individually or through teamwork within tight deadlines

  • Organised and problem- solving mindset, capable of working under pressure and juggling with multiple priorities

  • Able to identify priorities, design programmes and produce deliverables to a high-standards with minimal supervision.

  • Able to perform in a multi-sectoral environment.

  • Must be a team player with mutual trust and demonstrates gender and cultural awareness 

  • Must be passionate about engagement with people from all backgrounds

Work Description

Reportable to: Head of Policy and Advocacy 

Work station: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Contract Nature:    Fixed term - extendable subject to availability of funding

Working hours: Full time (05 days a week with minimum 37.5 hours per week)

Salary & benefits: Competitive salary package with admissible benefits that include provident fund, gratuity, festival bonus, life insurance, hospitalisation insurance scheme for spouse and children, cell phone allowances etc.

Apply Instruction

If you are passionate about influencing, networking, advocacy and development work, and want to be part of challenging and exciting things; are confident to meet organisation’s expectations and fulfill the above mentioned requirements, please apply to   with following paper works:

  • A supporting statement of no more than one page with a summary of why you are most fit for the position and what you would bring to this position

  • CV with recent photograph

  • The names, positions and contact details of at least two referees, including your current or most recent employer

  • Current and Expected salary

Application Deadline: 22 April 2020


Please mention (exactly) the name of the position applied for at top of the envelope


Candidates will have to be ready to go through an extensive selection process.

Any lobbying will be considered as disqualification

Women are especially encouraged to apply.

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