Senior Policy Analyst - Health and Hygiene

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Senior Policy Analyst - Health and Hygiene

Want to use your skills in policy analysis and driving change to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?

Join WaterAid as Senior Policy Analyst – Health and Hygiene 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 2018 Great Place to Work® award-winning organisation.

The WaterAid Global Policy and Campaigns Department works, together with Country Programme and Regional staff, to influence policy change at national and international levels to ensure that the poorest communities gain access to water and sanitation services.

As our Senior Policy Analyst- Health and Hygiene, you will act as WaterAid’s lead on key health and hygiene thematic portfolio areas, in support of WaterAid’s work to improve public policy and programming on good practice approaches to WASH and health, including on immunisation, nutrition and cholera. 

The aim of this post is to build recognition of the role of water, sanitation and hygiene can have on public health and to strengthen the programmes and system-wide responses to address this challenge. The post holder will act as a policy lead on thematic issues including, but not limited to cholera, nutrition and immunisation. She or he will develop productive working relationships with senior international policy-makers and participate in official policy-making processes.  

This is a maternity cover for a full-time position for a fixed time period (1 year). The role will include travel, up to 6 weeks a year.

Job Description

In this role, you will act as WaterAid’s global lead on immunisation, cholera and nutrition public policy, building international recognition of the devastating impact that poor water, sanitation and hygiene have on public health. You will work with WaterAid country programmes and partners to develop comprehensive approaches to WASH and health and share evidence on what works when it comes to tackling these challenges at programme and systems level.

You’ll also:

  • Provide the analytical and research evidence to develop policy options to drive prioritisation of WASH in international and Country-level health policies and programmes.  
  • Represent WaterAid in various forums to advocate for change, by attending external meetings and presenting research findings and programme experience to policy makers, NGOs, aid agencies, the media and the public. 
  • Provide policy and research analysis to Country programmes by liaising with Regional Advocacy Managers and Country programme staff to identify appropriate case studies, data sources and issues.  
  • Monitor relevant policy debates and provide briefs on relevant topical issues. Assist in developing advocacy papers for different external audiences capturing key research findings; consult and liaise with key staff within the policy, international and communications teams to develop clear and evidence based policy messages; and assist in the design and implementation of external dissemination strategy for papers. 
  • Support the organisational Community of Practice on WASH and Health policy and programming.

Person specification

To be successful, you’ll need: 

  • Post-graduate degree in Health Policy, Public Health or related field 
  • Ability to translate research and policy analysis into clear influencing messages for a variety of audiences, to affect policy and practice change
  • Knowledge of and ability to communicate the link between WASH and health and the scientific evidence to multi-sectoral audiences including non-policy audiences.
  • Proven track record in identifying significant opportunities and gaps in the public policy agenda and to exploit these within available resources 
  • The ability to critically analyse evidence and policy-making processes to identify gaps and opportunities to promote WASH as a foundational health intervention
  • Strong track record of successful health policy engagement and shifting health sector or international development policy. 
  • Visit the WaterAid careers page for a full job pack. 

Additional Information

The post holder can be located in WaterAid UKs office in Vauxhall, London or any location where a WaterAid Country programme or Federation member (including WaterAid Sweden) is located, and particularly locations with good international transport links. If an overseas location is proposed, the salary offered will be competitive in relation to the location.

We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post if located in the UK.  In order to apply for this post,  you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK. 


Please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter (no longer than one page) in one document using World Document or PDF format, through either People Place or to [email protected]

Applications will close one minute before midnight on 31st October 2019. Availability for interview (in person or by skype) is required 4th – 8th November


Salary: Competitive with excellent benefits. If the post holder is located in a WaterAid country programme or federation member location, the salary offered will be competitive in relation to the location.


WaterAid is fully committed to protecting those with whom it comes into contact in WaterAid is committed to ensuring that wherever we work in the world there is no tolerance for the abuse of power, privilege or trust. WaterAid reinforces a culture of zero tolerance towards any form of inappropriate behaviour, abuse, harassment, or exploitation of any kind. The safeguarding of our beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf, is our top priority, and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously. All staff and volunteers are required to share in this commitment through our Global Code of Conduct. We will conduct the most appropriate preemployment references and checks to ensure high standards are maintained. 

WaterAid is an equal opportunities, disability-confident employer and committed to achieving the highest standards of diversity, fairness and equality. Should you have a disability and require any additional support, please contact us at [email protected]