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Policy Research Officer in Vauxhall at WaterAid

Date posted: 6/12/2019

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Job Description

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

Join WaterAid as a Policy Research Officer 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 Policy and Campaigns Department (PCD) 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 enthusiastic and proactive Policy Research Officer you will support the identification and implementation of research and monitor relevant external policy debates, write policy briefs, and contribute to making the case for change to an external audience.

This opening is designed to provide research support across the Policy Team and the Policy and Campaigns Department in the thematic area of climate resilient WASH but may also support research on other focus areas including water security, finance, governance, health and sanitation.

The post is a fixed-term 15 month contract based in our London Office with approximately 6 months in a WaterAid Country Programme or Regional Team. This role has been deliberately structured to provide a solid platform from which to build a wider career in policy change and is not intended to lead to a permanent role within WaterAid.

In this role, you will support the identification and implementation of research and advocacy projects through the collection, analysis and synthesis of data. She or he will monitor relevant external policy debates, write policy briefs, help devise alternative pro-poor policy options and contribute to making the case for change to an external audience.

You'll also:

* Support the Policy Team to develop research and briefings in key thematic areas with a particular focus on climate resilient WASH.
* Support Country Programmes to collect, analyse and present data at national level
* Develop Advocacy Papers for external dissemination
* Represent WaterAid and advocate for change

To be successful, you'll need:
Experience of influencing change or demonstrable understanding of public policy change processesA demonstrable commitment to social justice or international relations or development issues through experience in campaigns, voluntary work or academic research. Demonstrable experience of conducting robust research in subject areas related to public policy and international development. Experience in climate change adaptation research would be an advantage. Degree or equivalent experience in: climate sciences, development economics; environmental management; public policy and social administration; international relations; development studies or related disciplines.Awareness of ethical issues in northern-southern research cooperationKnowledge of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodsFirst class oral and written skills in EnglishFirst class numerical or qualitative and analytical skills and the ability to synthesise findings to support decision-making (this will be tested at interview)Ability to travel to country programmes as required with an agreement to spend up to 6 months placement with a Country Programme or Regional Office that might be a fragile state.Ability to work with minimum supervision and to short deadlinesTime management and ability to prioritise multiple, competing tasks
Visit the WaterAid careers page for a full job pack.
WaterAid benefits include:

36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave We offer a generous pension plan with employer contribution of up to 10%Flexible working conditions, including the opportunity for part-time work and home working up to 2 days a weekSeason Ticket LoanFree annual eye testsPay as You Earn training scheme Pay as You Give charitable giving scheme
We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post. 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 (no more than 2 sides of A4 with a minimum 11pt font) and a cover letter. The cover letter should include answers to the questions below. The questions are targeted at the four highlighted criteria in the person specification provided:

Demonstrable understanding of public policy change processes.A demonstrable commitment to social justice, international relations or development issues through experience in campaigns, voluntary work or academic research. Demonstrable experience of conducting original and robust research and analysis in subject areas related to public policy and international development. Experience in climate change adaptation research would be an advantage.Degree or equivalent experience in: climate sciences, development economics; environmental management; public policy and social administration; international relations; development studies or related disciplines.
Use no more than 250 words per answer (ideally fewer) - 'excellent written communication' is one of the essential criteria, and we consider that to include the ability to communicate clearly and concisely.

If you were appointed, how would you benefit from this role?Give a brief summary of a policy change that you have helped influence or followed closely, and explain how and why the change came about. (This could be at any level, from institutional (e.g. college) to national or transnational.)Give a brief example of a social cause that you believe in and explain how you have been actively engaged in it (e.g. this could be a social justice, political or a development issue).Summarise some research that you have conducted in a subject area related to international development and/or public policy and/or climate change adaptation. Explain the rationale behind the research, how you went about it, and how the research was (or could be) used.Explain how your experience to date has contributed to your interest in, and understanding of, international development policy. (This could include academic studies, employment, or any other relevant activities.
Shortlisting is based only on the information you provide and will focus on your ability to meet the 4 highlighted selection criteria in the person specification for this post. You are still required to demonstrate evidence of the remaining essential criteria at this stage, but they will be explored in further depth through the interview stages, which will involve aptitude tests in data analysis, presentation skills and policy analysis.