Private Sector Policy and Advocacy

Ref: 6340


The appointee will be based in London, New York or Washington DC.

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Role Managed by:

Isabela Betoret

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 7340 6248


Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: The salary range for a London-based appointee is £70,000-£80,000 and for a US-based appointee is $160,000-$180,000, subject to experience, with excellent benefits

Closing Date: 06/02/2023

Formal Interview Date: mid-March

“Water and sanitation are at the very core of sustainable development, critical to the survival of people and the planet.”

With 7 years to achieve the 2030 Agenda, the SDG 6 targets are among the furthest behind. Achieving universal, sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene will require a major mobilisation of resources, public demand, and political will. Unless there is a monumental shift in ambition and approach, the global promise made in the Sustainable Development Goals for everyone, everywhere to have access to safe and lasting water and sanitation and basic hygiene by 2030 will not be fulfilled for many decades to come.

However, this is also a critical moment of opportunity. We have seen the potential of market-led solutions and innovations for WASH, and businesses have never been more attuned to the need for progress in this area and the key role they can play in this. As we continue to put water, sanitation and hygiene at the heart of the global sustainability agenda, WaterAid is uniquely placed to leverage positive impact across the private sector to achieve universal WASH access.

It is an exciting time to join WaterAid. We are currently recruiting a number of Private Sector focused roles across the Policy and Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships departments, reflecting WaterAid's increased focus on engaging with the private sector in our new global strategy. In this role you will bring strategic leadership to our cross-Federation Private Sector Engagement Group (PSEG), building on our existing strong foundations in Private Sector engagement, and playing a leading role in shaping and implementing a new aspect of our work in strategic influencing and setting an ambitious yet pragmatic sector-specific policy agenda.

Politically savvy and highly strategic, the appointee will bring significant experience in influencing policy and practice within the private sector, as well a solid knowledge of the relevant policy frameworks, coalitions, forums and partnerships which will best deliver impact. You will have highly developed networks spanning the private sector, as well as a deep understanding of how decisions are made in the business sector and of the broader political landscape in which businesses are operating. Flexible and able to embrace ambiguity and complexity, you will be an innovative and creative thinker with exceptional communication skills and a proven ability to represent WaterAid at the most senior levels and to a diverse range of audiences.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification quoting reference 6340. The deadline for applications is 9am GMT on Monday 6th February.

The appointee will be based in London, New York or Washington DC, with overseas travel required. The salary range for a London-based appointee is £70,000-£80,000 and for a US-based appointee is $160,000-$180,000, subject to experience, with excellent benefits. 

Perrett Laver will conduct an executive search process in parallel with the public advertisement of the role. Longlisted candidates will be invited to interview with Perrett Laver in February and the Selection Panel will subsequently meet to decide upon a final shortlist for the post in early March, following which, interviews with the Selection Committee will take place in mid-March.

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An inclusive workplace:

WaterAid is committed to being an organisation where everyone is included, respected, and empowered to be their best. We represent and celebrate our staff, partners and everyone we work with, and create a culture where everyone can reach their full potential.

Equal opportunities:

We are an equal opportunity, disability-confident employer and are dedicated to achieving the highest standards of diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, beliefs, customs, traditions and ways of life. This includes, but is not limited to, race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, national or social origin, health status, and economic or social situation.


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