Executive Director, International Programmes

Ref: 6408

WaterAid

The appointee will ideally be based in one the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa or the UK. Other locations where WaterAid has an existing presence may also be considered.

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Role Managed by:

Harriet Weaver

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 7340 7384

e: Harriet.weaver@perrettlaver.com

Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: The salary and benefits are set at a competitive market rate in the relevant country - details are available on request.

Closing Date: 27/03/2023

Formal Interview Date: late-April to early-May.

Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene for everyone, everywhere. It sounds normal and it should be.

At WaterAid, our mission is to transform lives through sustainable and safe water, sanitation and hygiene. 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.

With our partners and supporters, we have transformed the lives of tens of millions of people by bringing these three essentials. With our new Global Strategy, we seek to catalyse change that will deliver these essentials to hundreds of millions more.

It is an incredibly exciting time to join WaterAid. With the launch of our ambitious new Global Strategy, we are committed to being innovative and bold; working differently to end the water, sanitation and hygiene crisis for good.

About the Role

As our Executive Director, International Programmes, you will lead an exceptional team of 750 talented staff, working with our partners to develop and deliver WaterAid UK’s country programmes in Africa and South Asia. You will provide leadership across the WaterAid federation to develop our overall portfolio of work and the standards that support this.   Responsible for a budget of circa £60 million, you will oversee our ambitious strategy for growth and diversity in restricted funding, and our partnerships with institutional donors.  And, as a member of the WaterAid UK Directors team and federation Global Executive, you will be jointly responsible for the wider leadership, management and development of the organisation.

About you

An inspiring and visionary leader, you will bring extensive strategic management and leadership experience as well as a truly global perspective and in-depth understanding of international development issues and global trends. You will have a passion for empowering and drawing on the vast potential of a diverse team, and for progressing the commitments made in our Global Strategy to address power imbalances that act as obstacles to our mission. An effective decision-maker and deliverer, with the confidence to innovate, you will bring strategic ability and a collaborative approach. You will also bring the proven ability to build and influence effective partnerships both internally and externally in the support of WaterAid’s vision and aims.

The appointee will ideally be based in one the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa or the UK. Other locations where WaterAid has an existing presence may also be considered. WaterAid welcomes/actively encourages applications from those based in, or with lived experience of, one of our programme countries. Regular overseas travel is required. The salary and benefits are set at a competitive market rate in the relevant country - details are available on request.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and person specification quoting reference 6408. The deadline for applications is 9am GMT on Monday 27th March 2023.

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 early April and the Selection Panel will subsequently meet to decide upon a final shortlist for the post in mid-April, following which, interviews with the Selection Committee will take place in late-April to early-May.

Our Commitments

Our People Promise:

Everything we do is guided by our values. We want everyone to be treated with dignity and respect, and we champion people’s rights and contributions to achieve a fairer world. WaterAid is passionately committed to being an organisation where everyone is welcome, included, respected, and empowered to be their best. We represent and celebrate the diversity of our staff, partners and everyone we work with to 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.

Safeguarding:

We are committed to protecting everyone we come into contact with. We have a zero-tolerance approach to abuse of power, privilege or trust across our global work, and any form of inappropriate behaviour, discrimination, abuse, bullying, harassment or exploitation. Safeguarding the people and communities we work with, our 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.

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