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Senior Manager National Impact and Influence

Water For People

Community & Social Services

NGO, NPO & Charity USh Confidential
1 month ago

Job Summary

The Senior Manager National Impact and Influence is ultimately responsible for capitalizing on the work that Water For People has been involved in, in Uganda, over the last 10 years.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Executive level
  • Experience Length: 10 years

Job Description/Requirements

REPORTS TO: Country Director in Uganda 


The Senior Manager National Impact and Influence  is ultimately responsible for capitalizing on the work that Water For People has been involved in, in Uganda, over the last 10 years.

The Senior Manager national Impact and Influence will develop and manage Water For People's influencing strategy at the national level in Uganda through advocacy, communication, programmatic and sectoral activities, and lead the execution of the country program's influencing plan to contribute to the fulfillment of the D30 national impact strategy for the achievement of SDG6 in the country.

She/He will articulate plans and activities with the regional and global influencing team and provide internal and external influence leadership with the Country Director, local programmatic and communications team, as well as national, subnational, and local public sector partners; NGO, cooperation, and private sector partners in Uganda’s.    

She/He will be the main point of contact in the Water For People program in Uganda and for the Global Hub regarding Influencing matters and will work closely with the Country Director and the Regional WASH Finance Advisor.

The position will  take the understanding and learning that has been gained, during the last 10 years, and use it to inform and influence other sector actors at national level, especially government, to accelerate the achievement of SDG 6 in the country. This is essentially building on the Everyone Forever approach, and the efforts to stimulate and support Sanitation as a Business (SAAB). The position is responsible for the execution of activities to achieve the objectives of the national impact pathway of our Destination 2030 strategy.

S/he will provide leadership for national advocacy, influence and learning programs, specifically the tripartite (possibly four organizations) collaboration, in building national and regional capacity to establish and sustain universal services. S/he will build an assessment of the strength of national sector system building blocks, and a program of works, and series of collaborations (a strategy) to address identified weaknesses in that assessment, in consultation with national government and other sector players.  


  • Highly accountable with the ability to deliver results in a fast-paced, collaborative team culture.
  • Must have well-developed written, oral, interpersonal, and negotiation communication skills with a high degree of sensitivity for confidentiality.
  • Must be task-oriented with an excellent sense of priority, logic and objectivity, highly organized and capable of handling a number of sensitive and important issues simultaneously while responding to unanticipated developments.



  • Develop and implement a national influence and advocacy plan aimed at addressing sector challenges through stakeholder collective action. Manage national level initiatives aimed at strengthening the different national building blocks on Finance, institutions, Water Resources Management, Monitoring, infrastructure among others.  
  • Spear head review of the national WASH building block assessment and working with the One For All alliance and government, track progress in implementation of recommendation.

2. Programmatic Tasks 

  • Develop and lead management and coordination responsibilities on issues of influence for Scale and One For All as well as for the Strategic Alliances and Fundraising for WASH.
  • Coordinate national influence agendas with national programmatic experts in areas of development of market systems, finance and planning, national impact, water resource management, climate change, monitoring, evaluation and learning.
  • Advise, coordinate and implement the development of the One For All National Influence Plan as part of the Alliance with IRC, in coordination with the Country Director.
  • Ensure that Technical Assistance is provided to key line ministries including the ministry of health, Ministry of Finance planning and Economic Development, Ministry of Education and Sports and Ministry of water and Environment on key strategic interventions leading to system strengthening towards the achievement of SDG6.

3. External Relationship Management

  • Designing and securing buy-in and engagement form potential donors, to pilot programs, to address  significant WASH sector challenge at scale.
  • Support the Country Director to Map and build relationships with international agencies, platforms and alliances of the WASH sector in country. 
  • Identify synergy opportunities with other Country teams in Africa.

4. Internal Management and Support

  • Line manage any staff dedicated to influence and advocacy activities 
  • Contribute to Water For People's overall program and policy discussions, at a national and  global level.
  • Collaborate with WFP-Denver on implementing organization-wide initiatives related to influence and scale. 

5. Learning and Reporting

  • Together with the Senior MEL officer Contribute to incountry and regional   learning environment among Water For People's partners. Together with the Senior MEL officer Contribute to and develop the capacity of Water For People staff and partners to document their experience for learning, influence advocacy purposes. Personally, produce at least two substantive articles on the work in Uganda per year.
  • Together With the Country Director, lead Country Program teams to represent and communicate Water For People’s model and story of progress to Everyone and Forever at conferences, convenings, and through written pieces for sector audiences.


  • Connects to the mission - embraces the mission of the Water For People client and works to align tasks and support the mission; aligns own behavior with the needs or priorities of the organization and demonstrates commitment to the mission; shows respect and composure, publicly admits mistakes and is committed to learning
  • Manages through ambiguity - deals comfortably with uncertainty; copes effectively.
  • To the change; you can decide and act without having the total picture; balance thought with action
  • Demonstrates cultural awareness - understands and values different perspectives while looking for terrain common; recognizes and respects diversity through words and actions; interact, work and develop relationships effectively with people of diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Action oriented - sets priorities and takes action; has an unwavering commitment to delivery of quality work products; recognizes needs or opportunities to act; maintains an open, curious and proactive learning attitude, continually expands their own area of understanding and experience
  • Team Sense - builds effective partnerships and work teams; consciously use the informal structures, dynamics and culture of an organization for getting things done; share actively and seeks input in decision-making from appropriate sources; show others how their objectives align with yours, overcoming individual prejudices; invest in build relationships with others
  • Impact and advocacy - have a well-developed understanding of the motivation and behavior of
  • The employees; identifies the strengths and weaknesses of people in terms of their work and the
  • Department where they work; influences others to achieve results; reassures and encourages employees and others through behavior-focused performance; focuses on develop additional skills and knowledge of the organization for the benefit of the job or department


  • Minimum bachelor's degree or professional qualification in a relevant subject (for example, Finance and Economics, development studies, community health, business, Marketing, Water and Sanitation).
  • Master’s Degree is a must in a related field.
  • Minimum of ten years of experience working directly with National governments (Ministries, Agencies, Donors, Finance institutions etc) in Uganda on development challenges including WASH
  • Understanding of political technical, social and institutional issues relating to water, sanitation and hygiene education in developing countries.
  • Significant experience with influence for change
  • Demonstrated Experience in systems strengthening, and management of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Projects
  • Proven leadership and staff management skills.
  • Relationship building, including experience in developing relationships with government and donor agencies at a senior level.
  • Ability to think clearly and analytically.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in English, both orally and written.
  • Ability to plan own work, setting priorities and completing it under pressure or when faced with competing demands.
  • Ability to motivate and lead a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Collaborative and flexible management style and willingness to learn from others.
  • Experience in managing change


  • Position is based at Water For People’s Uganda office.
  • Up to 30% time commitment to travel internally, for local and national meetings, plus travel to Denver and other sites for organizational meetings as needed.
  • Normal office environment.
  • Legally authorized to work in Uganda.
  • Willing and able to reside in Kampala.

Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.


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