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Global and UK Communications Director at WaterAid


WaterAid is an international non-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people break free from poverty and disease, unlock their potential and change their lives for good through improved access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. WaterAid started its operation in Nigeria in 1995. Since then it has successfully executed several intervention programmes as outlined by its objectives and has made impact in the lives of the very poor. WaterAid with the country office in Abuja currently works in Bauchi, Enugu and Plateau States with funding from various donors and partners.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Global and UK Communications Director

Location: Nigeria
Job Type: Permanent

About the Team

  • The Global and UK Communications Director will lead a newly restructured UK Communications Department and establish a new global approach to Communications to work alongside it.
  • The team, consisting of Media including Celebrity Management, Strategic Communications, Brand, Content and Design, will play a strategic role in helping us to achieve our ambitious Global Strategy, specifically through the growth of our fundraising, advocacy and campaigning, as well as through a renewed focus on elevating our brand and the importance of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) both within the UK and globally.

About the Role

  • The Global and UK Communications Director will play a crucial role in championing the importance of Communications in achieving our mission.
  • This is an exciting and unique chance to reposition Communications from service delivery only to strategic force – building relationships across the globe to understand how communications can create greater impact for our activities – from advocacy and influencing to Fundraising and beyond.
  • In this role, you will use your expertise to develop and embed a clear vision and strategy for Global Communications as well as for the UK.

You’ll Also

  • Lead on a comprehensive review of our brand personality and positioning to ensure it is fit for purpose to deliver to the new Global Strategy ambitions
  • Elevate the importance of Brand within the organisation across all levels of the organisation including the engagement of UK and Global Boards
  • Seek opportunities to elevate the importance of WASH on the global agenda, specifically amongst key audiences, and position WaterAid as the thought leaders within the WASH sector
  • Lead the team to develop a programme of activity across Brand, Content, Media and Strategic Communications which leads to the growth of our awareness, buzz and word of mouth metrics.
  • Lead the team to deliver compelling and impactful audience-centred external communications that build our profile and contribute to the delivery of our fundraising and advocacy objectives.
  • Foster an environment for creativity, innovation and high performance that liberates our talent to think creatively, beyond traditional communications approaches and act confidently, by balancing leadership and management within the team.

About You:

  • Passionate about ending poverty and want to be a part of making it happen, with commitment to WaterAid’s mission and values, and a working style that reflects these.
  • Alignment with WaterAid’s values and a commitment to driving Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.
  • Experience of working within or with Senior Leadership Teams and influencing at an Executive or Board of Trustee level
  • Experience of managing and aligning large multi-functional teams
  • Experience of driving and managing change (including others) to achieve the organisation’s goals and aspirations.
  • Substantial experience of strategy development, planning, budgeting and monitoring.
  • Extensive experience of working in Communications roles at a senior level inc. strategic communications, media and brand.
  • Inspiring leader who engages, coaches and empowers others through a clear vision, decisive action and strong strategic thinking with proven experience of successfully leading, managing and inspiring high calibre teams and creating a high performance and empowered results-orientated culture.

WaterAid benefits vary depending on the country of the successful candidate. For UK-based posts this includes:

  • N29,417,627 to N39,763,741 salary (plus 33% of basic pay in allowances)
  • 36 days’ holiday (including 8 Bank Holidays)
  • Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Free annual eye tests
  • Pay as You Give charitable giving scheme
  • We offer a generous pension plan with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Wide range of flexible and agile-working arrangement
  • Enhanced Maternity and Adoption/Surrogacy pay, Shared Parental Leave and Paternity Leave
  • Sabbaticals
  • Volunteer Day


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Application Deadline  Tuesday, 20th December, 2022; 23:59.

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