Water.org is an international nonprofit organization based in Kansas City, Missouri that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world through access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, they have been pioneering market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis for more than 25 years, giving women hope, children health and communities a future.
OMNI is honored to be retained by Water.org to assist with their search for a Financial Institution Global Technical Expert in the Kansas City, MO or San Francisco, CA areas.
About the Job:
The Sector Engagement team at Water.org leads the organizational engagement of bilateral and multilateral development institutions for the purposes of influencing governments, global water and sanitation finance forum decision-making, and the policies and practices of these institutions. This team strategically guides and strengthens Water.org's engagement skill in systems and collective impact with scale-enabling development finance institutions, government actors and sector resource leaders and facilitates effective global-local relationships to underpin country strategies.
The Government and Policy Advisor within the Sector Engagement team is a seasoned expert primarily responsible for defining and implementing the organizations global strategy and discipline for government engagement, policy influence and systems impact. Leveraging subject matter expertise with cultivating and navigating government and institutional partnerships, the Government & Policy Advisor will lead on strategy and provide an array of technical assistance, guidance, and support to Water.org's field operations to efficiently drive policy and practice changes with governments.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Enhance the organization's knowledge base with this practice area through the development and publishing of position papers, practice guidelines, resource materials, training material content, and other external influence collateral.
Develop, deploy, and lead organization's strategic framework for global government engagement, policy reform, and institutional practice changes that substantively strengthens the enabling environment for financing.
The Government and Policy Advisor plays an instrumental role collaborating closely with Water.org country and regional teams as well as other Global Impact Practices.
Secure, partner with and leverage a globally networked portfolio of organizations that strengthen conducive enabling environments within the water and sanitation finance sector.
Provide guidance and support to field operations in identifying, designing, and implementing scale-enabling policy shifts and transformational institutional practice shifts.
Lead the generation of policy analysis and evidence to shape departmental and organizational strategy.
Establish practice guidelines and relationship management protocol for effective government engagement and advocacy for Water.org teams.
Serve as lead relationship manager for existing and future Policy/Practice Global Enabler Partnerships.
Produce training material strategy and content for internal training and development in partnership with HR's Learning & Development team.
Develop suite of resource materials, best practice guidelines, and industry-relevant information for effective government engagement and policy advocacy that underpins systems changes.
Bachelor's degree required in international development, politics/international politics, business or other related discipline requiring both strong analytical and presentation skills. Master's degree in related field required.
Ten or more years of experience as a senior officer working within advocacy, government stakeholder engagement, and/or government policy.
Previous supervisory and talent management experience preferred.
Demonstrated experience in managing government and policy stakeholder relationships for an organization.
Previous experience designing, developing, and implementing development programs.
Strategic organizational mindset with effective cross-functional alignment skills.
Demonstrated ability to lead and influence internal and external partners.
Cogent and influential written and oral communication skills.
Strong background in sector research, synthesis, analysis, and reporting.
Demonstrated experience in presenting on national and global stages.
High level project management skills.
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, including highly developed PowerPoint skills.
Knowledge and experience working within South Asia and/or Southeast Asia is highly preferred.
Travel Requirement – Position may involve travel up to 40 percent domestic and global travel.