Advocacy Officer, Global Water Policy

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Halting and reversing wetlands degradation on a large scale is critical to building water, food and climate security at various levels. With water sources and stores intact, we can recover freshwater supplies and withstand unpredictable rains and other challenges posed by a changing climate.  While there is an international focus on water resources, e.g. SDG 6, this too often neglects the underpinning critical values and functions that wetlands provide towards building water system resilience.  The Advocacy Officer, Global Water Policy will lead and shape Wetlands International’s global action to inspire and mobilise others to develop and finance water action that integrates wetland conservation and restoration.

Reporting to: Director of Wetlands International South Asia and Global Head of Communications and Advocacy (Netherlands based) 
Full-time: 40 hours per week,
Location: South Asia Office, New Delhi, India 
Grade/Salary: 6

Purpose of the role

The Advocacy Officer, Global Water Policy will lead our positioning and engagement in the Ramsar Convention (and related multi-lateral Conventions and Treaties) and in water resource-oriented platforms where business, academics and international organizations come together, such as the World Water Forum, World Water Week, Global Water Partnership and WBCSD.  The role will also contribute to strengthening water policy coherence in Wetlands International programmes (‘Big Ideas’) and projects and, hence, in all three streams of work (Deltas and Coasts, Rivers and Lakes and Peatlands).

The role is accountable to the (global) Head of Communications and Advocacy in close collaboration with colleagues around the network, helping to build capacity where necessary.  The position is based in the South Asia Office in India, and the role will be supervised on a day-to-day basis by the Director of South Asia who is an internal champion for water policy.

Responsibilities and tasks

  • Structure a coherent policy and advocacy strategy for Wetlands International’s engagement in the ‘wetlands and water resources’ domain, within the overarching Wetlands International Global Strategic Intent and linked regional priorities; 
  • Lead water policy advocacy work across the organisation, act as a focal point for relevant Conventions and manage engagement in selected global and regional platforms/processes;   enabling an appropriate level of profile, representation and action.  
  • Identify and nurture strategic partnerships and alliances to add value and upscale the impact of Wetlands International’s work that has a water entry point;  
  • Contribute to regional initiatives and programmes (Big Ideas), project development and implementation across the Wetlands International portfolio, in collaboration with Stream Teams and others in the Communication and Advocacy team;  
  • Develop and communicate reports and publications, position papers, policy briefings, presentations, write stories and define key messages for use across all channels; 
  • Build understanding and capacity across the Wetlands International network to influence decision-makers on water (governmental, private sector); close cooperation with the Rivers and Lakes Stream Team, in particular, is expected; 
  • Maintain an overview of and identify and advise on key opportunities to profile, integrate and mobilize action for wetland  conservation and restoration as a contribution to water and climate security;
  • Collate and promote methodologies, knowledge, cases and examples developed by Wetlands International network; 
  • Advise on fundraising opportunities for mobilizing and upscaling investment in wetland conservation and restoration with the water resources sector including  companies and governments; 
  • Participate in the relevant Community of Practice(s)

Working relations

INSIDE Wetlands International – Global Office and network offices: Head of Communications and Advocacy and Director South Asia, communications and advocacy team; Project Managers, Programme Heads, Heads of Offices and technical staff from network offices, Associate Experts and where appropriate, the CEO and Management Team.  

OUTSIDE Wetlands International: Strategic partners and related conservation and humanitarian organizations, private sector executives, other NGOs with aligned interests, government officials and journalists, as well as contracts including designers, writers, editors, press agencies, printers.  


The Advocacy Officer is a policy and stakeholder engagement professional, international in outlook, and at home working in alliances in the not-for-profit sector. The ideal candidate will be strategic, pro-active, creative, and collaborative, able to work in emerging and quick changing contexts. They will have a strong track record in water and wetlands policy and experience of engaging businesses on water and will have demonstrated leadership and effectiveness in influencing coalitions, strategic partnerships, and governments. 

Education and experience

  • Relevant Masters degree e.g. international development, international relations, public policy, natural resources management. 
  • Minimum of five years relevant work experience in advocacy or strategic communications in the non-profit sector, ideally in conservation, water management, climate change, or sustainable development.
  • Good technical knowledge of either water governance, politics or business/finance is a distinct advantage. Experience with the Ramsar Convention, other MEA’s and water and business platforms is a significant advantage
  • Passionate and skilled advocate or lobbyist.
  • Strong writing essential, ideally journalistic skills.
  • Familiarity with and willingness to contribute to social media and digital marketing activity.
  • International experience and outlook, with cultural sensitivity.
  • Must be a fluent English speaker. Proficiency in additional languages is advantageous.
  • Must be eligible to work in India.

Core competencies

  • Influence – Ability to gain support from and convince others to advance the objectives of the organization, design strategies that position and promote ideas and concepts to stakeholders, and build coalitions, strategic relationships, and networks. 
  • Communication – Ability to communicate strategically to achieve specific objectives (e.g., considering such aspects as the optimal message to present, timing, and forum of communication).
  • Planning and Organizing – Ability to develop strategic plans considering short-term requirements as well as long-term direction; and adapt to large, complex, and/or frequent changes. Able to get things done under pressure (result-oriented) while maintaining oversight and planning.
  • Team Leadership – Ability to facilitate collaboration across the organization and with other organizations to achieve a common goal.
  • Organizational and Environmental Awareness – Ability to operate successfully in a variety of social, political, and cultural environments.

Other Aspects 

This role is initially funded for a 2-year period through a grant provided to Wetlands International. Continuation of the role is contingent on performance and funding-raising.


The incumbent will be placed in Grade 6 of the salary scale, with an annual gross remuneration of Rs. 14.5 lakhs (INR) with all perks. A higher start can be considered for deserving candidates.  

How to apply

Interested candidates may send their detailed resume at [email protected] by April 10th, 2022 with ‘Application: Advocacy Officer Global Water Policy’ in the subject line. The resume should provide information on the candidate’s ability to meet the mentioned qualifications and experience and perform the tasks described above.