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)