Job Vacancy: National Research Coordinator

Job Title: National Research Coordinator

Place of work: Nairobi, Kenya

Pay: KSH 1,760,540 – 2,248,650 per year

Reports to: CEO, KEWASNET / Accountability for Water – Programme Management Team

Travel: Frequent periods of travel in Kenya with occasional regional and global travel

Term: 2 years, extension subject to performance and funding

Closing date: 12-noon EAT, 21st February 2020

Interviews: Late February/early March

Required start date: mid-April 2020 at the latest

The Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Societies Network (KEWASNET) is a national membership organization formed in 2007 consisting of Civil Society Organizations working towards universal access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for all Kenyans.  KEWASNET links water and sanitation utilities, water resource managers and water users to facilitate partnership and dialogue between policymakers and stakeholders and strives for equitable participation in governance and decision-making.

Based on our experience we know that accountability and transparency across the water sector are critical priorities for unlocking inclusive governance, improved WASH services and delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. With our partners, we are working to strengthen accountability for water by helping citizens understand and activate their rights; tracking budgets to ensure effective investment, integrity, and value for money; and supporting the government, utilities and authorities to understand and respond to the needs and concerns of water users.

This work is delivering positive results, but there are important questions that need to be addressed to unlock its full potential. KEWASNET is, therefore, working as the Kenyan lead within the international Accountability for Water Action and Research Programme to investigate the key questions facing practitioners and policymakers working for stronger accountability throughout the water sector.

The research is a collaboration between the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), Water Witness International, Water Integrity Network (WIN), WaterAid, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Oxfam, Shahidi wa Maji, and the Ethiopian Social Accountability Programme (ESAP).  As well as delivering ground-breaking multi-country research, we will initiate an innovative Research Fellowship to help professionals in civil society, government, academia and donor organisations address the key questions they face and to develop practical solutions to improve accountability performance.

Having secured investment to deliver this initiative we are now seeking an exceptional individual to join the KEWASNET team in Nairobi to coordinate its effective delivery in Kenya.

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