Senior Restricted Funding Compliance Advisor at WaterAid


With a population of over 150 million people, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. Political unrest, poor governance and corruption have led to decades of water shortages, while the population has increased rapidly. Though there is surface and ground water, rapid population growth, particularly in urban areas, has not been supported with additional resources. Only 11% of people have access to safe sanitation and 42% live without access to clean water. Funding for water, sanitation and hygiene is low and there is little coordination within the government. The poorest and most marginalised people live in unofficial slum settlements using expensive private services. – See more at:

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
  • Location: Abuja
  • Job Field: NGO/Non-Profit  , Project Management 

About the role:

  • In this role, you will work closely with country and regional teams to develop a keen understanding of the compliance risk across two main WaterAid UK regions (Southern Africa & West) and focus on strengthening capacity and reducing compliance risk related to restricted funding management. You will also work closely with finance colleagues to help to embed cost recovery best practice.
  • Contract Management Compliance Technical Support
  • Leading the risk assessment, review and direction for negotiation of complex funding agreements including multi-country and commercial contracts
  • Work with finance colleagues to embed cost recovery policy and best practice across WaterAid UK through targeted and general capacity building and communications
  • Restricted Funding Risk Reduction
  • Working closely with other teams (e.g. Finance, Legal, Internal Audit) to ensure WaterAid rules maximise compliance with standard terms and conditions in contracts
  • Analysing any new donor compliance requirements among WaterAid’s main donors to determine and flag wher donor requirements are stricter than WaterAid rules
  • Developing training and tools for country/regional teams on specific donor compliance requirements
  • Support International Programme Department Senior Management Team with the monitoring and management of high-risk contracts
  • Working closely with colleagues in Bid Management and Country/Regional Teams, assess risk in new funding opportunities / contracts
  • Enabling Grant/Contract Management Devolution
  • Ensure integration of grant/contract management processes, materials and training with Programme, Finance and Internal Audit and promote to colleagues managing restricted funding in country teams

About you: 

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent standard, or equivalent work experience
  • Highly numerate, preferably with a financial background
  • Experience of developing and delivering training to diverse audiences
  • Experience of reviewing and advising on risk related to funding agreements, preferably (but not necessarily) in the field of international development
  • Experience of working with commercial contracts and complex funding modalities such as payment by results
  • Good working knowledge of FCDO, EU and USAID donor rules
  • Experience of managing and maintaining grant / contract management processes
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills, and ability to adapt and work within a multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary environment.
  • Experience in supporting country teams in setting up processes in grant/contract management and resolving issues
  • Methodical, thorough, and excellent organisational skills, with ability to work on own initiative to meet deadlines
  • Working style that reflects WaterAid’s values of Respect, Accountability, Courage, Collaboration, Integrity and Innovation

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