Programme Lead – Water Justice Fund (32-36 uur per week) Are you interested in leading the Water Justice Movement? Then read on….


Too much, too little or too dirty water. Globally, women and girls are hit hardest by climate change and the lack of safe drinking water and toilets. For a quarter of the world’s population, access to water, toilets and hygiene is still far from a given, especially as climate change increases the problem. Especially for girls and women.

Simavi is an independent international non-profit organization that works with partners in 10 countries in Africa and Asia on programmes that support local solutions so women and girls can enjoy their human rights to water, a toilet and equal treatment.

The Water Justice Fund

The Water Justice Fund (WJF) is a pooled-funding mechanism that positions women and girls at the forefront of climate action. The WJF embraces a reinforcing strategy to resource grassroots solutions to achieve water justice and increase feminist leadership in climate and water. The WJF is an initiative by Simavi and Women Win (a global multidimensional women’s fund), both founding members. In line with the ambition to shift power and be locally led, the ambition is that the WJF will be an independent initiative by 2030.

The position

The Water Justice Fund (WJF) Programme Lead is responsible for the strategic visioning and operational model of the programme, ensuring impact and delivery; for the financial growth, external profiling and influencing and building relevant connections and strategic partnerships. The Water Justice Fund Programme Lead is accountable to the Managing Director and coaches other programme staff such as the Water Justice Fund Programme Officer.

Main tasks:

Strategic vision for the Water Justice Fund Programme (10%)

  • Ensures the Water Justice Fund has a relevant and fundable future strategy including a Theory of Change (ToC) approaches, an operational plan and partnerships focusing on:
    • Locally Led Adaptation
    • Climate adaptation financing
    • Mobilizing, influencing and learning
    • Participatory grantmaking
  • Responsible for the Water Justice Fund to be connected to and influences external actors relevant to the programme in countries and globally
  • Ensures the Water Justice Fund is impactful and adds value to Simavi’s programme, influencing and learning ambitions
  • Responsible for the growth of the Water Justice Fund programme in content and strengthening its impact

Responsible for fundraising (30%)

  • Ensures the Water Justice Fund portfolio grows financially, this includes global and local fundraising
  • Is responsible for working in close collaboration with the fundraiser(s)
  • is accountable for the content of proposal and opportunities

Responsible for programme related external engagement profiling and influencing including building existing and new Strategic Partnerships (25%)

  • Ensures the Water Justice Fund is connected and influences external actors in countries, regions and at a global level aligned to ambitions and targets
  • Ensures Partnerships are developed and supported to deliver and to increasingly take on leadership roles in the Water Justice Fund (including the Water Justice Governance Board).

Responsible for programme management and impact (25%)

  • Ensures the Water Justice Fund is delivered in an accountable and timely manner;
  • Coordinates and collaborates with others in a networked manner;
  • Ensures MEAL targets and KPIs are set and delivered.

Responsible for strategic alignment and collaboration with other Simavi programmes and for embedding Shifting the Power in programme strategy, approaches, partnerships and culture 10%)

  • Works strategically and collaboratively with Simavi staff (and partners in a networked manner.
  • Promotes and adopts strategies and approaches that will enhance Simavi’s shift-the-power ambition in our programmes and in our ways of working and partnerships with others.

Knowledge and experience

  • Relevant Academic level of education
  • Strategic thinker that pursues funding opportunities with a track record in fundraising
  • A minimum of 5 years of senior programme development in a management role in Africa and Asia
  • Experience in performing at global, regional and country level
  • Thematic expertise and experience in Locally led Adaptation and climate adaptation financing
  • Demonstrable experience in building strategic partnerships, including in Africa and Asia and globally
  • Affinity and experience with ‘Shift the Power’ and feminist leadership
  • Experience in managing and engaging in remote and hybrid teams, including with strategic partners
  • Specific skills/competences:
  • Forward thinking and innovative
  • Pro-active and excellent networker
  • Excellent verbal, reading and writing skills in English.

What do we offer?

An exciting and challenging position in an international working environment. Besides a fun and healthy working environment, we are an equal opportunity employer meaning we don’t discriminate in our hiring practices and we actively seek a diverse applicant pool. Our five core values lie at the basis of everything we do: just, sustainable, empowering, inspiring, connecting.

We offer a contract for one year as a start, with the option for extending, for 36 hours per week. The salary range is between € 4.373,97 and € 6.447,91.- gross per month on a fulltime basis of 36 hours per week. The position in the salary scale depends on the number of relevant years of working experience. Simavi also offers: 22,5 days of vacation per year (fulltime basis), 8% holiday allowance, a mobile phone allowance, commuting allowance for days worked at the office, a pension insurance and a disability insurance.

Do you have questions about this position? Please contact the Hiring Manager Dieneke van der Wijk, Managing Director, (

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The procedure consists of at least 2 interviews, likely an assessment and/or a presentation, a reference check and a Certificate of Good Conduct.

How to apply

How to apply?

Do you recognize yourself in the profile and do you want to contribute to Simavi’s mission and vision? Please apply through the link below, before the deadline of 22 April 2024. We will proceed with candidates during the application period.

Simavi is an equal opportunity employer seeking a diverse work force.

Southern Leaders are encouraged to apply.

Only applications that are uploaded via the application hyperlink will be processed. Commercial inquiries or job postings without our consent are not appreciated and accepted.

Because physical and emotional safety of children is crucial for Simavi, we do not accept any form of abuse. Child safeguarding is addressed in our recruitment and selection process.

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