Specialist (Water Resources Management Section)

Organization of American States (OAS)
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 


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Duties and Responsibilities:

The Senior Specialist will be based at the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States headquarters (Washington, D.C., USA), and will work under the direct supervision of the Director of the Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) and the Chief of the Integrated Water Resources Management Section (IWRM). The incumbent will be responsible for providing technical support for the execution of DSD programs, and will be expected to supervise internal and external consultants engaged in the design, management, monitoring and evaluation of projects, particularly those projects financed by , the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and other multilateral funding mechanisms

Specific functions will include:

  • Coordinate the identification, design, development and execution of all DSD projects executed by  the IWRM section  DSD;
  • Ensure quality and timely deliverables of DSD and IWRM section projects, including,  knowledge products, operational and financial reports, and publications;
  • Support project teams in adaptive management, troubleshooting, reporting (technical and financial), and other implementation management duties;
  • Ensure compliance with OAS, GEF, UN, GCF and other related standards throughout project implementation; 
  • Represent DSD and IWRM Section at internal and external meetings including project and program steering committee meetings/missions, as well as training, workshops, and key international events;
  • Oversee the planningand development  of projects and programs in coordination with OAS offices, member states, other agencies, and other key partners;
  • Supervise and/or coordinate the tasks and responsibilities of DSD professional and administrative staff, consultants, and interns on behalf of the IWRM Section Chief and the Director of the Department;
  • Perform such other related duties as may be assigned by the Director of DSD and IWRM Section Chief , .


Education & Experience:

Essential: First University Degree (Bachelor’s) in Environmental Sciences, Economics, International Relations, or a related field issued by a duly-accredited institution and 7 years of experience in similar positions at the national and/or international level; OR Advanced University Degree (Masters) in one of the fields listed above issued by a duly accredited institution and 4 years of relevant experience OR Doctorate and 1 year of relevant experience. Experience in monitoring and evaluation of cooperation projects and programs.

Desirable: Experience or knowledge of the OAS mandates and priorities as related to the area of work and/or the dynamics of the Inter-American agenda and system. Demonstrated knowledge of public sector fundraising, budgeting, and monitoring of compliance with donor norms is desired.

Computer Skills:

Essential: Ability to effectively use Microsoft Office (e.g. Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel), and other software applicable to the area of work.


Essential – Proficient in English and Spanish (read, write and communicate); Language proficiency examination will be required.

Desirable – Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese.

 Personal Competencies: client orientation, knowledge sharing, teamwork, interpersonal skills, managing and coaching staff, strategic planning, encouraging innovation, and decision daking/judgment. Ability to clearly communicate in the languages required for the post.

The OAS is committed to achieving a diverse staff and therefore will take into account a wide geographic representation as well as gender equity and equality in the selection of candidates.

Please note that the mandatory retirement age for staff members at the General Secretariat of the OAS is 65.