Programme Officer (Water Governance)

Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
Stockholm, Sweden
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a policy institute that generates knowledge and informs decision-making towards a water wise world. SIWI conducts research, builds institutional capacity and provides advisory services in developing countries in areas related to water governance, transboundary water management in perspectives of for example climate change, energy and food and urbanisation. SIWI organises the World Water Week in Stockholm - the leading annual global meeting place on water and development issues - and hosts the Stockholm Water Prize and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

The Water Governance Department at SIWI is currently is looking for a one Program Officer in the area of water and sanitation service delivery and one Program Officer in water resources and source-to-sea management to be enthusiastic members of the team and contribute to the development and implementation of the water governance portfolio.

The Water Governance Department implements a number of major programs in the areas of water and sanitation service delivery and water resources and source-to-sea management. The Water Governance Facility (WGF) is collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). WGF pro­motes improved water governance reform and implementation in developing countries. One of the programs within the WGF is GoAL-WatERS, which aims at supporting governance aspects for improved water resource management in countries around the world. Accountability for Sustainability is a partnership with UNICEF to improve governance as a means to increase sustainability of water supply and sanitation services. In the area of source-to-sea management, the Water Governance Department runs the Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management (S2S Platform), an international platform that works in the interface of freshwater and oceans/marine issues, and a number of projects. The Water Integrity initiative works with several countries to build multi-stakeholder capacities on anti-corruption measures in the water sector. The City Water Resilience Approach is working to better understand and plan for water resilience at city level.  The Department is also implementing a number of research oriented initiatives.

Description of Duties

The Officer will assist in implementing and developing activities on water governance. Besides assisting in managerial functions, the job is focused on assisting in policy development and technical support and advice on governance related to water resources, source-to-sea and water supply and sanitation issues; assist in project development and development of methodologies, tools and knowledge products and promote exchanges of best practices.  

The main duties of the Program Officer will include the following:

  • Support the implementation and development of water governance related projects in relation to water resources and/or water supply and sanitation
  • Provide administrative support such as technical and financial reporting
  • Contribute to the development of knowledge products, training materials, methodologies and tools.
  • Contribute to the organization and facilitation of workshops / trainings as needed.
  • Contribute to the provision of technical water governance support to SIWI partners as per demand
  • Contribute to the full range of SIWI activities

The Program Officer will work in the Water Governance team at SIWI, in close collaboration with other team members. He/she will report to the Water Governance Director at SIWI.

Expected knowledge and skills

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following features:

  • Experience of working with water governance in relation to water resources, source-to-sea and/or water supply and sanitation at local, national and international level in developing country contexts.
  • Experience of working with particular governance aspects, such as IWRM, decentralization, multi-stakeholder participation, accountability, inter-sectoral coordination, water integrity, human rights based approaches etc.
  • Experience of supporting project development and implementation in developing country contexts
  • Good understanding of working with capacity development, stakeholder facilitation, and institutional strengthening
  • Experience in research assistance will be an asset.
  • Good drafting, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to function effectively as part of a team
  • Commitment to, and agreement with SIWI´s core values and vision.

Education and work experience

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in relevant Social or Natural / Engineering Sciences.
  • At least 3-5 years of experience working with water development issues, including direct experience (1-2 years) of working in developing countries

Language skills

  • Proficiency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of other languages is (e.g. French, Spanish, Portuguese) considered a strong asset.

Availability to travel

Ability and willingness to travel and be part of short term missions is required.

Duty Station

The full time position will be based at the main office of the Stockholm International Water Institute, in Stockholm, Sweden.

Duration of contract

The position is a 15 months contract, subject to renewal upon good performance and availability of funds.                                                                             

Starting date

As soon as possible

How to apply for the position

Please submit your CV and a cover letter to with reference number 105(for the position focusing on water resources and source-to-sea management) and 106 (for the position focusing on water and sanitation services delivery) by 22 April 2019.

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