UN-Water is the United Nations (UN) inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater related issues. It was formally established in 2003 building on a long history of collaboration in the UN family. It currently counts 31 UN agencies and organizations as Members and 38 international Partners. UN-Water complements and adds value to existing UN initiatives by facilitating synergies and joint efforts among the implementing agencies. In doing so, UN-Water seeks to: (a) improve the coherence in UN system actions at all levels, and in particular at the country level; (b) contribute to the global policy debate on water-related issues through active participation in global policy fora and events and the production of assessments and policy briefs; (c) contribute to increased knowledge on water-related issues through relevant monitoring and reporting mechanisms and by serving as an entry point for water-related indicators, data and information; and (d) identify emerging issues related to global water challenges and provide a platform for UN system strategic discussions on how to prepare for and cope with them more effectively. For further information: www.unwater.org.
The incumbent is part of the UN-Water Management Team and works under the direct supervision of the UN-Water Programme Officer in providing administrative and technical support to the activities of UN-Water.
Work implies frequent interaction with the following: staff in the UN-Water Management Team; relevant staff in UNOPS; relevant staff in UN-Water Members and Partners; contractors and consultants.
- Provide technical and administrative support to the organization of the bi-annual UN-Water Meetings.
- Prepare draft agenda with inputs from the Programme Office and circulate draft agenda to Management Team for comments
- Follow up late submissions individually
- Prepare meeting package for Members and Partners for review by Programme Officer
- Support to the UN-Water Programme Officer on the implementation of recommendations and decisions made at the UN-Water Meetings, particularly the activities that fall under the UN-Water Technical Advisory Unit’s purview
- Other technical assistance requested by the Programme Officer or other Technical Advisory Unit staff
Technical Support to UN-Water Initiatives:
- support the UN-Water Programme Officer on the implementation of recommendations and decisions made at the UN-Water Meetings.
- Provide technical and administrative support to the work of Expert Groups and Task Forces, particularly the Expert Group on the 2030 Agenda.
- Undertake background research and prepare analytical concept notes inform the work of UN-Water Task Forces or Expert Groups on ongoing basis;
- Participate in UN-Water Task Force and/or Expert Group meetings which take place quarterly;
- Undertake actions as requested by the Task Force and Expert Group coordinators
- Providing UN-Water Expert Groups and Task Forces with information resulting from relevant intergovernmental processes taking place at United Nations headquarters in New York
- Assist in the preparation of UN-Water related reports in response to the requirements of the General Assembly, the Secretary General and other governing bodies.
- Contribute to the preparation of UN-Water Work Programmes and Annual Reports by preparing outlines and gathering content.
- Contribute to maintaining high-quality UN-Water products.
UN-Water Outreach Activities:
- Assist in organization of UN-Water related side events in relevant international meetings and conferences to raise awareness about UN-Water activities and initiatives.
- Represent UN-Water in relevant international meetings as requested.
- Attend and report on relevant meetings for UN-Water, as directed
- Prepare and feed content on New York based events to the UN-Water communications team
Perform other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of UN-Water services.
Monitoring and Progress Controls
- The agenda, annotated agenda and background documents are well organized and circulated with sufficient notice, the final meeting reports of the meetings are completed and circulated as per schedule
- Evidence of support on all recommendations and decisions of the UN-Water Meetings for which the UN-Water Management Team is responsible have been implemented in a timely fashion; Task Forces and Expert Groups (i.e. 2030 Agenda Expert Group and Water Action Decade Implementation Task Force) properly supported
- Inputs requested by associated entities delivered and welcomed; outlines of UN-Water Annual Reports delivered on time along with support provided for the entire drafting and design process
- WWD and WTD campaigns supported in New York with positive feedback from UN-Water Members; Opportunities to amplify UN-Water’s impact identified and communicated; content provided for UN-Water website and social media outreach
Minimum requirement of a university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in international affairs, sustainable development, economics, public policy, social sciences, geosciences, hydrology, hydraulic engineering or sanitary engineering, or related fields.
- A minimum of two years of progressively responsible professional experience in water-related fields is required.
- Experience in good networking and report writing experience, organising inter-agency or multi-stakeholder meetings around complex issues is required.
- Working experience in the UN system is an asset.
- Experience in managing water-related networks is considered an advantage.
Fluency in English is required.
- Contract type: International Contractor Agreement
- Contract level: International Specialist Level 1
- Contract duration: ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
Note that the fees under this contract are liable to national income tax.
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- Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen, Denmark, time
- Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
- Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
- Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Work life harmonisation - UNOPS values its people and recognises the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonisation and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
- UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
- The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.
Working with us
UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.
With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.