International Cooperation Adviser

Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Background Information - Job-specific

UN-Water is the United Nations (UN) inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater related issues, including sanitation. It was formally established in 2003 building on a long history of collaboration in the UN family. It currently counts 32 UN agencies and organisations as Members and 41 other 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:

With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development under implementation and with a dedicated goal on water and sanitation, there is a need to advance global monitoring of the sector. Sustainable Development Goal 6 includes six technical targets and two targets on means of implementation, for which Member States, with support from UN-Water, have developed indicators and a monitoring framework.

One of the flagship undertakings of  UN-Water is the Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6, an inter-agency initiative operating under the UN-Water umbrella which aims to support Member States and the international community in measuring progress towards SDG 6, based on a coherent monitoring and reporting framework spanning a total of 11 global indicators coordinated by 8 UN custodian agencies. This is being done through the implementation of a set of monitoring methods, integrated into a monitoring guide to support the national processes. Given the central role of countries, an important component of the Initiative is the engagement with Member States to enhance their monitoring capacity, both through regional and national level interventions. For further information:

As UN-Water moves toward the completion of its 2018-19 biennium programme and simultaneously starts the development of its new strategy to 2030, there are important strategic opportunities and high expectations for future deliverables, with concomitant needs for financial resources. Similarly, the Integrated Monitoring Initiative has commenced its second phase and has received general funding from three bilateral donors and a number of other donors supporting the work on individual indicators. However it is estimated that there remains a gap for the period 2019-2022 of approximately $9 million.

UN-Water is seeking a consultant with substantial experience either in carrying out resource mobilisation on behalf of development organisations, or as part of a foundation or aid agency providing grants to development organisations. The consultant will work with the UN-Water Technical Advisory Unit under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Adviser with close interaction with the Global Monitoring Officer. The consultant’s functional responsibilities broadly fall under 1) market analysis, 2) formulation of advice and 3) materials development.

The consultant is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

Functional Responsibilities

Market Analyses

  • Conduct research and analysis on potential bilateral, multilateral, foundation, or private sector entities which could support the work UN-Water in terms of core coordination and targeted funding
  • Collect, analyse and keep abreast of development trends and needs in the Water and Sanitation sector to identify areas of funding partnership within UN-Water’s mandate.
  • Assess partner needs and review UN-Water strengths and weaknesses relative to what other entities in the sector can offer.

Formulation of advice

  • Advise on partnership initiatives currently underway with key partners representing foundations,  bilateral/multilateral donors and others.
  • Identify most likely partnership sources and partners for specific proposals and projects and  develop profiles and solicitation strategies for specific donors.
  • Advise on potential tools and approaches that facilitate resource mobilization and partnership possibilities
  • Provide specific, actionable recommendations for resource mobilization that can support UN-Water and its activities and initiatives.

Materials development

  • Summarise the above mentioned market analysis and advice in a resource mobilisation guide, with a set of donor profiles in annex, to be submitted to the UN-Water Senior Programme Managers (SPMs) and the GEMI Steering Committee

The key output of this consultancy will be:

A resource mobilisation guide comprising:

  • comparative advantages and business case of UN-Water
  • market analysis of the water and sanitation sector
  • prioritisation of highest-potential opportunities (approximately 30)
  • donor profiles for each of these opportunities

Education/Experience/Language requirements


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in natural sciences, engineering, management, or political/social sciences.


  • Minimum of 7 years of progressive experience in resource mobilisation and/or grant management in the context of international development organisations, foundations, or companies working in multiple countries worldwide is required.
  • Previous experience in establishing and maintaining partnerships with international development organisations, foundations or private sector organisations will be an advantage.
  • Experience in Water and Sanitation and knowledge of the relevant donor community preferred.


Fluency in English is required.