Senior Economic Development Associate (Water)

Office of the Quartet

East Jerusalem, Palestine

Partner: Office of Quartet

Job categories: Water Management

Vacancy code: VA/2023/B5106/25234

Level: ICS-9

Department/office: MR, JRSCO, Jerusalem

Duty station: East Jerusalem with travel to West Bank

Contract type: International ICA

Contract level: IICA-1

Duration: 4 months, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

Application period: 06-Jan-2023 to 19-Jan-2023

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind.

 Background Information – Job-specific

The Water Team supports the development of water and wastewater infrastructure, water supply, and institutional governance across the West Bank and Gaza. The team, led under the guidance of the Director of Water and Telecom, has expertise in water engineering, project management, economics, data analysis, and GIS software. These expertise are utilized across a variety of work streams including advocacy, coordination amongst the parties, research, analytical products, and technical support. 

The  Senior EDA will play a leading role in drafting the Water Team’s reporting and progress updates. Secondary tasks include communication support, qualitative research and editing of the team’s outs. Other ad hoc tasks may arise, and the Senior EDA is expected to show flexibility and willingness to adapt.

Functional Responsibilities

Specifically, the Senior EDA will contribute to the following areas:

  1. Writing and editing

Lead the drafting, editing, and coordination of documents as per the OQ’s reporting requirements, including:

  • Annual report
  • Biannual AHLC report
  • Quarterly reports
  • Asks and key notes
  • Donor proposals, reports, and log-frames
  • Internal strategy
  • Terms of Reference for procurement services and other documents as required

Edit and provide feedback across a range of technical papers, reports, briefs, and memos.

  1. Communication Support
  • Develop communication materials, including the drafting and proofreading of emails and letters.
  • Support the Director and other colleagues in preparing/updating materials for meetings with external stakeholders.
  • Work with colleagues to develop/update presentations to deliver key messages and outputs from the OQ’s analytical products.
  • Maintain and update materials for the OQ website and social media platforms.
  • Maintain and update the Water Team strategic documents for communication with external stakeholders and donors.
  • Coordinate with water team members, and within the office where necessary, on input needed for different materials required under point 1 of Scope of Work.
  1. Research
  • Perform qualitative research, including literature reviews and analysis, to support the Water Team in producing research documents and position papers.
  • Collect data, case studies, and best practices, to assist the team in the development of analytical products.

The work is of a highly confidential nature and the Senior EDA must maintain the highest standards of confidentiality.

To be considered for this position, the Senior EDA must sign and be able to comply with an OQ confidentiality agreement and an OQ code of conduct, based on standards of professionalism and impartiality.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education:Bachelor’s Degree as a minimum in international relations, political science, economics, business administration, public relations, project management, engineering or related fields. A masters degree in a relevant field may be considered as a substitute for two years of experience.
Work Experience:Minimum of 5 (five) years relevant work experience in developing proposals, plans, and reporting is required.Knowledge in the water and wastewater sector is an asset.
Skills and Abilities: 

A major component of this role will involve writing, editing, and proofreading in English.

Highly skilled at writing in clear and concise prose is highly desired.Highly skilled at editing and providing detailed, useful comments  is highly desired.Team player, ability to learn quickly, and handle multiple tasks at once.Competence with Microsoft office  is highly desired.Familiar with donor reporting formats including log-frames is a plus.Understanding of local political and economic context is a plus.
Language Requirements:Excellent command of written and spoken English.Knowledge of Arabic and/or Hebrew is an asset.

Contract type, level and duration

The contract for this position will be issued by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) on behalf of its Client the Office of Quartet pursuant to an agreement between both parties whereby the successful candidate’s contractual rights and responsibilities will be managed by the Office of Quartet (OQ) office and not by UNOPS.

Contract type: International Individual contract IICA OR Local Individual contract agreement LICA
Contract level: ICS 9/IICA1
Contract duration: 4 months with possibility of extension based on availability of funds and satisfactory performance. 

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

Additional Information

  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures,  languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. 
  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process.  If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions 

  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post. 
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.




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