Consultant (GEMI)


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Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

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 31 UN agencies and organizations as Members and 38 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 finalised 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 the UN system, through UN-Water, has developed indicators and a monitoring framework. Targets 6.1 and 6.2 represent a clear continuation and improvement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) commitment on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. Targets 6.3 to 6.6 expand the vision to cover the whole water cycle, including water quality, wastewater management, water-use efficiency, integrated water resources management and water-related ecosystems.

Concerning targets 6.3 to 6.6, for the past decades several initiatives have been collecting information and monitoring data on these components of the water cycle, but a global method and monitoring mechanism still need to be refined. To respond to this need, a number of UN agencies have joined forces to develop GEMI – Integrated monitoring of water and sanitation related SDG targets, an inter-agency initiative operating under the UN-Water umbrella and complementing the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation and the UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS). GEMI aims to support Member States and the international community in measuring progress towards SDG 6, based on a coherent monitoring and reporting framework. This will be done through the development 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 GEMI is the engagement with Member States to enhance their monitoring capacity, both through regional and national level interventions. For further information:

Given the high degree of interagency coordination needed, the UN-Water Technical Advisory Unit hosts the GEMI Coordination Team, which provides overall administrative, communications and outreach support and facilitate coordination across all components of GEMI.

The consultant is part of the UN-Water Technical Advisory Unit and works under the direct supervision of the UN-Water Global Monitoring Officer. The consultant’s functional responsabilities broadly fall under the following areas: 1) supporting coordination in GEMI at all levels; 2) supporting the communication of global monitoring for water and sanitation; and 3) supporting GEMI regional and country level activities as needed by the UN agencies resposible for these activities.

Functional Responsibilities

1. Support coordination in GEMI at all levels

1.1 Support the GEMI Coordination Team and all related tasks, including technical aspects, administration and logistics.

1.2 Support the work of GEMI Target Teams, in particular on the synthesis of feedback on draft methodologies and their subsequent revision.

1.3 Support the organisation and follow-up of the regular meetings of GEMI’s Monitoring Team and Steering Committee.

1.4  Support the development and implementation of a workplan to develop an SDG 6 central repository and standardized metadata.

2. Support the communication of global monitoring for water and sanitation

2.1 Support the participating UN agencies to establish and maintain a dialogue with Member States, relevant organisations and other stakeholders, to ensure that they are informed and engaged in the development and global rollout of water and sanitation global monitoring.

2.2 Support the development and dispersal of communications material for awareness-raising, advocacy and capacity building.

2.3 Lead the development and maintenance of the SDG 6 integrated monitoring webpages and associated online platforms.

2.4 Support the liaison between SDG 6 integrated monitoring and the development of the UN-Water synthesis report on water and sanitation in the 2030 Agenda.

3. Support GEMI regional and country level activities

3.1 Support, as necessary, the regional level work in the GEMI global roll-out, including the organisation of regional workshops and webinars as necessary.

3.2 Support, as necessary, the country level work in the GEMI global roll-out, including the liaison with the UN Country Teams, the set-up of national focal points and inter-sectoral monitoring teams, and technical backstopping.

4. General

Perform other related duties as required, including a variety of tasks necessary for the final delivery of UN-Water services.

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.

Results Expected:

Effectively delivers a wide range of technical functions under moderate supervision. Reguarly assists in preparing documentation and in drafting notes of relevant meetings. Accurately and in a timely manner, produces a range of documents, reports and other outputs. Appropriately applies relevant policies, guidelines, procedures and processes. Establishes effective working relationships with internal and external contacts at all levels.

Initiative: Is ready to handle assignments beyond the scope of current tasks without compromising on the output quality of prior and current tasks; Performance supersedes targets/objectives in adherence to timelines and quality of output; Can anticipate a future opportunity or problem that may not be visible to all and directs activities towards it; Is persistent with tasks and does not easily give up when faced with obstacles or rejection; Recognizes and seizes opportunities; Successfully completes tasks with little or no supervision and adapts to unfamiliar tasks by applying previous knowledge

Ability to Analyze: Proposes to eliminate repetitive/non-value adding work by streamlining/standardising processes; Is able to see the value of his/her work and the consequences it has on the overall work plan; Is able to distribute time effectively and adhere to deadlines; Is able to match the scope of the project by optimal use of organisation’s resources

Result Orientation: Handles multiple projects and delivers them; Is persistent and shows tenacity to achieve results in a project or task; Ensures timely and consistent follow up on projects; Is efficient and successful in handling time bound projects. Identifies critical factors and focuses energy to achieve them; Is aware about self development and identifies ways to enhance competencies

Communication Skill: Consistently delivers accurate, clear and concise messages in written or oral form; Is clear in presentation of facts and figures and makes no attempt to cover up/mislead; Is excellent at comprehending written and  verbal communication and makes connections between them; Asks questions and raises doubts in order to confirm clarity and understanding of the issue; Shares information with colleagues; Adapts to the needs of the audience (tone, language, intensity etc.) to communicate effectively to the target group; Is practical and fact based in communication rather than emotional; Is good at documenting and report writing. Quality vis a vis bulk

Client Focus: Consistently meets timelines for delivery with internal / external clients; Keeps clients informed of project stage. Maintains ongoing communication at all times; Anticipates customer needs and acts in preparedness; Is flexible with respect to working hours and goes beyond the call of duty to service clients; Develops long term working relationships with clients on a one to one basis


  • Ability to perform analysis and synthesis
  • Conference and event organization
  • Processing/spreadsheets
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Master’s degree in natural sciences, economics, engineering or management, with an environmental or water-related focus.

The incumbent should have a minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in water‐ and/or environmental-related fields in the international context, with at least 2 years of experience in global monitoring.

Experience in coordinating and synthesizing inputs from expert groups and work in a complex inter-institutional context.

Experience in building and promoting good working relationships and collaboration across cultures and distance.

Experience in managing water-related networks and field work are considered an advantage.

Fluent oral and written English is required for this position.  Knowledge of other UN languages would be an asset.
Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: International Specialist Level II
Contract duration: 1 year

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Additional Considerations
  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen 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.
  • 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.