Programme Officer (Water Resources)

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 Insitute (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 Resources Department aims to close the implementation gap between policy and practice through strengthened governance for water resources – from source to sea. The work of the Department includes developing and applying research-based tools and methodologies in the advisory services and capacity building it provides to its clients; the development and implementation of projects and programmes; knowledge management; advocacy on emerging and neglected governance issues and contribution to international events and processes.

The Water Resources Department implements a number of major programs in the areas of water resources and source-to-sea management. SIWI has driven innovation in the field of source-to-sea management and hosts the Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management (S2S Platform), an international platform that works in the interface of terrestrial, freshwater and oceans/marine issues. The Water Resources Department implements the Source-to-Sea Programme, which supports application of the source-to-sea approach in source-to-sea systems and develops knowledge resources to inform international processes, policy and strategies and to support practical implementation. The Water Resources Department also hosts the Water Governance Facility (WGF), which is a 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. This includes supporting countries, through UNDP offices, in the planning and implementation of climate adaptation and mitigation measures in the area of water. 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.

The Water Resources Department at SIWI is currently is looking for one Programme Officer to support the Department’s work as Secretariat of the Action Platform for Souce-toSea Management (S2S Platform) and contribute to project implementation in the areas of source-to-sea / water resources management. We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic individual to join our team.  

Description of Duties

The Officer will be part of the S2S Platform Secretariat and support the delivery of the S2S Platform work plan and strategy together with the S2S Platform Chair and the Coordinator of the Secretariat. This includes responsibility for S2S Platform communications and planning/coordination of meetings and events with S2S Platform members. The Secretariat organizes S2S Platform contributions at World Water Week and other major international, regional and national events, prepares regular newsletters and other communications and contributes to the development of knowledge resources.  The program officer would also assist in developing and implementing activities in the Department’s project portfolio through supporting the development of knowledge products, tools; the provision of water resources/source-to-sea governance advice to project partners; development and provision of trainings and webinars; financial resource mobilisation; and budget and internal control processes.  

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

  • Support the development and delivery of the S2S Platform Annual Work Plans and Strategy;
  • Planning and organization of S2S Platform meetings and events in collaboration with S2S Platform Chair and members;
  • Preparation of S2S Platform communications, including newsletters, news items, social media, meeting reports, result reports, policy briefs and other knowledge products;
  • Support S2S Platform member engagement and S2S Platform working groups;
  • Support project implementation and proposal development in relation to water resources and/or source-to-sea management;
  • Provide administrative and communication support to technical, financial and results reporting;
  • Support procurement and management of consultants;
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of training materials;
  • Contribute to the development of knowledge products, methodologies and tools.
  • Contribute to the provision of technical water governance support to SIWI partners as per demand;
  • Be an active member of the Water Resources Department, contributing to action planning, monitoring and reporting of results;
  • Contribute to internal knowledge management and collaboration with other SIWI departments; and to external communication on projects / project activities;
  • Contribute to the full range of SIWI activities

The Program Officer will work in the Water Resources team at SIWI, in close collaboration with other team members, especially the S2S Platform Coordinator and project lead(s) for the projects the Program Officer engages in. He/she will report to the Water Resources Director at SIWI.

Expected knowledge and skills

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following features:

  • Experience from the area of water resources, coastal management and/or climate adaptation/mitigation or related field in developing country contexts
  • Experience in working with international/regional processes, multi-stakeholder platforms and partnerships
  • Experience in supporting project development and implementation
  • Good understanding of policy and governance aspects, such as IWRM, source-to-sea, climate change risk management / resilience building, multi-stakeholder participation, inter-sectoral coordination, etc.
  • Good understanding of capacity development, stakeholder facilitation, and institutional strengthening
  • Well-organized with strong ability to prioritize amongst competing tasks
  • Strong writing, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Enthusiasm for networking and building community
  • Ability to function effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to manage ambiguity, take initiative and follow direction
  • Experience in research assistance will be an asset
  • 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, coastal and/or related issues in developing country contexts
  • Direct experience (1-2 years) of working in developing countries considered a strong asset

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 by using the link below. We need your application by 5 February 2020.

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