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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.

UNOPS – East Africa Hub

Located in Nairobi, Kenya, UNOPS East Africa Hub manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The East Africa sub-region currently consists of an established operations center in South Sudan, an office in Somalia and a portfolio of multiple transactional, procurement and infrastructure projects in Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and several Atlantic and Indian Ocean island states.

Background Information – Job-specific

Background Information on the Project

Project Title: Implementing Integrated Water Resource and Wastewater Management in Atlantic and Indian Ocean SIDS

The geographic scope of this regional project covers the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, focusing on six Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with Cabo Verde and São Tomé y Princípe in the Atlantic Ocean and Comoros, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. The Goal of the project is to contribute to sustainable development in the Indian and Atlantic Ocean SIDS through improvements in natural resource and environmental management. The overall Objective is to accelerate progress on WSSD targets and IWRM and WUE plans and water supply and sanitation MDGs for the protection and utilization of groundwater and surface water in the participating countries. This will be based on best practices and demonstrations of IWRM approaches.

The project is consistent with the GEF IV strategic objective for International Waters: ‘to play a catalytic role in addressing trans-boundary water concerns by assisting countries to utilize the full range of technical assistance, economic, financial, regulatory and institutional reforms that are needed’.  It will do so through supporting and building on existing political commitments and through promoting sustainable water use and improved water management, making it easier to address the challenges of the future as climatic variability and change affects water resources further.  More specifically, the project will deliver outcomes under GEF IV Strategic Programme III (SP-3) through working with communities to address their needs for safe drinking water and other socio-economic benefits of sustainable and safe water resources, including balancing environmental requirements with livelihood needs.

UNEP and UNDP jointly function as Implementing Agencies and respectively oversee their own components.  UNDP component focuses on site-based IWRM demonstration activities while UNEP components primarily focus on national and regional interventions. UNDP component is implemented through UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Water and Energy Cluster while UNEP components are executed by UNOPS East Africa Hub. The following are the Project components;

Component 1: Targeted site based IWRM demonstration activities in all six participating countries (UNDP Implemented)

Component C2: Focusing on development of IWRM and WUE Regional Indicator Framework based on improved collection of gender disaggregated data and indicator feedback and action for improved national and regional sustainable development using water as an entry point b (UNEP Implemented).

Component C3: Focusing on Policy, Legislative, and Institutional Reform for IWRM and WUE through supporting institutional change and re-alignment to enact National IWRM Plans and WUE strategies, including appropriate financing mechanisms and supporting and building further political will to endorse IWRM policies and plans (UNEP Implemented).

Component C4: Focusing on Capacity Building and Sustainability Program for IWRM and WUE, including Knowledge Exchange and Learning and Replication (UNEP Implemented).

The project  started in May 2012 and is scheduled to be completed by December 2017.

Under the component 1 on targeted site based IWRM demonstration activities, Integrated Watershed Management plans were developed in Comoros and São Tomé and Princípe. Building on this, the project plans to develop a summarized version of each of the documents. The summarized versions would be tailored for a non-technical audience in order to raise awareness and sensitize a much wider audience to the main findings of the two plans.

The implementation of all components of the project in the 6 participating countries has produced valuable success stories, lessons learned and best practice cases. The regional project coordination unit plans to document and share these among all relevant partners, hence the need for additional support to be provided through this consultancy.

Objective of the Consultancy and Scope

The main objective of the consultancy is document lessons learnt and success stories as well as produce documents for communication to different target audience. The following are the specific objectives and scope of work;

  • To produce a summarized version of the Integrated Watershed Management plan for São Tomé y Princípe and Comoros. The documents should capture the process, the vision, the strategic objectives and strategies, proposed management arrangements and key actions and recommendations of the initial Integrated Watershed Management plan. As tangible outputs of component 1 with respect to the two countries (São Tomé y Princípe and Comoros), the final document would be shared widely with policy and decision makers, as well relevant stakeholders, in order to make the case for IWRM at the national level.
  • To produce at least two case studies per participating country based on the implementation of the all the components of the project. This series will capture best practices, lessons learned and success stories. Each case study is expected to be not more than three pages.

The final document would be shared widely among partners and relevant stakeholders.

The  aforementioned form the basis for the planned consultancy on technical assistance.
Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the UNOPS East Africa Hub (EAH) Head of Implementation for managerial and administrative aspects, and direct accountability to the Project Regional Coordinator on delivery of planned outputs, and will work closely with the Communication Officer.

The writer will liaise directly with the Communication Officer and the Regional Coordinator for day-to-day matters and reporting.  S/he will, where necessary, liaise with the Projects National Focal Points and other actors involved in the design of the initial Integrated Watershed Management Plan.

Consultancy Tasks and Deliverable

In particular the writer will, in close collaboration with the Regional Coordinator and Communication Officer, undertake the following tasks:

1.Review the Integrated watershed management plan for river Provaz catchment basin in São Tomé y Princípe and Mutsamundu river basin in Anjouan, Comoros, and develop a summarized light version of the plan. The writer will ensure that the summarized version captures the main essence of the initial document (strategic objectives, strategies, proposed management arrangements and key actions and recommendations) in a clear, easily understandable and consistent style. The following tasks are expected:

● Highlight, extract and simplify key messages (process, vision, strategic objectives, strategies, proposed management arrangements and key actions and recommendations) from the Integrated Watershed Management Plans to ensure comprehension for a non-technical audience.

● Elaborate a clear, logical and articulate structure for the summary versions of the two documents.

● Format and edit the text in a consistent and easily understandable style that is suitable for a non-technical audience such as policy makers or the general public.

● Submit summary versions for review to the PCU and implement comments received.

2.   Produce at least two case studies per participating country based on the implementation of the all the components of the project. This series will capture best practices, lessons learned and success stories in a clear and engaging style. The following tasks are expected:

● Identify case studies in the participating countries with the help of the Communication Officer.

● Finalize a uniform template with the Communication Officer.

● Liaise with relevant stakeholder to gather the necessary information on the case studies.

●  Write compelling case studies following the template.

●  Submit case studies for review to the PCU and implement comments received.

Note: The final outputs and documents will have to be validated by the Regional Project Coordinator in consultation with relevant authorities. The terms of reference and contract can be amended and if additional case studies are identified during the course of the consultancy.

   Duration and Expected Time Inputs

The planned consultancy is scheduled to be executed from 1st February 2017 to 30 June 2017 with expected time inputs being 60 days.          

Final approved draft of the summarized versions of the Watershed Management Plans incorporating review and inputs 10 days

Final approved draft of the 24 case studies incorporating review and inputs 40 days. The terms of reference and contract can be amended if additional case studies are identified during the course of the consultancy

Total number of days 50 days


UNOPS  Key Competencies:
  • Integrity and Inclusion
  • Leading self and others
  • Partnering
  • Results Orientation
  • Agility
  • Solution Focused
  • Effective Communication 

Key Competencies

●      Strong writing skills in English are required. Good knowledge of Portuguese is an advantage;

●      Ability to synthesize a large amount of technical information and an attention to details are necessary;

●      Familiarity with the topics covered by the IWRM AIO SIDS project and previous experience with writing for similar projects preferred;

●      Ability to produce digestible and creative communication messages is required.

Required Skills
  •  Editing ( 2 years)
  •  Publication production ( 3 years)
  •  Publication development ( 3 years)
Desired Skills
  • Report writing 
  •  Copy Writing 
  • Interactive Storytelling 
  • A Master’s degree in Communication, Journalism or related field in Arts and Social Sciences;
  • Combination of first-level university degree with additional 2 years work experience may be accepted in lieu of a master’s degree.
  • At least seven years of related professional experience in editing and publishing is required.
  • Experience of editorial processes is desirable. A working experience in this area within the United Nations or a similar organization would be an asset;
  • Experience in writing communication and knowledge documents in environmental and natural resource field and in particular in water resource management is desired 
  • Experience in developing policy briefs and other policy related documents is desired

Fluency in written and oral English at professional level is required. Knowledge of second UN working language desirable.

Contract type:International Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: IICA 2
Contract duration: 1 Year subject to performance and the availability of funds

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  • 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.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • 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.