Project Officer (Sustainable Development Goal 6, Synthesis Report)

Perugia, , IT

I. Background

Founded in 2000 by UNESCO, the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) is a United Nations system‐wide effort to develop the tools and skills needed to achieve a better understanding of processes, management practices and policies that help improve the supply and quality of global freshwater resources. WWAP coordinates the production of the World Water Development Report (WWDR), the UN Water’s flagship publication on freshwater resources. WWAP is chairing the UN‐Water Task Force on Reporting on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that is responsible for producing the SDG 6 Synthesis Report (SR). The SR will be launched in May 2018.

II. Duties and requirements

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director‐General for Natural Sciences (ADG/SC) and the direct supervision of the Coordinator of the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) and the Director of the UNESCO Programme Office on Global Water Assessment, the incumbent will collaborate for the planning, organization, implementation of the Synthesis Report project. The project is implemented by the UN‐Water Task Force on Reporting on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that is coordinated by WWAP. In particular, the incumbent will work on the implementation of the action plans and strategies set by the Task Force on the development of the SR (write in full). The incumbent will be expected to perform the following essential tasks:

  • Assist in the coordination and monitor the development and implementation of activities related to the Synthesis Report of SDG 6.
  • Assist the Drafting Team and oversee the work of the data analyst and editor.
  • Draft parts of the report and provide inputs and comments on material prepared by the Drafting Team, Task Force members and UN‐Water Partners and Members in the development phase of the Synthesis Report.
  • Identify other UN reporting mechanisms on water‐related goals and develop synergies for inclusion of relevant inputs into working draft of the SR (write in full).
  • Analyse and compile data for potential strategic partnerships with other UN Agencies, particularly the UN‐Water Members and Partners, as well as with other Custodian Agencies of water‐related goals.
  • Facilitate the formulation of recommendations drawn from the analysis of SDG 6 monitoring mechanisms (e.g.: JMP, GLAAS, GEMI projects) and transfer of information into policy making processes, particularly synthetize information on achievements of the relevant target/s of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related policy recommendations.
  • Perform the activities related to budget and monitoring, and prepares related documents/reports (workplans, budget, progress report etc.). Ensuring that financial resources are utilized to implement activities in accordance with the Programme Budget and allotments issued.
  • Conduct research, analysis, data and inputs and material for the preparation of the UNSG and HLPF SDG reports.
  • Perform any other relevant duties assigned.



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent,) in the field of hydrology and water resources, environmental engineering, environmental sciences or ecological sciences with specialization on water issues. A first university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience in the areas of water science, sustainable development at the national, regional and/or international level.


  • Proven skills in writing technical and scientific text, as well as proven ability of critically revising scientific/technical reports and papers.
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to synthesize information originating from different sources.
  • Very good organizational and project management skills.
  • Very good communication skills (both orally and in writing), including the ability to clearly and concisely prepare, present and discuss findings and recommendations on relevant issues.
  • Ability to work in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment.
  • Good IT skills, including knowledge of standard office software.


  • Excellent knowledge of English (particularly in technical writing) and good knowledge of Italian.



  • Proven experience in the field of Programme management and in designing and implementing programmes related to sustainable development.
  • Relevant experience with international sustainable development agendas notably MDGs and good understanding of the UN 2030 Agenda.
  • Experience within the UN Water coordination mechanism.
  • Experience in participatory processes for technical/scientific writing and editorial process (e.g., Scientific Assessment Report or similar).
  • Experience in working with the UN System, notably UN‐Water and/or an international development organization.


Proven ability to communicate and negotiate effectively and persuasively (both orally and in writing) with various stakeholders at all levels, within and outside the Organization. Capacity to build and maintain effective working relations with national/local authorities, relevant institutions, intergovernmental and non‐governmental organizations. Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the United Nations System and UNESCO.


• Knowledge of other official UNESCO languages (French, Arab, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).


UNESCO’s salaries are calculated in US dollars and exempt from income tax. They consist of a basic salary and a post adjustment which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. More details on the ICSC Web site. Please note that UNESCO is a non‐smoking Organization.


To apply, fill the “UNESCO PHF” (, and send it to us together with a cover letter, by email to [email protected] Applications on different formats will not be accepted. Please label the subject line “Project Officer, Sustainable Development Goal 6, Synthesis Report” (PA P‐2). The deadline is 13 March 2017 (midnight, Paris time). The extension is contingent on the availability of funding.