Programme Specialist (Policy, Advocacy and Valorization)

Perugia, , IT

I. Background

Founded in 2000 by UNESCO, The UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) of UNESCO seeks to equip water managers and key decision-makers with the information, data, tools and skills to effectively participate in the development of policies to improve the supply and quality of global freshwater resources. The primary product of the WWAP Secretariat is the UN World Water Development Report, a UN-Water flagship report on water resources related-issues, which is produced every year on a different topic. Furthermore, other knowledge products are produced (for instance, SDG 6 Synthesis Report or Water and Gender publication and tools), often on a project basis.

The wealth of information compiled and produced by WWAP have a substantial impact at the policy and implementation level, only if these knowledge products of the Secretariat are shared effectively with policy and decision makers and other relevant stakeholder (e.g. researchers, NGOs, representatives of sectors outside the water domain). This could be done through mainstreaming actions and the use of innovative methods. This requirement necessitates the involvement of a specialist on policy, advocacy and valorisation.

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) who is also the Director of the UNESCO Programme Office on Global Water Assessment, the incumbent will develop evidence-based original content for the WWDR series and other WWAP publications. More particularly, the incumbent will:

Policy-science Dialogue and Advocacy

  • Develop policy-relevant information and relevant text for the WWDR series and other WWAP publications with the aim to strengthen policy-science dialogue.
  • Identify and utilize current reviews on global/regional assessments and support the development of synthesis documents, policy briefs, reviews, official communications (e.g. speeches, articles and letters) and case studies reports to inform, maximise impact and support relevant policy and decision-making processes.

Valorisation (Outreach, Capacity Development and Communication)

  • Develop and ensure implementation of a strategy (incl. resource mobilization) that includes a communication plan and knowledge management activities to valorise the information that WWAP produces.
  • Design strategy for implementation of capacity development and learning activities based on the main issues addressed by the WWDRs or other WWAP knowledge products targeting policy and decision makers, financiers and professionals in water domain.
  • Serve as WWAP focal point for major water-related processes/events of interest for the Programme (such as relevant International Conferences, UN International Years, World Water Day campaign), thus liaising with relevant counterparts and partners. Coordinate WWAP presence in conjunction with the communication team and other staff.



  • Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in natural sciences, international relations or policies and development. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience in the area of water and policies, international water cooperation and outreach.


  • In-depth knowledge of the field of policy-science interface related to water and environment.
  • Excellent creativity skills.
  • Very good project management (RBM, budget management)
  • Very good IT skills, including knowledge of standard office software (Word, Excel etc.).
  • Capacity to build and maintain effective working relations with national/local authorities, relevant institutions, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) with the ability to coordinate the drafting of complex document.
  • Ability to work in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multi-cultural environment.


  • Excellent knowledge of English.



  • Experience in working with the UN System and/or an international development organization.


  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the United Nations System and UNESCO.
  • Ability to provide guidance and leadership to junior colleagues.


  • Knowledge of Italian.


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, please send your “UNESCO PHF” ( or the UN PHF together with a cover letter, by email to [email protected] Please label the subject line “Programme Specialist in Policy, Advocacy and Valorization” (PA P‐3). The deadline is 10 November 2017 at midnight (Paris time). The extension is contingent on the availability of funding.