Result of Service
GWOPA communication plan implementation supported, with regular significant pieces of communications posted, reaching out wide audience; workplace groups operationalized and active, Alliance network broadened with membership formalized and increased; Congress planned and preparation roadmap delivered; GWOPA’s events organized and documented; reporting to Habitat, donors and other entities completed timely;
Home based with travel to duty station Bonn, Germany (if COVID-19-restrictions allow)Expected duration
Duties and Responsibilities
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the agency for human settlements mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. Together with governments, the agency is responsible for promoting and consolidating collaboration with all partners, including local authorities, private and non-governmental organizations in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UN-Habitat leads the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA), which helps water and sanitation operators help one another. GWOPA is an international network created in 2009 to support operators through Water Operator’s Partnerships (WOPs) – not-for-profit peer support partnerships between water and sanitation operators aimed at enhancing their capacity and performance to provide a better service to more people in support of the SDGs. The GWOPA Secretariat is currently hosted by the Government of Germany.
II. OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES
This consultancy will provide expert guidance to three closely linked aspects of GWOPA´s work: its Communication, Alliance building and Congress activities.
GWOPA’s communications efforts aim to increase awareness of WOPs and give visibility to GWOPA´s various project activities and results (Boosting Effectiveness in Water Operators’ Partnerships, the EU-WOP program, the OFID Sustainable Improvements Program, among others). GWOPA´s Alliance building efforts serve to mobilize, engage and coordinate diverse parties within a fruitful global water solidarity network. The biennial Global WOP Congresses gather utilities, donors, knowledge institutions, labor unions, civil society organizations and public and private water and sanitation operators. The Global WOPs Congresses are meant to share and develop knowledge about utilities and WOPs, raise awareness and support for WOP practice, and to facilitate new partnerships.
The consultant will give guidance to these three inter-related areas of work, advising GWOPA on related strategies and actions and contributing to their implementation.
Under the direct supervision of the Officer-in-Charge of GWOPA, the candidate will provide substantive professional support to the Programme and will undertake the following tasks:
• Contribute to the development and implementation of the GWOPA communication plan with expert guidance, reviews and recommendations.
• Contribute key communication pieces such as talking points, short articles, multimedia messages, press releases to GWOPA’s communication initiatives such as the COVID campaign activity, newsletters and best practices campaigns.
• Draft the GWOPA annual report and prepare inputs to other donor reports.
• Review and edit knowledge products developed under various GWOPA projects. (e.g., Case Studies, factsheets, briefs, papers)
• Develop and implement a campaign to expand GWOPA’s membership and partner base.
• Moderate three groups in GWOPA’s Workplace collaborative platform throughout the consultancy.
• Design and implement various GWOPA events, including preparing concept notes, talking points and session proposals for thematic COVID-19 webinars, steering committee meeting(s), training workshops, sessions at regional and international events, and the Global WOPs Congress.
• Moderate and report on various events throughout the consultancy including the ISC meetings, advocacy events, and the WOPs Congress preparatory events.
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in communications, journalism, or other applicable subjects, with a complementary background in environmental, urban, development or other relevant studies is required. A first-level university degree (B.A./B.S.) in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: Minimum of five (5) years of experience in communications with network/ learning/ partnership organizations is required. Experience with the United Nations or with Water Operators Partnerships considered an asset.
Proven strong writing skills and analytical capacities are required.
Knowledge of the water and sanitation sector’s communications sphere strongly recommended. Previous experience on communications on WOPs a plus.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Working knowledge of other UN official languages (French, Spanish) is desirable.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.