Senior Programme Officer, Global Advocacy

Vacancy code VA/2014/B5007/5286
Position title Senior Programme Officer, Global Advocacy
Level ICS-11
Department/office GPSO, CVAC, Geneva
Duty station Geneva, Switzerland
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract level P4

UNOPS 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.

Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.

We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.

Functional Responsibilities


Coordination of advocacy efforts on behalf of the WASH sector
  • Support WSSCC’s leadership of the Advocacy and Communications Working Group on post-2015 WASH targets and indicators by: 
    • identifying key opportunities and events that the group can use to promote the targets and indicators that have been developed via an extensive expert consultation;
    • ensuring smooth functioning of the group and effective internal communications via regular email updates, monthly teleconferences and ad hoc correspondence as needed;
    • organizing twice-yearly face-to-face workshops, including development of meeting agendas, drafting of background papers and meeting reports;
    • coordinating the development, translation and dissemination of advocacy materials.
    • Support WSSCC’s development and implementation of a UN-led communications campaign to support the UN Deputy-Secretary General’s call to action on sanitation. In particular:
      • support countries and existing partners to adapt and use the basic campaign toolkit (to be launched mid 2014);
      • identify new partners (e.g. private sector companies) and initiate, develop and deliver campaign elements in collaboration with them;
      • in collaboration with partners and the creative agency, develop new materials to support the campaign;
      • work with the WSSCC Senior Programme Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation, to evaluate the activity;
      • contribute to regular liaison with key campaign partners, including within the UN Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the UN Department of Information and the UN Millennium Campaign.
      • Support the Programme Manager, Advocacy and Communications, to deliver on WSSCC’s commitment to provide advocacy and communications services to the Sanitation and Water for All partnership. In particular;
        • provide support to SWA communications and advocacy staff members based at the WSSCC offices in Geneva at times of peak activity (e.g. in advance of the SWA High Level Meetings);
        • promote coordination between high-level advocacy undertaken by SWA and other global efforts, such as those around the achievement of the MDGs and positioning of WASH in the post-2015 development agenda;
        • promote coordination between high-level advocacy undertaken by SWA and regional and national initiatives, particularly those around the setting and monitoring of political commitments.
  • Review WSSCC’s current portfolio of engagement in global advocacy (as outlined above) and provide strategic guidance on ongoing engagement, particularly post-2015, links to regional and national-level advocacy, and the best ways to balance advocacy efforts undertaken in coalition or on behalf of the WASH sector with initiatives led by WSSCC.

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