04 November 2010

Vacancies (1 of 3): UN-Water Chief Technical Adviser

This vacancy announcement (pdf) recently came across my inbox:
Chief Technical Adviser
UNOPS/SWOC (Switzerland Operations Center)
Geneva, Switzerland
2 years, with possibility of extension
Closing Date
12 November 2010
UN-Water is the interagency mechanism established in 2003 by the Chief Executive Board and the High Level Committee on Programmes of the United Nations to promote coherence and coordination in UN system actions aimed at implementing the agenda defined by the Millennium Declaration and the World Summit on Sustainable Development as it relates to its scope of work.
Over the years, general interest for and support to UN-Water has increased steadily. It is becoming an increasingly efficient vehicle for supporting actions and promoting solutions related to the complex water-related agenda. This includes issues associated with both water supply and sanitation as well as water resources management. UN-Water continues to focus on developing its role as a support mechanism for members, partners and other key stakeholders in their efforts to provide leadership and offer solutions to water challenges in support of Member States.

The participating UN Organizations have agreed that they should adopt a coordinated approach to collaboration within the UN system, with partners and donors who wish to support the implementation of the work of UN-Water.

The participating United Nations Organizations established a UN-Water Inter Agency Trust Fund (hereinafter referred to as the “UNW-IATF") as well as a forum to steer the operational management of UN-Water called the Joint Steering Group. UN-Water Members and UNOPS signed a Memorandum of Understanding to set up the administrative structure for UNOPS to administer all aspects of the UNW-IATF including remittances, disbursements and transfer of funds, monitoring and reporting to the UN-Water Members through the Joint Steering Group and donors.

For more information, find the full position description and requirements, as well as application instructions, at the UNOPS site (pdf). Good luck!

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