United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Regional Liaison and Coordination Officer

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Job Description

Eligibility criteria Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Description of task Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Programme Management Officer responsible for Latin America and the Caribbean or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Regional Liaison and Coordination Officer will:
  • Liaise, closely coordinate with and support WOP regional platforms (if possible, be hosted in their premises)
  • Maintain a close relationship with WOP key stakeholders in the region including Governments, donors, water operators and others and work with them towards optimizing the potential of WOPs in the region
  • Ensure that internal and external stakeholders are regularly updated on GWOPA’s activities in the region as well as new documents, materials, events and other information.
  • Support the expansion of the GWOPA network in the region by mobilizing new members, updating the relevant contact databases, identify new opportunities for engagement, and reach out to new partners and experts.
  • Support the preparations of the 4th Global WOPs Congress scheduled to be held in Bonn, Germany, in October 2021, by mobilizing actors to contribute to the preparations and to participate in the Congress itself.
  • Support the preparations of a regional ‘state of WOPs’ Analysis in the region, including Mapping of ongoing and new WOPs, in collaboration with regional WOPs platforms. The regional ‘state of WOPs’ is a contribution to a global ‘state of WOPs’ report, the WOPs Congress and the new WOPs Observatory.
  • Develop and maintain a regional mapping of WOPs related issues and trends, including a database on stakeholders and supporting organizations.
  • Organize events in the region, supporting the preparation of knowledge exchange evets, expert group meetings, twinning arrangements, training events and other events organization as part of the ongoing projects under GWOPA
  • Develop and/or tailor communication materials on the work of GWOPA for relevant networks in the region, in collaboration with internal communication teams, and share through the relevant UN-Habitat and GWOPA platforms.
  • Develop and provide inputs into documents and reports on GWOPA’s activities and other issues affecting water operators in the region.
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.
Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level: Master degree or equivalent Education - Additional Comments:
  • Master’s degree in a relevant area, e.g. urban development, water and Environmental Sciences, international relations or related areas;
Required experience: 60 Months Experience remark:
  • At least 5 years of professional work experience at the national and/or international level in the water and sanitation, urban development, Capacity Development, partnerships development or related sectors, or other relevant programmes; experience with water and sanitation operators is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization;
  • Good understanding of the concepts and practices related to water and sanitation operators are required. Understanding of capacity development work and peer-to-peer learning between operators are desired.
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, workers unions, civil society partners, Financial Institutions, and government authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with Database Management; and office technology equipment;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
  • Have affinity with or interest in the work of water and sanitation operators, urban development, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
Language skills:
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Spanish(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Arabic(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
  • Chinese(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
  • French(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
  • Russian(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
Area of expertise: Water, sanitation and environmental engineering, Development programme management, Resource mobilization, partnership and donor coordination Area of expertise details:
  • At least 5 years of professional work experience at the national and/or international level in the water and sanitation, urban development, capacity development, partnerships development or related sectors, or other relevant programmes; experience with water and sanitation operators is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization;
  • Good understanding of the concepts and practices related to water and sanitation operators are required. Understanding of capacity development work and peer-to-peer learning between operators are desired.
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, workers unions, civil society partners, financial institutions, and government authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
  • Have affinity with or interest in the work of water and sanitation operators, urban development, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
Driving license: No Competencies values: Communication, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams  
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