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Programme Specialist (ART) Initiative Programme - Global Water Solidarity (GWS)
|Location :||Geneva, SWITZERLAND|
|Application Deadline :||22-Jan-13 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||TA International|
|Post Level :||P-3|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||364 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||364 days|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
783 million people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation. Sub-national institutions, such as local authorities and water utility companies, play a key role in responding to this challenge. Their leadership, together with an active coalition of stakeholders facilitated by concrete cooperation mechanisms, is needed to achieve universal access in water and sanitation. Local governments in both developed and developing countries share a common interest to lead efficient, accessible and reliable water and sanitation services. They are close to the service users and are knowledgeable about local conditions and needs.
UNDP HUB for innovative partnerships founded in 2011 the Global Water Solidarity (GWS) International Platform with a mandate to advocate globally for the development, replication and scaling up of decentralized solidarity mechanisms (DSMs) at national, universal access to water and sanitation services. GWS is a global coalition of local, regional and national governments, public and private institutions and civil society organization. The platform provides a series of advocacy services, including an “International Charter for the promotion of DSMs”, a “Global Water Solidarity Recognition” granted to DSMs, an on-demand technical network fro the identification and facilitation of technical cooperation opportunities, an online community of practice for the facilitation of technical exchanges and an active promotion of the role and contribution of DSMs to achieving universal access to water and sanitation services at major national and international fora. The GWS also seeks to enable local governments from developing countries to better fulfil their potential in water and sanitation services provision by facilitating access to complementary funding. The leverage effect of these funds provides a solid basis for local governments to local to have access to funds that are currently beyond their reach from various international financial institutions, such as Development Banks or through Public-Private Partnerships. The Secretariat of the GWS is hosted by the United Nations Development Programme. Global Water Solidarity is a thematic platform of the ART Initiative.
Global Water Solidarity Secretariat is supervised by its Coordinator who is in charge of the Secretariat relations with wide range of its members, partners and donors. The GWS Coordinator ensures high level leadership in advocacy, promotion of the platform, outlining of the strategic priorities and steering implementation of its programme.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the GWS Coordinator, the Programme Specialist is responsible for supporting day-to-day management, coordination and monitoring of GWS project/platform implementation, as well as providing technical support in programme development, resource mobilization and knowledge management. The Programme Specialist supports partnerships building, resource mobilization and knowledge management strategy, tools and procedures and coordinates their implementation, supports donor intelligence, supports the strengthening of the GWS position within the UNDP and UN family and the development of strategic partnerships with government, donors, private sector and CSO. Guided by the GWS Coordinator, the Programme Specialist supports and coordinates the work of a team of experts, international and national consultants. The Programme Specialist collaborates closely and interacts daily with a network of counterparts within UNDP operations, programme and management teams, as well as UN Agencies, IFIs, Government officials, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors, private sector and civil society.
Summary of key functions:
Specific results are expected in the areas of:
Ensures effective management of the GWS platform (35%) focusing on quality control of the full cycle of programming from formulation to implementation achieving the following results:
Contributes inputs and supports the implementation of GWS strategies related to RM and partnerships building (30%) focusing on achievement of the following results:
Coordinates knowledge building and knowledge sharing (35%) as required by the organization, focusing on the following results:
Knowledge Management and Learning
Management and Leadership
Required Skills and Experience
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