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Geneva (Switzerland)

Background Information - Job-specific

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) was established in 1990 and mandated by name in United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/45/181.The WSSCC Secretariat is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and aims to accelerate the achievement of sustainable sanitation, hygiene and water services for all people, with special attention to the unserved poor, by enhancing collaboration and coordination of all sector stakeholders. The WSSCC Secretariat is located in Geneva, Switzerland. More information on WSSCC can be found on the website at

Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director, the Head, Technical Unit, leads and integrates the work of the Council’s technical professionals ensuring the quality, strategic and programmatic relevance of their work.  The Head, TU, advises senior management on alignment of local and regional programmatic requirements with council strategic priorities.  Monitoring emerging national and global trends, partnering with institutional and national experts and collaborating closely with advocacy and partnership teams, the Head, TU creates an environment of innovation that burnishes the reputation of the Council as a sought-after source for technical excellence and relevance advice.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Leads and coordinates the provision of technical and methodological expertise of the Council aligning needs of country program directors with the WSSCC strategic plan, ensuring overall standard of technical work generated by the Division.
  • Manages the technical experts of the technical unit ensuring the integration, relevance and rigor of their work.
  • Prepares periodic budget projections for the division for consideration by the Executive Director. Once a resource allocation is approved, is responsible for overseeing its implementation in accordance with the rules and procedures of UNOPS
  • Advises the DED on relevant trends, WSSCC capacities to deliver and recommends use of in-     house and complimentary external expertise necessary to deliver
  • Fosters a knowledge management culture within the division, identifies best practices and facilitates exchanges of lessons learned across the WSSCC Program and encourages technical staff to foster mutually beneficial learning relationships with technical partners beyond the Council   
  • Coordinates and supervises Training and coaching within the division that both reflects best practices and new approaches but builds on lessons learned internally from Council staff
  • Ensuring relevance of technical work, coordinates with regional programme managers and local counterparts at national levels including NGO, UN and high-level officials, on priority technical and capacity building issues.
  • Builds strategic network with policy and technical leaders working on issues related to SDG 6.2 connecting the work of the Council to national, regional and global initiatives and attracting interest in WSSCC approaches. 
  • Primary source for strategic information to the department of policy and innovation relevant to its global policy and advocacy role; ensure the advocacy and policy advice provided by the Unit is consistent with corporate policies
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Master's degree in project management, public administration, public health, development management, social science or other relevant related field is required.
  • Minimum ten years relevant professional experience in international development or public health or programme/project management or related fields is required.
  • Experience in the areas of Menstrual Health Management, gender, equality, sustainability and/or WASH is highly desired.

  • Fluency in both written and spoken English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable.   


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Functional competencies

    • Ability to lead and manage a diverse group of technical experts to achieve results in a responsible and collaborative manner through clear direction, supervision and modelling behavior.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of gender, MHM, sustainability, equity and WASH
    • Ability to facilitates personal and professional development by giving others constructive feedback, coaches, mentors, manages, and empowers for performance, competence, and career development.
    • Demonstrated ability to network and create linkages across diverse groups, including    extensive knowledge of the current evidence and approaches to tackling social determinants of health and equity is preferable.
    • Proven ability to understand and translate complex concepts and evidence into understandable language, including presentations, written documents, and policy relevant to non-specialists is preferable
    • Knowledge and skills in approaches to strengthening national policies for equity and translating those policies into action at the community level preferable.
    • Excellent conceptual and analytical abilities and an analytic approach to information management.

Contract type, level and duration

This vacancy is open for WSSCC Internal Candidates Only!

Contract type: Fixed Term Staff Contract
Contract level: ICS12 / P5
Contract duration:One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability.

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.


Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our 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.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2017-12-03

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