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Programme Officer1

  • Company: United Nations University
  • Deadline: Sunday 14th November 2010
  • Location: Bonn
Job Description

Reference Number: 2010/UNU/UNWDPC/FTA/PO(KM/IS)/44

UNU is an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate training and dissemination
of knowledge in furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. Within the
framework of its aim to support the UN ‘Water for Life’ campaign, UNU is the host organization of the UNWDPC
office based in Bonn, Germany.

The UN-Water Decade Programme Office has been founded to strengthen the activities of the more than two
dozen UN organizations and programmes already co-operating within the inter-agency mechanism known as
UN-Water, and to add value and facilitate the activities of the UN-Water members and support them in their
efforts to achieve the millennium goals related to water. This is not just a matter of capacity development
related to water, but also of education, training and institutional development.
In keeping with this aim, UNW-DPC’s Mission Statement ‘is to enhance the coherence, credibility and
integrated effectiveness of UN-Water by strengthening its capacity development programmes, particularly in
developing countries and economies in transition. In so doing, UN-Water will demonstrate a vanguard role
and leadership in bringing together stakeholders in the capacity development field and creating added value
for their programmes.’

The United Nations have declared the years 2005-2015 as the international decade for the campaign ‘Water for
Life’. Through this campaign, the UN hopes to protect the precious resource of water and raise public
awareness about its sustainable use and the need to ensure this.

Under the authority and supervision of the Director of UNW-DPC, the successful candidate will be entrusted
with the following tasks:



  • Contribute to collect and analyse existing information about water-related capacity development programmes and activities;
  • Creation of a Capacity Development Observatory;
  • Development of a single entry point of access to information in the field of water-related capacity development;
  • Conception and design of white papers on capacity development policy;
  • Support the development of procedure and implementation guidelines on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM);
  • Responsible for the preparation, implementation, and supervision of a side publication to be produced as a supplement to the 4th World Water Report;
  • Knowledge generation, especially in conjunction with E-Learning, i.e. conception, design, planning, implementation, evaluation;
  • Design and establishment of internal procedures dealing, in particular, with communications and programme co-ordination, also supporting interdisciplinary integration within the team;
  • Co-operate with and contribute to the work of the respective UN-Water Thematic Priority Areas/Task
  • Forces and Programmes entrusted to the appointee as appropriate;
  • Within the framework of the tasks shared with the UNW-DPC Expert team, participate in the organisation of awareness-raising events;
  • Within the framework of the tasks shared with the UNW-DPC Expert team, contribute proactively to the planning, implementation, and organisation of meetings, conferences, presentations, trainingcourses, workshops, colloquia, press conferences, interviews, et al;
  • Sharing the task with the UNW-DPC Expert team, contribute to the creation of a publication series for UNW-DPC (indicative periodicity: two issues per year as part of the UNU hosted programme activities). This also implies in some cases commissioning experts contributing to the publications and supervising/reviewing their work;
  • Contribute to enhance and ensure the coherence of all water-related activities within UNU and with UN Water as well as the co-ordination with the water community worldwide and the pertinent UNWDPC/UNU partners and contacts;
  • Contribute to establish and maintain proactive networking within the field of water-related capacity development;
  • Contribute to promote and undertake fundraising activities;
  • Contribute to support the Director of UNW-DPC in handling and complying with project-related administrative requirements and processes if required;
  • Foster and engage in extensive and ongoing communication, information flows, and exchange of ideas with the Director of UNW-DPC as well as with the entire UNW-DPC team as a whole, the UNW-DPC Expert team, and the UNU teams in Bonn;
  • Promote and engage in comprehensive team-working endeavours within the entire UNW-DPC team as a whole and with the Director and the Programme Officers and experts in particular;
  • Contribute to implement the 2nd Work Plan of UNW-PDC (2010-2013);
  • Any other duties as may be assigned.


Qualifications, Experience and Competencies:

  • PhD in mathematical programming, water resources management, artificial intelligence applied to
    • natural resource management, forecasting and scenario planning, modelling, economics;
  • Computing, maths, statistics, economics;
  • Minimum of five years of experience with regard to establishing bridges between water-related scientific and technological fields and institutional and academic capacity development as well as international and national governance, i.e. facilitation of multi-stakeholder programmes and consensus building, especially in developing countries;
  • Networking and fundraising capabilities and experience is desirable;
  • Excellent oral and written English is a prerequisite. Fluency in other UN languages and oral and written German will be considered an asset;
  • Proven facilitation, co-ordination, organization, and problem-solving skills;
  • A good team-player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity as a requirement;
  • Outstanding presentation, communication, writing, reporting, and networking skills;
  • Outstanding command of IT skills;
  • Availability to undertake worldwide travel on a frequent basis;
  • Flexibility and ability to accommodate change;



We offer competitive net salary (tax-exempted) at P2/P3 level commensurate to level of experience and
allowances including post adjustment. Post adjustment is subject to change.
The post carries the standard set of United Nations benefits and entitlements for international positions in the
UN Common Systems, including participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, the possibility
of participation in a health insurance programme, education grant, removal expenses and home leave. For more
information, please visit;


Duration of Contract:
This is a full time fixed-term appointment. The period of initial appointment would be for a period of 2 years
with the possibility of renewal on the basis of excellent performance and availability of funds. The mandatory
age of retirement for United Nations staff is 62 years old.
This is an internationally recruited post. Suitably qualified women candidates and applicants from developing
countries are particularly encouraged to apply.
Staff members of the United Nations University are international civil servants subject to the authority of the
Rector and may be assigned to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations University. The Rector
reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below that is advertised.


Starting Date:
It is expected that the appointee will take up responsibilites by 1 January 2011 or as soon as possible, subject to

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit their application preferably by email to,
attention of Mrs. Beatrice O’Reilly, Recruitment Officer, submitting the following documents:

  • A letter of application setting out how the qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position;
  • Curriculum Vitae with a completed and signed UNU Personal History form downloadable from United Nations University website (