Job Opening

Posting Title: WOP Knowledge (Level A/B)
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: BARCELONA
Posting Period: 01 February 2019 - 09 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-110983-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES
The consultant will support GWOPA in the implementation of its GWOPA’s Knowledge objectives, notably the activities under the BEWOP (Boosting Effectiveness in Water Operators’ Partnerships), a research and outreach collaboration between IHE- Delft and GWOPA aimed at boosting the effectiveness of WOPs around the world.

Work Location

Barcelona, Spain (remote consultancies might be considered)

Expected duration

TIME FRAME
The full-time consultancy will begin in February 2019 and last for a 6-month period, with possibility of extension.

Duties and Responsibilities

I BACKGROUND
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the agency for human settlements mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. UN-Habitat helps the urban poor by transforming cities into safer and healthier places with better opportunities. It works with organizations at every level, including all spheres of government, civil society and the private sector.

The Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) is a network of partners, led by UN-Habitat, committed to helping water operators help one another improve their capacity in providing access to water and sanitation services for all. Following the “Hashimoto Action Plan” launched in Mexico in March 2006, the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) requested UN-Habitat to establish this global mechanism to promote not-for-profit peer support arrangements between water utilities, so-called Water Operators Partnerships (WOPs). Noting that much of the responsibility in meeting the water and sanitation-related MDGs (Millenium Development Goals) fell to water operators, UNSGAB recommended the scaled up use of WOPs to help develop their capacity to sustainably deliver safe water and sound sanitation services.

Water operators are critical players in efforts to achieve sustainable and universal water and sanitation. But many operators today are not keeping pace with demand. They face a myriad of
challenges including rapid urbanization, rising inequity, pressures on water resources, severe resource constraints and ineffective governance.

There is a growing understanding that strong local capacity can provide the foundations to respond to emerging challenges with meaningful and lasting solutions. Supporting water operators in their organisational development efforts to manage effectively over the long-term
is the purpose of Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs).

WOPs are peer-support arrangements between two or more water service providers, carried out on a not-for-profit basis in the objective of strengthening operator capacity. They are based on the observation that capacity development supported by mentors can accelerate water operators’ ability to meet the challenges facing the sector. They draw on the fact that much of the innovation and expertise to address water operators’ challenges reside within utilities (not with consultants or other external experts), and that a growing number of these successful
operators are highly motivated to share their expertise and innovation with others as “mentors” on a not-for-profit basis.

WOPs were identified as a high-potential solution by the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board for Water and Sanitation. Upon request of former UN Secretary General and the advice of his UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), GWOPA was established in 2009 as a network of partners committed to helping water operators to help one another improve their capacity in providing access to water and sanitation services for all. By scaling up effective WOP practice, GWOPA aims to help utilities play their full roll in the local realization of sustainable development.

The GWOPA Secretariat translates GWOPA’s mandate into strategies and programs. It implements, through collaboration with a range of partners, annual alliance work plans which include support for regional WOP platforms, WOPs direct brokering and funding, financial guidance and support, development and management of WOPs knowledge, branding, alliance and partnership building, as well as advocacy and communication activities. The GWOPA Secretariat is currently hosted by the City of Barcelona with support of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Under the guidance and overall supervision of the Knowledge Management Unit's Coordinator, the Consultant will carry out assigned tasks that may include:

• Managing WOP database and overseeing its expansion with new WOP and operators profiles
• Documenting WOP Case Studies and produce related narratives/briefs or factsheets
• Conducting WOP Operational Research and produce thematic briefs
• Producing training materials on the basis of existing written guidance materials and tools
• Producing SDG-focused Operational Guidance products/tools supporting operators in the monitoring and realization of global objectives such as SDG, Human Right to Water
• Generating advocacy knowledge products (report/brief/presentation)
• Substantively supporting the preparation of Knowledge events and meetings, particularly the Global WOPs Congress

In addition, the consultant may be asked to contribute to GWOPA’s Communications and Advocacy activities including writing articles for newsletters and website, animating social media sites, supporting member and partner development efforts and proofreading various documents.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in environmental, urban, development or other relevant field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience in a related area.
Experience: Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience including: producing written guidance, learning tools or training materials; working with network/learning partnership organizations. Experience with the United Nations or with Water Operators Partnerships an asset. Proven strong writing skills and analytical capacities are required.
Language: The consultant requires excellent English writing skills. A working knowledge of Spanish and/or French will be well-regarded.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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