Innovation Officer

Geneva, Switzerland
Apply by 31 January 2018
Mid-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 12 January 2018

Job Description

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 Head, Global Policy and Innovation, the Innovation Officer seeks to nurture novel ideas and make relevant to the Council’s work the latest research. From a constant flow of national, regional and global data and dialogues the IO synthesizes relevant lessons learnt and innovations in technical, methodological and institutional approaches to sanitation and hygiene that would improve globally the effectiveness of the Strategic Plan’s implementation by the Council and the relevance of its approach to all stakeholders.

Functional Responsibilities
  • Working closely with the Technical Support Unit of the Programme Division, gather relevant trends and new sets of experiences and synthesize them, through communities of practice and other channels, as methodological tools than can be disseminated globally for the benefit of the Council and its partners in the achievement of SDG target 6.2
  • In collaboration with Programme teams and National Counterparts, gathers result relevant to new policy adaptation and methodological approaches in different operating contexts, deepening WSSCC’s understanding of emerging issues and improving overall relevance.
  • In collaboration with the Communications cluster, gathers and selects innovative breakthroughs achieved by WSSCC worth global dissemination through web based tools and other forms, including publications.
  • Partners with Knowledge Management and Learning contributors on creating learning activities and tools that amplify successes of new approaches across the Council and among membership.
  • In collaboration with the Communications cluster, gathers and selects innovative breakthroughs achieved by WSSCC worth global dissemination through web based tools and other forms, including publications.
  • Develops peer network of work planning experts across similar organizations testing and recommending to management new modalities for the Council.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Master’s degree in international relations, economics, international politics, public relations, or related fields is required.
  • A bachelor’s degree with a combination of 2 additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the master’s degree.

  • With master’s degree minimum of five years of relevant professional experience project management, knowledge management or related fields is required.

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

About the Organization

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.

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