Senior Finance and Systems Officer

Hosted Entities WSSCC
Job categories Finance
Vacancy code VA/2017/B5007/11964
Level ICS-11
Department/office ECR, GVA, Geneva
Duty station Geneva, Switzerland
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract level P4
Duration One Year
Application period 27-Mar-2017 to 21-Apr-2017

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

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The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global, multi-stakeholder membership and partnership organization that works with low-income households, their organizations, small businesses, governments, and development partners to improve the sanitation, health and livelihoods of tens of millions of people. Founded in 1990, the Council maintains a membership of over 5,000 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) professionals from over 80 countries. The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the legal and administrative host of WSSCC. The mission of the Council is to ensure sustainable sanitation, better hygiene and safe drinking water for all people, with focus on the poorest and most marginalized members of society in developing countries. To achieve its mission, WSSCC facilitates sector coordination at national, regional and global levels. It supports national sanitation and hygiene improvement programmes through its Global Sanitation Fund (GSF). WSSCC also facilitates inter-ministerial dialogues on sanitation that enable governments develop policies, design programmes and establish monitoring systems inclusive of women, girls and vulnerable groups. Drawing upon the networks of policy makers and practitioners driving these efforts, WSSCC advocates on behalf of the 2.4 billion people without a clean and safe toilet to use. More information on WSSCC can be found at:

As the world’s leading finance facility dedicated solely to improving sanitation and hygiene, the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) currently provides funding to national programmes in 13 countries to assist member States achieve sanitation targets in line with Sustainable Development Goals.  Preparations are underway for expansion into other countries in Africa and Asia. Since 2010, national programmes supported by GSF have empowered 16 million people to end the practice of open defecation, invest in improved sanitation, and adopt good hygiene behaviours. GSF disburses approximately $25-$30 million in grant financing per year. For each country, WSSCC facilitates the development of country programme proposals through a consultative process involving a variety of stakeholders within the WASH sector and beyond, including government and various non-State actors. It then appoints an Executing Agency (EA) to administer grant funding and execute the country programmes. Each EA makes sub-grants to NGOs, private sector and local government entities to implement the country programmes using methods of behaviour change, including community-led total sanitation, in addition to supply-side activities.  The programmes are designed to serve as a catalyst for attracting more support and resources to achieve universal access.

In addition to furnishing sanitation programmes with grants through the GSF, WSSCC also provides support at the country level to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments, local authorities, and entrepreneurs working in sanitation. This takes the form of networking, policy advocacy, knowledge sharing and learning, and targeted communications and media outreach. Much of this support is directed to coalition building and sector coordination to bring about policy reforms and large-scale improvements in sanitation and hygiene. Working in this way, WSSCC elevates equity and inclusion in the guidelines of national WASH policies and monitoring systems. And it leverages the precedents set by GSF-funded programs, mobilizing external support agencies, government and NGOs to develop strategic partnerships that enable countries achieve national sanitation targets.  For this, WSSCC appoints National Coordinators to facilitate country engagement.

The purpose of the position is to design, implement, and oversee financial management practices and systems for WSSCC and its funded programmes, increasing transparency, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. The incumbent will be based in the Directorate (Office of the Executive Director), at the WSSCC Secretariat (Geneva). She/he will report to the Chief of Staff, working closely with the members of the Senior Management Team and the UNOPS Geneva Office, particularly the Finance Officer and Portfolio Manager. 

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