Technical Officer SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework

Job categories Project Management, Programme Management
Vacancy code VA/2020/B5117/20761
Level ICS-10
Department/office ECR, GVA, WASH
Duty station Geneva, Switzerland
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract level P3
Duration One Year initially, with possibility of extension
Application period 19-Nov-2020 to 09-Dec-2020


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



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UN-Water is the United Nations (UN) inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater related issues, including sanitation. The High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) established UN-Water in its meeting held on 18 and 19 September 2003 in response to the need for strengthened coordination of United Nations’ work on water and sanitation related issues. The Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) endorsed this decision at its fall 2003 session in New York. UN-Water currently counts 33 Members (UN entities) and 41 Partners (non-UN system actors).

UN-Water promotes coherence in, and coordination of, water-related UN system actions aimed at the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other relevant policy frameworks, such as the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development and the New Urban Agenda. In so doing, UN-Water complements and adds value to existing UN initiatives by facilitating synergies and joint efforts among the implementing agencies and by fostering greater co-operation and information-sharing within its constituency. UN-Water supports Member States through its three main lines of work: 1. Informing policy processes and addressing emerging issues; 2. Supporting monitoring and reporting on water and sanitation; and 3. Building knowledge and inspiring people to take action.

For UN Member States as well as the international community, the coming years will be critical to solve the water and sanitation crisis. Although Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) – ‘to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030’ – supports many of the other 16 SDGs, the world is alarmingly off-track and the challenges are unprecedented and growing. To respond to the need for an immediate and integrated global response to rapidly improve progress on SDG 6, in July 2020 the UN system launched the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework – a unifying initiative that involves all sectors of society to speed up progress by improving support to countries. Through the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework, the UN system and its multi-stakeholder partners, driven by country demand and coordinating through UN-Water, unify the international community’s support to countries for SDG 6. The SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework involves: 

  • A sharpened focus on coherent, coordinated and streamlined country support as part of the UN reform, including scaling up water-related work and collaboration among the UN-Water Members and Partners, providing access to expertise, technical assistance and advocacy support through a reinvigorated Resident Coordinators system and a new generation of UN Country Teams; 
  • A multi-stakeholder, high-level, annual stock-taking moment, complemented by the SDG 6 Action Space, to enable stakeholders to keep up momentum on and accelerate implementation of SDG 6, as well as share lessons and best practices; 
  • A purpose-driven collaboration among all stakeholders including various initiatives providing new activities in support of the Global Acceleration Framework; and 
  • An SDG 6 Action Space platform to showcase on-going actions, share experiences, raise awareness and inspire actions among all types of people and organisations.

The impact of the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework relies also on its synergies with the following critical milestone events mandated by UN General Assembly resolution 73/226:

  • The 2021 one-day high-level meeting hosted by the President of the General Assembly to promote implementation of the water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development as part of the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Sustainable Development’, 2018-2028; 
  • The 2023 UN Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Sustainable Development’, 2018–2028; and 
  • Their respective preparatory processes.  

Within the UN-Water family, activities related to the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework will be carried out by the UN-Water’s Task Force on Country Level Engagement, Expert Group on Regional Level Coordination, and Expert Group on 2030 Agenda, with the UN-Water Technical Advisory Unit providing technical support to these groups and ensuring the necessary coordination.

Within the Technical Advisory Unit, the Technical Officer will be responsible for: providing technical support to the abovementioned Task Force and Expert Groups; coordinating the activities among them to ensure coherence; managing the liaison with the United Nations Development Coordination Office (DCO) and UN Country Teams; identifying and analysing opportunities for country level engagement and regional level coordination, and initiating the resulting actions; and leading the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework communications and dissemination activities. 




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