Communications Specialist

Job categories Communications
Vacancy code VA/2021/B5117/22239
Level ICS-11
Department/office ECR, GVA, WASH
Duty station Geneva, Switzerland
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-3
Duration One year
Application period 21-Jul-2021 to 10-Aug-2021

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. Communications is one of the keys to getting people to care and feel motivated to take action. In a society where there is information overflow, communicating credible, verified and aligned messages about what can be done about the crisis is paramount for change to take place. This is the role of UN-Water’s corporate communication and global campaigns. 

Within the Technical Advisory Unit, the Communications Specialist will be responsible for: providing sound advice and services in dealing with substantive matters concerning communications operations; developing and implementing creative approaches to global campaigns;  ensuring effective design and delivery of information products in accordance with overall objectives and policies; and forming strong partnerships with relevant parties involved to engender support for UN-Water’s activities.

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