Executive Director

Hosted Entities WSSCC
Job categories Leadership, Water Management, Programme Management
Vacancy code VA/2019/B5117/18593
Level ICS-14
Department/office ECR, GVA, WASH
Duty station Geneva, Switzerland
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract level D2
Duration One Year initially, with possibility of extension
Application period 23-Sep-2019 to 22-Oct-2019


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



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WSSCC is a global, multi-stakeholder membership and partnership organisation that works with poor people, organisations, governments and local entrepreneurs to improve sanitation and hygiene at scale. It strives “to enable all people and especially women, girls and those living in vulnerable situations to practice the right to sanitation and hygiene across the course of their lives with dignity and safety.” Founded in 1990, WSSCC’s work contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, target 2, with far-reaching impact on related SDG targets for health, education, women’s empowerment, reducing inequality, improved urban spaces and climate change mitigation. WSSCC facilitates sector coordination nationally, regionally and globally, and engages rights holders and duty bearers to adopt policy guidelines and stimulate action that improves menstrual health and hygiene management, including equal access for persons with disabilities. WSSCC also supports national sanitation and hygiene improvement programmes through its Global Sanitation Fund (GSF), coordinates knowledge platforms, and advocates on behalf of those left behind.

In 2019 WSSCC is midway through a Strategic Plan 2017-2020 and has started the development of a new Strategic Plan and of a fundraising strategy. The Executive Director will be expected to lead WSSCC’s effort to reach the targets of the 2017-2020 strategic plan and to contribute to the vision and successful implementation of the forthcoming Strategic Plan and the associated fundraising strategy.

The Executive Director reports to the Chair of the WSSCC Steering Committee, and for administrative requirements to the UNOPS Europe and Central Asia Regional Director. With the 35-40 people strong Secretariat based in Geneva, the duties of the Executive Director are wide ranging and demand exceptional leadership and management skills in addition to very sound technical skills.

WSSCC is hosted by UNOPS. Within its three core areas of expertise, infrastructure, procurement, and project management, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects it supports, with a focus on developing national capacity. UNOPS’ mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development. 

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 mean we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. In Geneva, UNOPS is the legal and administrative host for a number of UN entities, of which the Water Supply and Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is one.

Further to working closely with the staff in the WSSCC Secretariat the Executive Director will also frequently interact with Senior Staff within UNOPS, the UN Secretariat, Mission Heads in Geneva and New York, other UN offices, funds, programmes and specialised agencies, representatives of Governments and representatives of non-governmental organisations, and Chairs and members of intergovernmental bodies.  


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