Working with the World Water Council

Program officer

Job Vacancy: Program officer

Grade: Cadre

Reporting to: Director of Policy and Programs 
Location: Marseille
Contract: 100% – CDD (limited term contract with view to evolve to a permanent contract)

Under the direct supervision of the Director of Policy and Programs and the general supervision of the Executive Director, the World Water Council is looking to reinforce its policy and program team with the hiring of a project officer who will support the Council’s programs:

A. Support the work of the Council’s various Task Forces; and especially that dedicated to water and climate change

Support the Task Force to develop and implement its activities including monitoring the Workplan, preparing and organizing meetings (agenda, minutes etc.), and ensuring advancement on technical areas and communications

Support the coordination, communication, and events-related tasks of the #ClimateIsWater initiative, including member coordination, messaging and communication, outreach and visibility, organization of events, and policy related work and deliverables  

Support the mobilization of political actors for water and climate, such as CoP Presidencies, negotiators, ministries, Heads of States, High Level Panels, using networks and building on existing work of the WWC

Support the organization of sessions with partners convened by the Council (such as during the IWRA Congress, the World Water Week, CoPs, UNFCCC meetings, World Water Forum, etc.)

Follow global climate processes and actions, including the work of the UNFCCC bodies, and inform the Task Force’s work

Prepare official documents presenting the Task Force’s work to the decision-making authorities  

Prepare background materials, briefs and elements of language for Council engagement

B. Support the organization of the World Water Forum, such as the thematic process, the regional process, and linkages to the program areas and events at the 8th World Water Forum

Follow and support the work of the Regional Process Commission

Maintain relevant information exchange across Processes when necessary

Participate in the Theme Coordination Group (TCG) for the CLIMATE Theme

C. External relations and communications 

Communicate effectively with targeted stakeholders, Council members, partners and WWC staff on Council’s initiatives

Produce clear and concise written outputs in English for use at all levels, including for publication, speeches, presentations

Provide regular input to update the Council website and publications

Speech and article writing

D. Administration and finance 

Work effectively as part of multi-disciplinary teams to deliver outputs to a high standard and on time

Manage and track budgets for specific activities ensuring that budgets are adhered to and that rigorous financial accountability is maintained

Supervise effectively and efficiently external inputs into program activities, including by consultants and interns, and ensure that high quality products are delivered by third parties

Develop and use a detailed and time-bound personal work-plan and team work plan to guide activities and to deliver results

Contribute to the team spirit and ethos of the WWC Secretariat and build and maintain strong relationships with members and partners

Due to evolving priorities within the World Water Council strategy, the candidate must be flexible in terms of allocation of complementary tasks. 

Candidate Requirements


Bachelors or Masters degree (in sciences, social or political sciences or international relations) with minimum 5-10 years working experience in this domain 

Strong and broad understanding of water issues, climate change and international politics

Demonstrable understanding of major policy issues, processes and actors within the global development agenda and climate change process, and the positioning of water within these

Experience in developing analyses and synthetic background papers in a short period of time

Experience in working on complex, international multi-stakeholder processes

Experience in project management, developing and coordinating initiatives with a range of partners;

Excellent communications skills and the ability to speak and write in a clear and concise manner in English

Desirable experience

Besides fluency in English, good knowledge of French and other languages

Sense of responsibility, maturity of judgement, and an ability to work independently and in a team 

Proven ability to write reports and documents 

Experience in managing WordPress websites


Interested candidates who meet the selection requirements are requested to send their curriculum vitae and a cover letter in English. This letter should explain the candidate’s experience with carrying out the above tasks and his/her fulfillment of the specified qualifications. The candidates need to present the names and contact details of 3 references, including one recent employer. Applications can only be done through e-mail and should be sent (no later than 28 February 2017) to:




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