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Strategic Advisory Group

Call for Applications or Nominations: JMP GLAAS Strategic Advisory Group

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are jointly responsible for global monitoring of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP), and the WHO-led UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) are the official mechanisms for monitoring the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets 6.1, 6.2, 6.a and 6.b.

Since 2009, WHO and UNICEF have convened a Strategic Advisory Group to provide independent advice to the JMP and GLAAS teams to develop and implement strategies to achieve their respective mission and objectives. It is composed of up to twelve members bringing diverse political, technical and financial perspectives from both developed and developing countries.  

WHO and UNICEF are seeking applications and nominations for new SAG members to serve the 2021-2023 term. Applications and nominations are welcomed from outstanding professionals with a well-established track record in relevant areas of expertise relating to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene:

  • Governance, planning and financing of services
  • Delivery of services for households, schools and health care facilities
  • Human rights and inequalities in service levels
  • Interlinkages with poverty, nutrition, health, education, gender and water resources management
  • Data collection and national monitoring systems
  • Statistical methods and data analysis
  • Visualization and communication of data

SAG members serve based on their individual experience and expertise, rather than in their organizational capacity, and are expected to:

  • Participate in two meetings per year. Normally this will include a full-length winter meeting and a shorter summer meeting. Summer meetings are held virtually while winter meetings are held in person over two to three days, usually in late January or early February, if public health conditions permit.
  • Support the JMP’s continued leadership position as a reliable and consistent source for estimates of access to drinking-water and sanitation at national, regional and global levels.
  • Provide strategic advice and direction to GLAAS based on the enabling environment monitoring needs in order to provide timely, high quality and relevant data for the sector.
  • Identify evolving challenges and emerging needs that JMP and GLAAS should address as well as opportunities for new activities.
  • Advise on how best to engage with other monitoring initiatives within and outside the WASH sector for the purposes of supporting the development and monitoring of global, regional and national targets related to water, sanitation and hygiene.
  • Advise on the optimal use of available resources towards the identification, analysis and use of relevant, reliable and comparable datasets on access to safe water supply and adequate sanitation, with a view to informing policy-making at national and international levels.
  • Support the development of a resource mobilization strategy that will support the continuity of on-going JMP and GLAAS activities.
  • Advise on ways to improve the dissemination of JMP and GLAAS information to relevant target groups.
  • SAG members may be invited to review drafts of JMP and GLAAS publications under development, but are not expected to formally approve or endorse the final products.

SAG members are designated for terms of three years. SAG members are not commissioned and do not receive any financial compensation other than for direct expenses associated with their travel to SAG meetings. The full Terms of Reference of the SAG can be found here: https://washdata.org/report/jmp-glaas-tor-march-2018

Application process

Please submit a cover letter (maximum 1 page) describing the candidate’s motivation and expected contribution to the JMP GLAAS Strategic Advisory Group, and a short CV (maximum 5 pages) with evidence of expertise and experience in relevant areas relating to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.

Applications and nominations should be emailed to info@washdata.org and glaas@who.int no later than 11.59 pm Central European Time (UTC+1) on 15 February 2022. WHO and UNICEF will contact shortlisted candidates for a short virtual meeting before extending invitations to the selected candidates.