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Job Opportunities at WSSCC

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is recruiting  for three Geneva, Switzerland-based positions:

  • Head, Resource Mobilisation (P4) — Application deadline 14 August
  • Resource Mobilisation Officer (P3) – Application deadline 14 August
  • Head of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (P4) – Application deadline 22 August

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Qatar Charity and WSSCC to cooperate on sanitation and hygiene for health, education and livelihoods

From left: Mr. Ali Abdulla Al Dabbagh, Deputy Director General for Planning at the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD); Mr. Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC); Mr. Yousuf Ahmed Al Hammadi, Executive Director, Qatar Charity. Photo: Ms. Natalia Mroz, IISD.

Qatar Charity (QC), a leading Qatar-based organization with global reach, and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), a UN-hosted organization supporting large scale delivery of sanitation and hygiene programmes, signed on 12 July a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in New York aimed at enhancing cooperation around sanitation and hygiene for health, education and livelihoods.

Mr. Yousef Ahmed Al-Kuwari, Chief Executive Officer for Qatar Charity, and Mr. Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director of WSSCC, signed the agreement, which will facilitate exchange of information, allow for coordination, and support sanitation and hygiene programme design and development specifically in the Darfur Region of Sudan. The global programming and experiences of both organizations will inform their collaboration.

“WSSCC has extensive, well-proven experiences and approaches in working to improve access to sanitation and hygiene for the most vulnerable people in the world,” said Mr. Al-Kuwari, noting that nearly 16 million people had gained access through WSSCC work in recent years. “This partnership will support our efforts, and those of WSSCC, to ensure that sanitation and hygiene programmes help guarantee every child’s right to survival, education and protection. It will also be a vital component which supports the objective of enhanced access to basic service under the Reconstruction Pillar of the Darfur Development Strategy 2013 – 2019.”

“Qatar Charity is a leading nongovernmental organization dedicated to carrying out humanitarian and development programmes to fight global poverty and preserve dignity of people worldwide. It is a major humanitarian and development player in many regions and crisis affected countries, and its social care, education, health and WASH programmes reach millions of people annually. QC has a long history of partnership with UN agencies in different development and humanitarian fields, and this partnership will offer great opportunities to drive real progress on access to sanitation and hygiene in Darfur,” said Mr. Luyendijk.

At the global level, as well, the partnership will play a strategic role in promoting sanitation while at the same time advancing a new, integrated approach to human development cutting across education and health in alignment with Qatar’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Learning and knowledge generated will support South-South cooperation and learning on sanitation as an integrator of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Mr. Ali Abdulla Al Dabbagh, Deputy Director General for Planning at the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), who attended the MoU signing ceremony, stated that “the partnership between Qatar Charity and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council will have an important impact on the efforts to advance sanitation at the global level, and increase the synergies with the education and health sectors. Sustainable achievements in sanitation require the adoption of strong partnerships between development agencies, NGOs, and international organizations, in line with SDG 17.”

Despite the progress in health outcomes in Sudan, access to sanitation, at 32.9 percent in 2014, has improved little over the last decade. The high prevalence of poor hygiene practices, including open defecation, contribute to the high incidence of diarrheal diseases and malnutrition. Qatar Charity, a long-time development partner of the Qatar Fund for

Development, and WSSCC will collaborate on achieving results at scale with measurable improvements in sanitation, education and health, and economic empowerment approaches that leave no one behind. By demonstrating collective behaviour change approaches to end open defecation across entire administrative areas and schools, the partners aim to ignite a movement to realize everyone’s right to a healthy environment.

To that end, under the MoU the partners aim to:

  • Offer technical, coordination and advisory services in support of their respective programmes, with a focus on Darfur.
  • Advocate nationally, regionally and globally for sanitation and hygiene improvements which lead to a world in which everyone, everywhere is able to practice safe sanitation and hygiene with dignity, especially women, girls and those living in vulnerable situations.
  • Generate opportunities between the two parties for collaboration throughout the process of programme assessment, design, implementation and evaluation. Cooperation can be established at different stages, and in different areas and countries where both parties have interest and agreement.

Qatar Charity is a leading Gulf-origin nongovernmental organization dedicated to carrying out humanitarian and development programs to fight global poverty by working in partnership with vulnerable communities regardless of faith, race, gender or political beliefs Qatar Charity enables people to survive, recover and rebuild their lives while also empowering them to become self-sufficient through practical knowledge, focused expertise and innovative solutions.

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global, multi-stakeholder membership and partnership organization that works with poor people, organizations, governments and local entrepreneurs to improve sanitation and hygiene at scale. WSSCC’s mission is 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.

HLPF 2018 side events on SDG 6 Accountability, Inequalities, Menstrual Health and Sanitation for Education and Health

The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2018 offers an historic and unprecedented opportunity to accelerate momentum on SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. Please join the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and its partners at the following events, which feature expert speakers and interactive discussions:

  • Reducing Inequalities through Urgent Action on WASH: SDG 6 as an Enabler for Achieving the 2030 Agenda for All, 10 July, 1 to 2:30 pm, Japan Society, 333 E 47th St, New York. Bringing together Member States (both implementing and donor, developed and developing) with leaders in WASH action, this event will frame positive examples of rights-based implementation of WASH and highlight its role as an enabler for the 2030 Agenda as a whole. Organized by WaterAid, WSSCC, Center for Economic and Social Rights, Permanent Missions of Bolivia, Canada, Nepal and Mozambique to the United Nations. Click here for programme and registration information.
  • Pushing Menstrual Health on the 2030 Agenda, 11 July, 10 to 11:30 am, Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza, New York. Menstruation is a sign of female health and vitality and should not be shrouded in fear, shame or embarrassment. This event will bring stakeholders together around menstruation as a powerful entry point to empower women and girls, change practices and remove restrictions – all of which helps achieve SDG 6, and more. Organized by MH Alliance, Simavi, WSSCC, World Vision, WASH United. Click here for programme and registration information.
  • Why Robust Multi-Stakeholder National Accountability Mechanisms are Essential for Achieving SDG 6 11 July, 4 to 5:30 pm, Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN, 820 2nd Ave #2, New York. Launching the findings of a recent global review on the effectiveness of national accountability mechanisms, this side event will bring together diverse perspectives (governments, civil society organisations and development partners) to outline opportunities to strengthen national accountability and CSO engagement in progressing towards SDG 6. Organized by WSSCC, SWA, UNDP, FANSA, FANMEX, ANEW, EWP, Coalition Eau, Watershed Consortium, the Permanent Missions of Kenya, Nigeria, Togo and Sri Lanka. Click here for programme and registration information.
  • Sanitation for Education and Health – An Integrated Approach to Human Development 12 July, 1:15 to 2:30 pm, Conference Room 9, UN Conference Building, New York. Sanitation and hygiene programmes in school are important to ensure safer and more dignifed learning environments for children. This offcial HLPF side-event will foster sharing of concrete and innovative multi-sectoral approaches with a focus on the nexus of sanitation, education and health. Organized by WSSCC, Education Can’t Wait, Global Citizen, Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD). Click here for programme and registration information.

WSSCC and its 5,000 members from around the world will be represented by Executive Director Rolf Luyendijk at the official SDG 6 review on Monday, 9 July, which has as a major input the SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation prepared by UN-Water and its members, including WSSCC.

WSSCC welcomes Sue Coates as Deputy Executive Director and Programme Director

Ms. Sue Coates, a respected professional with a wealth of experience in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), academia, civil society, the private sector and advocacy and communication, joined the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) today as its new Deputy Executive Director and Programme Director.

Ms. Coates comes to WSSCC after serving most recently as Regional WASH Advisor for UNICEF in Eastern and Southern Africa and as Chief of WASH in UNICEF India, among other positions. At UNICEF, she provided technical advice and oversight to programmes in over 50 countries in Africa and Asia. In India, she also harnessed social movements to challenge social norms on open defecation, human rights and the position of girls and women in society. Working with influencers, she developed innovative advocacy programmes on sanitation and hygiene, including the influential Take the Poo to the Loo campaign. Ms. Coates also gave advice for ‘Swachh Bharat – Swachh Vidyalaya’ (Clean India – Clean Schools), a government campaign which advanced India’s WASH in Schools and Menstrual Hygiene Management.

Under Executive Director Rolf Luyendijk, Ms. Coates will lead overall management of WSSCC’s advocacy, policy and implementation work at the country level and serve on the organisation’s Senior Leadership Team. She will supervise negotiation, implementation and evaluation of all country and sub-regional activities, and represent the Council at global, regional and national events convened by WSSCC or others.  She will provide overall direction for advocacy and policy dialogue and is responsible for monitoring and verification, field projects, and partner engagements, including those with governments, the private sector, United Nations agencies, civil society partners, youth groups, and more.

“I am pleased to join WSSCC at this time in its 28-year history,” said Ms. Coates. “Now, more than ever, the Council can use its power of convening, strong profile as an advocate for the health, education and empowerment of women and girls, and targeted technical efforts in country to achieve its vision of a world in which everyone, everywhere is able to practice safe sanitation and hygiene with dignity.”

Added Mr. Luyendijk: “Sue has proven leadership, management and technical skills, each of which will enhance our ability to delivery quality programme results, powerful alliances, and a meaningful role in service of the WASH sector everywhere.”

At the Water Engineering and Development Centre of Loughborough University, Ms. Coates was Associate Director for WELL, the DFID resource centre for water, sanitation and environmental health and Programme Manager for its global partnership network. She has a Master’s degree in human resource development and training from the School of Management, University of Leicester UK. A British national, she has lived in Zambia, Senegal, India and Kenya.

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SACOSAN Special! Voices of people in vulnerable situations in South Asia

The 7th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN VII) kicks off on 10 April 2018 in Islamabad, Pakistan. In recent years, SACOSAN Is a powerful agent for sanitation and hygiene progress in South Asia and in recent years has highlighted, in particular, the voices, and needs, of people in vulnerable situations.

This year, the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA), WaterAid and WSSCC supported national level consultation meetings in seven South Asian countries in advance of SACOSAN. The multi-stakeholder consultations focused on one priority vulnerable group in each country and also included government authorities who will be expected to to commit to work on ensuring access to sanitation at least for the constituency covered under the national consultation.

With the support of the partners, selected representatives from each of the constituencies will participate in sessions and discussions with Ministers at SACOSAN. One plenary session, in particular, will focus on Listening to Community Voices. That event will highlight voices from the most marginalized communities on their current status and aspirations of access to sanitation services.

To get a flavour of the consultations and these aspirations, FANSA, WaterAid and WSSCC are pleased to present these short blogs from experts in the region.

On World Water Day: evidence on the effectiveness of WASH policies and programmes

WSSCC and its partner the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) are pleased to announce the publication of a new brief, Using a life-cycle approach to target WASH policies and programmes, and a short video. The new brief is based on a systematic review that looked at how the life-cycle approach is incorporated into WASH programmes and policies. This review analyzed dominant approaches to targeting populations, the barriers to access and strategies to improve access to WASH services.

The brief comes out of the Evidence Programme on Sanitation and Hygiene (EPSH), which is a a strategic partnership between WSSCC and 3ie. Formed in 2014, this partnership features two equally committed parties with vast expertise. As a global membership organization WSSCC embodies the values of collective spirit and solidarity, encouraging collaboration across the board while exercising leadership and bringing diverse voices together as one. By funding rigorous impact evaluations and systematic reviews and by making evidence accessible and useful to policymakers and practitioners, 3ie and WSSCC are helping to improve the lives of people living in poverty.

Other outputs from the partnership include:

WSSCC and UN Women to host side event on 20 March at the Commission on the Status of Women


WSSCC and UN Women will convene a side event on 20 March in New York during the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

The cross-cutting session, entitled Sanitation: the challenge of rural women and girls in West and Central Africa, will highlight the issue of unlocking multiple benefits for rural women and girls through policy and behaviour change in the WASH sector.

The importance of breaking taboos and fighting stigma through evidence-based approaches on Menstrual Hygiene Management and other topics is key. Participants will discuss approaches and programme implementation in West and Central Africa, including results and recommendations.

This session will bring together experts from the Senegal Government, UNICEF, UN Women and WSSCC to share lessons and successes in policy and practice, with a specific focus on how multi-sectoral partnerships can collaborate to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Speakers include:

  • Ms Ndèye Saly Diop Dieng, Ministry of Gender, Government of Senegal
  • Ms Maria-Noël Vaeza, UN Women Director of the Programme Division
  • Ms Virginia Kamowa, WSSCC technical expert, Menstrual Hygiene Management
  • Ms Amanda Marlin, UNICEF Senior Adviser WASH, Partnerships and Global Initiatives (Moderator)

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