International Water Management Specialist

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Antigua and Barbuda
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Organizational Setting

FAO's Subregional Office for the Caribbean (SLC) is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing subregional food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with subregion-wide institutions including Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The Subregional Office is a subsidiary of FAO's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (RLC) The SLC is located in Barbados and is responsible for Barbados and the OECS (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines).

Reporting Lines

The International Water Management Specialist will be employed by FAO and on a general basis will work under the coordination of FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean. On a daily basis, the International Water Management Consultant will work under the technical supervision of and report to the SLM Natural Resources Management Officer.  

Technical Focus

The international Water Management Specialist will provide the assistance needed to build capacity, assess the water quality and quantity in Barbuda and support the rebuilding livelihoods in the agriculture sector in a sustainable manner.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Review all relevant documents, reports and data sources on the hydrogeology  of Barbuda
  • Undertake a preliminary water resources assessment including assessment of water requirements, water availability and quality and analysis of water balance with a focus on the communities of Highland, Sandy Ground and Guava and prepare a Water Resources Assessment Report
  • Analyse local agriculture development needs and constraints depending on water resources availability and identify major issues including the likely impact of Climate Change and Climate Variability
  • Identify the institutional arrangements which may be necessary for the effective and sustainable operation and management/maintenance of irrigation (both communal and standalone) and agricultural systems
  • Define key irrigation/drainage related investigations that should be undertaken during the feasibility and design study including: geological and geotechnical surveys; topographic surveys and mapping; hydraulic analysis; risk analysis of various options; updating of soil and land classification data; land use mapping; performance of hydrologic analysis; estimation of potential irrigable area; definition of required drainage needs/improvements; based on projected cropping patterns and conveyance and farm level efficiencies determine irrigation and water requirements. 
  • Prepare a report on Irrigation and Drainage-related investigations that should be undertaken during the feasibility and design study
  • Assess the existing legal framework, and administrative systems for governing water resources use and management and make recommendations on aspect which need updating
  • Indicate the Environmental Analysis to be performed during the feasibility and design study in order to preliminarily screen the possible impacts of proposed project strategy and scope on environment and ecosystems
  • Make recommendations for the redesign and repair of the existing structure of the water catchment at Highlands as well as the requirements to make it functional and operational
  • Prepare a project proposal for restoration of the water catchment at Highland and for the provision of irrigation facilities in Highland, Sandy Ground and Guava
  • Prepare a report on the findings of the mission
  • Perform other related duties as may be assigned

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in (for Consultants) / University degree (for PSAs) in Water Management, Water Science Engineering or a related field
  • 5  years of relevant experience in planning, management and development of water resources 
  • Working knowledge of English with limited knowledge of French or Spanish.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Relevance of experience in the Latin America and the Caribbean region 
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable.