Water Resources and Irrigation Specialist

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Sana'a, Yemen 🇾🇪

Job Posting: 28/Apr/2022
Closure Date: 13/May/2022, 12:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: FNYAR
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: Consultant
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Yemen-Sana’A
Duration: 7 months
Post Number: N/A
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  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture.
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting 

FAO’s office for Yemen is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing countrywide food, agriculture and rural development priorities under Yemen. It develops and maintains relations with the relevant Ministries at country level. This position is based in FAO Representation in Sanaa, Yemen. The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative (FAOR) in Yemen, the technical supervision of the Chief technical advisor of the projects (Head of Sub Office-Aden).

Technical Focus 

•    Technical and capacity development leadership and contribute to identifying and piloting innovative initiatives in the area of efficient water management; leadership and technical expertise for the planning, development, and implementation of projects, related products, and services.
•    Supporting the evidence-based water resource management through the development of methodologies, tools, analyses, knowledge products, and capacity building regarding water resource management in the project context.

Tasks and responsibilities

•    Assessment of vulnerability and adaptive capacity of the people and ecosystems and identify additional areas to integrate resilience.
•    Recommendation to reduce risks to extreme events and adapt to climate variability and change. These recommendations are expected to include specific practices and technologies to increase climate resilience of the targeted agri-food systems.
•    Recommendations for enhancing resilience of communities and ecosystems to reduce vulnerability and increase adaptive capacity.
•    Evaluate, review and revise project documents related to water, irrigation systems, and environment, and analyse design specifications included in project proposals for accuracy, soundness, feasibility, and cost;
•    In consultation with national authorities, UN agencies and NGOs active in projects areas and targeted communities, identify priority needs in order to determine investment and subprojects;
•    Facilitate community-based water infrastructure improvement and rehabilitation;
•    Provide technical guidance to the FAO’s Operational Partner (OP) and assist in the implementation of their activities related to water management and rehabilitation/construction of water/irrigation infrastructure;
•    Assist the OP in the preparation of Cash-for-Works and community contracting plans, including calculations of the works required for each scheme, type of expertise, time, and approx. costs;
•    Identify and prepare technical specifications for all water & Irrigation related equipment;
•    Design and conduct training on water use and agronomic practices to the community-based organizations and carry out the diffusion of small-scale irrigation techniques through local NGOs, VDCs, and women’s organizations for the development of irrigation schemes;
•    Develop a systematic database to store and process the information on water resources and water supply of the target villages and identify the gender sensitivity in the water user association structure and functioning;
•    Determine best practices and success stories based on beneficiaries’ feedback and own observations from the field;
•    Conduct field visits to project sites implemented by FAO and by the Operational Partner;
•    Recommend solutions to water, environmental, and other natural resources problems as they arise;
•    Contribute to the preparation of progress and final reports, describing main activities undertaken, conclusions and recommendations and, discuss findings/recommendations with CTA;
•    Conduct Water conflict analysis, and participate in the conflict resolution mechanism
•    Provide support to WNR CTA in DRR activities, 
•    Assess DRR on agricultural (livelihoods in the project area including to understand the potential for sustainable production;
•    Assist in Develop groundwater modelling and flood modelling based on the gathered and available data. 
•    Assess in training needs and provide training and support in using modelling software. 
•    Assist in using WaPOR provide local farmers with irrigation advice to facilitate more efficient water use.
•    Assist in calculating the contribution of projects to the achievement of relevant SDGs. 
•    Provide support to FAO Representation in Yemen in implementing water infrastructure activities, when requested;
•    Perform other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

•    University degree in Agricultural Water Resources and Irrigation (or closely related field)
•    Twelve years of relevant experience in agricultural water resources and irrigation management
•    Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and/or Spanish). Fluency in the national language of the duty station an asset.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills 

•    Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
•    Relevance and extent of experience in working with intergovernmental bodies and multidisciplinary teams;
•    Extent and relevance of experience in technical cooperation s ‘related activities, policy advice and analysis relating to food security, water management, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs.
•    Extent and relevance of knowledge of water management tools, methods, and systems.
•    Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining partnerships with UN agencies, NGOs as well as donors and government institutions and agencies
•    Relevant experience in conflict-affected countries is considered a strong asset
•    Excellent communication skills and ability to present complex topics to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences
•    Empower individuals and teams to act independently and creates awareness of substantive opportunities and risks and enables individual growth and responsibility.


•    Demonstrated capacity to plan, advise and guide planning processes on water related issues;
•    Demonstrated ability to implement a variety of analytical methodologies and techniques;
•    Demonstrated ability to liaise with multiple agencies, effectively building an understanding and partnership with other UN bodies, NGOs, and governmental agencies;
•    Previous experience with International Organisations;
•    Ability to plan, organize, implement and report;
•    Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills in English.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


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  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/ 
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  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required. Vaccination status will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.


• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
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• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
•  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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