Pakistan nationals: TA Coordinator and Water Resources Sector Specialist

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Pakistan 🇵🇰

Expertise: water resources, irrigation
Expertise Group: Agriculture/Rural Development

Consultant Source: National
TOR Keywords: water resources, irrigation

Objective and Purpose of the Assignment

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided a capacity development technical assistance, TA 9576-PAK:
Climate-Resilient Water Resources Management (the TA”) as an associated technical assistance with the
ADB’s loan project; L3700-PAL(COL): Balochistan Water Resources Development Sector Project (BWRDSP) to
the Government of Balochistan (GoB) through the Government of Pakistan (GOP). The Irrigation Department
(ID), GoB is the executing agency and the Agriculture and Cooperative Department (ACD) is the
implementing agency for the TA. ADB will administer the TA and will select and supervise the
consultants. The TA will be implemented through a project management office (PMO) and a project
implementation office (PIO) under the GoB in Quetta, Pakistan.

Balochistan is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts that threaten resource-poor farmers and women
in rural communities. The GoB approved an integrated water resources management (IWRM) policy in 2006
with ADB’s support. The policy provides a comprehensive framework for the province to
address water management and development applying comprehensive river basin development. The BWRDSP
will adopt the IWRM approach for the irrigation development activities. Balochistan lacks a provincial
climate change policy, despite its facing increased impacts from climatic variability coupled
with extreme drought and flood events; meanwhile, the existing IWRM policy of 2006 does not address
potential climate change risks, including droughts, floods, and groundwater depletion. The TA will help
strengthen Balochistan’s institutional capacity in building climate-resilient and sustainable water
resources management mechanisms.

Scope of Work

The specialist will support ADB TA Team, and TA’s executing agency and implementing agency in delivering
the TA’s three major outputs; (i) knowledge, policy, and regulatory frameworks enhanced and updated for
improved climate -resilient water resources management (WRM); (ii) improved design and
infrastructure of WRIS, applying satellite remote-sensing technology; and (iii) increased institutional
capacity and skills related to efficient use of water for climate-resilient WRM, in close collaboration
with the firm consultants and other individual consultants recruited by the TA.

The specialist will liaise with the government, including the executing and implementing agencies, and
other key stakeholders (e.g., farmers, women, and local communities), and support the consulting firms
to ensure timely TA implementation. The specialist will also assist the ADB project team in monitoring
TA implementation.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output

(i) Provide timely coordination between the executing and implementing agencies and the two TA firm
consultants for integrated water resources development and water resources information system;
(ii) Review consultants reports/deliverables under the TA and provide comments in a timey manner, and
ensure technical alignment in the activities and deliverables of this TA as required;
(iii) Also ensure technical alignment in the activities and deliverables o the TA and the High-level
technology component;
(vii) Review and comment on the government documents prepared in connection with the TA and High-level
technology activities and provide the executing and implementing agencies with advisory inputs as
(ix) Join ADB the loan project and TA review missions and attend relevant meetings as required;
(x) Work closely with the EA/IAs, and other consultants working under the TA;
(xi) Conduct field activities that requires for achieving the above (i) – (x) when and as needed; and
(xi) Any other assignment jointly agreed between the TA Project Officer and the Specialist.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

The specialist should have at least a bachelor’s degree and preferably a master’s degree in water
resources or another relevant field. The specialist should have a minimum of 7 years of experience in
water resources and irrigation. The specialist should have good knowledge of Balochistan’s water
resources development and the governments’ priorities. The specialist should have work experience with
key development partners including ADB. Experience in Balochistan in water resources development is

Minimum General Experience: 7 Years
Minimum Specific Experience (relevant to assignment): 7 Years