Irrigation Specialist

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Kampala, Uganda 🇺🇬

Organizational Setting

The FAO Representation in Uganda provides technical assistance to the Government of Uganda in the agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related sectors. The Irrigation Specialist will support the planning, implementation and monitoring of small- scale agricultural water management systems for crop and livestock production under projects GCP/UGA/054/EC project entitled “Global Climate Change Alliance plus (GCCA+)” and GCP/UGA/055/SWE project entitled “Climate Resilient Women Economic Empowerment (CRWEE)”, funded by the European Union and Government of Sweden, respectively. These projects aim to strengthen key government institutions at central and decentralized levels and build the resilience of communities in the face of a changing climate.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Uganda and in close collaboration with the Deputy FAO Representative and Assistant FAO Representative for Programme, the Irrigation Specialist reports directly to the Project Manager of the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) and Climate Resilient Women Economic Empowerment (CRWEE).

Technical Focus

The assignment will focus on strengthening technical and management capacity in the planning and implementation of small-scale agricultural water management systems for crop and livestock production

Tasks and responsibilities

The Irrigation Specialist will:

  • Lead efforts with national and district stakeholders to plan and implement irrigation-related project activities identified under Sub-Result 2 of GCCA+ and CRWEE projects: “Appropriate small scale agricultural water management systems established and/ or rehabilitated for agricultural production”
  • Assess potential for groundwater development and rehabilitation for irrigation as well as provide technical reference for water pumping systems and use of solar pumping and other energy efficient systems for groundwater pumping and utilizations.
  • Assess potential for surface water development and rehabilitation for irrigation in the target GCCA and CRWEE districts 
  • In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) develop Terms of Reference/implementation concepts for establishing and rehabilitating small scale water systems in support of agriculture production for crops and livestock in target districts of West Nile, Karamoja and Central Cattle Corridor regions. 
  • Based on the approved concept/design per site, aggregate the needs in terms of required hardware, into a collective order to be purchased through FAO procurement processes. 
  • Once equipment is available in Uganda, lead implementation at each site with MAAIF teams, working with the local district technical team and community stakeholders to establish and/ or rehabilitate the water systems.
  • Assist communities to create water user associations  for sustainable management of the water  systems
  • Provide technical assistance the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Production and Fisheries (MAAIF), and 21 target District Local governments with respect to planning and development of small scale agriculture water management systems. 
  • Carry out monitoring visits to implementing partners and project beneficiaries during project implementation.
  • Prepare project reports and other ad-hoc reports on project activities as and when required; and
  • Perform any other related duty.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University Degree (for COF.REG)/University degree (for PSAs) in Irrigation Engineering, Irrigation and water supply Engineering, Water Resources Management, or Agricultural Engineering.  
  • At least five years of relevant experience in irrigation systems’ development and agricultural water management in Africa. 
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other UN languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian).

FAO Core Competencies

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

Selection Criteria

  • Extent of knowledge and experience in irrigation technologies and agricultural water management in Uganda and/or East Africa and/or Africa. 
  • Extent of experience in surface water and groundwater development for irrigation
  • Extent and relevance of experience and knowledge of FAO policies, procedures, project cycle and operational activities.
  • Writing and communication skills. 
  • Ability to manage a high workload, meet tight deadlines and multi-task under pressure
  • Extent of experience with international organizations, non-government institutions/organizations in a multi-cultural setting.
  • Extent of experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions. 
  • Excellent knowledge of irrigation and water-management issues in Uganda and/or East Africa/Africa in the context of agriculture production. 
  • Experience in surface water and groundwater development and micro irrigation
  • Extensive knowledge of the UN System and its processes.


FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)

Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institutionrecognized in the IAU/UNESCO list

Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications

Candidates should upload language certificate/s when submitting their application.

For further information on categories, contract duration and honoraria, please refer to the Conditions page

For more information, visit the FAO employment website


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline forapplications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline

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