Water and Agriculture Expert

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA)

Beirut, Lebanon 🇱🇧

Result of Service

  1. Advise on the range of expertise needed includes, inter alia: water accounting, crop mapping, remote sensing, determination of ET and legal, institutional and regulation frameworks;
  2. Organize a series of meetings and liaise with each country team (Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Tunisia) with a particular focus on the guiding countries to prepare detailed concept notes
  3. Participate in the regular meetings organized with partners (FAO, ESCWA and the Joint Technical Secretariat JTS) to provide regular feedback and report on the progress.
  4. Provide thematic presentations, moderation of panel discussions and coaching of country teams, in accordance with the agreed agenda of the workshop on the local application of Guidelines to be held in person on 26-27 Sept 2022 and virtually on 3-4 Oct 2022;
  5. Monitor the work of the country teams to ensure adequate understanding and appropriation of the project approach;
  6. Guide and assist the country teams in upgrading the “concepts notes” into “draft action plans”;
  7. Support the country teams in the finalization of the action plans
  8. Prepare a consolidated action plan for countries

Work Location

Beirut

Expected duration

The duration of this consultancy is a maximum of 5 months from the effective date of signature of the contract and shall not exceed the 31st of January 2023.
Work Assignment: 30 workdays

Duties and Responsibilities

The High-Level Joint Water-Agriculture Technical Committee (HLJTC), in its first meeting held in October 2019, requested the Joint Technical Secretariat of the Joint Water-Agriculture Arab Ministerial Council and partner organizations, FAO and ESCWA, to assist in developing Guidelines on Improved Allocation of Water Resources for Agriculture in the Arab region.
In addition to the endorsement of the guidelines by the Ministers responsible for Water and Agriculture, the resolution of the Second Joint Ministerial Council proposed the voluntary implementation of the Guidelines at country level through the implementation of pilot projects with Support provided by ESCWA and FAO-RNE. Four countries officially expressed their interest in applying the Guidelines at a pilot scale: Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Tunisia.
The consultant will be responsible for:

  • Supporting the country teams in the identification process of suitable pilot areas, using a light and practical framework to guide the site selection;
  • Updating and adapting to the countries’ peculiarities in the “checklist” provided in Annex 2 of the Guidelines;
  • Guiding the country teams in the identification of priority information/data needs, identification of available ground-based and remotely-sensed data, identification of data gaps and assessment of data quality;
  • Assessing the countries’ prerequisites and resources available to implement the pilot project
  • Supporting the country teams in the preparation of four “country concept notes and detailed action plans for implementation”, to be considered as working documents.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Good analytical, appraisal and planning skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications is required.
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in water management, natural resource management, environment, development studies or related field is required.
Experience: At least 12 years of relevant experience in the field of water resources management or related areas, with visible experience (research and field work) on the legal, institutional and technical aspects of water rights and allocation systems in the Arab region is required.
Language: Excellent command of English and Arabic spoken and written is required.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.


POSITION TYPE

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EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED

LANGUAGE REQUIRED