India nationals: AWDO Expert

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Bangalore, India
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Objective and Purpose of the Assignment

The Asian Development Bank funded Karnataka Integrated and Sustainable Water Resources Management Investment Program- Project 1 (KSIWRMIP) has a major component to be implemented by Advanced Centre for Integrated Water Resources Management (ACIWRM). Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO) 2020 edition is to include a case study from India (Karnataka). The Expert will apply their methodology, collect the data and produce preliminary Key Dimensions (KD) scores for their case (Karnataka) for the present (2020) situation at the appropriate spatial level. They will also make a comparison between the AWDO approach and the approach and results of Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) for Karnataka.

The fourth edition of Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO) is planned for publication in 2020. To refine the methodology resulting in greater confidence in water security assessments, the Water Sector Group (WSG) at ADB has initiated the preparatory work of the fourth edition of the AWDO (AWDO 2020).

AWDO distinguishes five Key Dimensions (KDs) that together determine the Water Security score. The five KDs are: Rural Household Water Security (KD1), Economic Water Security (KD2), Urban Water Security (KD3), Environmental Water Security (KD4) and Resilience to Water-related Disasters (KD5). In addition to the KD-teams input to AWDO 2020 will be provided by Country Case studies in which local institutes will apply the AWDO concept at country level, reflecting unique features of respective countries and considering more spatial and sectoral details. India (Karnataka) is one of the five countries identified.

Scope of Work

The Expert will carry out activities to achieve the following which will contribute to development of AWDO 2020 in the following way:

  • test the applicability of the AWDO 2016 methodology to their case (country, state, river basin) and where needed adjust that methodology to make it more suitable for their case;
  • add spatial detail in their application by identifying smaller units (administrative, river basins, etc.), show the KD performances of these smaller units and draw conclusions on the differences between the units; and
  • make, based on the results of this AWDO analysis, clear recommendations on governmental and private actions to be taken (policies, institutional changes, investments, priority setting, etc.).

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output

Under the supervision of the Director, in order to fulfill the above duties, the incumbent has to perform the following tasks:

1. The Expert will focus on determining KDs at sub-units (Administrative, River Basins or Ecological Zones). The Expert will undertake reviews of research reports, which will lead to the preparation of:

  • Progress reports and presentations on their case study; and (ii) contribute to reports and presentations of AWDO 2020.

2. The AWDO 2020 preparation project will be carried out in four phases:

  • Phase I – Inception / work plan phase
  • Phase II – Development of methodology, data collection and initial results
  • Phase III – Finalization of methodology and assessment
  • Phase IV – Finalization of Case studies and contribution to AWDO2020 report. Meetings will be organized with all teams (KDs, Country Cases and OECD) to discuss progress, identify issues and make decisions on the activities for the subsequent phase.

3. Phase 1 (Inception phase) The Expert will carry out an extensive review of:

  • Literature on water security assessment related to all five KDs in their country
  • Literature on SDG synthesis and assessment related to their country
  • Other country water security assessment methodologies based on AWDO as possible examples (Mongolia, Bhutan, China)
  • Study the Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) as developed by NITI Aayog and compare the CWMI approach with AWDO
  • Assess applicability of the methodology applied for AWDO 2020 for each KD to apply at State (sub- national) level, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the methodology.
  • Based on this assessment and if needed, propose some changes to the methodology that will make it more appropriate for their country case.

All literature and documents are archived at ADB’s SharePoint Drive.

4. Based on above the Expert will develop a work plan to quantify (score) the KDs for Karnataka and the identified sub-units. The work plan should address:

  • the links with the SDGs;
  • links with Governance and Finance; and
  • how to deal with trans-boundary surface and groundwater

5. Phase II: development tools, collection of data and first results, The Expert will apply their methodology, collect the data and produce preliminary KD scores for their case (Karnataka) for the present (2020) situation at the appropriate spatial level. They will also make a comparison between the AWDO approach and the approach and results of CWMI for Karnataka.

6. Phase II will conclude with an interim report that discusses the methodology, data used and the results. The interim report should also discuss issues encountered and solutions applied. That report will be discussed in the 2nd Coordination AWDO meeting.

7. Phase III: finalization of methodology and assessment: The Expert will finalize the determination of KD scores for respective countries at State (sub national) levels, using agreed methodology.

8. Phase III will conclude by making a draft final report that discusses the final results for the present situation, and the narratives on the projections for 2030 and 2050. It will also identify opportunities to be a resource for the development of Country Partners Strategies.

9. Phase IV: Finalization of the Report the draft final reports will be adjusted based on the comments made by ADB.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

  • Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in Water Resources Engineering /Management or Physical Science discipline related to water resources or Geography with Natural Resources Planning or equivalent, with Undergraduate degree in engineering (eg. water resources, civil engineering) or science with a relevant water related specialization
  • Experience of 10 years’ in science data synthesis, preferably with some exposure to water resources will be an advantage.
  • Experience in review of science research publications and synthesizing into popular science communications
  • Demonstrable Capacity to interact with government departments and stakeholders
  • Strong experience and capacity for project management
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills, Good English language & Computer skills such as MS Office proficiency are required
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Ability and willingness to participate in a multi-disciplinary, innovative and enthusiastic team discussions and work.
  • Knowledge of Kannada language will be an asset.