Consultant: Desk Research on Mudflats of Azraq

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Azraq, Jordan
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Languages Required: 
Arabic and English


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The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) seeks the services of a consultant to carry out a desk based literature review as described below.

Project Background

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), is a sub-awardee of the Water Innovations Technologies (WIT) Program, Cooperative Agreement No. AID-278-A-17-00002 signed between USAID and MercyCorp. The goal of this project is to “Increase water conserved in Jordan”. The set of indicators for this program includes volume of water used for agriculture through to domestic and community use and the target is a reduction of 18.6 Mm3 of water over the five year period of WIT.

IWMI, as sub-recipient of WIT, contributes to various components and activities of WIT, such as Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) and the Learning Agenda. The objective of the WIT Learning Agenda is to generate a learning and knowledge program that will produce evidence to accompany the implementation of WIT. Through this Learning Agenda, IWMI will lead in providing knowledge and learning to the project in order to identify, address, and reduce the challenges and risks for the project and the delivery of project outputs and outcomes.

Objective of the Assignment

To identify potential interventions/investments to reduce non-beneficial evaporation from the Al Qaa mudflats of Azraq. The Consultant is expected to undertake a comprehensive assessment and synthesis of all existing studies and literature on the Al Qaa mudflats of Azraq and its watershed(s). This is a desk based study and does not require any field visits or collection of primary or secondary data and/or any reanalysis. The assignment will require a thorough, comprehensive literature search of all published and grey literature including project reports, popular press articles, etc. The assignment requires a thorough literature review of these articles, comparing, contrasting and critiquing, highlighting where there is agreement and disagreement, differing perspective e.g. conservation versus resource development, local versus national, etc. The review shall include but not be limited to; geology; hydrology, hydrolgeology; land use; hydrochemistry/water quality, agricultural, social and economic aspects as available and described in the literature. The review shall include the entire time series as available in the literature. The Consultant will identify a minimum of three but no more than five locations where potential interventions/investments can be made. The Consultant will provide an outline of the type of investments and the feasibility of such investments. The analysis shall include the technical, social feasibility of the investments.

Duration: One to one and a half months

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Your application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae, list of publications on work similar to the proposed literature review, details of previous experience, together with a cover letter and the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees.


  • PhD in any of the following areas: geology; hydrology, hydrogeology and groundwater investigations; land use; hydrochemistry/water quality, water management, agricultural as well as social and economic aspects.
  • At least 10 years’ experience on water issues in Jordan.
  • Past Research in mudflats of Azraq (locally referred to as Al Qaa).
  • Experience on identifying and recommending investment options.
  • Past publications on work similar to the proposed literature review.
  • Good knowledge on literature on Jordan.
  • Good spoken and written English and Arabic.
  • Succinct report writing skills.
  • Very good oral presentation in English.


  • Ongoing work in the study sites.
  • Evidence of collaboration with international partners on the work in Jordan.