Irrigation Engineer

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Rome, Italy
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Organizational Setting

 The purpose of this call is to provide FAO’s CBL Division and the Water Resources Governance/Management Team with a list of qualified candidates for a specific profile to support the division’s projects portfolio in:

  • Irrigation management and development
  • Irrigation technologies and modernization
  • Scheme water design, monitoring and evaluation
  • Transfer of knowledge on irrigation technologies and adaptation to local conditions

Contracts will be based in FAO HQs with required travel for field missions, where relevant.

Reporting Lines

The Consultant reports to the Senior Land and Water Officer-Water Governance/ Management Team Leader, Land and Water Division (CBL).

Technical Focus 

Supporting the development, quality control, management and effective implementation of the projects portfolio of the Water Resources Governance/Management Team through the provision of expertise in relevant technical areas.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Assess the performance of small scale irrigation; apply dedicated methodologies to evaluate processes; and develop modernization/rehabilitation plans to improve performance
  • Assist in the appraisal and formulation of irrigation development programmes and project proposals, and in the monitoring and evaluation of ongoing projects, including small scale irrigation systems
  • Review irrigation and rural infrastructure development reports and related investment proposals prepared by governments, consultants, or other agencies, and advise on modifications which may be required
  • Advise on the most appropriate technologies for measuring irrigation water and carry out comparative analyses amongst different techniques
  • Assist in the adaptation and transfer of irrigation technologies and provide technical training aimed at tutoring in the use of tools to enhance irrigation water efficiency, capitalizing in-country previous and current work
  • Apply and monitor practical tools to enhance crop water productivity under small-scale farming conditions for rain fed and irrigated agriculture and identify changes in crop water management practices needed to improve crop water productivity
  • Assess irrigation project designs and their BoQs
  • Formulate technical proposals for the implementation of tools to enhance irrigation water efficiency and water productivity developed by FAO
  • Contribute to the dissemination of information on irrigation development and management to key stakeholders through the preparation of divisional publications, meetings, workshops, seminars and training courses and by engaging with existing regional and national relevant networks
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned.  

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in (for consultants) / university degree (only for PSA) in irrigation engineering, agricultural engineering, water resources management or equivalent
  • Minimum five years of relevant experience in irrigation engineering, agricultural engineering, water resources management.
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian (for Consultants)/ Working knowledge of English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian (for PSAs)

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Extent and relevance of experience in irrigation water management/modernization/irrigation scheme management
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results within deadlines
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the production of content for external audiences (UN agencies, stakeholders and other public and private partners), especially in areas relevant to FAO’s mandate
  • Understanding of FAO policies and programmes and familiarity with UN policy agendas
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the formulation and implementation of projects related to sustainable water resource management
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the preparation of technical and policy reports and capacity development materials.