Ethiopia nationals: Irrigation and Water Resource Advisor

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 🇪🇹

Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization. Founded in the Netherlands 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 26 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses, and organizations with the tools, knowledge, and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to essential services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

SNV, Netherlands Development Organization, has been operating in Ethiopia since the 1970s. Currently, SNV is working in eight regional states and the two city administrations of Ethiopia, providing technical assistance and program implementation in Agriculture, WASH, and Energy Sectors. SNV is an open and learning organization that focuses on improving the lives of Ethiopians through a market-based approach inclusive of women and youth. In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change including strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects.

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Project Background

The USAID-funded TRANSFORM: WASH is a 7-year project which is under implementation through a consortium of PSI, SNV, and the International Resource Centre (IRC) which is aimed at reducing preventable deaths and illness in Ethiopia due to diarrheal diseases, particularly among children under five.

Through the development and testing of scalable and replicable market-based models, the TRANSFORM/WASH consortium is supporting the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) and the One WASH National Program (OWNP) to increase the use of improved WASH products and services among women and their families. This will be achieved through six interrelated project result areas: increased WASH governance and management capacity at the subnational level; increased demand for low-cost quality WASH products and services, with a focus on sanitation; increased supply for low-cost quality WASH products and services, with a focus on sanitation; increased knowledge base to bring WASH innovations to scale; improved access to water for consumption, hygiene, and sanitation use and Improved access to irrigation services for productive use.

The 18-month Cost Extension project will focus on two more results: 1) Increased access to improved drinking water and 2) increased access to small-scale irrigation facilities for drought- and conflict-affected communities.

Job Description

Summary of the Job:

The position holder will be responsible to do various tasks like design and document reviews, preparation of terms of reference, contract document preparations, supervision and monitoring of water resource protection, and site improvement plans implementation.

This post is based in at the national office subject to very frequent field travels (approx. 70%) in different project target woredas. S/he is responsible to work closely with TRANSFORM: WASH Project Manager for achieving expected WASH outcomes to systematically disseminate lessons learned with other USAID-funded WASH activities within SNV and other implementers.

Key Responsibilities:

Approves the feasibility studies and validates recommended site selection from an environmental perspective

Designs processes for the development of water resource protection plans at kebele level (and backstops the teams)

Designs processes for site improvement plans (including maintenance and water access) in small-scale irrigation schemes and ponds (and backstops the teams)

Advice PM on adjustments needed in the work processes

Knowledge Development

Inform Water resource and Irrigation knowledge agenda to PM, in line with direction set by the TRANSFORM: WASH project implementation modalities and donor requirement/USAID;

Support the development of case studies and feed to the Project Manager to disseminate to larger audience/stakeholders including GoE, USAID, consortium members, SNV global and other NGOs working in the WASH sector;

Capture lessons learned, stimulate internal and external knowledge exchange, and suggest ways how to translate this into practice to the Project Manager.

Perform other duties as assigned by the Project Manager/SNV.

Project and process development

Identifies and proposes technical process improvements to the project team. Acts on improvement areas within the local internal organization and processes and gives feedback. Ensures lessons learned are applied in daily practice

People/Partnership Management

Seek opportunities for different kinds of partnerships for enhanced quality program implementation and leveraging with TRANSFORM: WASH at the regional and national levels.

Periodically collect information about what other organizations are best doing/working within the water sector more specifically USAID-funded projects in the kebele, woreda, zone, and region to gain institutional knowledge of the environment.

Engage in the water sector platforms and networking at woreda, zone, and region relevant to booster the implementation of TRANSFORM: WASH representing SNV;

Build smooth and strong partnerships in a holistic manner with relevant regional, zonal and woreda government structures and development partners, USAID, and other consortium members and manage it for successful implementation of TRANSFORM: WASH project;

Contribute in making the USAID TRANSFORM: WASH a flagship project for SNV and USAID in the respective woredas, zones, and region/s;

Ensure that respective monthly/quarterly/bi-annually/annual reports are meeting deadlines set by the project internally and externally by the donor/USAID and PSI, prime of consortium;


Identifies and analyses market opportunities and threats and ensures relevant colleagues are informed. Actively participates in strategic positioning meetings and acts as a knowledgeable face of the SNV organization to the client. Analyses, understands, and develops (local) networks with relevant stakeholders, and identifies new clients.


Education and Skill Requirements:

  • B.Sc. (M.Sc. is preference) in Environmental since, social science, and related fields and have skills in Irrigation organization, O&M, water management, and water resource protection Methodological
  • A minimum of 6 years of experience in Water, irrigation, and emergency responses development work and project implementation or technical field.
  • Proven knowledge and experience in undertaking activities aimed at water resource protection plans and irrigation land improvement plans. S/He has good experience in Irrigation organization, O&M, water management, Water resource protection, and Methodological skills
  • Strong communication skill
  • The ability to detect problems, recognize important information, and link various data to trace potential causes and look for relevant details

Additional Information

Contract Type: National

Expected start date: As soon as possible

Contract Duration: One year with the possibility of extension based on performance and budget availability. 

Working at SNV 

SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package; for internationals, we offer an international benefits package and to Ethiopian nationals, we offer a competitive national package. We also offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of experts. 

How to Apply

Please apply by clicking on the I’m Interested button and completing your application in our in-house recruitment system before or on 6th December 2022.

All information will be in the strictest confidence and in accordance to GDPR. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We will require that you provide us with full details of three people who are willing to act as a referee.  We will not contact these referees without your explicit permission.

Women candidates are encouraged to apply.