Head of Water Policy

NEOM Water

Sharma Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦

Job Description


NEOM Authority

Position: Head of Water Policy

Reports to: Executive Director Water Department

Sector: NEOM Authority – Infrastructure/Water
Job Location: Sharma, KSA

Role Purpose: The Head of Water Policy will lead the Water Department’s policy and technical teams for water resource management. Responsibilities will include regulation of terrestrial waters in NEOM; the development and implementation of water resource and flood strategies, policies, and plans; and managing the Water Department’s water resource permitting.


(1) Water Resource Strategy and Planning

  • Co-lead the development of NEOM’s Water Strategic Plan with Water Department leadership
  • Develop and monitor strategic objectives
  • Provide overall direction and leadership regarding NEOM’s water resources
  • Manage the development of regional plans for water resources and flood management
  • Contribute substantial technical input into the development and administration of NEOM strategies and plans
  • Align water resource strategy and planning across NEOM sectors and components

(2) Legislation and Policy Management

  • Plan, set and evaluate Water Department policy priorities for water resource management
  • Draft, interpret, analyze, amend explain and apply regulations, rules and other regulatory instruments
  • Implement and coordinate policy implementation to ensure business continuity

(3) Water Resource Impact Assessment and Decision Making

  • Review and analyze permitting recommendations prepared by technical staff and make statutory decisions
  • Provide technical expertise in water resources management to NEOM leadership and other NEOM components
  • Grow the technical capabilities of the water resource assessment and compliance team
  • Review and interpret technical information on water resources and infrastructure, including engineered designs
  • Assess water quality issues, draw conclusions and provide recommendations to other NEOM components
  • Collaborate on integrated water resource assessments of major projects with other Authority components
  • Assess cumulative impacts on NEOM’s water resources
  • Implement a regulatory accountability framework for the management of NEOM’s dams
  • Ensure relevant Technical Standards are developed and enacted and appropriate for water resource management
  • Work with Urban Planning, Nature Conservation and Environment to establish protection buffers and optimize land use around wadis and aquifers

(4) Regulations Compliance

  • Advise and assist in the implementation of a monitoring and compliance framework for water resource authorizations and permits
  • Monitor alignment of water resource management with Water Department strategies, plans and regulatory instruments
  • Support enforcement actions
  • Ensure permits and orders are technically, and administratively correct and compliant with legislation and prescribed documentation

(5) ​​​​​​​Data gathering, monitoring and analysis

  • Support the establishment and management of water data and modelling needs
  • Monitor water data to improve environmental management, policy analysis, and decision making
  • Produce and track key performance indicators to improve business efficiency
  • Monitor implementation of water stewardship plans


Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Strong background in hydrology / hydrogeology, including proven experience in groundwater and surface water assessment, management, protection, and monitoring; aquifer characterization, catchment management and flood planning
  • Strong knowledge and proven experience in water resource strategy, planning and policy development
  • Excellent research, investigative and data management skills related to water resource management
  • Familiar with groundwater quality investigations and aquifer protection, as well as groundwater modelling techniques
  • Highly analytical and possesses the ability to break down, assess, and interpret complex data
  • Experienced in interpreting, implementing and regulating environmental legislation.
  • Experienced working in a culturally diverse and multi-national environment.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to influence decision-making and speak confidently in front of senior leadership
  • Ability to adapt well to fast-paced environments with changing circumstances, direction, and strategy
  • Ability to consult, negotiate and resolve conflicts
  • Strong analytical skills with demonstrated problem solving ability
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Willingness to be based at NEOM Base Camp in Saudi Arabia and ready to commit to playing a part in the Water Department and NEOM achieving their ambition

Qualifications and Experience.

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in natural resources, sciences or engineering relating to water resource management, Master’s degree desirable
  • 10-15 years experience in related roles


  • Free Accommodation.
  • Free Laundry and housekeeping.
  • Free transportation.
  • 2 flights per month domestic round trip.
  • 1 Annual Travel Allowance.
  • Relocation Flight.
  • Free Meals ( breakfast, lunch, dinner ).
  • Schooling – 60K SAR per child up to 3 children.
  • Bonus 20-30% annual (performance based).
  • Savings Plan ( Long-term incentive plan ).
  • Medical insurance ( VVIP health coverage), for Employee, Family & Parents.
  • Annual Leave 30 working days annual.
  • Remote Working 24 working days annual




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development