International Water Consultant

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)


Job Posting: 15/Mar/2023
Closure Date: 30/Mar/2023, 12:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: SEC
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Home-Based
Duration: 11 months (with possible renewal)
Post Number: N/A
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  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting


This call is issued to establish a roster of international water experts to support the Land and Water team of the FAO Sub-Regional Office for Türkiye and Central Asia. The selected candidate will provide high level support to the land and water team in development of new water related projects and programs and also implementation of the ongoing ones. 

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for Central Asia and FAO Representative in Turkey (SEC/SRC), direct technical supervision of the SEC Land and Water Officer, in close coordination with other project international consultants and national specialists, the incumbent will provide the following tasks:

Technical Focus

Supporting the formulation, drafting, development, submission and implementation of the assigned water related projects through the provision of relevant expertise.

This consultancy also includes leading the project design and/or prepare the full Project Documents and supporting materials for submission to the relevant donors or providing technical backstopping for the project implementation, as required. 

Tasks and responsibilities

The consultant will contribute to and if required lead the project development and carry out general tasks, including:

•    Coordinate inputs, such as detailed development of project framework, and potential operational arrangements including coordination with key stakeholders and beneficiaries; 
•    Coordinate analytical studies of water policies and governance structures in the agri-food sector within the region, and proposing recommendations for improved policy
•    Assist in identifying different elements of a sustainable water governance and water management structure in the region and propose a fit for purpose management framework based on FAO guidelines
•    Lead, participate in and facilitate consultative, inception and validation workshops, meetings, providing clarifications and presentations as necessary, and ensure documentation of relevant meetings 
•    Reconfirm/update the baseline scenario and associated baseline activities/projects 
•    Review and, if necessary, revise/comment on the proposed project actions plans with a brief description of expected outcomes and components of the project, and articulate the project’s theory of change based on FAO priorities and county focus areas;
•    If/where applicable, outline how the project can best address socioeconomic issues such as gender and indigenous communities’ issues/ concerns;
•    Review identified risks that might prevent the project objectives from being achieved, and propose measures that address these risks in the project’s design;
•    Ensure that management/implementation arrangements are secured and agreed upon by relevant stakeholders
•    Provide support in developing the most fit for purpose methodological framework for different water projects/programs 
•    Provide support in implementation process of the water related projects in different countries
•    Coordinate reviewing the institutional aspects of transboundary water resources in the region, and define risks and opportunities for enhancing transboundary cooperation; 
•    Consult with national experts and different project task force team on effective water use strategies and suggest policy changes based on identified opportunities and challenges;
•    Provide substantive recommendations on existing management policy of water and irrigation service providers and basin management organizations; 
•    Assist in preparation of relevant water related training materials and delivery of ToT and other Trainings within the Projects; 
•    Lead the completion of project reports and relevant water related FAO publications.
•    Conduct any other relevant task 


Minimum Requirements

•    University degree in Economics, development studies, environmental/water/agricultural sciences, political science, social science, international relations, business administration or a related appropriate field
•    5 years  of relevant experience in water related project/programme planning and monitoring, including practical experience in project formulation, appraisal, implementation, monitoring and planning.
•    Working knowledge (level C) of English and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other FAO languages for COF. For PSA, working knowledge of English. Knowledge of Russian may be considered an advantage.

FAO Core Competencies

•    Results Focus
•    Teamwork
•    Communication
•    Building Effective Relationships
•    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

•    Work experience in more than one location or area of work 
•    Extent and relevance of experience in project/programme formulation
•    Extent and relevance of experience in results monitoring and reporting
•    Familiarity with integrated water resource management principals in particular in agriculture

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


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  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at 
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  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
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•  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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