Consultancy: Well-Permitting Consultant

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a future

Scope of Work:
Under the supervision of the Chief WASH and in close consultation with the Minister of Energy and Water, the consultant will focus on water sector related activities as follows:
Private Wells:
1.Review of permits applied to private water wells and provide technical assistance by reviewing and studying the official papers submitted in the water well permit. Following the process outlined below:
   a. Client submits all required documents at Liban-Post to which the corresponding WE provide their opinion
   b. Well is processed at MoEW, where it passes for internal verification and input by: Underground Water Department, Exploitation Directorate; General Directorate of Hydraulic and Electric Resources; and Minister Office, and
   c. The consultant reviews all internal MoEW opinions, files and drawings, and provides input to final analysis prior to its submission to the Minister for approval.
2.For any permit exceeding 150 m of depth, approval of the Council of Ministers (COM) is needed. After which the permit follows the normal procedures.
Public Wells: Review of public water wells requests:
1.Municipalities or local authorities submit a request to drill a well for their village at Ministry.
2.A coordination with Water Establishments is done to allocate the need of water in their villages.
3.Filtered requests (according to water need & available budget) are studied by Consultancy firms.
4.Studied requests with positive outcome are drilled & a pumping water test should follow.
5.If water quantity is enough for the specific village, tender documents will be prepared to equip the well
Right of Way on Public Water Sources:
1.Some private lots need an access road to their property when they are surrounded by other private lots. Therefore, they seek access through the public domains of adjacent public water sources. This access is given by the Ministry of Energy and Water after being studied and verified.
Hydrogeological Mapping:
1.Support the data basing of technical data of existing wells and the collection of relevant data from other stakeholders in the field of hydrogeology.
2.Serve as focal point for the coordination among stake holders involved in the hydrogeological mapping update. 
3.Based on the outcome of mapping exercise, the consultant will work in close coordination with stakeholders on drafting/recommending updates for the well permitting law in terms of requirements and procedures.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced university degree or bachelor’s degree with 8 years relevant experience, in the field of hydrogeology, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, environmental hydrology, watershed management, hydraulic engineering, or other related fields;
  • At least 5 years’ experience in planning and designing new water extraction systems, with a focus on groundwater wells, as well as evaluating and improving the efficiency of existing groundwater extraction systems;
  • Able to demonstrate a genuine knowledge and interest of the water industry and environmental issues in Lebanon;
  • Past experience in working with the Lebanese Government and especially the Ministry of Energy and Water and/or Water Establishments is an asset, political sensitivity/ awareness is required;
  • Working experience with governmental institutions like the MoEW, WEs and the CDR is an asset;
  • Excellent analytical, team working and problem solving skills. Good time management, training, IT and communication skills;
  • Fluency in English and Arabic is essential. Working knowledge of another UN language, French is an asset;

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.