During the last years, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) initiated an ambitious program for the investigations of its major surface and groundwater resources, for the monitoring of these resources, for the study of hydrological resources (research side), and for the management of the resources (management side). While most of these tasks have been completed or are about to come to an end, the implementation of most of the necessary measures is in its very early stages and hampered by the increasing workload in the ministry. The still rapidly increasing population mainly counteracts the successes the Saudi government and MEWA have achieved in sustainable resources water management through its reforms. In addition, newer and more precise predictions of the effects of climate change indicate that Saudi Arabia will be affected more than had been assumed only a decade ago.
To make a transition from the current patterns of water administration to sound water management mode, two things must happen.
First, there is strong need to strengthen the technical and organizational capacities of the MEWA to deal with the triple challenge of water exploitation and distribution (operational side), research for additional resources and cutting-edge technologies to satisfy the increasing demand (research side), and rigid control and administration of all water-related aspects (control side).
Second, a sound information base covering data on groundwater availability, quality, withdrawal, and usage is about to be put in place.
The transformation of this information into an all-encompassing water resources management requires sustained long-term efforts, especially since the MEWA has limited capacity and experience in this field. An UNDP program has been designed to initiate a systematic process of capacity development to help in sustainable development of water resources and management of water-related affairs the Kingdom to ensure permanent and sufficient supply.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK AND DELIVERABLES
Objective within the Framework of the UNDP Project
Water Supply in the Kingdom is presently based dominantly of fossil groundwater and desalination; wastewater and surface water harvesting presently play a minor role, but are strongly promoted. Management of the Water Supply Chain in the Kingdom requires the following tasks of prime importance:
1) Expansion of the water supply network towards 100% coverage through vectorized designs;
2) Integration of surface water and wastewater into the supply chain; and
3) A profound analysis of all the risks that may affect the individual components of the water supply chain and a mitigation plan (Resilience Management).
MEWA has asked UNDP for assistance in the selection of a qualified and competent International Expert for Water Risk Management and Resilience.
Scope of Work of the UNDP Expert within the Framework of this Project
The tasks and responsibilities of the UNDP Expert are to:
and a Master Resilience Plan
EXPECTED KEY DELIVERABLES
Water Risk Assessment, Development of Risk Registry, Mitigation Master Plan
Expected Output 1st year
RFP for Water Risk Assessment, Development of Risk Registry, Mitigation Master Plan
Reporting requirements, frequency, format and deadlines
The Consultant will report directly to the CTA. Together, they will develop a mutually agreed upon quarterly work plan with key milestones and KPIs. The Consultant will submit a quarterly progress report against these milestones.
Required Skills and Experience
QUALIFICATIONS and REQUIREMENTS
Education: MSc. or PhD. in Civil or Mechanical Engineering with a water infrastructure background;
background is considered useful;
codes and regulations;
International Expert (Water Risk Management and Resilience)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Riyadh, , SA