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.
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.
This information system has two components, the National Water Database and the Water Management and Control Center. The latter will serve for daily routine work and inquiries for Integrated Water Information and Management, but also as an Emergency Control Room with live-feed of data from all stakeholders.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK AND DELIVERABLES
Objective within the Framework of the UNDP Project
The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) has the mandate to manage and protect the water resources of the Kingdom. During last 10 years, MEWA has conducted a number of detailed studies for surface and groundwater resources assessment which were used for long term, sound and sustainable management of water resources. All these data, plus all other data relevant for the water sector, shall be stored and managed centrally in MEWA. For this purpose, MEWA is presently developing an Integrated Water Information and Management System (IWIMS). This system has two components (National Water Database, Water Management and Control Center) and five major objectives:
The integration of the geospatial and other data from the stakeholders into MEWA’s system shall be based on “Smart Data Integration”. Hence MEWA has asked UNDP to help in the selection of an International Expert for these tasks.
Scope of Work of the UNDP Expert within the Framework of this Project
The tasks and responsibilities of the UNDP Expert are to:
data provision for the Kingdom.
Database and the Water Management and Control Center.
EXPECTED KEY DELIVERABLES
Expected Output 1st year
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. in Computer Sciences with Geoscience Background;
codes and regulations;
with local authorities, also excellent communication and writing skills in Arabic are required.
International Expert (Smart Data Integration)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Riyadh, , SA