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.
MEWA has recently established the National Center for Water Research and Studies (NCWRS), which will take care of initiating and planning of water-related projects and their implementation under supervision of MEWA. Ultimately, it shall be the national governing institution for all water-related applied and purely scientific research and studies. It will also host the National Water Database. Together with the World Bank, a short-term action plan and a long-term implementation plan for the Center have been developed, together with a proposal for the governance structure.
Hence, the MEWA has asked UNDP for assistance in selection of a qualified and competent international expert as Center Director for the Development until the regulatory statutes have been approved.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK AND DELIVERABLES
Objective within the Framework of the UNDP Project
The annual budget of MEWA is assigned from various sources: The regular budget of MEWA, budget of the initiatives of the National Transformation Plan, a research budget etc. Application procedures, dead -lines for application and so on are presently not clear and not coherent within the Deputy Ministry of Water. In addition, there is no budget to support the establishment of the two new centers. Hence, additional financial resources have to be mobilized from various sources. For this purpose, MEWA has asked UNDP to help in the selection of an Expert for these tasks, preferably a Saudi National with ample experience in governmental and financial affairs. The position is assigned to the management of the project; nevertheless, the Chief Technical Advisor of the UNDP project may assign additional UNDP tasks to the Expert.
Scope of Work of the UNDP Expert within the Framework of this Project
The tasks and responsibilities of the UNDP Expert are to:
EXPECTED KEY DELIVERABLES
Expected Output 1st year
Reporting requirements, frequency, format and deadlines
Required Skills and Experience
QUALIFICATIONS and REQUIREMENTS
Education: Master’s Degree or higher in Public Finance and Budgeting or equivalent from an accredited university.
language skills will be an advantage.
Center Director (Establishment of National Center for Water Research and Studies)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Riyadh, , SA