During the last years, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture 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 including the distribution network and control of water consumption (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.
For the transition from the current patterns of water administration to future professional water management, the technical and organizational capacities of the MEWA have to be strengthened. In addition, a rigid framework of regulations and standards has to be implemented.
Together with UNDP, a program has been designed to initiate a systematic process of capacity development to help in sustainable development and protection of all water resources. Through this program, several experts with expertise in a wide spectrum of project-related fields will be hired. This service contract is part of this program.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK AND DELIVERABLES
Objective within the Framework of the UNDP Project
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recently passed the National Water Strategy 2030, which intends, among others, to regulate water abstraction, supply, and demand from all water resource. This process has to be accompanied by the corresponding set-up of standards, regulations, and enforcing mechanisms. Hence, MEWA has asked UNDP to select an Expert with profound knowledge in water regulations and the Saudi legal system to set up the regulatory framework for the entire process. This framework is being developed in the General Directorate of Regulations of MEWA, but also needs coordination and cooperation with other governmental and private sector entities, especially the Deputy Ministry of Environment.
Scope of Work of the UNDP Expert within the Framework of this Project
The tasks and responsibilities of the UNDP Expert are to:
entities, specially the Deputy Ministry of Environment and ECRA (Electricity & Co-Generation
EXPECTED KEY DELIVERABLES
Expected Output 1st year
Reporting requirements, frequency, format and deadlines
Required Skills and Experience
QUALIFICATIONS and REQUIREMENTS
Education: Master of Laws (L.L.M) degree in Common and Statutory – a relevant multi-disciplinary background is considered useful;
certification in water quality.
with local authorities, also excellent communication and writing skills in Arabic are required.
Legal Expert (Legal Advice on Water and Environmental Regulations)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Riyadh, , SA