Water Management Consultants

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

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Organizational Setting

The Land and Water Division (CBL) aims at enhancing the agricultural productivity and nutrition by advancing the sustainable use of land and water resources through their improved governance, management, development and conservation. It addresses the challenges member countries face in ensuring productive and efficient use of land and water resources in order to meet present and future demands for agricultural products, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the land and water quantity and quality. It promotes equitable access to these natural resources with a view to enhancing productivity, livelihoods and ecosystem services. It provides assistance to member nations in developing policies, programmes, best practices and tools in the fields of rainfed agriculture and irrigation and drainage, soil conservation, drought mitigation, water rights, access to natural resources, and improvement of land markets.

FAO International Consultants and Call purpose

The purpose of this call is to provide FAO’s Land and Water Division (CBL) and the Water group with a list of qualified candidates for a number of profiles with different specializations to enhance the FAO Water portfolio as indicated below:

  • Water quality and health (i.e. water quality and water reuse) and associated biosecurity
  • Water data and information systems (e.g. Databases, GIS and Remote Sensing)
  • Water scarcity and climate change

Contracts will be either home-based or in FAO HQs with required travel for field missions, where relevant.

The posts are located in the Integrated Nexus & Water Management Team, the Irrigation and Resources Management Team and the Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG).

Reporting Lines

The International Consultants report to relevant Water Team leaders, under the overall supervision of the Deputy-Director to the Land and Water Division.

Technical Focus

Supporting the development, quality control, management and effective implementation of FAO’s water portfolio, focusing on providing assistance to governments and other stakeholders in the development and implementation of policies, strategies, programmes and field capacity for the adaptation of agriculture to water scarcity, increasing water productivity and achieving the national objectives under the Sustainable Development Goals framework.

Tasks and responsibilities  

Water data and information systems (e.g. Databases, GIS and Remote Sensing)

  • develop and maintain a capacity to perform long-term global and regional perspectives studies on the status and trends in the use of water resources for food and agriculture;
  • facilitate, in cooperation with relevant units within FAO, the development of tools, methodologies, criteria and indicators to monitor and report on the management and use of water resources in relation to productivity estimates and scenario analysis;
  • design and implement studies at global, regional and river basin scale on the status and use of water resources for food, energy and agriculture, under different climatic and governance scenarios;
  • support the analysis of relevant data for the assessment and interpretation of the SDG indicators on water-use efficiency and water stress
  • provide technical guidance and advisory support for the formulation and implementation of perspective studies on water resources management at national, regional and river basin scale, and provide backstopping to related technical cooperation projects and programmes;
  • Any other duties as required.
Water scarcity and climate change
  • Participate in the organization, conduct and follow-up of meetings, consultations and conferences with various stakeholders, the development/production of required materials and the provision of information and assistance to partners.
  • Prepare detailed reports on the meetings and revise draft versions based on the outcomes of the meetings as well as the feedback from various stakeholders.
  • Undertake analysis, provides technical input for plans and reports and edit/revise technical/scientific documents related to water scarcity in agriculture.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary project/work teams related to water, migration, nutrition, drought preparedness, sustainable agriculture water use, saline agriculture and financing mechanisms.
  • Contribute to the development of new programs in the above area, as well as concept notes and/or proposals to support these investments.
  • Develop and maintain an up-to-date database on donors, including on their priorities and opportunities for funding in alignment with their strategic objectives.
  • Update relevant databases, web pages and communication material. Contribute to various tasks related to the Land and Water Division and provide assistance in carrying out any other duties as required.
  • Any other duties as required.
Water and health
  • Support to the development and management of technical, analytical, monitoring and reporting frameworks, and related methodologies, tools, systems and databases etc. to support the planning, implementation/delivery and monitoring of programmes of work, projects, products and/or services related to water & health (i.e. water quality and water reuse) and antimicrobial resistance and disease surveillance and monitoring.
  • Design and conduct research, data collection, validation, analysis and/or reporting activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovative approaches and strategies, new tools, technologies, technical reports/publications, and/or proposals as well as the provision of technical/policy/specialist/advice and expertise.
  • Liaise with relevant FAO units (or other organizations) relevant to their assignment to obtain guidance and advice on specific elements.
  • As applicable, organize and participate in missions and other events in support of the delivery of FAO’s programme of work, including for consultation, training, capacity building and technical assistance to beneficiaries of FAO support programmes and projects.
  • Contribute to relevant studies, publications and analyses, knowledge products and dissemination materials related to CBL Water Programme, including guidelines, capacity building and training material.
  • Any other duties as required.
Minimum Requirements
  • University degree in environmental management, water management, sustainable agriculture, and/or a related field;
  • Minimum of one year of relevant working experience for Category C or  minimum  five years for Category B  in supporting project management, formulation and implementation; governmental or multilateral organizations; integrated land and water assessment and management; preparation of training material and organization and implementation of capacity development activities;
  • Working knowledge of English French or Spanish, and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese or Russian (for consultants); working knowledge of English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian (for PSAs).
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Relevant experience in working successfully in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, particularly in multilateral organizations
  • Essential interpersonal skills for teamwork and capacity for work and analysis in multicultural, multisector and multidisciplinary environments;
  • Proven ability to deliver quality output working under tight deadlines;
  • Relevant experience and knowledge in collecting, managing and analysing technical information and data, as well as in sustainable development in the agricultural sector;
  • Relevant experience in the preparation, editing and revision of technical/scientific documents and in organizing meetings and workshops.
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions, is desirable;