Hydrogeology Specialist

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Riyadh Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦

Job Description


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The Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture (MEWA) has the mandate to supervise the water sector, and manage and protect the natural water resources of the Kingdom. To carry out this mandate, the ministry has completed many water resources studies, prepared then National Water Strategy (NWS) and related water regulations, and initiated a comprehensive Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) plan along with other initiatives that ensure sustainability of water resources and high quality of water supply. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has an agreement with MEWA to provide MEWA with technical assistance in its capacity development to carry out its mandate. 

The UNDP is looking for a qualified and competent international expert to work as a Water Information Management Specialist in the UNDP project team at MEWA. 

Institutional Arrangement

  • When work circumstances necessitate the travel of an expert outside Riyadh city (Within the Kingdom), he/she shall be entitled for Travel Allowances equal to the period of his fieldwork based on UNDP rules and regulations.  
  • Although not expected to be frequent, should work assigned to the Editor requires his/her attendance to work in office during off-days or government holidays, he/she should attend without extra costs.  

Duties and Responsibilities

The Hydrogeology Specialist shall carry the overall responsibility of supporting MEWA to successfully complete specific water resources projects and capacity development in Groundwater operations, studies, and modeling. 

The key areas of work and responsibilities under this TOR include: 

  • Perform comprehensive water resources use assessment & evaluation. 
  • Evaluate renewable and non-renewable water resources including surface water resources to support the development of optimal water allocation plans 
  • Assess ground water abstractions for agricultural use with the help of remote sensing and other possible methods. 
  • Review of groundwater assessment reports prepared by or for MEWA. 
  • Develop and evaluate water well field projects, groundwater monitoring wells, and relevant hydrogeological requirements. 
  • Construct, run, evaluate, and modify groundwater flow and solute transport models. 
  • Participate in capacity development of MEWA staff to advanced levels of proficiency in hydrogeology.  
  • Participate in MEWA’s and UNDP’s technical seminars, workshops and training programs. 
  • Prepare Terms Of References (TOR) for MEWA’s water resources-related projects. 



Achieve Results:LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact 
Think Innovatively:LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems 
Learn Continuously:LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
Adapt with Agility:LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands 
Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
Engage and Partner:LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
Enable Diversity and Inclusion:LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic AreaNameDefinition
Digital & InnovationGeospatial analysisSkilled in techniques which study entities using their topological, geometric, or geographic properties.
Business Direction and StrategySystem ThinkingAbility to conduct problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.
Business ManagementCommunication-Ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience -Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels.
Environment  Professionalism Shows pride and confidence in work and in achievements, and demonstrates professional competence in his/her work area.  Shows high level in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.  Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.  Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.  Is not aggressive in stressful situations.   
Environment  Planning& Organizing Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies.  Identify priority activities and assignments, and adjusts as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work  Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning  Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary.  Uses time efficiently.   

Education, experience and skills:

Min. Education requirementsAdvanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Hydrogeology or related field is required, or · A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Min. years of relevant work experience Minimum of 7 years (with master’s degree) or 9 years (with bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level of work on groundwater resources  
Required  skills Solid experience in Hydrogeology.Substantial experience in leading teams of national and international experts and working in a multi-cultural environment. Good advocacy and communications skills and demonstrated report writing skills.Experience in the use of computers, office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and web-based management systems, and advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies sectionCommunicationTeamworkExperience in working, liaising, and collaborating with UN agencies, governments, NGOs, civil society organizations, and public international organizations.Knowledge of capacity building theory and capacity building/assessment methodologies. Relevant experience in Viet Nam or South-East Asia countries is an advantage.
Required Language(s) Fluency in the UN language of the duty station is required (English)Fluency in the national language of the duty station is required for local personnel (Arabic)
Professional CertificatesNA


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