Senior Water Resources Specialist

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Manila, , PH


Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

The position is assigned in the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Division (CWER) within the Central and West Asia Department (CWRD). CWRD is responsible for maintaining client relations and delivering ADB assistance to countries in the Central and West Asia region. CWER is responsible for loan/grant and technical assistance processing and administration in the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture sector.

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Job Purpose

The Senior Water Resources Specialist shall coordinate and communicate activities under CWER projects in agriculture, natural resources and rural development (ANR) sector in CWRD countries. The incumbent shall participate in the identification, development, implementation, and administration of loan and technical assistance (TA) projects in the ANR sector in CWRD countries. This is to contribute to ADB’s development directions and the overall goal of reducing poverty as well as ensure efficient and quality project implementation of the portfolio. The incumbent shall also contribute to the development of country water assessment, water sector road maps and strategies and country water action plans, assess water sector best management technical, institutional and policy options in the regional countries and integrate them into ongoing and pipeline projects. He/She will coordinate with other divisions for operationalizing water-food-energy nexus approach and introducing knowledge and innovations in CWRD operations. The specialist shall work together with the staff at headquarter and at resident missions, provide strategic guidance on sound designs and implementation of water sector projects, including meeting project readiness and quality at entry requirements. The incumbent will report to the Director of CWER and may supervise administrative and national staff.


• Represent the environment, natural resources and agriculture sector in meetings and consultations with ADB stakeholders including government counterparts and local partners and actively contribute new or innovative approaches to policy and operational issues.

• Conduct technical reviews on implementation quality of ADB’s water resources development investments and collaborate with consultant teams to devise technical solutions that achieve innovation and timely project completion; and provide timely advise to ANR teams for water resources development related matters.

• Support development of strategies for the water resources sector for sustained services to people, economy and ecology in assigned DMCs, in consultation with relevant government agencies and Resident Mission.

• Contribute to the comprehensive water resources sector analysis for the relevant CWRD countries, identify development constraints, innovative technologies and opportunities, and develop country water action plans that contribute to water, food and energy security.

• Identify necessary and appropriate water sector interventions, including investments, policy and institutional reforms, and capacity building, for consideration by ADB, in accordance with the relevant sector strategies and road map, based on close collaboration and consultation with the governments, civil societies and other key stakeholders, and reflecting the best technical judgment on the components and activities under the proposed interventions to ensure effective and sustainable development results.

• Support the development, processing and administration of loan and TA projects in the ANR sector, specifically water resources development, irrigation and drainage, groundwater, water quality and flood/disaster risk management, responding adequately to the concerns and expectations of the client governments, ADB Management and the Board of Directors, and with adequate attention to due diligence and delivery of development results.

• Ensure key technical economic, financial and crosscutting issues such as climate change and water use trends, regional cooperation and transboundary waters and gender are incorporated into projects. Ensure technical, procurement, disbursement, and contract administration issues are resolved timely during loan and TA implementation.

• Lead the strengthening and updating of the Division’s collective knowledge on issues and topics related to water resources management and development relevant to CWRD countries.

• Take the role of mission leader and supervise the work of mission members. Supervise the performance of reporting staff, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance. Ensure the on-going learning and development of reporting staff.

• Prepare regular project updates and periodic report to Director CWER, other CWER project staff, teams and project administration unit.

• Support in the preparation of consultant terms of reference and bid documents and coordinate consultant activities as appropriate.


Relevant Experience & Requirements

• Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Irrigation Engineering, Water Resources and/or other related fields. Alternatively, university degree in Civil Engineering, Irrigation Engineering, Water Resources Engineering and/or other related fields combined with additional relevant professional experience can be considered.

• At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in water resources sector. International experience working as a water resources/related field engineer in several countries, with varying cultural values and norms. Experience in Central and West Asia countries is an advantage.

• Good knowledge of water resources development and management issues, including integrated water resources management, irrigation sector policy reforms, capacity building and institutional strengthening, irrigation/drainage services cost recovery, and/or integrated flood risk management, that are relevant to CWRD countries.

• Strong technical skills and experience in reviewing the engineering designs of water resources (e.g. flood management, water resources development, irrigation and drainage, etc.) and associated rural infrastructure facilities, prepared/proposed by consultants or the government agencies, including cost estimates, implementation arrangements and other relevant technical aspects.

• Ability to synthesize technical, institutional, economic, social, and safeguard outputs into a coherent project design.

• Skills and experience in overseeing implementation of large-scale water resources projects, including procurement and construction supervision.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, including interpersonal skills, necessary to forge consensus among diverse stakeholders over various, and often contentious, development issues.

• Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff Level IS5.

General Considerations

The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.

ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.