Cambodia nationals: National irrigation and water resources management specialist

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Organizational Setting

The FAO Representation in Cambodia is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing country food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with country-wide institutions including Government Institutions and Development Partners.

Reporting Lines

The Irrigation and water resources management specialist reports to FAO Representative in Cambodia.

Technical Focus

Working Under the overall supervision and management of the FAO Representative in Cambodia, director supervision of Assistant FAO Representative (Programme) and GEF Design Specialist/Team Leader, the Technical Supervision of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) from FAO-RAP in collaboration with other Project Formulation team, FAO GEF unit, the national irrigation and water resources management specialist will be responsible for collating information and analysing policy frameworks related to water management including groundwater to inform the implementation structure of the project. 

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Collate information from implementing agencies on the current baseline policies related to groundwater management, including extraction for irrigation and groundwater recharge dynamics.
  • Analysis of policy, regulatory and incentive frameworks related to water management and their implications for the sustainable management of groundwater in the Cambodia-Mekong River Delta aquifer and the generation of global environmental benefits (GEBs), and formulation of recommendations of how the project will respond to and influence these frameworks
  • Collate information (including review of “grey” and academic literature, and consultations with national experts) on the negative externalities, including irrigation and water usage in rice systems in the target landscapes and wetlands in the context of biodiversity conservation.
  • Synthesise information on recent and projected impacts of climate change on groundwater extraction, recharge, and levels and subsequent implications for coastal issues (e.g. subsidence, salinity intrusion) and water uses.
  • Update the relevant sections on baseline and background in the Project Document.
  • Contribute, in discussion with other team members and partner institutions, to the recommendation of sustainable groundwater management practices with potential to promote environmental and productive sustainability of rice production systems in the project landscapes and at the same time optimising the generation of global environmental benefits.
  • Support to the development of indicators of the impacts of the project, and the definition of baseline and target values.
  • Participate in field visits and workshops (regional and national inception and validation workshops) as required throughout the PPG process, with support from FAO
  • Advisory support to processes of drafting of project documentation and responses to reviews.
  • Undertaking other tasks as agreed


Minimum Requirements   

  • University or specialized degree in a field related to groundwater management and irrigation;
  • More than 5 years of relevant experience in developing water management interventions (with an emphasis on groundwater management interventions;
  • Experience with and understanding of principles and approaches for the integration of water, environmental and social considerations in smallholder-dominated agricultural landscapes;
  • Excellent proficiency of English, both written and spoken.
  • Cambodian Nationality only

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with water management and specifically groundwater governance and management for agriculture in the target area
  • Ability to interact tactfully and effectively with multiple institutional actors in diverse sectors and at diverse levels, to communicate messages and to promote dialogue
  • Proven capacity to conduct fieldwork and ability to work in teams and establish working relationships central and local government institutions and civil society organizations
  • Good command of computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Power point, Internet)