Lead Irrigation and Drainage Specialist

Islamic Development Bank

Jeddah, , SA

Role Purpose:
  • To lead strategic and long-range interventions on portfolio, policy and operational issues and to conceive, develop and promote innovations in Bank policy, operational procedures, project design and organization and management of operations in Irrigation and Drainage in IDB Member Countries. To serve as an authority and consult to others and knows the Bank’s stance on cutting-edge issues in Irrigation and Drainage, and serve as lead by representing the Bank at international fora.
Key Activities:
  • Participate in the development of work program, budget and business planning of the Department.
  • Lead the development of plans, policies and guidelines for the optimal use of resources for the department.
  • Assess the effectiveness of the plans and activities of the Division and make suggestions for better resource management.
  • Serve as lead, advising management and staff on strategy and long-range interventions on portfolio, policy and operational issues impacting a significant country or group of countries.
  • Influence the design and execution of major policy and/or research initiatives, and conceives, develops and promotes innovations in Bank policy, operational procedures, project design and organization and management of operations.
  • Lead and/or participate in ground-breaking or precedent setting missions and plays key role in developing innovative practical approaches to difficult policy and operational issues at regional, country or sector levels.
  • Develop innovative analyses across a range of complex and unusual scenarios and consult to clients and Bank staff around best practice in this area.
  • Devise novel approaches to analysing irrigation and drainage sub-sector economic impact.
  • Review and advice on  cost benefit and socioeconomic analysis for IDB projects in the irrigation and drainage, particularly as they relate to the developing countries.
  • Serve as focal point or spokesperson on technical, policy and operational issues to clients and other external constituencies and expert groups.
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of a client’s regional water policy and gauge the impact on a project and society as a whole, integrating this knowledge into other areas of the Bank’s strategy and portfolio.
  • Lead country sector dialogues and introduce best practices in managing sector projects and programs.
  • Lead missions and supervises major projects resolving divergent views, interacting with clients at the policy level.
  • Monitor complex operational and portfolio management issues to ensure overall quality of full range of operational products.
  • Develop and build client relations at senior levels and plays a promotional role in generating new business for the Bank Group.
  • Play significant role on operational matters in guiding/mentoring and is key contributor in the design of professional and operational training and development activities
  • Participate in developing the state of the art techniques in operational work/or in pioneering their application in operations.
  • Lead high-level client discussions as well as deeper technical dialogue, is sought out to serve as an authority and / or to peer review the work of others.
  • Facilitate and organize cross-cutting operational teams, international experts, etc. to debate and exchange ideas on key WEN issues and strategic priorities.
  • Lead initiatives at the country and sector level to establish an operational framework and approach to knowledge dissemination and/or development of knowledge products.
  • Represents Bank’s stance on cutting edge issues and has high level/in-depth client discussions in a technical area. Undertake benchmarking and harmonize activities with other MDBs on best practices for resources management.
  • Keep current on the body of regional water policy and best practices around the world.
  • Produce and lead preparation of a range of key policy papers, regional studies, operational reports, etc. based on input from various departments at the OC level..
  • Consult to clients and bank staff around the most complex irrigation, drainage and agriculture concepts and strategies and integrate this knowledge into other areas of the Bank’s strategy and portfolio.
  • Work independently under general direction of unit manager and guides and mentors more junior staff.
  • Communicate with various stakeholders for resolution of issues and provide clarification on technical matters as needed.
  • Technically lead IDB’s strategic relations network with stakeholders and strategic partners, such as member country government institutions Multilateral, Regional, and Infrastructure (Enabling) Institutions, who can assist IDB in its efforts to undertake its mandate.
  • Ensure effective coordination amongst key stakeholders including IDB departments, NGO’s, organizations, societies in non-member countries and others for smooth administration of development programs.
  • Communicate and defend orally and in writing difficult Issues and positions to senior Bank management, government officials, etc.
  • Build and maintain strategic linkages with a wide range of stakeholders including: government ministries, departments and agencies; banks, and other private sector financial service providers; businesses providing services to these; and NGOs and other organisations contributing to agricultural and irrigation and drainage sector
  • development.
  • Prepare briefing notes, case studies, annual benchmarking reports, and other ad-hock reports on the status of Projects portfolio at Country and Sector level.
  • Collate and analyse data on Irrigation and Drainage sector projects/programs and provide recommendations.
  • Produce major/complex reports, which require the successful coordination and integration of input from multi-disciplinary staff.

 

Education and certification requirements:
  • Master degree in Water Management / Rural Engineering / Irrigation Engineering / any related discipline.
  • 12 years work experience in the relevant field.
  • Advanced technical qualifications in irrigation and drainage sector and broad knowledge of all aspects of Agriculture and rural Development sectors or domains gained through advanced academic study and/or wide seasoning and special development
  • Advanced technical qualifications Financial/economic or statistical modelling skills in irrigation and drainage.
  • Demonstrated expertise in international accounting and financial reporting.
  • standards, their development, application, analysis, and latest trends
  • Proven knowledge of design and construction of irrigation and drainage infrastructure and technologies; water resource management including multi-object resource models, subsidiary, economics and conflict resolution; water sector institutions; and,  policy-related decision making and is able to see linkages across Bank’s portfolio;  policy, operational, technical and project issues and ability to address issues across sectors and at the country and regional level.
  • IT skills in economic, financial modelling and statistical analysis.
  • Advanced knowledge of design and construction of irrigation and drainage infrastructure and technologies; water resource management including multi-object resource models, subsidiary, economics and conflict resolution; water sector institutions; and, policy-related decision making and is able to see linkages across Bank’s portfolio; policy, operational, technical and project issues and ability to address issues across sectors and at the country and regional level
  • Has extensive experience with irrigation and drainage; application of this knowledge to policy-related decisions and advice, and seeing linkages across the Bank’s program portfolio; and, field experience in  conceptualizing and managing sector projects/ programs across 4-5 IDB’s MCs
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership and ability to integrate sector specific knowledge with broader operational strategies and policies and research objectives; recognition as an expert in the field as evidenced either through a proven track record of managing and delivering highly complex lending operations or equivalent assignments (e.g. leading complex policy dialogue, delivering other lending or non-lending, including advisory services)
  • Understands and applies the concepts and tools required for economic appraisal of projects, including: Estimating demand; Tariff structures (design, pricing); Calculating economic rates of return; Financial analysis; Cost recovery; Assorted market and non-market valuation and modelling techniques; Net present value and discounting; Sensitivity analysis; Impact evaluation; The role of uncertainty on expected benefits and costs.
  • Field experience with the design and construction of irrigation and drainage infrastructure and technologies, as well as recognized expertise in issues around pumping and the use of treated wastewater in irrigation; and, applying this knowledge to policy-related decisions and advice, and seeing linkages across the Bank’s program portfolio
  • Has a comprehensive understanding of the water sector institutions including: Water quality management institutions; Groundwater management institutions; Water user associations and community-based service providers; Utilities / Irrigation agencies; River basin organizations; Public and private sector institutions; Government agencies.
  • Advanced understanding of developing country conditions related to operations, economics and policy.
COMPETENCIES:
  • Adaptability
  • Building Relationships
  • Motivation to Learn and Share
  • Passion for Excellence and Drive for Result
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Drive for Results
  • Knowledge, Learning & Communication
  • Communication Effectiveness
  • Problem Solving
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Teamwork
  • Business Process Knowledge
  • Project Procurement
  • Project Design for Impact and Sustainability
  • Project Management
  • Sector/Country Dialogue
  • Agribusiness and Agricultural System
  • Agriculture Economics
  • Agriculture Education & Extension
  • Agriculture Institution
  • Agriculture Research and Technology
  • Agriculture Risk Management
  • Agriculture Sciences
  • Bio-Diversity and Climate
  • Environmental Aspects of Infrastructure Design Construction and Operation
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Finance
  • Environmental Institution and Regulation
  • Forest and Forestay
  • Irrigation and Drainage
  • Land Tenure System
  • Marginal Water Resource
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Rural Development
  • Rural Economics
  • Rural Private Sector Development
  • Rural Sector Institution
  • Social Safeguard
  • Water Resource Management
WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • Normal Office Environment
  • Travel as needed

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