Irrigation Specialist

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by the FAO Representative, is to assist government to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop agricultural, fishery and forestry sectors and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO representative; Lead Technical Office and the Lesotho Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Department of Crops Services, Engineering Division, the National Project Coordinator and Project Task Team, the International Consultant will work with one national consultant to prepare a national irrigation policy. The policy review and development process will cover the technical, legal, economic, and financial aspects of the irrigation policy and, including environmental aspects, vulnerability assessment, preparation of sustainability plans, and analysis of alternative financing mechanisms for infrastructure development.

Technical Focus

The assignment requires good knowledge of agriculture policy development with demonstrable experience on leading the development of irrigation policy.

Tasks and responsibilities

· Review the 2002 draft irrigation policy and Agricultural sector strategy for Lesotho.

· Identify and study new and emerging issues, including gender and irrigation, in the irrigations sub-sector.

· Develop a gender-sensitive policy implementation strategy and an institutional framework.

· Validate the revised draft policy in a stakeholder workshop.

· Prepare a revised policy document for publication.

· The consultant will serve as a resource person in the stakeholder validation workshop.

· The consultant will review National Development Strategic Plan (NSDP 2); Lesotho National Vision 2020 document;  Agricultural Sector Strategy and other key reference documents, frameworks and policies and will prepare a brief description of the overall context for irrigation in Lesotho; will conduct a situation analysis focusing on main challenges and opportunities, as well as the effectiveness of key policies, strategies and programmes which attempt to address the main challenges of irrigation in Lesotho.

· Conduct a gap analysis in the context of priorities for sustainable irrigation sector development and current and emerging issues, including gender and irrigation, facing the sector, activities of actors in the sector, as well as an assessment of capacities of local organizations and institutions to address sector challenges.

· Assess the scope and the achievements from past and on-going irrigation initiatives, lessons learnt and identify potential synergies and complementarities between FAO and other partners in addressing those challenges.

· Develop  the essential legal framework for the marketing system and economic regulatory functions, which seek to promote, guide and discipline the operation of irrigation schemes and markets,

· In line with national development objectives, identify areas and gaps not currently addressed in on-going programmes with a view to identifying potential areas consistent with government priorities for possible intervention. 

· Prepare, incorporating feedback from stakeholders, Ministry and FAO technical units, a draft document and present it at a stakeholders’ validation workshop.

  • Finalize a draft policy following inputs from the FAO Country Office, LTU and other FAO technical officers in respective technical hubs.


Minimum Requirements   

  • Advanced Degree, in a relevant area of agriculture (e.g. agronomy or irrigation engineering) or agricultural economics.
  • At least 8 years working experience in areas of irrigated agriculture or agronomy, as well as experience in policy development.
  • Working knowledge of English.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • He/she should be well acquainted with agricultural, rural development and food security policy and development strategy in Lesotho.
  • He/she should have gained relevant expertise and exposure with government institutions and other partner institutions involved in agricultural, rural development and food security policy implementation.
  •  He/she will have core competencies in methodologies for assessing impact of development strategies and identifying gaps and opportunities for interventions.
  • He/she will have experience in process and analysis of agricultural, rural development and food security data and will possess good computer skills, especially in MS Word.