Iran nationals: National Consultant on Water and Irrigation Management

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 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 an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programs, and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources sustainably. The post is located in the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran (Tehran) and the Ministry of Agriculture Jahad (MAJ). All FAO-Iran employees shall follow the UN workweek (from Sunday to Thursday) and holiday schedule.

Reporting Lines

The incumbent will perform his/her tasks and duties under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative to the I.R. Iran, direct supervision of the Assistant FAOR (Programme), in close coordination with the Project Officer, technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer, in close contact with the other FAO colleagues and in collaboration with the Department of Water and Soil of the Ministry of Agriculture Jahad.

Technical Focus

The National Water and Irrigation Management Consultant provides technical expertise and support to implementation, operation, and capacity development of the water and irrigation-related technical concerns of the project associated with climate change in close collaboration with the Project Officer and the national stakeholders.

Task and Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following tasks and duties:

  1. Review the available strategies, institutional mechanisms, requirements of the Government of Iran (GoI) and existing capacities related to the water, irrigation, and watershed management in the country;
  2. Perform baseline assessment of water resources/irrigation management in each province with a focus on how the current systems cope with disaster and climate risks;
  3. In collaboration with the FAO team, assess climate change and climate related hazards impact and vulnerability of water resources and irrigation systems in each province;
  4. Draft strategy for climate and disaster (flood and drought) resilient water resources and irrigation management for each province, adopting multi-hazard, landscape/integrated watershed management and integrated (water, soil, agriculture) approach;
  5. Identify and document climate and disaster (flood and drought) resilient water resources management practices especially on-farm practices, drawing on FAO tested technologies and practices such as water accounting, et;
  6. Develop related training materials for climate resilient and sustainable water resources, watershed and irrigation management;
  7. Contribute to the design and implementation of trainings;
  8. In collaboration with the soil management and DRM/CCA institutional consultants, identify the pilot sites in the 4 target provinces and design of pilot interventions
  9. Lead the water related pilot interventions implementation including coaching to local authorities, monitoring and documenting results and lessons learned
  10. Contribute to the development of strategic frameworks and reports mentioned in the project document including the final report on water and irrigation management;
  11. Perform other tasks assigned by the FAO Representative to I.R. Iran.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in water resources management, hydrology, irrigation, watershed management or a related field as appropriate for the assignment.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in sustainable and climate-smart monitoring and management of water resources in I.R. Iran.
  • National of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • Proven communications skills and fluent in English and Persian.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Knowledge and familiarity with institutional, policy and regulatory frameworks of national entities engaged in engaged in sustainable and climate-smart water, irrigation, and watershed management.
  • Ability to interact tactfully and effectively with multiple institutional actors in diverse sectors and at diverse levels, to communicate messages and to promote dialogue.
  • Knowledge of climate change and disaster risk issues in water resources management.
  • Experience in hydrology studies and implementation of climate-smart and sustainable water, irrigation, and watershed management projects.
  • Proven capacity to conduct fieldwork and the 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, PowerPoint, Internet).
  • Excellent knowledge of and working experience with government institutions.
  • Experience in capacity assessment and design and delivery of training and capacity building programmes.
  • Capacity to draft concise and strategic documents.