Senior Water Resources Specialist

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Manila, Philippines 🇵🇭

Job Purpose

Lead, formulate and articulate policy and strategies on water resources development and its impact on agricultural and rural development, engaging Developing Member Country (DMC) governments in policy dialogue, and conducting ADB’s activities to support water resources development policy and reforms, and climate change mitigation and adaptation activities. Lead in identifying and developing loans, grants, technical assistance (TAs) projects, and non-lending products and services in the area of water resource management and climate change, and provide technical support and backstopping to other staff. Work within general policies, principles and goals, working directly with clients.

Expected Outcomes

a. Strategy and planning

  • Lead the development of strategies for water resources development and climate change adaptation in DMCs, in consultation with relevant government agencies and Resident Missions (RMs). Conduct dialogue with government officials of DMCs on water resources development, climate change adaptation, and development policy.

  • Lead country teams and provide inputs around water resources development issues and its impact on agricultural and rural development for Country Partnership Strategies (CPSs) and represent the division on CPS programming missions. Serve as a member of the country team of at least one country representing the Division, lead preparation of sector result framework and profile for the water resources, and agriculture and rural development sectors, and provide inputs as required in formulating a country result framework and profile.

  • Contribute to client countries’ efforts to develop their county by identifying and designing innovative approaches to environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable water resource development and rural development.

b. Project management

  • Lead, process and administer subregional and DMC specific loan, grant, and TAs in the areas of water resources development, climate change adaptation, and development policy, and related agricultural, environmental, and natural resource management issues.

  • Liaise with and coordinate with development agencies and PAU staff on TA/project implementation issues and work out solutions to improve TA/project implementation. Review the consultant recruitment and procurement by the executing agencies and provide adequate guidance and instructions.

  • Lead, develop and maintain a suitable network in water resource management and climate change adaptation to keep abreast of the latest developments and issues, and ensure measures to address those issues are incorporated into TA/project designs.

c. Knowledge sharing

  • Keep abreast of the latest development in international, subregional, and national best practices for water resources development, and share knowledge with colleagues in the Division and ADB-wide teams (including Sector/Thematic Groups) concerned with water management, rural development, and environmental and natural resource management issues.

  • Coordinate with RMs and Sector/Thematic Groups for consistency of approach, exchange of experiences, and continuous improvement of practices and integration of water resources development and development policy commitments.

  • Actively network with other development partners including cofinanciers, contribute to activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building around ADB’s water resource management issues and rural development.

d. Staff supervision

  • 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.

Core Competencies

Application of Technical Knowledge and Skills

  • Provides supervision to others in completing their technical tasks
  • Called upon for advice and guidance based on expertise gained by working in different countries and organizations
  • Contributes advanced knowledge and expertise to different parts of the Department

Client Orientation

  • Proposes effective services and solutions to staff beyond presenting issues and past challenges
  • Assists colleagues adapt to the cultural and business norms of diverse clients and country situations
  • Gains respect for the breadth and depth of expertise demonstrated in effectively managing diverse clients and country situations
  • Called upon to resolve client situations that may impact their long-term ADB relationship

Achieving Results and Problem Solving

  • Resolves situations where client needs are not being met
  • Shares past experiences from different projects, organizations, and countries to help achieve quality results
  • Ensures that thorough analysis includes current and relevant factors from different countries and contexts
  • Sought out for guidance and experience in overcoming the most challenging situations
  • Draws on long-term relationships with stakeholders to help plan for and achieve results

Working Together

  • Addresses team members not contributing to required standards
  • Commits to delivering timely and high quality work to assist in the team’s success
  • Develops and maintains good internal and external peer and senior level relationships
  • Helps teams understand common features to build rapport and overcome challenges

Communication and Knowledge Sharing

  • Provides stakeholders with the level and quality of information required to achieve outcomes
  • Encourages others to seek long-term solutions to address feedback opposed to focusing on immediate concerns or reactions
  • Uses breath of multi-country and multi-client knowledge to equip clients and staff for more effective outcomes
  • Designs and implements project and program knowledge and services

Innovation and Change

  • Consistently seeks more effective and practical ways for the Departmental delivery of services, products, and processes
  • Proposes new ways to improve the quality and relevance of products and services
  • Includes the core benefits and reasons for change when developing comprehensive change roll out plans
  • Influences and persuades decision makers by presenting business cases supporting the proposed changes


Education Requirements

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in civil engineering specializing in the water resources development or other related fields; University degree in civil engineering or other related fields combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.

Relevant Experience

  • Suitability to undertake the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level
  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in water resources development projects including integrated agriculture, drainage, flood and river erosion mitigation, and land reclamation
  • Strong understanding and practical application of the technical, policy, institutional, and participatory principles of sustainable, integrated water resources development, including participatory irrigation management, water user association development, and associated operation and maintenance
  • Strong understanding of the capacity development needs of national and local-level water agencies in the DMCs
  • Strong analytical abilities, multidisciplinary competence, and proven ability to organize, lead, and manage project teams
  • International experience working in development in several Asian countries; preferably in multiple South Asian DMCs
  • Broad knowledge of cutting-edge international and national policies and programs related to water use particularly in agriculture
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

Reporting Relationships

  • Supervisor: Director, Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Division, SARD (SAER)
  • The following staff positions may be supervised by the incumbent:
    • Administrative Staff
    • National Staff

We encourage diversity in our workplace and support an inclusive environment. Women are especially encouraged to apply.