Water Management Specialist

Bangkok, Thailand 🇹🇭

Organizational Setting

The Land and Water Division aims at enhancing the agricultural productivity and advancing the sustainable use of land and water resources through their improved governance, development and management. It addresses the challenges member countries face in ensuring productive and efficient use of land and water resources in order to meet present and future demands for agricultural products, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the land and water quantity and quality. It promotes equitable access to these natural resources with a view to enhancing productivity, livelihoods and ecosystem services. It provides assistance to member nations in developing policies and programmes, and adopting best practices and tools in the fields of irrigation and drainage, soil and water conservation, drought mitigation, water rights and access to natural resources.
The consultant will be based in the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand

Reporting Lines

The consultant will report to the Group Leader, Natural Resource Management Support

Technical Focus
Technical and institutional aspects of water, irrigation systems modernization, governance and management; water scarcity and drought.
Tasks and responsibilities:
  1. Utilise and enhance FAO convening power to establish a solid regional network of key water stakeholders around core agricultural water resource management issues (eg. water scarcity, water-food-energy nexus, irrigation), ensuring that FAO provides technical leadership and facilitates evidence-based policy dialogue with and among governments in core areas related to FAO mandate;
  2. Pursue new relationships (financial, technical and advocacy focused) to ensure FAO leads and influences key stakeholders in the Asia Pacific region (particularly the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Green Climate Fund, Global Environment Facility, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trades) to ensure greater impact, visibility and reach of FAO projects and programmes;
  3. Continually scan the policy and practice landscape in relation to sustainable water resource management in order to identify and respond to emerging issues relevant to water management, agriculture, food security and climate change;
  4. Lead resource mobilization efforts in the area of agricultural water management, focusing on bilateral donors, multilateral development banks and the Global Environment Facility and the Green Climate Fund; analyse the funding landscape to identify entry points and support FAO country teams in identifying and formulating high-quality technical projects and the required partnership networks;
  5. Establish strong working relationships with officers in FAO Headquarters in Rome and in FAO country offices, working closely with CBL, CBC and TCI to respond to the needs identified by FAO Country Representatives and country teams;
  6. Ensure that water is used as means of connecting the different agriculture and NRM sub-sectors, build and lead highly specialized, multi-disciplinary teams that effectively link FAO technical areas and produce high-quality, comprehensive and landscape scale products that respond to client needs and donor requirements;
  7. Represent the Organization in, and provide leadership on water and food security at, regional water-related policy dialogues and processes related to the Asia Pacific Water Forum, the World Water Forum, the Asia Water Council and other related bodies and at international and regional meetings and conferences (including representing Asia at the World Water Forum and Stockholm World Water Week)
  8. Provide technical and policy advice to member countries and technical support to decentralized offices in the development and implementation of the water and NRM programme, Lead and/or collaborate in technical backstopping to and ensure the quality/effectiveness of projects and programmes.
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree in natural resources management, environmental science, law, hydrology or fields related to the sustainable management of water resources
  • Twelve years of relevant experience in the field of water resources management at both national and international levels
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills
  • Demonstrated experience in the field of water policy analysis, water governance and strategic approaches to water security and sustainable water resources management
  • Experience in providing technical assistance in areas related to water policy and strategies, including water planning and allocation
  • Extensive experience working within and with national governments at all levels, specifically on issues of water management and allocation, water scarcity and the water-food-energy nexus
  • Demonstrable experience in developing, influencing and leading new partnership networks and collaborative coalitions around key water resource management issues
  • Experience in developing projects and mobilizing resources in relation to the impacts of climate change on water resources, including experience with the Green Climate Fund, and strong connections with global water and adaptation networks
  • Demonstrated experience in advocacy and influencing in the pursuit of meaningful policy and practice change towards poverty eradication and sustainable development objectives
  • Experience in organising and managing national and international workshops, multi-stakeholder platforms and inter-governmental processes
  • Relevant experience in Asia Pacific, including a strong professional network and experience working with governments and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated results-based management capabilities with an ability to manage programmes, budgets and human resources effectively under shifting priorities
  • Ability to demonstrate high capacity in each of the FAO Leadership Competency areas (Results focus, Leading, engaging and empowering others, Communication, Partnering and Advocating, Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement, Strategic thinking)
  • Comprehensive ability with MS Office software.
  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/


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If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]