The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is seeking applications from researchers/development professionals to work on the Jordan Water Innovations Technologies (WIT) project. The goal of this project is to ‘increase water conserved in Jordan’. The set of indicators for this project include the volume of water used for agriculture through to domestic and community use, and the target is a reduction of 18.5 Mm3 of water use over the five-year period of the project. WIT aims to target farmers in the Jordan Valley (JV) and north Jordan, and establish field offices in Karama and Irbid to ensure easy access to project sites and target populations. The project envisages adoption of a number of technologies to conserve water, which include the following:
- Irrigation management/deficit irrigation/advanced drip irrigation
- Wastewater/greywater reuse
- Rainwater harvesting
- Saline water: Integrated aquaculture-agriculture systems
- Resilient agriculture/soil amendment
The consultant will support the work of the WIT IWMI team and the broader project team to deliver on the project goals. The person will:
- plan and execute component(s) of field-level monitoring, evaluation and research;
- support deployment of field-level instrumentation;
- monitor field-level instrumentation through regular visits and by acquiring data;
- troubleshoot field-level instrumentation;
- conduct literature reviews, collect and analyze data, and translate from Arabic to English; and
- participate in developing and sustaining relationships with partners.
Researchers/development professionals with the following qualifications, knowledge/skills, experience and other attributes are invited to apply:
- MSc, MEng or equivalent level in Civil/Water Resources/Agricultural Engineering or related discipline.
- Only Jordanian nationals or persons with the right to live and work in the country.
- Knowledge of irrigation technologies, e.g., surface irrigation, sprinkler irrigation, drip irrigation, irrigation scheduling.
- Knowledge and experience in field-level instrumentation, data acquisition, manipulation and archiving.
- Two years of work experience in the water for agriculture sector in the Middle East and North Africa region.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Arabic.
- Good information technology (IT) skills (Microsoft Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation).
- Knowledge of internet data sources related to water and natural resources management
- Knowledge of programming languages
- Capable of working independently/autonomously, and in interdisciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
- Well-developed personal organization and priority setting skills.
- Good interpersonal skills
- Professional level of attention to detail and ability to multitask.
- Highly developed teamwork skills in all aspects of his/her activities.
- Experience in working independently/autonomously and in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams.
- Demonstrably highly developed teamwork in all aspects of his/her activities.
- Well-developed personal organization and priority setting.
- Adaptability and flexibility in accommodating changes in operational priorities, and in contemplating alternative approaches in both technology and implementation tactics.
- Independent thinking to make sound judgement about technical and operational issues, and the ability to propose appropriate modifications.
The duration of the consultancy will be nine (09) months, with the possibility of extension depending on performance and availability of resources. The consultant will be based in Amman, Jordan.
Your application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae, including previous experience, together with a cover letter and the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees.