From cities to remote desert, across the nation’s entire territory, water management plays a defining role in all aspects of life in Turkmenistan. Water management encompasses a wide range of natural and human-managed features, including rivers, other water sources, dams, 15 reservoirs, irrigation networks, interdistrict and interfarm canals, drainage collectors, and a far-flung complex of built structures for diverting and pumping water.
The current water management system of Turkmenistan serves its essential purpose of supplying water to end-users. But Turkmen officials and scientists note deficiencies. Distribution of water is inequitable over the hydrographic network, with shortages at the ends of canals in water-stressed years. Both within watersheds and in parts of the system that interconnect among various sources, disagreements emerge about management solutions for lack of a sufficiently clear and rational legal framework. Deficiencies in the legal and policy framework also lead to gaps among various levels of government agencies and resource management water users. Greater clarification and integration are needed.
As problems of water management, energy consumption, land degradation (salinization), and agricultural productivity are all closely intertwined in Turkmenistan, so too are potential solutions. To support government’s efforts, UNDP in cooperation with the Ministry of Water Economy launched a project “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Sustainable Water Management in Turkmenistan” financed by Global Environment Facility.The project will address these problems through integrated activities, with a goal toward achieving multiple benefits in different areas. Thus improved water management will lead not only to greater water availability, but also to significant energy savings, avoided GHG emissions, and reduced salinization. Application of new renewable-energy solutions in water management will lead not only to avoided GHG emissions, but also to greater water availability in remote populated areas. This integrated approach will be practically applied and technically proven first at specific sites in the Akhal velayat, then replicated across the country through region-specific planning and outreach, as well as supporting policies and investment at the national level.
For more detailed information about this project as well as other UNDP Turkmenistan environmental projects please visit: www.tm.undp.org
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Field Assistant’s (FA) main focus will be to support the project manager in the delivery of the project, including the efficient management of the project office. A key focus will be on supporting activities implemented within the pilot demonstration projects under Components 1 and 2. Component 1 will introduce new technologies in irrigated agriculture and pumping for energy efficiency, water conservation, and sustainable land management (SLM). Component 2 will scale-up investment in new and expanded efficient water-management infrastructure.
In addition, the Field Assistant will support where necessary Component 3 (local and region-specific planning and educational outreach for IWRM and SLM among farmers and water-sector designers and managers), as well as assist with planned activities within the Component 4 (development and support to implementation of policy reform for IWRM).
1.Overall project management support:
3. Running project activities in project pilot sites:
Required Skills and Experience
Turkmenistan nationals: Field Assistant
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan 🇹🇲