Hydrology and Water Management Specialist

Kabul, Afghanistan 🇦🇫

Organizational Setting
The FAO in Afghanistan assists the Government to develop policies, programmes and projects to address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition; to help the Government develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to use the environmental and natural resources in a suitable way. It participates in the development of FAO’s field projects in the country and implements it, including the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the damaged relevant sectors.
FAO works with three counterpart ministries – the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, the Ministry of Energy and Water and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development. The FAO Representation is based in Kabul with regional offices in Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Mazar-e-Sharif, Kunduz and Provincial offices in Badakhshan, Bamyan, Kapisa and Parwan.
The post is located in the FAO project in Kabul – Afghanistan and will have frequent travel to all regional / provincial offices;
Project Background:
The Irrigation Restoration and Development Project – Additional Financing (IRDP-AF) is targeted at the development and management of water sector in the country through a funding from World Bank. The main project components include development and restoration of irrigation systems, river bank protection works, dam safety and minor dam repairs, hydromet services, ground water development and river basin studies, as well as institutional capacity development.
Reporting Lines
Under the general supervision of FAO Representative (FAOR) in Afghanistan, the technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) and the direct supervision of the CTA/TL, and in close consultation and cooperation with the Water Management Department (WMD) of Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) of Afghanistan, other concerned government agencies and project staff, the incumbent will provide technical services to the implementation of hydro-meteorological activities defined in the FAO technical assistance contract (UTF/AFG/070/AFG) under the World Bank funded IRDP in Afghanistan as Component C-1. The main responsibility of the Specialist will be to develop the capacity of the MEW staff to collect and process hydrological data, inclusive of hydrological modeling, thus developing capacity for flood and drought forecasting.  Specifically, the incumbent will carry out the following responsibilities as hydrologist and as water resource management specialist:
Technical Focus
The Consultant will work directly with the CTA/TLs and counterparts from the Water Resources Department of the MEW. These services would include, but not limited to, various ToRs, participation in the procurement process, delivering training workshops and advising specific hydromet and hydrology issues.  
Tasks and responsibilities

  • Ensure previous and existing hydrological, meteorological and snow stations rehabilitated under EIRP have been functioning properly with good quality data. Recommend any replacement or relocation to more suitable site of stations if the existing locations are unsuitable.
  • Prepare technical specifications for all software, equipment and materials required to further strengthen the hydro-meteorological observation; particularly the recommendation, preparation of technical specification and other procurement documents for replacement of snow pillows with more appropriate sensors.
  • Advise on preparation and implementation of the overall training program for the hydro-metrological network operation in Afghanistan pertaining Twinning Arrangement with international hydro-meteorological institutes, in consultation with MEW, World Bank and the project team;
  • Organize training workshops and courses on data collection, analysis, operation and maintenance of hydro-meteorological stations with relevant manuals, inclusive of hydrological modelling; particularly workshop/training for field hydrologists with the objective of improving manual data collection system.
  • Supervise the modelling activity being undertaken by the trainees of HYMEP project and validate and calibrate rainfall-run off model of one basin in each major river basin using HEC-HMS.
  • Improve and update the Operations Manual Section 4: Establishment of Hydro meteorological Facilities and Services;
  • Prepare technical reports, monthly/fortnightly progress reports on hydrology service and other relevant reports as may be required and an end-of-assignment report; 
  • Technical assistance in operating the Data Processing Centre for compilation, processing of hydro met data, preparation of water year reports, meteorology data reports for the basins; prepare flow-duration and flood frequency analysis.
  • In order to prepare user oriented data needs, carry out flood frequency analysis and flow duration analysis of all stations using the flow based on revised rating curves completed under the current project.
  • Any other duties requested by the FAO Representative and the CTA/TL.

Candidates will be assessed against the following 
Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in applied Hydrology/Water Resources with a strong background in metro hydrological network installation, precipitation-runoff modelling and other hydrological analysis or closely related field
  • At least 12 years of relevant practical experience in performing the tasks described above in semi-arid regions, hydrological modelling, and establishment of flood forecasting systems on the-job-training (OJT), or closely related field.
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.
  • Previous working experience in the region and familiarity with the country situation will be highly desirable;

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions, is desirable
  • Work experience in hydrological modelling and flood forecasting systems is highly desirable
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of FAO projects;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in preparation of projects and programmatic approaches (particularly construction, irrigation and dam safety projects) and in results-based monitoring and supervision of multidisciplinary projects
  • Extensive field experience in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated capacity to write technical reports in English
  • Relevance of experience in Asia and the Pacific region is desirable, particularly in Afghanistan
  • Familiarity with the UN Communications rules and procedures, experience in developing communications strategies for the UN is necessary.