Ground Water Specialist

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Kabul, Afghanistan
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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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 Ground Water Department 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 ground water 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 and support in supervision of contractors.  Specifically, the incumbent will carry out the following responsibilities as ground water management specialist:
Technical Focus
The Consultant will work directly with the CTA/TLs and counterpart staff from Ground Water Department of the MEW. These services would include, but not limited to, development of ToRs, participation in the procurement process, delivering training workshops and advising specific ground water issues.
Tasks and responsibilities
Specifically, the incumbent will carry out the following responsibilities:

  • Implementation of ground water assessment works:
  • Evaluation of proposals and bids;
  • Supervision of geophysical survey, test drilling, borehole logging, well design, construction and development, pumping tests and well completion;
  • Data entry of well information and well hydrograph into GW webpage;
  • Evaluation of ground water resources and establishment of ground water monitoring network in Kabul, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad and Kandahar:
  • Preliminary before new well construction data;
  • Finalization after new well construction data;
  • Continue groundwater training;
  • Any other duties requested by the FAO Representative and the CTA/TL.

Candidates will be assessed against the following:
Minimum Requirements

  • Adanced university degree in applied geology with specialization in Hydrology or closely related field
  • At least 12 years of relevant practical experience in performing the tasks described above in semi-arid regions, 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 dam safety issues 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.