Water Engineer Specialist
The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.
The FAO Representation in South Sudan is organized around three main units: Programme, Operations and Administration. The current portfolio of projects in South Sudan includes activities related to Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Natural Resource Management, and is implemented with humanitarian, transitional and development funding.
The water engineer expert will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Country Representative in South Sudan, the direct supervision of the FAO Deputy Representative and the daily supervision and technical guidance of the FAO Natural Resource Management Officer. She/he will provide technical support to the water component of the FAOSS resilience program in close coordination with the FAOSS Project managers and other relevant Technical officers.
Tasks and responsibilities
- Lead the planning and implementation of all water related activities, aiming to the achievements of the following projects results:
- Improve natural resource management in the borderlands
- Strengthen community and intercommunal resource sharing and management practices
- Promote integrated land and water resource use;
- Improve management and equitable access to water sources for livelihoods within target communities ;
- Undertake feasibility study including selection of sites, topographic mapping, and preparation of final water supply schemes, service providers contracts, bill of quantities and tender documentation for the establishment/rehabilitation of water infrastructures;
- Implement training sessions aiming to build capacity of FAO and NGOs partners field staff on sustainable and integrated watershed management systems;
- Elaborate training curricula for Water Management Committees capacity building and follow up.
- In collaboration with the technical team and project managers, prepare a detailed work plan, organize field visits, and identify intervention areas;
- Ensure involvement of community members and local key stockholders in the potential site selection and overall planning process;
- Participate in forums/Wash clusters for the exchange of information of relevance to the project;
- Review FAOSS water supply schemes related to technical documentation and previous project interventions and assessment reports;
- Interpretation of accessible satellite imageries (remote sensing / Landsat, Aster and Sentinel) and existing Land cover map aiming to the identification of areas suitable for implementation of integrated watershed management systems and construction of water supply infrastructures;
- Collect and review available data, and fill gaps of Geological and hydro-geological survey from relevant Ministries and WASH clusters to identify potential aquifers for the establishment of water infrastructures in the project implementing areas;
- Ensure sustainable, climate change, resilience and do not harm approaches are applied coupled with a deep analysis of the land tenure system in each intervention area;
- Prepare a report which incorporates the engineering design, hydrological, livelihood and land tenure assessments indicating the sites for the proposed water supply/harvesting infrastructures, their catchment areas, basic methods of water collection, conveyance and storage system specifying the numbers of population and animals that can be served by each, schedules of construction and site locations;
- For the above, ensure that environmental and social impacts of all stakeholders are considered and that mitigation measures are taken where needed. Ensure that all necessary data is available to be used by the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) consultant;
- In collaboration with procurement unit, prepare service providers contracts, bidding documents for the water infrastructures tenders based on the engineering designs produced, provide technical support during bid evaluation;
- Elaborate guidelines for sustainable management of the water supply infrastructures at a community level including revolving funds/cost sharing systems;
- Organize training/workshops in each intervention area targeting FAO, NGOs partners and relevant local authorities staff on sustainable and integrated watershed management systems;
- Elaborate training modules for Water Management Committees capacity building to be adopted by FAO and NGOs partners field staff;
- Perform other related duties as required.
The consultant will produce a report that includes all of the above items
Candidates will be assessed against the following
- Advanced university degree in Geological Science, preferably with majoring in hydrogeology
- At least Ten years working experience in the field of water supply of which at least five in post conflict situations or countries in transition, preferably in Eastern African countries
- Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish
FAO Core Competencies
- Results Focus
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
- Experience with emergencies and development initiatives in the Horn of Africa.
- Proven experience in design of watershed management systems and water supply infrastructures;
- Proven experience in remote sensing interpretation for geological/hydrogeological uses (Landsat, Aster and Sentinel images) coupled with GIS technique and field data collection/surveys;
- Extent and relevance of experience in capacity development in the context of climate smart agriculture, resilience development and sustainable agriculture
- Demonstrated experience in the implementation of activities in collaboration with public and private sectors.
- Experience in providing technical assistance to development strategies, policy and national governments and regional bodies.
- Experience in project formulation, operation, implementation, budget execution and monitoring.
- Demonstrated experience in dealing with senior government officials, development partners and other country stakeholders.
- Experience in community based development and participatory approaches and in particular with grassroots associations and farmers groups.
Additional Selection Criteria
Working knowledge of a second FAO language would be considered an asset