Knowledge and Innovation Support for ADB's Water Financing Program (Capacity Development Specialist)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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Objective and Purpose of the Assignment

The objective of the assignment is to support the preparation for and execution of the 2018 Asia-
Netherlands Water Learning Week. 

The Asia-Netherlands Water Learning Week is an annual event held in the Netherlands which began in 2012. 
it is designed to stimulate dialogues and knowledge sharing on a specific theme each year between 
experts, policy makers, and practitioners from the Asia Pacific region and the Netherlands. It provides 
a venue for an intensive week-long program focusing on how to leverage results from collaborative 
approaches in water investment for countries, cities, river basins, and deltas. It is targeted at 
project teams from ADB's developing member countries (DMCs) that seek to build new ways of cooperation 
into new or ongoing water projects. Selection of project teams is based on alignment with the theme for 
each year. 

In 2018, the week will focus on the theme of "Integrated Flood Risk Management." It aims to facilitate 
knowledge exchange on best practices for defining flood management policies, managing flood and disaster 
risks, and improving resilience to water-related (climate) impacts. The event is planned for 24-29 June 

Scope of Work

The Capacity Development Specialist will provide expert support to ADB in conceptualizing, planning, 
executing and evaluating the event.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output

The Capacity Development Specialist will carry out the following detailed tasks:

a. In consultation with ADB, prepare a concept note to inform the selection of participants and the preparation of the detailed program.

b. Prepare a detailed program for the week-long event in consultation with relevant government agencies of the Netherlands and key water sector players/stakeholders.

c. Identify and liaise with speakers and presenters. d. Undertake the necessary coordination and arrangements with host organizations for the field visits.

e. Provide support on logistics coordination, including visa queries, arrangements for the welcome activity, field visits and presentations throughout the week, and wrap-up events, reservation for and booking of accommodation for all participants.

f. Prepare a short evaluation report on the event which should include a summary of the participants’ feedback and recommendations on how future learning weeks could be further improved.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

The Capacity Development Specialist should have a background in environmental management, engineering or other relevant water management related topics. Demonstrable experience for 15 years in water management or flood risk projects in the Netherlands and capacity building activities in ADB DMCs are required.

S/he will be reporting directly to the Senior Water Resources Specialist in the Water Sector Group Secretariat, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department.

Minimum General Experience: 15 years

Minimum Specific Experience (relevant to assignment): 15 years

Regional/Country Experience: Required