Water Resource Management Consultant

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

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The consultant will support CRS Timor-Leste to lead the strategy development process related to water resource management for integration in new and existing projects. The consultancy will include both remote and in-country support for a total of four weeks (three in country) in May 2018.

Main Objectives and Key Deliverables:

  1. Review and provide additional analysis to the Desk Review
  2. In collaboration with an in-country focal point, lead the rapid needs assessment tool adaptation, data collection and analysis
  3. Lead strategy workshop with relevant CRS staff and partners
  4. Draft detailed strategy


Recent El Nino events have demonstrated the impact that changing weather conditions can have on the resiliency of rural small holder farming households in Timor-Leste.  The 2015-2016 El Nino led to drought negatively impacting 78% of Timorese households, with 40% experiencing greater than normal food shortages[i].  A WFP Resiliency Analysis of the next 30 years predicts ever more dry and warm conditions in Timor-Leste, indicating the need for shorter-season crops as well as those more resilient to dry weather[ii]. Farming households in the municipalities of Aileu and Liquica typically rely on only one source of income, commonly rainfed coffee, maize or cassava, which are all susceptible to drought. In addition to reliance on a single crop that is rainfed, households in these areas do not typically adopt water saving practices which would increase access to water during seasons when rivers are dry[iii].

CRS currently has several multi-year projects related to agriculture and is pursuing an additional three opportunities this fiscal year. Over the past months, CRS donors, government counterparts, beneficiaries, and partners have all stressed the dire need to address the issues around water resource management, water conservation, water harvesting, natural resource management as it links to water for agriculture/livelihoods, food security, and nutrition. The purpose of this strategy development process is to identify the specific approaches where CRS can have the greatest impact in terms of complementarity in current programming as well as for new designs. CRS anticipates using a watershed and governance lens through a multi-stakeholder approach.

Work to be accomplished in advance:

  • Review project briefs
  • CRS TL staff will draft a Desk Review including a literature review of existing Timor-specific studies, national policies and initiatives and a donor mapping of opportunities in Timor
  • The consultant will provide comments and recommendations on Desk Review
  • Develop a draft work-plan for the strategy development process for review and comment by CRS Timor

Work to be accomplished during the TDY:

  • Support the TL team to finalize the Desk Review which will be drafted by the CRS TL team
  • In collaboration with an in-country focal point and team, lead the rapid needs assessment tool adaptation, data collection and analysis
  • With CRS TL staff, meet with local government, stakeholders and donors
  • Facilitate a strategy workshop with relevant CRS staff and partners
  • Write the Timor Leste Water Resource Strategy. The strategy should include recommendations on key target populations, geographic areas, and a results framework that could be included in a new design or inserted to complement current programming

Key outcomes

  • Rapid Needs Assessment summaries
  • Finalized Desk Review
  • Water Resource Strategy (12 page maximum)

Tentative Schedule




  1. Review relevant project documents
  2. Comment on Desk Review


  1. Remotely support Rapid Needs Assessment

May 14-18

  1. Participate in final Needs Assessment data collection
  2. Facilitate Assessment analysis

May 21-25

  1. Facilitate Strategy workshop
  2. Draft Strategy

Point of Contact:

Lauren Pelascini, [email protected]

Dena Lewerke, [email protected]

[i] Rapid Drought Impact Assessment El Nino 2015/2016 by MAF, CRS, Mercy Corps, CVTL and FAO.

[ii] Timor-Leste Consolidated Livelihood Exercise for Analysing Resilience, World Food Programme, February 2016.

[iii] Timor-Leste Strategic Review: Progress and Success in Achieving SDG, CEPAD, May 2017.