|Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA|
|Application Deadline :||30-Jun-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||15d 12h 9m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One year with possibility of extension|
During the last years, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) initiated an ambitious program for the investigations of its major surface and groundwater resources, for the monitoring of these resources, for the study of hydrological resources (research side), and for the management of the resources (management side). While most of these tasks have been completed or are about to come to an end, the implementation of most of the necessary measures is in its very early stages and hampered by the increasing workload in the ministry. The still rapidly increasing population mainly counteracts the successes the Saudi government and MEWA have achieved in sustainable resources water management through its reforms. In addition, newer and more precise predictions of the effects of climate change indicate that Saudi Arabia will be affected more than had been assumed only a decade ago.
To make a transition from the current patterns of water administration to sound water management mode, two things must happen. First, there is strong need to strengthen the technical and organizational capacities of the MEWA to deal with the triple challenge of water exploitation and distribution (operational side), research for additional resources and cutting-edge technologies to satisfy the increasing demand (research side), and rigid control and administration of all water-related aspects (control side). Second, a sound information base covering data on groundwater availability, quality, withdrawal, and usage is about to be put in place.
The transformation of this information into an all-encompassing water resources management requires sustained long-term efforts, especially since the MEWA has limited capacity and experience in this field. An UNDP program has been designed to initiate a systematic process of capacity development to help in sustainable development of water resources and management of water-related affairs the Kingdom to ensure permanent and sufficient supply. The program has five pillars: Groundwater Resources Management; Secondary Water Resources; Water Supply Management; Public Relations; and Capacity Building, each represented by a working group.
Duties and Responsibilities
Water Supply in the Kingdom is presently based dominantly of fossil groundwater and desalination; wastewater and surface water harvesting presently play a minor role, but are strongly promoted. Management of the Water Supply Chain in the Kingdom requires the following tasks of prime importance: 1) Expansion of the water supply network towards 100% coverage through vectorized designs; 2) Integration of surface water and wastewater into the supply chain; and 3) a profound analysis of all the risks that may affect the individual components of the water supply chain and a mitigation plan.
Hence, the MEWA has asked UNDP for assistance in selection of a qualified and competent international expert as a Water Supply Specialist. The tasks described here belong to the pillar Water Supply Management of the UNDP Project. The Expert’s activities will be coordinated by the Director General of the Water Planning Directorate.
All experts are obliged to
Corporate behavioral Competencies:
Displays a high level of respect, diplomacy, and tact when dealing with government officials, donors, and other stakeholders.
Required Skills and Experience
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