Network Assistant (Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network (AWARENET))

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA)

Beirut, Lebanon 🇱🇧

Result of Service

• AWARENET membership and social media platforms updated in response to requests from network members;
• Operational dedicated Electronic Forum to support the training delivery;
• Effective support provided for the preparation and delivery of groundwater training and case study;
• Contribution to end-of-cycle reporting;
• Timely support to the RICCAR Regional Knowledge Hub;
• Ad hoc support.

Work Location

UN-House

Expected duration

26 July 2021 to 14 December 2021 (four months and 15 days)

Duties and Responsibilities

I. BACKGROUND
The Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network (AWARENET) is a regional network of training and research institutes, NGOs, government officials and experts in the field of water engaged in the development and delivery of capacity building programs and resource material on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) policies and practices for the Arab region. The AWARENET secretariat has been hosted at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) since the network’s inception in 2002.
Within the framework of implementing the workplan for the year 2021, AWARENET is implementing a training webinar series on GIS Applications to assess impacts of climate change on Groundwater and adaptation measures in the Arab region. The training builds on climate projection outcomes and geospatial data and information layers generated under RICCAR1. The training builds on last year’s capacity development activity implemented through AWARENET on Groundwater Management for IWRM. The training aims to explore methodologies and tools available for the assessment of groundwater flow changes under various projected climate change scenarios.
Building upon capacities developed throughout the training, a case study will also be implemented on a groundwater basin in the Arab to provide hands-on training on the application of concepts acquired.
AWARENET secretariat is also strengthening communication channels within the network to support more efficient exchange among network members on regional water issues and the effective delivery of capacity development and training.
II. GENERAL OBJECTIVE
The Network Assistant would support the AWARENET secretariat to consolidate and update membership and the network communication platforms and support the smooth delivery of planned activities.
III. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the overall supervision of the Cluster Leader on Climate Change and Natural Resource Sustainability, and the Project Canvas Coordinator on Integrated Water Resources Management for Improved Water Security, the Network Assistant would report directly to the AWARENET Coordinator and would be responsible for the following:
Training webinar series:
• Contribute to the successful delivery of the training webinar series including sending out invitations, supporting participants’ registration, provision of technical back-up during the online training sessions, and sharing the dedicated training platform link ahead of each session;
• Contribute to the finalization of training modules to ensure consistent visual identity in accordance with AWARENET templates;
• Keep track of participation and attendance and prepare certifications of attendance based on set eligibility criteria;
• Based on specific requests by the trainer, contribute to the compilation of data, graphics and existing case studies to illustrate concepts discussed during the training sessions;
• Support the application of hydro informatics solutions to the context of water resources management;
• Contribute to the extraction and preparation of RICCAR geospatial data layers from the data portal hosted on RICCAR website;
• Prepare a dedicated electronic forum to be hosted on AWARENET website to disseminate relevant supporting material and knowledge products and to facilitate exchange between participants and trainers and among participants,
• Prepare and implement a course evaluation survey, summarize information collected in evaluation questionnaires and present in a clear format to easily convey information and key messages;
• In coordination with the Network Coordinator, contribute to the preparation of the 2021 AWARENET end-of-cycle reporting based on MEL templates shared by Cap-Net.
Case Study on Assessment of climate Change on Groundwater Resources:
• Assist in preparing selection criteria for the identification of a suitable pilot area for the application of groundwater modelling, communicating selection criteria to training participants and contributing to the evaluation of received proposals;
• Keep track of progress in case study development through regular communication and follow-up;
• Address specific requests raised in the context of the case study development;
• Compile comments received from the activity consultant and other reviewers and integrate in the final draft case study;
• Respond to specific requests as they arise.
General support to the Network Administration:
• Provide administrative support, including updating network members database, admission of new members, accepting verified names to AWARENET Linked-In account, and other ad hoc tasks;
• In coordination with the Network Coordinator, manage communication with AWARENET members including regular dissemination of announcements on upcoming vacancies and opportunities, compilation of feedback, requests and inquiries for follow-up, etc.;
• Support the update of AWARENET website with most recent news and relevant activities;
• Participate in organization meetings at ESCWA to explore possible synergies between ongoing ESCWA projects and AWARENET activities;
• Contribute to other tasks as requested by the Network Coordinator, Project Canvas Coordinator or Cluster Leader.

Support to the RICCAR Regional Knowledge Hub:
• Provide support for the production of GIS maps from climate change projection data available on the RICCAR Regional Knowledge Hub;
• Support providing data to various regional and national partners in suitable format from the RICCAR Regional Knowledge Hub.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in the area of water resources management or engineering, environment, geology or a related field is required. Graduate degree in the area of water resources management is preferred.
Experience: A minimum of one-year experience working in a field related to water resources management is required. Experience and knowledge of hydrological modelling under climate change is preferred. Experience with Geographic information System (GIS) is desirable. Previous experience in the coordination of group activities and managing collaborative work is desirable. Experience working on the production of communication material for online platforms is an advantage.
Language: Fluency in oral and written English and Arabic is required. French is an advantage.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.


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