Ended Water Resources and Irrigation Officer

The Job

Division/Department: FAO-YE

Programme/Project Number:

Location: Sana, Yemen

Expected Start Date of Assignment: Nov 2018

Duration: 12 months with 3 months’ probation period (Possibility of extension)

Reports to:

Name: Salah El Hajj Hassan

Title: FAO Representative in Yemen

General Description of task(s) and objectives to be achieved

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative (FAOR) in Yemen, the technical supervision of the Chief technical advisor of the project in close consultation with the Assistant FAOR Programme, the officer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Evaluate, review and revise project documents related to water and environment, and analyse design specifications included in project proposals for accuracy, soundness, feasibility and cost;
  • In consultation with national authorities, UN agencies and NGOs active in project areas and targeted communities, identify priority needs in order to determine investment and subprojects;
  • Facilitate community-based water infrastructure improvement and rehabilitation;
  • In coordination with the FAO’s Operational Partner (OP), assist in identifying the areas where the works will take place;
  • Provide technical guidance to the FAO’s Operational Partner (OP) and assist in the implementation of their activities related to water management and rehabilitation/construction of water/irrigation infrastructure;
  • Assist the OP in the preparation of Cash-for-Works and community contracting plans, including calculations of the works required for each schemes, type of expertise, time and approx. costs;
  • Identify and prepare technical specifications for all water & Irrigation related equipment;
  • Design and conduct training on water use and agronomic practices to the community-based organizations and carry out the diffusion of small-scale irrigation techniques through local NGOs, VDCs and women’s organizations for the development of irrigation schemes;
  • Develop a systematic database to store and process information on water resources and water supply of the target villages and identify the gender sensitivity in the water user association structure and functioning;
  • Determine best practices and success stories based on beneficiaries’ feedback and own observations from the field;
  • Conduct field visits to project sites implemented by FAO and by the Operational Partner;
  • Recommend solutions to water, environmental and other natural resources problems as they arise;
  • Contribute in the preparation of progress and final reports, describing main activities undertaken, conclusions and recommendations and, discuss findings/recommendations with CTA;
  • Provide support to FAO Representation in Yemen in implementing water infrastructure activities, when requested;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Required Skill and Competencies

Candidates will be assessed against the following

  • Education – Advanced University degree in Agricultural Water Resources and Irrigation (or closely related field)
  • Twelve years of relevant experience agricultural water resources and irrigation management
  • Fluency in English and another UN language. Fluency in the national language of the duty station an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining partnerships with UN agencies, NGOs as well as donors and government institutions and agencies
  • Relevant experience in conflict affected countries is considered a strong asset
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to present complex topics to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences
  • Empower individuals and teams to act independently and creates awareness of substantive opportunities and risks and enables individual growth and responsibility
How to Apply

All applications should be sent to HR-Yemen@fao.org  The job title needs to be mentioned in the email subject.

-        Project-based post

-         1 year (extendable) including three-month probationary period

-        Motivation/cover letter

-        create a table as follows and put it as a covering page to the application



Relevant experience (in 10 bullet points max, 100 words max)


Motivation for the position (in 30 words max)


  • Only candidates that comply with the above will be taken into account.
  • Employer: FAO
  • Category: Administration
  • Location: Sana'a
  • Posted on: 1 November 2018
  • Deadline: 10 November 2018