Water Management Specialist

Bachelor's Degree   Baghlan, Afghanistan Full Time 1174
Date Posted:Oct 9, 2018
Closing Date:Oct 22, 2018
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Agriculture
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Fixed-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:96,90,66



The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock is implementing “On Farm Water Management (OFWM)” Project, financed by the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), in five (5) regions, namely: Kabul, Nangarhar (Jalalabad), Balkh (Mazar-i-Sharif), Baghlan and Heart. The overall development objective (PDO) of the OFWM-Project is to improve agricultural productivity in the Project Areas by enhancing the efficiency of water used. A Kabul-based Project Management Unit (PMU) headed by the Project Manager, with the assistance of Core Team of Specialists, is responsible for execution of the project. Five Area Teams: one each in Kabul, Nangarhar (Jalalabad), Mazar-i-Sharif (Balkh), Bamyan and Heart, have been established for implementation of field activities. The project started its implementation from March, 2011 for a period of 3 years and is being monitored by Worlds Bank. The project closing date has recently been extended up to April 2016. The project has received additional fund from the World Bank (the Bank) and the period of the OFWMP has been extended to December 2019.

Job Summary:

Part A: On-Farm Water Management
1. Carrying out social mobilization for the establishment of Irrigation Associations (IAs) in the Project Areas, including, inter alia, the provision of: (a) training to communities in organization and management of IAs; (b) facilitation services for communities to develop the IAs’ internal legal rules and regulations (by-laws); (c) assistance to IAs in order for them to be registered under the Water Law (1388); and (d) technical training to IAs regarding water distribution, maintenance of irrigation infrastructure, irrigation methods, water-saving techniques, crop-water requirements, and good agronomic practices.
2. (a) Carrying out rehabilitation works to small irrigation schemes or tertiary canals (watercourses) covering approximately 40,000 hectares in total in the Project Areas, including, inter alia: (a) rehabilitation of existing intakes, (b) canal lining; (c) construction of control structures and outlets; (d) construction of, culverts, laundry basins and cattle troughs; and
(b) Improving design standards and strengthening the private sector’s capacity for contract management and construction techniques.
3. Establishing easily accessible pilot irrigation demonstration sites in the Project Areas to showcase improved water management practices/technology and agronomic water saving techniques/measures, as well as proper farm planning and layout for an efficient use of irrigation water.
Part B: Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building of MAIL
Developing the institutional capacity of MAIL to plan, design, implement and monitor irrigation programs, including, inter alia: (a) construction and/or renovation of office buildings, one each in Kabul, Jalalabad, Baghlan, Mazar-e-Sharif and Herat, respectively for MAIL and Project staff; (b) strengthening of MAIL’s Directorate of Irrigation at national, provincial and district levels; (c) strengthening the legal framework for the irrigation sector, (d) developing a national irrigation program, (e) undertaking of technical training in the irrigation sector including study tours transferring on-farm water management know-how; and (f) developing a database covering irrigation systems throughout the country.
Part C: Project Management, Coordination, Monitoring & Evaluation
Strengthening the institutional capacity of MAIL for Project implementation, policy development, and technical innovation, monitoring and evaluation, by establishing and maintaining a Project Implementation Unit comprised of a Kabul-based core team, five (5) Project Area Teams and internationally recruited experts.
Part D: Support for Productivity Enhancement
1. Establishing easily accessible pilot irrigation demonstration sites in the Project Area to showcase improved water management practices/technology and agronomic water saving techniques/measures, improved agronomic and social management practices, as well as proper farm planning and layout for an efficient use of irrigation water.
2. Promoting land leveling and high-efficiency irrigation technologies in the Project Area.
3. Establishing Information Centers for farmers at the provincial and district level in the Project Area.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Assume overall responsibility of the water management aspects of the region , and provide direction, supervision to the technical team;

Coordinate all implementation activities among the team members;

Strictly follow project implementation plan (PIP) and, based on PIP, assign duties and responsibilities to the technical team members in consultation with regional manager;

Participate in the selection and verification process of the project sites/Irrigation Schemes and Irrigation Demonstration Sites (IDS);

Assess the irrigation performance of the selected sites;

Assess the water distribution system;

Estimation of water use efficiency at selected irrigation schemes;

Identification of constraints, organizational as well as related to physical infrastructure;

Propose recommendations for improving water management practices;

Report the assessment and recommendations as part of the survey reports;

Prepare a plan of operations for water management improvements;

Water losses measurement for the selected irrigation schemes;

Discharge measurement using current meters or flow trackers and weirs;

To estimate crop water requirements;

Upon contract award, with the help of Field Engineer and Design/Irrigation engineers supervise the construction and quantity surveys for the ongoing civil works, ensuring quality of works and authenticity of progress payments to the contractors;

Regularly monitor the OFWMP agro met station performance and prepare monthly weather report of the province

Work closely with M&E to ensure data from field is captured and analyzed

Should be able to give trainings on over all On farm water management including crop water requirement, diagnostic analysis, discharge measurement, weather stations &HEIS;

Should have knowledge how to design high efficiency irrigation system i-e drip and sprinkler

Help regional designer on irrigation schemes design

Assume responsibility for finalizing and submitting timely based reports to the regional manager

Perform any other assigned duty by regional manager and Core team WMS

Job Requirement:

The candidate must have achieved bachelor degree in Water Management / Irrigation / Agricultural/Civil Engineering, while preference will be given to the candidates with M.Sc./M.Tech./ME degree in relevant field. He/she should have about Five years experience (including in planning, implementation and monitoring of irrigation schemes) with at least two years of relevant experience

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Baghlan
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