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Dam Design Specialist

kabul

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations

depending on the evolving needs of the Organization 

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Organizational Setting
 
The FAO in Afghanistan assists the Government to develop policies, programmes and projects to address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition; to help the Government develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to use the environmental and natural resources in a suitable way. It participates in the development of FAO’s field projects in the country and implements it, including the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the damaged relevant sectors.
 
FAO works with three counterpart ministries – the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, the Ministry of Energy and Water and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development. The FAO Representation is based in Kabul with regional offices in Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Mazar-e-Sharif, Kunduz and Provincial offices in Badakhshan, Bamyan, Kapisa and Parwan.
 
The post is located in the FAO project in Kabul Afghanistan and will have some travel in and outside Kabul as required subject to security permitting.
 
Project Background\:
 
The Irrigation Restoration and Development Project – Additional Financing (IRDP-AF) is targeted at the development and management of water sector in the country through a funding from World Bank. The main project components include development and restoration of irrigation systems, river bank protection works, dam safety and minor dam repairs, hydromet services, ground water development and river basin studies, as well as institutional capacity development.
 
Reporting Lines\:
 
Under the general supervision of FAO Representative (FAOR) in Afghanistan, the technical supervision of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO), the direct supervision of the CTA/TL, and in close consultation and cooperation with the Dam Unit of Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) of Afghanistan, other concerned government agencies and project staff, the incumbent will provide technical services to the project\: FAO technical assistance (UTF/AFG/070/AFG) under the Work Bank funded IRDP in Afghanistan under Component B (Support for Dam Development, Operation and Maintenance). 
 
The Dam Design Specialist shall provide guidance on the requirements for the design of dam instrumentation for new dams and modification or upgrading of existing dams in Afghanistan that will meet minimal requirements. It is anticipated that the work will include two case studies of instrumentation for existing dams, supervision of design of dam seepage repair (done by the Dam Unit in MEW), as well as half-day training workshop.
 
Technical Focus\:
 
The Consultant will work directly with the CTA/TLs and Activity Leader, component-B. These services would include, but not limited to, review development and design of Dam, Construction supervision, delivering training, workshops and advising specific dam construction and safety issues. The consultant will also draft Dam Safety Guidelines compiled from contributions from the Activity Specialists, preparing various workshop materials, conducting presentations to line ministries, donor and other stakeholders as required, preparing of dam safety inspection reports.  Further to this, the consultant will also prepare the end of assignment report containing findings, conclusions and recommendations for the future.
 
Tasks and responsibilities
  • Identify the range / type of different dam designs likely to be adopted in Afghanistan;
  • Identify and list all relevant International best practice and possible guidelines which could be referenced to or adopted when designing a dam instrumentation in Afghanistan;
  • Review the ongoing design of the dam maintenance in the project;
  • Identify the qualifications and experience required to be accepted as a dam designer or reviewer of a dam design for Afghanistan;
  • Develop two case studies, which will be agreed with the CTA/TL;
  • Participate and contribute in training workshops when in-country. Deliver a half-day training workshop for MEW technical specialists;

 
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
 
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree in civil engineering, agriculture engineering, water resources engineering or closely related field with the experience in dam design and construction. ,
  • At least 12 years of relevant practical experience in performing the tasks described above in semi-arid regions and water resources construction works, on the-job-training (OJT) and monitoring and evaluation of the construction works.
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.

 
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
 
Technical/Functional Skills
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions, is desirable
  • Work experience in dam safety issues is desirable
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of FAO projects;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in preparation of projects and programmatic approaches (particularly construction, irrigation and dam safety projects) and in results-based monitoring and supervision of multidisciplinary projects
  • Extensive field experience in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated capacity to write technical reports in English
  • Relevance of experience in Asia and the Pacific region is desirable, particularly in Afghanistan
  • Familiarity with the UN Communications rules and procedures, experience in developing communications strategies for the UN is necessary.
 
Selection Criteria
  • Previous working experience in the region and familiarity with the country situation will be highly desirable;
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 Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO,

Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing).
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognised in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • Candidates with acceptable language certificate/s should upload them when submitting their application. For details, visit http\://www.fao.org/3/I8446EN/i8446en.pdf
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website\: http\://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  • For further information on categories, contract duration and honoraria, please refer to the Conditions page.
 
HOW TO APPLY
 
To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
 
Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23\:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
 
If you need help, or have queries, please contact\: iRecruitment@fao.org
 

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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: kabul
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
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  • Closing Date: 2018-07-28

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