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Hydraulic Engineer – Hydrology and Water Resources

Peshāwar (Pakistan)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Peshāwar (Pakistan)
  • Grade: NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement - All levels
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Environment
    • Water Resource Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-21

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Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

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Organizational Setting

This position is located in FAO Representation to Pakistan, based in Peshawar. The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural , fisheries and forestry sectors and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the International Project Coordinator Peshawar, the direct supervision of Project Coordinator of KPMD Support Program, in close coordination with the project team at FAO Peshawar and the Representation Office in Islamabad, the Hydraulic Engineer – Hydrology and Water Resources will be responsible for performing the following duties

Technical Focus

Ensure timely delivery of all activities related with epidemiology according to the Project work plan

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Be fully familiar with the requirements of DFID in applying the project compliances and safeguards including the Risks and mitigations, Conflict Sensitivity Analysis, Conflict Assessment Findings and Mapping, Beneficiary Feedback and Complaint Registration, Safeguarding and Grievance Redress Mechanism, Gender inclusion and mainstreaming, Do No Harm Principles; Targeting Strategy with inclusion/exclusion forms to help identify and reach to the most marginalized communities/groups;
  • Coordination with Government and International relief organizations for wider and effective benefits of target communities from selection to implementation of projects;
  • Provide technical support for irrigation and hydraulic designs for productive rural infrastructure as per plans and scope of FAO program in KP;
  • Prepare complete package of tender documents for procurement, including review, validation or preparation of technical designs, specifications, BOQs and engineering drawings of all related civil works (designed internally or by partners like government departments or universities);
  • Provide technical support to field engineers in using technical specifications, engineering drawings;
  • Support the project teams in field consultations and site screening based on an eligibility criteria for planning water schemes and hydraulic infrastructure, provide guidance in technical surveys, hydrological data collection, field testing, prepare designs and work plans and other requirements for the rehabilitation or new constructions,
  • Prepare hydraulic designs, BoQs, tender documents, impart required training to field engineers and water users in various aspects of planning and implementing water infrastructure (like diversion head works, spillways, culverts, cross-drainage works, water dividers, off-takes, hydraulic gates, etc),
  • Responsible for promoting and increasing the use of water resources information and databases in the target areas. Carryout client visits, address their water resources information needs, support and assist clients on use of the water resources data. Monitor, evaluate and obtain regular feedback on usage of water information products.
  • Develop data collection tools ensuring all parameters are captured for the analysis on water resources information as input into technical studies, design, policy support documents, best practice guides and various project schemes and proposals,
  • Maintain and update the water sources database in close collaboration with the WASH cluster. This will entail\: regular visits to partners for data/information collection and sharing; input and quality control of water sources data; data analysis and generation of various products to meet user’s needs for information,
  • Contribute to further development of flood risk and response management information, monitor and use updates of rainfall data and support creation of inter-agency flood and drought working group through provision of relevant information.
  • Advise in absence of Hydrological data on the use of alternative methods and records, discussions with the local community about the condition of the rivers and maximum observed water levels, number of spates (floods) per year, duration of each spate as they could remember to develop a Hydrological Report containing the Catchment Area, Rainfall Data, Location of Rain Gauges in the Catchment Area and Maximum Floods for the 5, 10, 25 and 50 years flood frequencies, stage discharge curves at the weir axis and its downstream for the design of river works. Likewise for the canals, advise on the estimation of the discharge capacity, velocity, scour parameters and crop water requirements for the command areas in consultation with the irrigation specialist.
  • Provide all the design requirements not specified in this TOR as per field conditions and assessment results. Guide on the preparation of plans and profiles for the rehabilitation designs including\: a. contour maps of the canal intakes at a suitable scale covering an upstream reach of the river at suitable intervals depending on the bed slope; b. benchmark locations, existing permanent and temporary earthworks or ridged works (dykes, embankments, spurs, river protections, etc) with top and bottom elevations, orientation and existing or proposed weir axis; c. longitudinal profiles at a suitable scale; d. X-Sections of streams at key locations, and; d. Index maps showing proposed hydraulic works with elevations, distances, name or reference of locations, details of benchmarks, names of exiting villages, direction to nearest city, location of command areas in addition to the main features of the area indicating existing community services such as mosques, health posts, schools, shops, etc. the scale shall be at 1\:10,000 or as appropriate.
  • Guide planning, implementation and measurement of land intervention (rehabilitation, reclamation and development) to ensure availability of appropriate water source, gravity flow for irrigation associated with land levelling, trenching and channelling for water flow and distribution;
  • Support the technical team in integrating community inputs to improve the social, environmental and economic impact of the productive infrastructure;
  • Provide advice for the tendering and procurement of the hydraulic works in the canals or rivers.
  • Review any documents available or prepared on the good operation practices that will guide the design interventions and implementation serving the project targets with the final objective of developing optimized designs and plans,
  • Prepare and impart training on selection, design and implementation of hydraulic works. Assist in organizing related seminars or workshops with practical training in the field,
  • Conduct ad-hoc meetings with contractors as required to discuss issues and problems affecting the progress to take corrective measures in consultation with Technical/ Project lead;
  • Review any required variation order and provide advice to the Management Team in accordance with the contract clauses;
  • Report to the management timely alerts on complaints, triggered risks and deviations for necessary remedial measures and timely action;
  • Perform other tasks as requested by the Supervisor.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree ( or equivalent) in one of the following fields\: Water Resources Engineering and Management, Integrated Water Resources Management, or Hydrology;
  • Minimum Work experience of 10 years in water resources and hydrological data analysis in Disaster hit areas;
  • National of Pakistan
  • Good working knowledge of English, Urdu and Pashto;
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Knowledge of United Nations and International Organizations’ administrative policies and procedures.
  • Good knowledge of common administrative and financial rules and regulations
  • Good knowledge of communication and documentation standards
  • Knowledge and understanding of sourcing within the procurement function.
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable.
  • Extent of relevance of experience in flood hydrology, integrated water resources management focusing on surface and groundwater hydrology including use of remote sensing data.
  • Experience working with or in international and donor organizations with implementation of participatory project.
  • Experience in integrated water resources management focusing on surface and groundwater hydrology
  • Experience in Engineering Codes and related Software’s (word, excel and AutoCAD);
  • Experience in project management, planning, implementation of programmes related to construction / infrastructure design and development;
  • Good knowledge in operative flood hydrology including use of remote sensing data;
  • Proposal writing skills are highly desirable;
Selection Criteria

Candidates will be assessed against the requirements listed above


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