event 12 апр. 2022

Job Posting // Technical Adviser (Irrigation System Development)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is searching for a technical advisor (irrigation system development) at the FAO Office in Saudi Arabia. Arabic Required. Apply by 20 April 2022.

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Organizational Setting

The Programme Management Unit (PMU) of the FAO-Saudi Technical Cooperation Programme (2019-2025) facilitates, coordinates and manages all technical and advisory services to be provided by FAO to the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MoEWA) and its sister agencies. Within the framework of the Unilateral Trust Funds (UTF) Technical Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covering the period 2019-2025 signed on 13 February 2019 between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia represented by the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, and FAO, the UTF project ‘UTF/SAU/054/SAU: Enhancing National capacities for Irrigation Management’ have been approved by the FAO and Saudi Irrigation Organization (SIO). The Project, developed jointly by SIO and FAO focuses directly on supporting implementation of the Saudi Irrigation Organization Corporate Strategy, which was developed within the context of the Saudi Vision 2030 and aims at strengthening the capacity of SIO to improve irrigation efficiency. The Project is expected to achieve the Outcome ‘Up-to-date irrigation information and knowledge products developed to enhance irrigation management’, and in turn contributing towards achieving the national development goal of improving irrigation efficiency and ensuring sustainable use of water resources in the Kingdom.
The Technical Adviser (Irrigation System Development) will have a national counterpart (National Professional Officer/Irrigation Management) and will be supported by a team of international and national consultants and experts who are technical specialists in the subject matters of the various outputs and activities.

The position will be located in the Saudi Irrigation Organization in Al-Hofuf, Eastern Region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Reporting Lines

The Technical Adviser (Irrigation System Development) reports to the Programme Coordinator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the overall guidance of the Assistant Director-General/Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa.

Technical Focus

Capacity development and knowledge management for irrigation system development.

Key Results

Comprehensive technical and policy expertise to support technical cooperation-related programmes, projects, products and services in accordance with the FAO Strategic Framework.

Key Functions

  • Leads the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned technical cooperation-related programmes/projects; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, liaises with relevant parties; identifies follow-up actions.
  • Coordinates technical cooperation activities and programme-related activities and reviews the assessments of issues and trends for their implementation and leads the preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies.
  • Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analyses, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
  • Contributes to consultative and other meetings, conferences, including proposals for agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations.
  • Participates in activities such as structuring of training workshops, seminars; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  • Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties.
  • Provides advice regarding the development of policies and strategies related to technical cooperation, as well as regional, subregional and national protocols and guidelines for projects with specific domains related to FAO’s work.

Specific Functions

  • Leads conducting baseline and diagnostic assessment of the current status of irrigation and drainage systems and weed invasion, performance, efficiency and impacts on different cropping systems and stakeholders and corresponding indicators adopting internationally recognized methods and standards.
  • Leads development of Saudi code structure and standards of irrigation practice and technologies management of irrigation systems and water use efficiency.
  • Leads enhancement of the capacity of institutions, national cadre, farmers and public and private sector actors for irrigation information gathering, analysis and reporting to assist efficient irrigation management.
  • Leads development of demand driven and responsive partnerships to benefit Saudi Arabia from proven innovation and good practices in the south and north for irrigation management development.
  • Leads development and establishment of national irrigation system and dissemination of information and knowledge products including evidence-based irrigation management development plan.
  • Leads development, implementation and monitoring of the Project overall and annual work and expenditure plans.
  • Leads preparation of project progress reports and the terminal report identifying lessons learned, issues that require timely resolution as well as corrective actions and presents recommendations for improving performance.
  • Prepares the final report of work and drafts project’s terminal report in accordance with the FAO standard format and in consultation with stakeholders.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in irrigation management, irrigation engineering, irrigation technologies, water management or related subjects.
  • Seven years of relevant experience in technical cooperation-related activities, policy analysis and advice relating to water resources/irrigation management, as well as monitoring and evaluation.
  • Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of Arabic.


  • Results Focus
  • Team Work
  • 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.
  • Relevance and extent of experience in technical cooperation related activities, policy advice and analysis relating to food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes.
  • Relevance and extent of experience in working with intergovernmental bodies and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to enhance, modernize and innovate business processes and support change management initiatives.
  • Extent and relevance of experience in risk management.
  • Extent and relevance of knowledge of United Nations rules and operational procedures and the UN reform process.
  • Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of Arabic.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency

General Information

  • FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment
  • Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required. Vaccination status will be verified as part of the medical clearance process

Conditions of Service

A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salary.htm

Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:

  • Dependency allowances
  • Rental subsidy
  • Education grant for children
  • Home leave travel
  • 30 working days of annual leave per year
  • Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
  • International health insurance; optional life insurance
  • Disability protection FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:
    • elements of family-friendly policies
    • flexible working arrangements
    • standards of conduct


  • To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications and language skills;
  • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile;
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply and submit your application;
  • Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/
  • Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications;
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered;
  • Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
  • Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
  • Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
  • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

Applicaiton Deadline: 20 April 2022.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org


  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

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