Water & Irrigation Advisor

Posted over 1 year ago by GIZ
Location Erbil Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector NGO

Job description

 The ‘Initiative for Rural Rehabilitation in Syria’ (ILRS) aims to strengthen the resilience of the civilian population in northeast Syria. The project supports and enables agricultural groups and cooperatives to increase food security, improve access to drinking water and strengthen socio-economic livelihoods in selected communities. Through community-based approaches and using different instruments (financing agreements, advice, training, OD processes, etc.), cooperatives and water user associations are supported in promoting sustainable local initiatives to enhance food security. The project is implemented from project offices in Gaziantep/Turkey and from Erbil/Iraq. 


Your tasks

The position holder is responsible for  Project development

  • Supports to identify target groups for the intervention and implementation locations, and to evaluate options for modes of delivery, by factoring in risks and proposed mitigation mechanisms.
  • Supports implementation partners to formulate, design, implement and manage water, wastewater and irrigation measures in alignment with the program’s operational strategy
  • Manages, coordinates and monitors water, wastewater and irrigation project measures along with continuous follow up on the implementation partners’ progress
  • Reviews and advises program documents and strategies on livelihood interventions
  • Drafts technical inputs to concept notes and proposals in line with program’s water, wastewater and irrigation approaches
  • Contributes to program management support processes – including partnership selection process, reporting and monitoring
  • Prepares work package requests for the program’s Third-Party Monitoring
  • Supports development of workplans and results frameworks
  • Contributes to the organization and documentation of capacity building measures for implementation partners
  • Organizes and facilitates partner meetings and other activities
  • Assists national and international consultants to carry out their assignments related to water, wastewater and irrigation measures and activities
  • Identifies needs of target groups and brings it to the attention of the component lead and/or the program manager/officer responsible for the commission
  • Liaises with other programs of the GIZ Syria portfolio on water, wastewater and irrigation related topics

Partnership building

  • Build and maintain alliances and strategic partnerships with key actors (UN agencies, INGOs, Syrian NGOs, clusters) to ensure smooth implementation
  • Participate in the WASH Cluster and relevant (sub)working groups
  • Program management tasks
  • Contributes to operational planning and cash flow management monitoring
  • Assists the component lead and/or program manager/officer responsible for the commission with organisational and management issues if requested

Knowledge management

  • Collects, processes and distributes relevant information, monitors communication and interaction between key stakeholders
  • Identifies and disseminates lessons learnt and good practices on water, wastewater and irrigation interventions in Northeast Syria
  • Drafts reports and presentations
  • Provides data and contributes to different knowledge and document management systems of the program

Other duties/additional tasks

  • The Advisor performs other duties and tasks at the request of the line management 
  • The brief profile is not intended to provide a full and complete description.
  • (Optional additional text: Where appropriate and reasonable, the position holder is willing to perform tasks outside the scope of the job description.)

Your profile

  • Completed higher university degree in engineering or equivalent several years of professional experiences with an NGO or international organization
  • Five years of professional experience in a comparable position with an international development agency or INGO
  • Good working knowledge of ITC technologies, related software and computer applications (e.g. MS Office, AutoCad, SewerCad, WaterCad, GIS)
  • Experience in the sectors of food security, water, sanitation and Irrigation.
  • In-depth knowledge with technical details and devices relevant to water, wastewater, and irrigation programming
  • Previous experience on medium to large scale irrigation projects and modern irrigation systems are a strong asset
  • Data presentation, visualization and narrative reporting skills are an asset
  • Familiarity with community-driven development, conflict sensitivity, resilience and do-no-harm is an asset.
  • Knowledge on mainstreaming gender into programming is desirable.
  • Knowledge on expenditure monitoring and project management is an asset
  • Solution-oriented, independent, structured, reliable, and thorough way of working, recognizable organizational skills, service-orientation and openness to new tasks, coupled with a high level of frustration tolerance
  • Respect for and contribution to a work environment free of harassment and discrimination
  • Pro-active and detail-oriented approach to completing tasks, strong ability of self-organization
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities and to make quick and practical decisions
  • High level of social competence as well as strong team skills to work in an intercultural team
  • Fluency in English and Arabic language is a must.


Important notes for your application

  • The reference number and position must be mentioned in the subject line of the email, Ref: (EBL-ILRS22-084) Water & Irrigation Advisor Subject line of the application should clearly indicate the vacancy applied for. 
  • The use of GIZ templates is mandatory, all applications that do not use the template will not be evaluated.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications passed the expiration date of the advertisement will not be considered.

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