Hydro- Database Specialist, NPSA 11

  • Contract
  • Riyadh

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme


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The Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture (MEWA) has the mandate to supervise the water sector, and manage and protect the natural water resources of the Kingdom. To carry out this mandate, the ministry has completed many water resources studies, prepared then National Water Strategy (NWS) and related water regulations, and initiated a comprehensive Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) plan along with other initiatives that ensure sustainability of water resources and high quality of water supply. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has an agreement with MEWA to provide MEWA with technical assistance in its capacity development to carry out its mandate. 

The UNDP is looking for a qualified and competent international expert to work as a Water Information Management Specialist in the UNDP project team at MEWA. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work 

The Hydro-Database Specialist shall carry the overall responsibility of supporting MEWA to successfully complete specific water resources projects and capacity development in the field of hydro-database construction and maintenance.  

The key areas of work and responsibilities under this TOR include: 

  • Supervise the design, construction, and maintenance of a corporate hydro-database for MEWA. 
  • Develop standards for hydro-data input/output compatible with MEWA’s data collection and analysis requirements. 
  • Support hydro-database compatibility with the NWIMS and hydro-software.  
  • Participate in generation of QA/QC procedures for hydro-data collected by or for MEWA. 
  • Review of TOR’s of MEWA’s water studies for water data compatibility with the corporate hydro-database requirements. 
  • Generate regular reports on the water data updates and the database status.  
  • Participate in capacity development of MEWA staff to advanced levels of proficiency in hydro-database development and maintenance.  
  • Participate in MEWA’s and UNDP’s technical seminars, workshops and training programs. 
  • Prepare Terms Of References (TOR) for MEWA’s water resources-related projects.         

Institutional Arrangement:

  • When work circumstances necessitate the travel of an expert outside Riyadh city (Within the Kingdom), he/she shall be entitled for Travel Allowances equal to the period of his fieldwork based on UNDP rules and regulations.  
  • The Arabic Language Editor is required to follow high quality professional procedures in performing his work assignments.  
  • Although not expected to be frequent, should work assigned to the Editor requires his/her attendance to work in office during off-days or government holidays, he/she should attend without extra costs.  
Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact 
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems 
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands 
Act with Determination:  LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity





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Cross-Functional & Technical competencies 

Thematic Area Name Definition
Business management Digital Awareness and Literacy Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skilfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use them as needed
2030 Agenda : Planet Nature, Climate and Energy SIDS: Digital transformation
Business Development Human Centered Design Ability to develop solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in allsteps of theproblem-solving process.
2030 Agenda : Planet Nature, Climate and Energy Small Grants Programme: Community-based innovation for sustainable development solutions in the context of the environment
Business Direction & Strategy System Thinking Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system
2030 Agenda : Planet Gender Climate Change and Risk Management of Disasters with a Gender Perspective
2030 Agenda : Planet Nature, Climate and Energy Climate Change Adaptation: agriculture/food security


Required Skills and Experience
Min. Education requirements
  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Hydrogeology or Environmental Science, Geology, Engineering, Water Resources, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Soil Science, Environmental Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, Civil Engineering or related fields is required,
  • A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • PHD is an advantage
Min. years of relevant work experience 
  • Minimum of 7 years (with master’s degree) or 9 years (with bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in Hydrogeology.
Required  skills 
  • Solid experience in Hydrogeology.
  • Substantial experience in leading teams of national and international experts and working in a multi-cultural environment. 
  • Good advocacy and communications skills and demonstrated report writing skills.
  • Experience in the use of computers, office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and web-based management systems, and advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages.
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Experience in working, liaising, and collaborating with UN agencies, governments, NGOs, civil society organizations, and public international organizations.
  • Knowledge of capacity building theory and capacity building/assessment methodologies. 
  • Relevant experience in Viet Nam or South-East Asia countries is an advantage.
Required Language(s) 
  • Fluency in the UN language of the duty station is required (English)
  • Fluency in the national language of the duty station is required for local personnel (Arabic)
Professional Certificates NA



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