International Watershed Management Specialist

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Phnom-Pehn, Cambodia
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)

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Organizational Setting
FAO Representation in Cambodia is implementing the Global Environment Fund Project “Strengthening the adaptive capacity and resilience of rural communities using micro-watershed approaches to climate change and variability to attain sustainable food security in Cambodia” or “Life and Nature”. The objective is to build adaptive capacity of rural communities and reduce their vulnerability to Climate Change through micro watershed management and climate resilient agriculture practices to ensure food security. Climate Change Adaptation will be integrated into agricultural and food security policies and planning; participatory watershed management to reduce climate impacts on natural resources and agriculture; and demonstrating and promoting  climate resilient agricultural practices through farmer field schools. The representation is looking for an International Watershed Management Specialist.   
Reporting Lines
FAO Representative in Cambodia
Technical Focus

  • Support the stock taking exercise on policies, strategies, legal frameworks and institutional capacity related to relating to climate change adaptation and recommended action for the project implementation;
  • Support and guide the design of the watershed management plan implementation and using the landscape approach to act as an integrating platform for creation of synergies between the Project’s Climate Smart Agriculture and Gender and Livelihoods components; and,
  • Designing and guide the implementation of bio-physical monitoring framework. 

Tasks and responsibilities

Climate change adaptation

  • Take stock of policies, strategies and legal frameworks relating to climate change risks and adaptive capacities of vulnerable communities;
  • Review ongoing work on national climate change adaptation capacity building in the project and document links with national policies, laws, frameworks and plans;
  • Review and improve the project’s theory of change on climate change adaptation for agriculture and ecosystem improvement;
  • Assist in the revision and adjustment of the Project Component 1 (goals, activities, work-plans and indicators) to define more achievable and relevant outcomes in response to the mid-term review process; and,
  • Undertake analysis of climate change scenarios, different adaptation options, as required, using technical support available at the regional and global level. 

Institutional capacity review

  • Identify capacity gaps among both national and sub-national decision-makers/stakeholders in implementing CCA options relevant to both agriculture and eco-system improvement;
  • Review FAO learning materials necessary to improve the capacity gaps among stakeholders for better decision on CCA options; and,  
  • Identify project institutional linkage up-scaling options, spatial scaling-up options and temporal scaling-forward options for the project climate change adaption and landscape based watershed management approach as based on the above institutional reviews and project lessons learnt.

Workshop and engagement

  • Facilitate active stakeholder engagement and dialogue on climate change adaptation with national and provincial government, IO’s, CSO’s, private sector and community;
  • Support development of awareness materials and aids related to climate change adaptation;
  • Lead implementation of institutional up-scaling and linkage workshops at national and provincial levels;
  • Assist in liaison with the FAOHQ’s Forest and Water Programme to develop an ongoing programme of technical support for the Life and Nature Project; and support for active stakeholder engagement, dialogue and awareness on the forest and water linkage (pre-workshop preparation and stakeholder surveys);
  • Assist in design and implementation of a series of awareness raising and capacity building workshops with national and provincial stakeholders, as supported by FAO Forest and Water Program; and,
  • Support for capacity building on the management and monitoring of catchment function and landscape-scale water supply, as supported by FAO Forest and Water Program, lead-up to provincial training of trainers workshops.

Watershed management strengthening

  • Provide guideline for integration of micro-watershed management into the sub-national development planning and support and supervise the implementation of this guideline within project operations;
  • Review and improve implementation guideline for bio-physical assessment for the target micro-watershed, and support and supervise the implementation of this guideline within project operations;
  • Support and guide the project’s staff and government partners in the design of the watershed management plan implementation using the landscape approach to act as an integrating platform for creation of synergies between the Project’s Climate Smart Agriculture and Gender and Livelihoods components;
  • Review, harmonize and integrate the bio-physical monitoring framework of the watershed management component with the project monitoring and evaluation framework of Component 5;
  • Support and guide the project’s staff, government partners, and watershed management committee in monitoring the impact of watershed management plan implementation(monitoring system design and set-up steps); and,
  • Support and guide the project’s staff, government partners, and watershed management committee in design of the watershed management plan implementation using the landscape approach to act as an integrating platform for creation of synergies between the Project’s Climate Smart Agriculture and Gender and Livelihoods components.

Candidates will be assessed against the following

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in environmental law, or watershed management, or hydrology or irrigation engineering or civil engineering or a related subject;
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in policy related area at international level of which substantial portion is on climate change issues in developing and least developed countries with depth of knowledge of policy environment related to Cambodia and ASEAN region;
  • 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 
  • Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency 

 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.