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Sustainable Development and Integrated Water Management - Annual Project Evaluation
|Location :||Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA|
|Application Deadline :||15-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||2 months|
With a rapidly growing population of presently close to 32 million, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia faces a number of challenges including growing urbanization and environmental change. While urbanization poses great pressure on regional water and sewage infrastructure and bears pollution risks, environmental challenges include depletion of aquifers and increasing torrential flood risks. Earning relatively high annual revenues from natural resources, Saudi Arabia has invested heavily in development and upgrading infrastructure during the past few decades, including in water and sewage infrastructure, road networks, housing, hospitals, and schools.
Due to Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture’s (MEWA) recent initiatives, efficient water use and governance in the municipal and irrigation subsector, reuse of wastewater and exploitation of shallow aquifers caused significant reduction of groundwater abstractions.
Nevertheless, a set of bolstering measures towards sustainable water supply even in stress and emergency situations and minimizing the climatically induced environmental risks needs to be formulated. These actions or interventions simultaneously should target the supply side; curtail water demands in various productive sectors; and mitigate the environmental risks.
However, to make a transition from the current patterns of water administration to sound water management mode, two prerequisites are required. First, there is strong need to strengthen the technical and organizational capacities of the MEWA to deal with the triple challenge of water exploitation and distribution (operational side), research for additional resources and cutting-edge technologies to satisfy the increasing demand (research side), and rigid control and administration of all water-related aspects (control side). Second, a sound information base covering data on groundwater availability, quality, withdrawal, and usage is about to be put in place.
The transformation of this information into an all-encompassing water resources management requires sustained long-term efforts, especially since the MEWA has limited capacity and experience in this field. It needs to go a long way in terms of development and strengthening its technical capacities in order to be able to meet its mandates.
To this effect MEWA partnered with UNDP Country Office to address challenges being faced in capacity development and strengthening institutional role of the Ministry. The project has been designed to initiate a systematic process of capacity development to help in sustainable development of water resources and management of water-related affairs in the Kingdom to ensure permanent and sufficient supply.
Annual evaluations are set within this project document to ensure targets are met and course of action corrected when needed during the lifetime of the project. This 2019 annual evaluation, the first since the start of the project, is meant to gauge the progress of all outcomes, in terms of delivery and also in how far the indicators are being met and to recommend the changes needed.
This intervention requires working with all heads of departments involved with the various outcomes as well as all consultants on the project and other relevant project and ministry staff.
The evaluation will take place in Riyadh, within the offices of MEWA but may require meetings with various national stakeholders .
Basic Project information can also be included in table format as follows:
Duties and Responsibilities
The final methodological approach including interview schedule, field visits and data to be used in the evaluation should be clearly outlined in the inception report and be fully discussed and agreed between UNDP, stakeholders and the evaluators.
Evaluation products (deliverables):
A length of 40 to 60 pages including executive summary is suggested.
Managing for Results:
Partnering & Networking:
Innovation & Judgment:
Required Skills and Experience
Language skills required:
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.