Database Management Expert

Application Deadline :07-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
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 :ONE YEAR
Expected Duration of Assignment :TWO YEARS

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.


The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) has the mandate to manage and protect the water resources of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During last 10 years, MEWA has conducted a

number of detailed studies for surface and groundwater resources assessment which were used for long term, sound and sustainable management of water resources. All these data, plus all other data relevant for the water sector, shall be stored and managed centrally by MEWA. For this purpose, MEWA is

presently developing an Integrated Water Information and Management System (IWIMS).

This system has four major objectives:

  • To collect and store all water-related data from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;
  • To access real-time data on water resources, water abstraction, and meteorology;
  • To display these data in a control room for every-day control and for emergency cases;
  • And ultimately, to management the entire water resources of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a sustainable way.

For the set-up of the database system and the control room, an expert is needed with ample experience in both Geosciences and Database Systems. Hence MEWA has asked UNDP to help in the selection of this expert.

The first stage is a tendering process on the “Development of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the

Design of the National Water Database at the Deputy Ministry of Water, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, which will be tendered to national and international companies. The Deputy Ministry of Water, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia together with UNDP is looking for a consultant, who will prepare the Technical Scope of Work for this tender.

Duties and Responsibilities

For this UNDP program, the tasks and responsibilities of a Database Management Expert are:

  • Lead the “database group” of the MEWA;
  • Review the existing database concept, which constitutes the starting point for the project;
  • In cooperation with the directorates, identify additional modules that needs to be added;
  • For the input of data into the database, evaluate the presently used software for modelling and GIS for their ease of incorporation into the database;
  • For the input of data into the database, develop of a concept for the various data present in the MEWA;
  • Consider alternative software solutions (open-source for modelling, GIS, and others) that can easily be integrated into the database;
  • Conceptualize the data transfer from outside stakeholders into the database and the dashboard;
  • Based on the above items, develop detailed and technical TOR for the design and establishment of the database system;
  • Lead the technical evaluation of proposals submitted and Advice the project committee in the selection of the most suitable consultant;


  • Preliminary Assessment Report on the current needs and requirement functions of the database
  • Project charter, to be developed in close cooperation with UNDP experts and MEWA
  • Document “Scope of Work” for the elaboration of the Request for Proposal
  • The timeframe for the elaboration of the Request for Proposal
  • A cost estimate for the elaboration of the Request for Proposal



Core Competencies:

  • Strategic planning
  • Innovation
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Works effectively in Teams
  • Clear and concise communication
  • Ethics and Values

Functional Competencies:

Technical/ Functional:

  • Strong knowledge and expertise in electric power system aspects
  • Builds support and good judgment
  • Strong analytical capacities and ability to synthesize complex inputs into coherent documents
  • Change agent including the ability to convince, convey and advocate.


  • Focuses on impact and result for the client
  • Coordinates/collaborates with all key stakeholders and build strong networks/ partnerships
  • Effective team work and leadership with strong conflict resolution skills
  • Establishes priorities for self and other members of the team; schedules activities to ensure optimum use of time and resources
  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills


  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats people fairly without favoritism
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced University Degree in Computer Science, with sound IT Skills office automation; spatial data management, remote sensing, ground water hydrology and flow transport modelling with software engineering and programming; a relevant multi-disciplinary background is considered useful.


  • Minimum 15 years of relevant professional experience in the area of Water Database Management 
  • Familiar with United Nations /United Nations Development Programme Procedures
  • Strong communication and analytical skills; and statistical skills
  • Strong command of English language, both written and spoken
  • Previous work experience in the region is an asset
  • Experience in evaluating and conducting result based management
  • Strong teamwork skills and ability to work effectively independently as a consultant and gap         analyzer; Excellent leadership and influence skills
  • Demonstrated ability to proficiently and effectively guide and manage interdisciplinary teams comprised of staff with diverse backgrounds and varied skill sets


  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills in English; Arabic language skills will be an advantage.

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