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Watershed Management Specialist – FAO – Bangladesh


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6 Year
Male, Female, Both
Master Degree

Brief Details About Watershed Management Specialist – FAO – Bangladesh:

  • Job Posting: 22/May/2023
  • Closure Date: 06/Jun/2023, 2:29:00 AM
  • Organizational Unit: FABGD
  • Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
  • Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
  • Grade Level: N/A
  • Primary Location: Bangladesh-Coxs Bazaar
  • Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)

About FAO:

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security. Its Latin motto, fiat panis, translates to “let there be bread”. It was founded on 16 October 1945

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Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain strong relations with government partners from the Forest Department (FD), Department of Environment (DoE), Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) under the Ministry of Water (MoW), to develop FAO’s programs supporting Government strategies;
  • Delineate watersheds through participatory GIS approach focusing on enabling environment (policy, legal and regulatory frameworks, institutional dialogue and cooperation, capacity building, sharing of results, and finance and investment);
  • Develop watershed management plans for the major watershed areas in Cox’s Bazar ensuring multi-stakeholder participation including by bringing together the stakeholders to analyze the problems in the watershed (using the results from the assessment phase), to identify solutions and to prioritize potential interventions;
  • Assess the state and trends in the watershed – biophysical, socio-economic and institutional – using a variety of scientific and participatory methods and tools, to establish a baseline for defining interventions and monitoring future results;
  • Implement activities on the ground, establishing a balance among the competing needs, demands and priorities of different stakeholders within the available resources;
  • Monitor the changes in the state or condition of the watershed and to track the performance of the project against its objectives, based on an appropriate set of environmental, social, economic and institutional indicators;
  • Conduct trainings and meetings with the project stakeholders to promote and advocate for watershed management at district level in Cox’s Bazar.
  • Incorporate aspects of conflict sensitive programing in all project activities, making sure all interventions “do-no-harm” and are co-developed with community members.
  • Represent FAO and take lead in the UN-UN collaborations on watershed management activities.
  • Develop training modules for watershed management and ensure efficient use of water by the water users;
  • Work closely with all relevant government and non-government stakeholders and support consideration of wider watershed management approach;
  • Initiate liaison with the regional and national level government stakeholders to adopt FAO’s developed Watershed Management Policy Framework;
  • Support NRM and M&E team to develop indicators based on the watershed approach of FAO;
  • Increase capacity of both in-house staffs and field level stakeholders on hydrological cycle and watershed management;
  • Develop and update watershed relevant project proposals for funding arrangements and liaise with regional and HQ level consultations based on the FAO’s watershed approach;
  • Support preparing communication materials on watershed management and landscape restorations;
  • Write narrative reports and manage Letter of Agreement (LoA) with partners;
  • Work closely with the Forestry colleagues to develop the habitat restoration for wildlife conservation and landscape reforestation plans;
  • Work closely with Livelihood colleagues making sure livelihoods (agriculture, fisheries and aggregation centers) are incorporated in the watershed management plan;
  • Any other duties as assigned by the management.

Required Skills, Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Water Engineering, Environmental engineering, Geography and Environmental Sciences, Environmental and Natural Resource management or related field;
  • Minimum of Six (6) years of progressively responsible professional work experiences with the United Nations or international development organizations on natural resource management related program implementation, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)/ Environmental/Natural Resource Management and Project Cycle Management.
  • National of Bangladesh
  • Working knowledge of English

Technical Skills:

  • Ability to assess the state and trends in a watershed, including biophysical, socio-economical and institutional – using scientific and participatory tools and methods.
  • Knowledge on natural resource management and watershed management
  • Knowledge of national food systems and agricultural value chain systems;
  • Proven track record of successful teamwork, good presentation/facilitation skills;
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook);
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS or QGIS
  • Experience in UN Agencies is preferred.
  • Ability to perform in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary context;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required;
  • Ability to work independently and with minimum supervision;


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