Water Management Infrastructure Engineer (National Consultant) - Re-Announced

Kabul, Afghanistan

Short summary of the job: : Data collection to prepare Full-Fledge project Document for Community-based Climate-responsive Livelihoods and Forestry (CCLF) project.

Objective of the Assignment

The Water Management Infrastructure Engineer will work under the supervision of the international consultant (team leader) as well as UNDP Programme Analyst in UNDP country office. He or she will also liaise with the Sustainable Development Unit of the UNDP based in UNDP country office to ensure technical soundness and compliance of the project document with the requirements of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF)/Least Development Country Fund (LDCF). The Water Management Infrastructure Engineer will work in a team to collect data, plan and design irrigation improved infrastructure projects for the comprehensive project document. During the assignment, the Water Management Infrastructure Engineer will also liaise and work in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and livestock (MAIL), and relevant government officials, in particular from MRRD and the UN agencies like, WFP, FAO and UNEP.

UNDP Sustainability Unit

The focus of the UNDP Sustainability Unit in Afghanistan is on reducing poverty and creating mechanisms that help the country to cope with socioeconomic stresses resulting from limited human development, the humanitarian crisis and climate change. The unit provides quality assurance for the Community-based Climate-responsive Livelihoods and Forestry (CCLF) which will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). 

Project Description

Community-based Climate-responsive Livelihoods and Forestry (CCLF) aims to address climate change induced disaster challenges related to food insecurity, climate change resilient livelihood and forestry. This will be achieved through (1) Strengthened capacities of national and sub-national governments and communities to address climate change impacts (2) Restoration of degraded lands and climate-resilient livelihoods interventions. (3) Natural forests sustainably managed and new forest areas established by reforestation (4) Knowledge management and M&E. The project is funded by the GEF´s Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF) with a total budget of USD11 million, including UNDP USD 1 million cash co-finance. The project is proposed to be implemented in four provinces Ghazni, Samangan, Kunar and Paktia by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). The project’s proposed duration is from Jan 2022 to December 2026.

Background and Context of the assignment

Following the approval of the Project Identification Form (PIF), a full project document should be developed through the LDCF Work Programme which includes a project preparatory phase that foresees the collection of information and gathering of useful data for project design, the validation of the indicative outcomes and outputs contained in the PIF, the development of a full M&E plan including appropriate indicators and baseline, a participatory plan to involve communities as well as the identification of implementing partners and negotiation pertaining to implementation arrangements and co-financing.

The services of national consultant is sought to collect required data to international consultant to develop the Full-Size UNDP/GEF Project Document (ProDoc) and Financial Strategy Plan (FSP) on “Community-based Climate-responsive Livelihoods and Forestry (CCLF)”.

Scope of work

  •         Conduct survey, design and feasibility studies of the selected irrigation community-based projects;

  •         Plan and design the irrigation improved infra-structures and water resources infrastructure, and for each structure undertake a condition survey, determine the hydraulic characteristic and check the structural integrity.

  •         Prepare technical planning designing and Auto-CADE drawings;

  •         Prepare comprehensive cost and estimation of the irrigation improved infra-structure

  •         Detailed design of rehabilitation and up-grading of the canal system, associated structures (new and existing), flood protection works and other engineering infrastructure.

  •         Undertake surface water investigations and engineering design, for irrigation structures as dam, intake siphon, different type of canals, protection walls, flume and irrigation reservoir.

  •         Conducting specific technical tasks, as a designated subject specialist in the field of irrigation & drainage and water resources management; and providing technical support to the task teams, as needed

  •         Provide technical inputs in the area of water and irrigation in preparation of log-frame of the project;

  •         Assess and model hydrology, pipe systems and channel flow

  •         Perform any other duties as required by team leader or UNDP programme analyst for preparation of the Comprehensive project document.

        Expected Outputs, Deliverables and Timelines: Based on the scope of work outlined above, the consultant will be expected to deliver the following outputs:

  •         Inception report which contains a detailed work plan, including timelines and activities that the consultant plans to undertake in order to complete this assignment, to be submitted for review and approval to UNDP within working days upon contract signature; 8 working days; 9% payment of total contract

  •         Providing data to the international consultant (team leader) to prepare a draft Prodoc with technical water and irrigation analyses with design and Auto-CAD drawings with cost estimation to be used in the validation workshop reflecting the views of stakeholders after consultations undertaken, to be submitted within two months upon contract signature; 42 working days; 47% payment of total contract;

  •         Conducting Pre-PAC and LPAC meeting, integration of and/or responses to comments and/or recommendations of stakeholders received during Pre-PAC and LPAC meeting during and Incorporation of any other comments received from all relevant stakeholders including UNDP and GEF-Sec;20 working days; 22% payment of total contract;

  •         Provide data to final Full-Size UNDP/GEF Project Document (Prodoc) and Financial Strategy Plan (FSP) on “Community-based Climate-responsive Livelihoods (CCLF)”;20 working days; 22% payment of total contract.

Institutional arrangement: The Water Management Infrastructure Engineer work under the direct supervision of the sustainability unit head and programme analyst. Advice and support will also be provided by the UNDP Bangkok team.


The consultant should possess the following expertise and qualification:


Master’s or bachelor’s degree in irrigation or Civil Engineering from a nationally recognized education institution

Experience and Skills:

  •         At least 2 years practical experience with of practical working experience in irrigation engineering;

  •         Proven experience in conducting assessment and analysis of irrigation infrastructure related activities;

  •         Strong knowledge and understanding of sub-national institutional contexts of Afghanistan.

Language requirements:

  •         Fluency written and oral and English required;

  •         Fluency in both Pashto and Dari Language is also required.



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