The main aim of the FAOET country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative is to assist the government to develop policies, programs and projects to achieve food security and reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.
The mission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is to work to eradicate hunger and promote global food security together with balanced and complete nutrition. Our mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.
Our three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.
Agriculture is the mainstay of Ethiopia’s economy, accounting for around 85% of the labor force and it is predominantly rain-fed agriculture, which is seriously impacted by climate change. Cognizant to the vulnerability of rainfed agriculture, the government of Ethiopia with support from development partners is investing in irrigation development to meet the rising food demand for the ever-growing population, to ensure self-reliance in food security and increase the supply of raw materials for the expanding agro-processing industries. While Ethiopia has an irrigation potential of around 11.1 million hectares of land, only 15-20 percent has been developed. However, most irrigation systems have been underperforming in economic and environmental terms due to many factors including poor resource assessment, studies, designs, construction and management and service provision thus creating a concern about their sustainability. One of the major contributors to the poor-quality irrigation systems and their operation and management is the lack of irrigation standards and associated regulations.
Ethiopia has developed several guidelines and manuals for irrigation development and management and is being used. Among the guidelines, there are no standards against which quality of study, design, construction and management standards are compared and adhered to. This is why expensive infrastructures are developed and existing irrigation systems are underperforming far below expectations in terms of economic return and environmental sustainability.
Moreover, in Irrigation and Drainage Policy and Strategy within the Frameworks of the Ethiopia Water Policy and Strategy, and the Agricultural Water Management Policy and Strategy within the Framework of the revised Agricultural and Rural Development Policy and Strategy importance of developing irrigation standards unequivocally stated. Adopting Standards for irrigation development is a way for actors in the irrigation industry to demonstrate their responsible attitude toward land and water resources and to show that their practice matches or exceeds accepted community values.
Therefore, TCP/ETH/3901-titled “Support for Developing Irrigation Standards and Regulations for Ethiopia” project is designed to provide Ethiopia with irrigation standards to enable it to develop quality irrigation systems and efficiently manage them and ensure sustainable irrigated agricultural systems. The project is expected to provide the following three deliverables: development of irrigation standards for guiding quality irrigation system development; drafting regulations for encoring the implementation of irrigation standards; and enhanced capacity of government and other actors in applying the standards.
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Ethiopia (FAOR), the functional supervision of the Deputy FAO Representative (International Programme Officer) and the Assistant FAO Representative for Programme Implementation; and direct supervision of the Agriculture Team Leader, in consultation with the Multidisciplinary Team in the Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa (MDT SFE) and working in close collaboration with the Government sector institutions the incumbent will perform his/her responsibilities
The Irrigation Specialist will coordinate the implementation of TCP/ETH/3901 project- “support for developing irrigation standards and regulations for Ethiopia”. The incumbent support drafting policy and strategy documents related to agricultural irrigation and water management in the country, coordinate inputs and take lead for the drafting and updating of all FAO Ethiopia reports and any other country synthesis documents prepared for specific donors, related to irrigation and water management. Assist in formulating and drafting projects and concept notes in relation to irrigation and water management initiated by FAOET. Support the implementation of FAO programs and projects aimed at enhancing natural resources management and agricultural production system to protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of the ecosystem (Better Environment). The incumbent will provide technical support in preventing disaster-related emergencies, building resilience, mitigating the impacts of disasters, and helping rebuild food production and livelihood systems. The incumbent will perform the following key responsibilities:
Tasks and responsibilities
The incumbent will perform the following key responsibilities:
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
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