EU-BMZ Project Jobs – Regional Hydromet System Coordinator – Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)

Organization: Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)
Funding Source: EU-BMZ (Germany)
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) is an inter-governmental organization initiated and led by the Nile riparian countries to promote joint development, protection and management of the common Nile Basin water resources. NBI has a Shared Vision, namely: ‘to promote sustainable socioeconomic development through the equitable utilization of’, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin water resources.’ The NBI provides a unique forum for the countries of the Nile Basin to move toward a cooperative process to realize tangible benefits in the basin and build a solid foundation of trust and confidence.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide expertise and technical oversight to the start-up, implementation and operationalization of the regional Nile Basin Hydromet System.
  • Develop a milestone plan that outlines the approach and implementation activities, the required coordination among NBI centers, NBI member countries, Lake Victoria Basin Commission and GIZ.
  • Carry out national consultations and selected site visits for refining cost estimates of on-site works;
  • Plan, organize and facilitate consultations with national stakeholders and the regional expert working group to ensure that the final hydromet system design specs meets the requirements of each NBI member country;
  • Procure consultants and contractors for implementing the various aspects of the hydromet system;
  • Oversee the installation and testing of the hydromet system ensuring that all components work together. Ensure that the national hydrological services agencies’ field and office staff are adequately conversant with the installation, testing, troubleshooting and operationalization of the system;
  • Supervise the final testing and operational handing over of the hydromet system in each NBI country;
  • Develop, consult and finalize the policy guidance on the governance, budgeting, operation and maintenance and data sharing of the system.
  • Develop a monitoring system for country compliance to the agreed standards regarding (a) budgeting and O & M of the stations and (b) data exchange
  • Plan, design and organize the preparation of communication products for keeping all relevant stakeholder abreast of the progress in the implementation of the hydromet system; issue the communication products regularly;
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should possess good academic/professional qualification with at least M.Sc. (Ph.D. preferable) in water resources engineering, hydraulic engineering, hydrology, civil engineering (with specialization in hydrology or water resources) or closely related fields;
  • Specialized training on hydro-meteorological monitoring systems design is a requirement;
  • Ten years of relevant experience (after MSc) in river basin management , water resources management;
  • Eight years of experience (after MSc) with the design and implementation and management of hydro-meteorological systems;
  • Five years’ experience in delivering multi-country projects of similar nature and complexity to the Nile Basin hydromet system is required;
  • Strong project management skills demonstrated through hands-on experience in coordination, implementation and management of complex water resources projects is required.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested applicants are advised to send their applications electronically to the Executive Director through wrmvacancy@nilebasin.org . Application/cover letter indicating the title of the assignment accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae. Please clearly indicate a minimum of three referees and two former employers excluding the current employer with their full contacts. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: 8th January 2018

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