National Groundwater Specialist, Multan, Pakistan

Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Country: Pakistan

Field location: Multan

Office: FAO in Multan

Closing date: Wednesday, 27 April 2022


National Groundwater Specialist

Job Posting: 13/Apr/2022

Closure Date: 27/Apr/2022, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FAPAK

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Pakistan-Multan

Duration : 12 months with possibility of extension

Post Number : N/A

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Organizational Setting

This position is located in FAO Pakistan, either based in Multan or Hyderabad offices. The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to 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 following position is SB4-SC8

FAO Pakistan under the Green Climate Fund is implementing a project called Transforming Indus Basin with Climate Resilient Agriculture and Water Management in Punjab and Sindh Provinces. The project aims to develop the country’s capacity to get and use the information it needs to cope with the impacts of climate change on agriculture and water management. The overall goal of the projects is to enhance the capacity of agricultural and pastoral sectors to cope with climate change, by up scaling farmers‘ adoption of climate change adaptation technologies and practices through a network of already established Farmers Field Schools, and by mainstreaming climate change adaptation concerns and strategies into on-going agricultural development initiatives, policies and programming. Modelling of climate change scenarios for Pakistan shows that if agriculture and water management in the Indus River Basin continue along a ‚business as usual‘ pathway, increasing temperatures and changes in precipitation will pose serious threats to the future livelihoods of farmers and to the Pakistani agricultural sector. In response to this challenge, the project will help shift Pakistan and Indus Basin agriculture from its current situation of high vulnerability toward an alternative paradigm wherein better information and farming practices will significantly increase resilience to climate change. To do this, the project will develop the country’s capacity to get and use the information it needs to cope with the impacts of climate change on agriculture and water management by putting in place state-of-the art technology (Component 1); building farmers resilience to climate change through skills, knowledge and technology (Component 2), and creating a wider enabling environment for continuous adaptation and expanded sustainable uptake of climate-resilient approaches (Component 3). The Specialist is expected to contribute to surface and groundwater related activities under Components 1 of the project, specifically on Activities 1.1.1 (water accounting system) 1.1.2 (aquifer vulnerability) and 1.1.3 (aquifer management plans) as outlined below. Activity 1.1.1: The outputs of this activity will include an institutionalised standardised water accounting methodology, all related technical and reference material, trained staff with the ability to implement the methodology, and water accounting results from the routine implementation of the methodology. The water accounting system will be established in two selected canal pilots - one in each province. The provisional canals selected for this include Khipro canal in Sindh and Lower Bari Doab canal in Punjab. Activity 1.1.2: For more proactive aquifer management, the project will undertake a set of risk-based assessments of aquifer vulnerability to depletion and salinization in the project area based on hydro-geological mapping and improved monitoring and modelling of the anticipated impacts of climate change. The project will install 20 automatic groundwater level sensors in four districts (two per province) connected with already operational telemetry systems managed and operated by Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) and Indus River System Authority (IRSA). Activity 1.1.3: The results of the aquifer assessments undertaken in Activity 1.1.2 will be used to develop local aquifer management plans in the districts of Khanewal and Dera Gazi Khan in Punjab, and Umer Kot and Sanghar in Sindh. Under this activity, the project will also promote a participatory approach to groundwater monitoring and management. In addition, the Specialist will liaise and coordinate with the agro-meteorology teams responsible for the ET monitoring system in Activity 1.2.1 (Develop and deploy an ET monitoring system) in relation to the operational accounting systems.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of FAO Representative in Pakistan, guidance of Chief Technical Advisor and the Lead Technical Officers, direct supervision of Technical Officer (Water Management), and in close coordination with the Project Management Unit (PMU), consultants working on component 1, and implementing units at Provincial and District level: Technical Focus

Ensure timely delivery of all activities related with



Hydrogeological mapping and modelling

Data required for the hydrogeological modelling

Groundwater management

Tasks and responsibilities

Organize meetings, visits, and workshops related to groundwater involving national, provincial and district level stakeholders and PMU’s water experts and keep records of these events.

Under the coordination of the PMU, participate in meetings with local stakeholders and project teams to get familiarised with the project and gain information about surface-groundwater interactions in the project areas in Punjab and Sindh

Establish definitive baseline data on surface flows, groundwater heads and related water quality parameters for the selected water accounting and groundwater model ‚pilots‘ in Punjab and Sindh in GIS compatible formats.

Analyse surface and groundwater flow/storage processes across water accounting/gw model pilots to provide technical guidance on water accounting procedures and model parameters (grid selection, boundary conditions, storage coefficients and transmissivity).

Provide advice on time series data sets for model calibration and validation and assist modelling teams with sensitivity analysis.

Guide, supervise, and undertake aquifer pumping tests, geophysical surveys (including downhole logging) as required to confirm groundwater model assumptions.

Assist in the development of training materials for participatory aquifer monitoring and provide training to trainers through on-line virtual seminars.

Perform other tasks related to hydrogeology and groundwater management under component 1 as requested by supervisor.

Expected Outputs:

Meeting minutes and mission/event reports

Status report on establishment of water monitoring network in two water accounting pilots and four selected aquifer zones

Progress reporting on operational status of hydrometric data acquisition and processing

Baseline hydrological and hydrogeological data for four aquifer based hydrogeological models

End-of-assignment report


Minimum Requirements

Master degree in water resource engineering/management, civil & environmental engineering, groundwater management hydrogeology, geotechnics or other relevant fields; (HEC Attested Degrees and Examination Board verified academic transcripts)

8 years of experience in surface and groundwater investigations and reporting of results

Experience in designing implementation plans and developing training material; and

The ability to work independently and within a team to achieve project targets.

Excellent communication skills in Urdu and English with all project reporting to be compiled in English and SI units.

National of Pakistan

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Functional Skills

Knowledge of United Nations and International Organizations‘ administrative policies and procedures.

Excellent drafting skills and analytical mind

Demonstrated ability to conduct research

Demonstrated fluency in written and spoken English

Excellent interpersonal skills and to work in a team-oriented multi-cultural environment

Willingness to travel

Ability to work independently, with initiative and minimal supervision

Good knowledge of common administrative and financial rules and regulations

Good knowledge of communication and documentation standards

Display initiative and take responsibility for achieving agreed outputs within set deadlines and closely follow-up until successful outputs are achieved.

Continue to seek new, innovative and improved methods and systems for accomplishing the work assigned.

Identify and recommend remedial measures to address problems in systems design or implementation

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be assessed against the requirements listed above.


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