Senior Global Irrigation and Drainage Specialist – Islamic Development Bank , Saudi Arabia

Role Purpose:
To provide expert level advice and support to the management in the development of strategy and long-range interventions on portfolio, policy, operations and strategic partnerships in the Water Sector and Irrigation & Drainage Sub Sector. To support in conceiving, developing and promoting innovations in Bank Policy, operational procedures, project/program design in the organization and management of operations in Water Sector and specially in Irrigation & Drainage Sub Sector in IsDB Member Countries. To provide support in formulating advisory and technical guidance, contribute and facilitate in building, collaborating, engaging with and nurturing a network of developers to ensure that IsDB follows the best practices in project management development of sector policy and related strategies.

Key Accountabilities (not exhaustive list):
Strategic & Operational Planning:
Contribute to the development of strategy, work programs and knowledge product to ensure the unit is contributing to achievement of the strategic goals of IsDB.
Undertake the analytical/economic and sector work (ESW) as well as sector dialogue during Member Country Partnership Strategy (MCPS) and programming missions.
Provide technical input for the development, review and monitoring of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of the Irrigation and Drainage Unit and Core Sector Indicators (CSI) in IsDB financed projects in the Member Countries to ensure achievement of highest the highest level of efficiency.
Contribute to mainstreaming Sustainable Development Goals in IsDB’s Irrigation and Drainage projects.
Policies, Processes and Procedures:

Contribute technically to the design, review and implementation of the IsDB’s policies, procedures and guidelines relating to the sector interventions to ensure alignment with local and industry standards.
Ensure compliance with IsDB’s policies and guidelines to ensure quality in the operational work of Water Sector as well as maintaining good working relationships with various clients.
Sector Portfolio Management:
Contribute to the quality review and improvement throughout project lifecycle of IsDB financed projects to ensure all projects abide by the highquality standards demanded by the Bank.
Act as a project or program team member as requested throughout the project lifecycle.
Undertake sector work in ensuring inclusion of the international best practices.
Closely monitor the overall sector portfolio in order to ensure its successful implementation or advise on corrective measures, if necessary.
Prepare Irrigation and Drainage Country Sector Review (CSR) and Participate in preparation of Country Portfolio Performance Review (CPPR).
Participate in Quality Assurance and review Meetings and provide review and advise on technical matters.
Carry out responsibilities for a variety of operational tasks (e.g. participating as a full member of a multi-disciplinary team) and undertaking assignments of Member Country Partnership Strategy and for quality assurance in project preparation, appraisal and supervision as well as ESW in the Irrigation and Drainage related projects.
Prepare diverse operational and sectoral outputs (e.g. sector and country briefings, background reports, case studies, policy note, ESW, portfolio performance reviews, and Project Completion Reports (PCR) etc.).
Participate in missions in area of specialization in order to contribute to design of complex operations.
Collaborate with the Regional Hubs and concerned departments to track results achieved and lessons learnt in the Irrigation and Drainage Sub Sector.
Participation in program/project reviews and evaluation exercises.
Oversee the work of consultants and technical specialists to ensure consistency and conformity to Bank standards.

Knowledge Sharing & Innovation:
Contribute to building capacity of Water Sector specialists across the bank.
Contribute to IsDB knowledge repository by documenting best practices and lessons learned.
Share knowledge as subject matter expert related to sector issues to enhance a knowledge sharing culture across the Bank that would allow it to create more value.
Collaborate with other pillars/sectoral teams to ensure dissemination of tailored knowledge and expertise to support project implementation, ensuring that cross-cutting issues such as capacity development, women’s empowerment, and social/environmental issues related to Irrigation and Drainage Sector are adequately addressed.
Share key knowledge and learning outcomes with the Knowledge Management and Institutional Learning Unit in areas related to the sector.
Participate and contribute in regional and international events/forums on Global Irrigation and Drainage to stay abreast with the latest development in the sector.
Provide technical expertise to the Water Sector team on all strategic matters
Academic qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Water Sector Management, Irrigation and Drainage Management, Engineering, Development Science or related field.
Minimum 8 years of experience in implementing Irrigation and Drainage related projects, of which 3 years in a multi-lateral development institution.

English (Mandatory)
Arabic (Preferred)
French (Preferred)
Skills & Necessary Knowledge:
Knowledge of the latest development and trends in the Irrigation and Drainage Sector, globally and developing countries, in particular.
Knowledge in conceptualizing and managing Irrigation and Drainage projects/ programs. • Knowledge of the factors influencing Irrigation and Drainage sector, especially in the developing countries.
Project management skills.
Analytical Skills (sector analysis, diagnosis studies and country context analysis)
Development effectiveness.
Stakeholder Management.
Relationship Building.
Report Writing Skills.
Presentation Skills.
MS Office skills-Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

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