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Project Technical Assistant

Vacancy #:   5521
Unit:   West Asia - Water and climate change
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Regional Office for West Asia, Amman, Jordan
Reporting to:   Programme Manager, Water and Climate Change
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A2
Expected start date:   01 February 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (11 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   31 January 2021
BACKGROUND
JOB DESCRIPTION
Responsibilities:


-The project Technical assistant will work mainly for the Smart Development for Eco – Friendly Solutions and Economic Regional Agricultural Techniques “SMART DESERT” project in addition to other tasks for other projects in the water and climate change program.
- The Project Technical Assistant reports directly to the Water and Climate Change Program Manager and the project Assistant, while interfacing with other program managers, project Assistants, finance, and admin staff of ROWA.
-The Project Technical Assistant is responsible for the preparation of IUCN work plan, BOQs, Budget and progress report for the SMART DESERT project with full consultation with the project manager.

- The Project Technical Assistant is based in Amman and will be required to travel to project sites and other locations.

Specific Tasks:
- Assist IUCN teams in the project to follow up, organize fieldwork and follow up with the work plan.
- Conduct field surveys to evaluate irrigation efficiency, cropping patterns and crop health.
- Conduct field surveys for the selection of water harvesting structures.
- Prepare bill of quantities for irrigation systems needed by each farm.
- Contribute to training programs in Climate Smart Agriculture, Hydroponic, protected agriculture, and cash crops.
- Supervise installation of greenhouses equipped with modern irrigation techniques.
- Ensure needed equipment and materials are on hand to complete work on time and according to Program manager expectations.
- By interfacing with farmers, and the agricultural cooperatives Project Field Assistant ensures the smooth operation of field activities, including field safety and work quality.


Others:

- Perform any other duties as requested by the line manager.

The above job description contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. However, in a relatively small organization such as IUCN, staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular job description. Where any task becomes a regular part of an employee's responsibilities, the job description will be changed in consultation with the employee and the Human Resources Management Group.

Key Qualifications:
- Bachelor's degree in water, agriculture-related fields.
- Solid Experience in Geographic information systems GIS.
- Solid Experience in Irrigation network design software.
- Minimum 3 years’ experience in Projects related to Water, Energy, and Food Nexus.
- Field experience in on-farm water auditing, farmers practices survey and calculation of irrigation efficiency.
- Field experience in water harvesting projects with the ability to select sites for water harvesting and create designs of water harvesting structures.
- Fluent English speaking and writing

The above job description contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. However, in a relatively small organization such as IUCN, staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular job description. Where any task becomes a regular part of an employee's responsibilities, the job description will be changed in consultation with the employee and the Human Resources Management Group.
REQUIREMENTS
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APPLICATIONS

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