Technical Specialist / Water and Irrigation Lead - ERAS Egypt

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 16 January 2019

Job Description


Abt Associates seeks a qualified Water and Irrigation Lead to support the ERAS project and the International Development Division. Under the supervision of the Agronomist, the Water & Irrigation Lead will ensure best water management and irrigation practices are incorporated into EVAS strategies.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Incorporate best water management and irrigation practices in EVAS programming, develop and supports new technologies, and address the demand-driven needs of farmers and Water User Associations
  • Shepherd introduction or upgrading of irrigation technologies across the farms of more than 120,000 small farmers to ultimately put 22,000 hectares under new or improved irrigation. Results from this assistance must contribute to targets set for improved water efficiency, adoption of new agricultural technologies, and/or improved food safety
  • Promote sustainable management and use of natural resources for agricultural production, support producer organization suppliers in identifying appropriate solutions, such as land/water safety and resilience, waste management, or water-use efficiency
  • Guide development of partnerships between Egyptian firms and agricultural organizations to install irrigation systems

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree (required) or Master’s degree (preferred) in a relevant field, such as agribusiness, agronomy, or water engineering
  • Minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience managing complex private sector agricultural development programs in a developing country, preferably in the Middle East or North Africa
  • Minimum of three years of specialized expertise in irrigation
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to engage productively with a wide range of organizations, beneficiaries, and related parties (e.g. producers, government, private sector, NGOs, research and training institutions)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are required; oral and written fluency in Arabic is desirable

Minimum Qualifications

  • (6+) years of experience and a master degree OR the equivalent combination of education and experience

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1965, Abt Associates was built on the concept that sound information and empirical analysis are the best foundations for effective decision making. The firm blends the subject matter expertise of our staff with technical capabilities in applied research, program implementation, and data collection to shape policy, strengthen systems, measure performance, and deliver other solutions to our public and private sector clients. Examples of Abt Associates’ work include nationally recognized research, evaluation, and technical assistance to improve the efficiency of healthcare systems, the effectiveness of government housing programs, the production of food, and the measurement of public opinion. Abt’s staff of more than 2000 includes national and international experts who are known for their understanding of communities and governments worldwide, innovative research techniques, and insightful—and often groundbreaking—analyses and recommendations. Approximately 51 percent of our staff has graduate degrees; one in six has a doctorate. Our staff’s educational and professional disciplines include economics, engineering, environmental analysis, epidemiology, food security, health, housing, international development, psychology, social science, statistics, and survey methodology. Abt’s research staff is experienced with prominent statistical software packages, including SPSS, SAS, and STATA, along with qualitative software such as NVIVO and Atlas. In 2011, Abt Associates was ranked among the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 development innovators. Abt has offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Rockville, Md.; Cambridge, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Durham, N.C.; and New York City and program offices in nearly 40 countries in Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa.

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