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Vacancy: Water Policy Advisor | Information


News article | 24-10-2022 | 10:47

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Jordan is looking to recruit a Water Policy Advisor.

  • Deadline: Monday, November 7, before 5 p.m.
  • Please send your CV and cover letter to [email protected]
  • More information about the job duties and requirements are mentioned below.


Jordan is the second most water-scarce country in the world. Tackling water scarcity in Jordan is a high priority in the Netherlands’ multi-year cooperation strategy in Jordan. The Netherlands is helping Jordan to ensure that enough water remains available to meet the needs of its population, including refugees and vulnerable host communities. The Netherlands aims to contribute to a sustainable supply, efficient use and management of water. Climate change is having a profound negative impact on water availability in Jordan; the Netherlands is therefore also working on the water-energy-food nexus to support climate change mitigation as well as adaptation. The Water Policy Advisor will play a key role in advancing and coordinating the Netherlands’ water agenda.

Tasks and Result Areas


1. Liaise with the Jordanian government and partner organizations

  • Maintain a strong functional network and actively liaise with contacts within relevant government authorities, at political, administrative and operational levels with the aim of promoting and facilitating NL-JOR dialogue on policies, strategies and plans to coping with water scarcity and to monitor and follow up on program implementation and evaluation.
  • Build, expand and maintain a functional network of contacts with other national organizations, including civil society, the private sector, knowledge institutes as well as with societal structures such as tribes and international development partners and (I)NGO.
  • Organize and actively participate in meetings with GoJ departments/institutions, NGOs, UN organizations, international banks and other dialogue platforms, e.g. donor coordination meetings, etc. on water issues.

2. Political advice

  • Monitor and advise on the status and trends of the legal, policy and institutional framework in relation to water and climate change and advise on the importance and possible implications for EKN’s multi-year strategic planning and for activities related to water.
  • Provide advice and actively contribute to the drafting of Netherlands (NL)/EKN policy documents and strategies such as the multi-annual plan, policy briefs, opinions and reviews.
  • Contribute to the development of national policy in the water sector through interaction with various interlocutors, based on our interventions in the water sector in cooperation with knowledge institutes and Dutch expertise.

3. Program development and implementation

  • Implementation of activities in the water sector, in order to achieve the strategic objectives as formulated in the Jordan Multi-Year Strategic Plan for 2023-2026.
  • Identify business opportunities in the water sector in close collaboration with the commercial officer of the Embassy.
  • Actively participate in project monitoring and, if necessary, advise and / or help to respond to specific opportunities and / or constraints in the implementation of the program.
  • Identify and/or advise on opportunities for new activities that are in line with the priorities of the Jordanian government and the political priorities of the Netherlands.
  • When requested/required/relevant, contribute/participate in the formulation, evaluation and monitoring of projects/programmes in other relevant sectors.

4. Project/activity management and administration

  • Management and administration (of the project cycle) of selected projects, programs and activities.
  • Contribute and/or advise on the monitoring of activities, the organization and scope of reviews, field visits as well as the evaluation and monitoring of progress reports, annual and multi-annual plans and budgets.
  • Provide and/or assist in obtaining key data from sector partners, programs and projects required for the preparation of briefs, reports, tracking/results tracking sheets, etc.

5. Others

  • Develop and strengthen individual/own capacities through trainings and/or study visits at national and international level for the proper execution of the above tasks and responsibilities.
  • Participate in all EKN meetings relevant to the position.
  • Other tasks may be assigned on the basis of professional capacities and abilities deemed necessary within the framework of EKN activities, such as the preparation of incoming or outgoing missions.

Result areas

1. Adequate network with the Jordanian government and partner organizations

  • A relevant network of contacts with relevant GOJ authorities, civil society, private sector, knowledge institutes and development partners, and (I)NGOs.
  • Liaison/communication functioning optimally with relevant partners, including Embassy representation at relevant meetings.

2. Political advice

  • Contribution to policy briefs, briefs, studies, strategies and, if necessary, concrete advice on the legal, political and institutional framework for Dutch water-related activities in Jordan.
  • Opportunities for business-to-business cooperation between the Netherlands and JOR identified; advice provided to individual companies in collaboration with the Trade Officer of the Embassy.

3. Program development and implementation

  • Support and facilitate a Dutch role in the water sector through advocacy, supporting donor coordination and translating Dutch international leadership in water management into the Jordanian context;
  • Suggestions and advice on new programs, activities and partners in the water sector.
  • Actively facilitate the timely preparation and approval of relevant documents for NL/EKN funded water related activities.
  • Briefings, advice on opportunities and/or constraints in program implementation.

4. Project/activity management and administration

  • Well-managed portfolio of activities in the field of water: activities designed, identified, appraised, registered, monitored and closed in accordance with established rules and regulations.
  • Contributions to the development and monitoring of annual and multi-annual plans, budgets and progress reports.
  • Key data from sector partners, programs and projects available for notes, reports, scorecards/tracking results, etc.

5. Others

  • Individual/own capacity developed
  • Participation in all EKN meetings relevant to the position
  • Performing other assigned duties deemed necessary within the scope of Embassy activities.

Job requirements

Knowledge, education and skills


  • General knowledge and understanding of the water situation and sector in Jordan and its link to agriculture and climate change;
  • An appropriate network of contacts in relevant Jordanian government institutions, the private sector and civil society (NGOs, CBOs);
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques for developing project plans and conducting evaluations, and skills and experience in their use;
  • Knowledge of Jordanian culture, tribes and customs.

Level of education

  • University degree, preferably in hydroscience/engineering;
  • Level of experience: a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience is required.


  • Good communication skills;
  • Arabic mother tongue, fluent English (written and oral) required;
  • Excellent political antenna
  • Ability to translate ideas and information into advice, plans and reports and to assess their political and financial implications;
  • Networking skills and ability to establish and maintain diplomatic and other contacts at a senior level;
  • A proactive approach and an ability to work independently;
  • Dedicated team member who enjoys working closely with others;
  • Good computer skills.


  • Ability to work with others
  • Ability to work independently
  • Focused on goals
  • Integrity
  • Organizational Sensitivity
  • Initiative
  • Environmental awareness
  • Networking skills
  • Analytical thinking
  • Flexibility
  • eager to learn

Working environment

  • The water mission officer is part of the development cooperation team of the embassy in Amman led by the deputy head of mission.
  • The Dutch Embassy is located in Abdoun Al Shamali. The Embassy team consists of 40 staff members, including attachés, (regional) political officers and support staff. The atmosphere at the Embassy is informal and very team-oriented, with an “I can do” mentality. The mission of the Embassy in the various political fields is considered as a joint responsibility of all. The working languages ​​are English, Dutch and Arabic.
  • The water policy officer will work closely with the Dutch regional envoy for water, energy and food, who is also part of the embassy team in Amman.


The water policy advisor will be called upon to make regular contact with:

  • With the Netherlands Business Agency (RVO.nl) in The Hague and other water policy advisors in the region;
  • With relevant ministries and authorities in Jordan and the Netherlands;
  • With water knowledge institutes in the Netherlands and Jordan;
  • With development agencies, other embassies and the business community;
  • With other members of the Dutch Embassy and in particular with members of the team of the economic team;
  • With other Embassy staff on procedures, working methods and program progress, as well as on explaining and interpreting legislation;
  • With the Netherlands Business Agency (RVO.nl) in The Hague and other water policy advisors in the region;
  • With independent civil society organizations, such as community organizations and NGOs.

How to register

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your cover letter and CV to [email protected]

Deadline: Monday, November 7, 2022, before 5 p.m.