|Overview : |
The interaction between groundwater and surface water systems (rivers, wetlands, lakes) has not been adequately considered in most transboundary river basin management initiatives, including the Nile basin. The most pressing driver of heightened interest around groundwater in the Nile basin is the growing imbalance between water demand and water supply. This necessitates the need to look for alternative water sources. Groundwater holds the promise of closing the gap between water supply and demand, and in buffering the effects of climate variability. The other driver of interest around groundwater is the role that groundwater plays in addressing the SDG targets for drinking water (SDG 6.1) and other SDG6 targets such as IWRM SDG 6.5. To reach SDG 6 goals, groundwater delivered thorough multiple delivery mechanisms (e.g., boreholes, springs, reticulated systems, dug wells) has a vital role to play.
This project aims to overcome the different barriers limiting effective utilization and protection of shared aquifers in the upper riparian countries of the Nile. Unlike the downstream end of the Nile, which holds aquifers of continental size, the upper riparian countries of the Nile are dotted by small but numerous aquifers of enormous local, regional, and basin-wide socio-economic significance. Many recent studies demonstrate that groundwater availability (or depletion of it) in the region, has a strong bearing on poverty, migration, conflict, school attendance, and human health.
Three aquifer areas have been chosen for the current intervention, namely the Kagera aquifer shared among Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi; the Mt Elgon aquifer shared between Uganda and Kenya; and the Gedaref-Adigrat aquifer shared between Sudan and Ethiopia. The aquifers are located in diverse ecological zones. The Gedaref-Adigrat aquifers represent arid semi-arid environment with pastoral and agro-pastoral landscapes. The Mt Elgon aquifer represent humid highlands where principal water use is for ecosystem services such as for wildlife watering and as source of drinking water for rapidly growing population. The Kagera aquifer represents a typical African basement aquifer where the shallow groundwaters support drinking water sources and complex ecosystem niches
UNDP will hire an International Individual Consultant to provide Enhancing Conjunctive Management of Surface and Groundwater Resources in Selected Transboundary Aquifers
Applicants are requested to apply online at http://jobs.undp.org not later than Sunday 2nd October 2022.
The detailed application forms and documents attached can be downloaded.
Candidates are invited to submit applications together with their CV for these positions. UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that will consider the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals. Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquiries.
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