Irrigation Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Nepalgunj
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POSITION TITLE: Irrigation Specialist

LOCATION: USAID Agricultural Inputs Activity Regional Office in the field
REPORTS TO: Regional Agribusiness Director

USAID Agricultural Inputs is a new five-year USAID-funded activity in Nepal. The aim of USAID Agricultural Inputs is to increase the availability, accessibility, and use of agricultural inputs and technology to improve Nepal’s agricultural productivity. The activity is implemented by Winrock International in collaboration with five organizations: Center for Environmental and Agricultural Policy, Research, Extension and Development (CEAPRED), MarketShare Associates (MSA), Pathway Technology, Fertilizer Association Nepal (FAN), and Vikara Institute.

USAID Agricultural Inputs will enable lead firms, agrovets, input suppliers, local machinery service providers, and Government of Nepal (GON) change agents and farmers to increase productivity, input supply chain efficiency, market system competitiveness, and strengthen the enabling environment in a way that equitably addresses the needs of women, youth, and members of marginalized groups. USAID Agricultural Inputs will benefit 200,000 farmers in the USAID Feed the Future (FTF) zone of influence.


Based at the regional office of USAID Agricultural Inputs Activity, the Irrigation Specialist will work closely with regional team, cluster Agribusiness Managers and Area Coordinators to achieve the results under the Activity’s Objective III: Climate adaptive and sustainable irrigation management system improved.


  • Conduct feasibility survey of different irrigation schemes, MUS tanks and other irrigation related structures as per community demand,
  • Prepare detailed design and estimates of approved irrigation schemes,
  • Supervise and carry out quality control during installment of irrigation and other infrastructure and submit reports to the respective cluster and regional office of the Activity,
  • Checking of bills prepared during the installation of irrigation schemes and making recommendations,
  • Evaluate and analyze the benefit from irrigation schemes and its impact in the community after the installation.
  • Undertake frequent monitoring of the irrigation schemes and give advice about the efficient use of water and proper maintenance of irrigation schemes.
  • Be proactive in leveraging resources from line agencies at district and local levels for setting up the irrigation schemes.
  • Support relevant activities included in the forthcoming direct support by USAID to the Government of Nepal.

A. Other

  • Support entering of irrigation related data into Activity M&E database and in conducting M&E surveys.
  • Oversee the proper collection, processing and documentation of irrigation-related data needed for monitoring and Activity planning and ensure targets set are achieved.
  • Ensure a safe and equitable workplace, create opportunities and offer support to women and those from disadvantaged groups.
  • Undertake other related tasks assigned by the supervisor and Activity management.

Education: Master or equivalent degree in civil engineering


  • At least 5 years field experience in conducting feasibility studies, designing, monitoring and reporting different types of community-managed irrigation systems, including MUS.
  • Experience implementing climate-adaptive sustainable irrigation management approaches.
  • Experience developing irrigation-related training materials and facilitating training.
  • Experience working with the private sector, municipalities, other relevant government agencies and rural communities.
  • Experience in operation of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and relevant irrigation scheme design software.
  • Experience monitoring activities and progress against Activity targets.


  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work under cross cultural environment.
  • Capable of preparing reports in English and Nepali.


  • Fluent Nepali and English is required.

We seek to cultivate an environment where all candidates relish equal employment opportunities devoid of discrimination, misconduct, fraud, and abuse. Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) and Localization guides our practices not just in hiring, but also in staff retention, growth, and policy implementation. This commitment signifies that we value diversity in all its forms including age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, and cultural background. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, recognizing the rich tapestry of the communities in which we live and work.

The eligible & interested candidates are requested to submit their application ‘Online’ in CEAPRED’s website (career page). Application submitted online will only be considered for further processes. Please refer the website for detailed JD/TOR of the position. The last date for submission of online application is Sunday, 26th May, 2024.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further selection process. The organization reserves the right to reject any/all applications without assigning any reason whatsoever. Women and candidates from marginalized and disadvantaged communities are highly encouraged to apply.

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