Technical Assistant (FT)

Technical Assistant (FT)

 

Blue Peace Middle East is looking for a Technical Assistant to work at its Coordination Office in Amman, Jordan. If you are passionate about promoting cooperation and peace through sustainable water management and have the skills and experience required to contribute to our mission, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

Type of Contract: Fixed term (Annual)

Location: Amman, Jordan

Full-time

Local recruitment

Expected start date: May 1st 2024

 

About Blue Peace Middle East

Blue Peace Middle East is a non-governmental initiative dedicated to promoting cooperation and peace through sustainable water management in the Middle East.

Established in 2010, the Blue Peace ME initiative is committed to its mission of transforming water from a potential source of conflict into an instrument of cooperation and peace through dialogue, capacity building, and concrete actions.

This unique initiative is led by a regionally owned mechanism, which is comprised of members from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Türkiye, and, to a certain extent, Iran and Syria. The Blue Peace ME Regional Mechanism (RM) contributes to peace by stimulating political and technical dialogues about water and supporting concrete regional projects, know-how transfer, knowledge exchange, and capacity-building activities in its member countries.

The Coordination Office

The Blue Peace Middle East initiative’s Coordination Office (CO) provides logistical, organizational, and communication support to help the Blue Peace Middle East RM achieve its objectives. The CO is responsible for the overall coordination of Blue Peace ME activities, smooth communication within the RM and with Blue Peace ME partners. Its duties include providing secretarial support to the Managing Committee (MC) and Policy Advisory Committee (PAC), coordinating thematic activities, managing subcontractors, and implementing a coherent outreach strategy for Blue Peace ME. The CO also provides technical and logistical support for Blue Peace ME events and liaises with support institutions on progress of thematic activities, financial matters, and administrative issues. Additionally, the CO organizes and hosts MC and PAC meetings and workshops, takes minutes, and provides technical and logistical support as needed. The CO is currently hosted at the offices of INWRDAM in Amman, Jordan.

 

About INWRDAM

The Inter-Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management (INWRDAM) is an autonomous intergovernmental think-tank based in Amman, Jordan. It was established in 1987 under the Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

With 21 member countries, the organisation focuses on promoting cooperation in water resources management through research, actions on ground, dialogue and policy development.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Major responsibilities

The Technical Assistant reports directly to the Technical Coordinator and collaborates closely with the Blue Peace Coordination Office team members to realise the objectives of the Blue Peace ME initiative, through supporting the planning, execution, and coordination of projects and activities related to the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem (WEFE) Nexus, youth initiatives, and community engagement.

This role is crucial for ensuring the technical coherence and involves assisting in research, data analysis, project support, and stakeholder engagement related to technical aspects of the Blue Peace Middle East initiative.

 

REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications and Competencies

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Engineering, Water Resources Management, or a related field.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a multicultural team.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Strong analytical skills with a proficiency in data analysis software.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.

 

 

Experience

  • At least 2 years of relevant experience in a technical support role, preferably in an international or environmental organization.
  • At least 1 year of relevant experience in synthesizing complex technical information and contribute to evidence-based decision-making.
  • Familiarity with technical aspects of the WEFE Nexus and ability to support technical capacity building initiatives.
  • Knowledge of and interest in water security, peacebuilding, and environmental issues in the Middle East is an advantage.
  • Demonstrated interest in issues related to sustainable development, the environment, and water diplomacy.

 

Other requirements

  • The Technical Assistant is a full-time position, and works with the CO team at the offices of INWRDAM in Amman, Jordan, and must be available to work in the office five days a week;
  • Available and willing to undertake regional travel and interact with regional
    stakeholders and partners.
  • Ability to multi-task and work to tight deadlines. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, manage multiple tasks and comply to tight deadlines. 
  • Creative thinker with attention to detail.

 

Language Proficiency

  • Excellent written and spoken English and Arabic mandatory (C2 level); with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

 

Computer Skills

  • Computer literacy (word processing, Drupal, PowerPoint), with proficiency in relevant software tools.
  • Familiarity with virtual event software such as Zoom and MS Teams.

 

Qualities

  • Transparency:
    • Able to build trust and contribute to informed and responsible decision making by carrying out the work of Blue Peace ME in a transparent manner;
    • Provide clear guidance to ensure that objectives and desired measurable results are understood by members of the team.

 

  • Inclusiveness:
    • Understand and accept cultural diversity; able to provide a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity;
    • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, gender-balanced environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.

 

  • Professionalism:
    • Promote the interests, objectives and values of Blue Peace ME in a diligent and professional manner.

 

 

 

 

APPLICATIONS

Applicants are requested to apply by sending their CV, a letter of motivation and portfolio of relevant work to the Blue Peace ME Coordination Office at recruitment@inwrdam.net, stating ‘Your Name – Technical Assistant Application’ in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until Monday 8 April 2024 at midnight, Jordan time (UTC +3).

Please note that only complete applications will be considered for shortlisting,