NEW IRRIGATION SYSTEM FOR SAYAT-NOVA COMMUNITY

On October 22, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Fund for Armenian Relief, and the Small and Medium Entrepreneurship Development National Center of Armenia (SME DNC) marked the successful completion of the joint irrigation project in Sayat-Nova community in Ararat province.  USAID Armenia Mission Director Deborah Grieser, the Governor of Ararat province, Garik Sargsyan, and Sayat-Nova residents attended the opening event.

USAID’s studies show that the depletion of water in the Ararat Valley threatens the sustainability of the country’s strategic groundwater resources.  Due to the overexploitation of the valley’s groundwater reserves, more than 30 communities in the region are experiencing a shortage of drinking and irrigation water.  Lack of irrigation water hurts farmers, negatively impacting the socio-economic situation of the rural communities and leading to migration of the population from rural communities.

In 2017, USAID’s Advanced Science and Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development (ASPIRED) project signed a partnership agreement with the Fund for Armenian Relief, the Partnerships for Rural Prosperity project, which is funded by USAID and implemented by SME DNC, and the community of Sayat-Nova for the implementation of an irrigation improvement project for the community.

The new system provides more affordable irrigation services and more efficient groundwater use to irrigate 60 hectares of community land by reusing the outlet water from the Masis Dzuk fishery near Sayat-Nova rather than dumping it into the drainage network.  Through the public-private partnership between the community and Masis Dzuk, a new pumping station was built at the outlet section of the fishery and a new irrigation network was installed with durable polyethylene pipes.

The laboratory analysis of the water’s quality proved that the outlet water from the fish farm can be safely used for the production of crops. In partnership with the Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) Foundation, USAID also trained local beneficiaries on sustainable farming practices to ensure lasting results.

“Water scarcity has a huge negative impact on food production in the region.  The residents of Sayat-Nova should feel proud.  They are the second community to put in place this method of irrigation using water from a nearby fishery, and the first community that has applied this method for large scale irrigation,” USAID Mission Director Deborah Grieser said.  “Due to this effort, the water use by the fishery will be more efficient, and the community will not require additional water be pumped from the ground to irrigate their fields, thus saving electricity and helping to reduce soil degradation,” she noted.

Following the official opening of the pumping station, the USAID Mission Director, the Governor of Ararat and guests walked through the fields to meet with the land owners and to see the new irrigation system in use.

Today, 252 people from 98 households will benefit from an opportunity to irrigate their farmlands that had been left idle for the last 15 years.  The new irrigation system has a potential for expansion to cover up to 190 hectares of community land, benefiting 2,400 local residents.

Sayat-Nova is the second community in the Ararat Valley after Hayanist where USAID, with the help of its partners, has implemented a project highlighting the secondary use of fish farm water as an alternative and environmentally sustainable solution.  This approach can be effectively replicated by other communities in the region to address the valley’s shortage of irrigation water.

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Short-term Consultancy Opportunity: Climate Change Analyst

REQUIRED SERVICES:   Climate Change Analyst

TERM:  Short-term October 2018 – May 2019

START DATE/ TIME:  October 2018

LOCATION:  Yerevan, Armenia

JOB DESCRIPTION:  Under the supervision of Basin Management Planning and Environmental Specialist the Climate Change Analyst will implement the following tasks:

Task 1: Compilation and review of meteorological data

Task 2: Analysis of dynamics of change of climatic elements in the Ararat Valley

Task 3: Down-scaling of climate change projections for the Ararat Valley

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • – Compiling, reviewing and ensuring data inter-operability/homogeneity for the relevant data of the 7 meteorological stations in the Ararat Valley, namely Ararat, Artashat, Armavir, Urtsadzor, Ashtarak, Yerevan Agro, Yerevan Arabkir, as well as the Aragats high mountainous meteo-station. Providing time-series of the following data for 1961- 2016: (a) precipitation – in the form of snow and rain (daily); (b) monthly air temperature (maximum, minimum, average); (c) snow depth (daily); (d) density of snow cover (ten-day period); (e) wind direction and velocity (daily); and (f) relative and absolute air humidity (daily).
  • – Identifying and filling the gaps in data-sets.
  • – Analyzing the trends of changes in climatic elements, including in average, maximum and minimum air temperatures, precipitation, relative humidity and winds, based on the time-series of data for 1961-2016 from the above-mentioned eight meteorological stations in terms of baseline period (1961-1990) and analysis period (1991-2016).
  • – Analyzing and assessing the climate change projections for Ararat Valley for 2030, 2070 and 2100, on monthly, seasonal and annual basis (against the average of 1961-1990), according to A2 and B2 emissions scenarios for the following parameters: (a) precipitation; (b) air temperature; and (c) natural river flow.
  • – Providing a description on the methodology used for the climate change projections down-scaling, i.e. relevant global and regional climatic models applied and scenarios selected.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • – Higher education/academic degree (Master’s degree or PhD) in hydrometeorology/ climatology or relevant field
  • – Minimum 3 years of work experience in systematic climate observations and climatic projections (work experience with international programs is an asset);
  • – Analytical skills;
  • – Computer skills – knowledge of climatic models, as well as ability to work with and process large data-sets;
  • – Knowledge of the English Language is highly desirable.

Full Scope of Work can be accessed via link: SoW-Climate-Change-Analyst-Eng_Sep-18-2018

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:  Interested and qualified candidates should send their CVs to: aspired@engl.com. Please refer to the specific position title in the subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls, please.
Please clearly mention in your application letter that you learned of this job opportunity through Career Center and mention the URL of its website – www.careercenter.am, Thanks.

APPLICATION DEADLINE October 3, 2018, 18:00

ABOUT COMPANY:  Mendez England & Associates is a consulting firm in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with nearly 30 years of experience in international development. The primary client of ME&A has been the US Agency for International Development (USAID). For more information about ME&A, please visit: http://www.mendezengland.com.

ABOUT:  The Advanced Science & Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development (ASPIRED) Project is a five-year initiative funded by the US Agency for International Development. The objective of the Project is to support sustainable water resource management and the sustainable practices of water users at the core of the water-energy nexus through the use of science, technology, innovation and partnership approaches. The goal is to reduce the rate of groundwater extraction in the Ararat Valley to sustainable levels.

This announcement does not in any way obligate ME&A to award a contract or a purchase order.

Invitation for Bids: For Supply of PE Pipes and Fittings, and Pipeline Mounting Work

Invitation for Bids (IFB)

For

Supply of PE Pipes and Fittings, and Pipeline Mounting Work,

Under

Sipanik Artesian Well Optimization / Irrigation Rehabilitation Project

 IFB # 170818-02

ASPIRED is soliciting Bids for the supply of PE pipes and fittings and provision of PE pipe welding and pipeline mounting work under a broader project on optimization of artesian well and irrigation rehabilitation in Sipanik Village.  Submission instructions and other technical details related to this solicitation in the attached document:Sipanik_pipes_IFB_eng

Bids must be submitted no later than 17:00, Yerevan Time, on August 31, 2018. Each bidder must submit one hard copy of the bid to USAID ASPIRED Project office at CITADEL Business Center, 105/1, Teryan Street, Suite 204, Yerevan.

Request for Proposal: Repair of the Irrigation Well and Construction of a Valve Chamber in Sipanik Community

RFP Number: 170818-01 

ME&A, Inc. (formerly Mendez England & Associates), the implementer of the USAID-funded Advanced Science & Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development (ASPRIED) Project, is soliciting proposals for repair of the self-flowing irrigation well and construction of an adjacent distribution (valve) chamber in Sipanik community of Ararat Marz.

Please follow the link for the instructions to bidders and other technical details related to this solicitation:Sipanik_well_eng

Proposals must be received no later than 17:00, Yerevan Time, on August 31, 2018. Offerors must submit one hard copy in Armenian of their Technical and Cost Proposals to ASPIRED Project office at CITADEL Business Center, 105/1, Teryan Street, Suite 204, Yerevan.

 

ASPIRED and SEDF Sign a Memorandum of Collaboration

On July 11, ASPIRED signed a Memorandum of Collaboration with the Sustainable Energy Development Fund (SEDF) based on their common interest in promoting the use of sustainable energy sources in Armenia. SEDF will provide technical assistance to the beneficiaries of the pilot projects initiated and/or co-financed by the ASPIRED project, which promote the use of solar technologies by the communities and fish-farms of the Ararat Valley.

Sustainable Farming Training for the Beneficiaries of Sayat-Nova Community

On July 10, the ASPIRED Project organized a one-day training on sustainable agriculture for the farmers – beneficiaries of the irrigation project in Sayat-Nova community. The main objective of the training was to provide hands-on knowledge to participants regarding crops and irrigation methods, safe use and disposal of fertilizers, nutritional value of crops, as well as common pests and diseases damaging plants.  The trainer particularly focused on the use of water-saving irrigation methods, and cultivation of high-value crops, taking into account their seasonal demand, which can provide bigger income to farmers.  The training was conducted in the CARD Agricultural Support Center in Darakert, the specialists of CARD Credit and Card Agroservice presented their services available for farmers, including leasing, new machines and tools, seeds and fertilizers.

Job Announcement in ASPIRED Project: Legal Expert

Scope of Work 

 Development of a legal package for adopting requirements for protection of water resources in recreation zones of the Ararat basin management area of Armenia. 

  1. Background

The Advanced Science & Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development (ASPIRED) Project, funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is a 5-year initiative (2015-2020) designed to support sustainable management of water resources in the Ararat Valley through the use of science, innovation and partnerships. The Project is implemented by the Armenian Branch of ME&A.

Within the framework of the Project, the ASPIRED supports the Government of Armenia (GOA) in improving water sector legislation. Under this task, the Project will collaborate with the Ministry of Nature Protection (MNP) of Armenia in implementing priority measures for effective management of water resources in the Ararat Basin Management Areas of Armenia, as stipulated in the Government Decision N: 338-N, dated March 31, 2016 on approving the management plan for the period of 2016-2021 for the Ararat basin management area and priority measures.

Detailed information on the ASPIRED Project activities can be obtained at http://www.aspired.wadi-mea.com

  1. Scope of Work

The incumbent in the position of Legal Expert will serve under the general direction of the Project Chief of Party. As part of this Statement of Work, activities will be implemented to provide legal expertise towards improving Armenia’s legislation on protection of water resources in the recreation zones of the Ararat basin management area of Armenia. An Interagency Task force will be established by the ASPIRED Project in collaboration with the Government of Armenia to work on this issue.

The following major tasks are envisaged to be implemented under this SOW:

  1. Assess legal and other technical documents on protection of water resources in the recreation zones in the Ararat basin management area, provided by the stakeholder agencies and ASPIRED team.
  2. Develop a draft legal package for adoption of government decision on defining the requirements for protection of water resources in recreation zones in the Ararat basin management area, using technical input materials provided by the ASPIRED experts.
  3. Participate in the meetings and consultations with the stakeholders and address legal issues related to definition of the requirements on protection of water resources in recreation zones.

3. Deliverables

Unless otherwise specified, reports, decisions/legal acts drafted and other related materials shall be submitted in Armenian language and include, but not limited to the following:

  1. Prepare and submit work plan with activities and implementation timeline for implementation of the SOW for approval (within 2 days after award of the contract).
  2. Prepare a draft legal package for adopting the government decision on defining the requirements for protection of water resources in recreation zones in the Ararat basin management area of Armenia, following the requirements of Armenian legislation (July-August 2018, totallevel of effort shallnot exceed 10 days).
  3. Prepare and deliver presentations to the Interagency Task force and other stakeholders. (July-August 2018, totallevel of effort shallnot exceed 4 days).

All documents shall be submitted in electronic version in MS Word and/or Power Point Presentation formats.

4. Required Expertise

The applicant shall hold advanced university degree (Master’s or PhD) in area of expertise (Law or equivalent in the area of legislation);

  • Extensive legal/technical experience, 5 years of technical work experience in conducting similar assessment and analyses, particularly as related to water resources and environment;
  • Direct experience of working on and knowledge of the legal framework and ongoing reforms in Armenian water sector;
  • Familiarity with the EU WFD processes, guidelines and requirements;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Good knowledge of the English language is desirable;

5. Timing

It is anticipated that the Contract will be awarded in July 2018. The assignments described in the SOW shall be carried out and completed within 2 (two) months after award of the contract.

 

Job Announcement in ASPIRED Project: Hydrologist/Hydromorphology Specialist

Scope of Work

 Development of requirements for protection of water resources in recreation zones of the Ararat basin management area of Armenia

 

  1. Background

The Advanced Science & Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development (ASPIRED) Project funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is a 5-year initiative (2015-2020) designed to support sustainable management of water resources in the Ararat Valley through the use of science, innovation and partnerships. The Project is implemented by the Armenian Branch of Mendez England & Associates.

Within the framework of the Project, the ASPIRED supports the Government of Armenia (GOA) in improving water sector legislation. Under this task, the Project will collaborate with the Ministry of Nature Protection (MNP) of Armenia in implementing priority measures for effective management of water resources in the Ararat Basin Management Areas of Armenia, as stipulated in the Government Decision N: 338-N, dated March 31, 2016 on approving the management plan for the period of 2016-2021 for the Ararat basin management area and priority measures.

  1. Scope of Work

The incumbent in the position of Hydrologist/Hydromorphology Specialist will serve under the general direction of the ASPIRED Project Chief of Party. As part of this Statement of Work, activities will be implemented to provide technical expertise towards improving Armenia’s legislation on protection of water resources in the recreation zones of the Ararat basin management area of Armenia. An Interagency Task force will be established by the ASPIRED Project in collaboration with the Government of Armenia to work on this issue.

The following major tasks are envisaged to be implemented:

  • Provide the list of required hydrological and hydro morphological conditions derived from the conditions and requirements defined for recreation zones;
  • Conduct a desk study on the requirements defined nationally and worldwide for protection of water resources in recreation zones;
  • Present the selected requirements to the MNP as the best suitable for protecting water resources in recreation zones in Armenia;
  • Participating in stakeholder presentations and discussions on requirements for protection of water resources in recreation zones, hosted by the MNP.
  1. Deliverables

Unless otherwise specified, reports, documents and other related materials shall be submitted in Armenian and include, but not limited to the following:

  1. Work plan with activities and implementation timeline for implementation of the SOW for approval (within 5 days upon award of the contract).
  2. Compilation of the materials related to protection of water resources in recreation zones from the relevant agencies (within 15 days upon award of the contract).
  3. Analysis of national and international practice on hydrological requirements for protection of water resources in recreation zones (within 22 days upon award of the contract).
  4. A document providing a set of recommendations on hydrological requirements for protection of water resources in recreation zones for Armenia (within 30 days upon award of the contract).

All documents shall be submitted in electronic version in MS Word and/or Power Point Presentation formats.

  1. Required Expertise

The applicant shall hold advanced university degree (Master’s or PhD) in the relevant field – hydrology, hydro morphology or any other related field;

  • Minimum 5 years of technical work experience in hydrological/hydromorphological assessment and analysis;
  • Familiarity with the Armenia’s Water legislation and EU WFD processes, guidelines and requirements;
  • Analytical skills and strong attention to details;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Knowledge of the English language is highly desirable.
  1. Timing

It is anticipated that the Contract will be awarded in July 2018. The assignments described in the SOW shall be carried out and completed within 2 (two) months after award of the contract.

 

Land-Cover and Land Use Mapping Results for the Ararat Valley Summarized

On June 19, ASPIRED Project presented the results of the land-cover/use classification on Ararat Valley to the representatives of the Ministries of Nature Protection, Agriculture, Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources, research and academic institutions. One of the objectives of the ASPIRED Project is to improve the data on the groundwater resources of Ararat Valley, by enhancing current mechanisms of data collection, processing and maintenance.

Simon Papyan, the Head of the  Environmental Monitoring and Information Center of the Ministry of Nature Protection thanked USAID for continuous efforts to develop the water management sector of Armenia. Acknowledging the sophisticated analysis done by the ASPIRED Project team, he emphasized that the environmental challenges of the region should be considered in the context of the nexus between the land use and water use issues of the Ararat Valley. The ASPIRED Project used high-resolution satellite imagery Sentinel-2 and the European Environmental Agency’s CORINE (Coordinated Information on the Environment)  system to perform the land cover and land use classification of the Ararat Valley. The satellite images  were processed to identify the problematic areas requiring additional clarification through ground-truthing with the use of GPS devices. As a final product, ASPIRED has a land cover/use map prepared for the Ararat Valley which was provided to the stakeholders along with the available databases.

Ground-truthing to verify the data of satellite images

The Deputy Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources, Vardan Gevorgyan, mentioned that the Republican Geological Fund also possessed significant amount of data and materials. There may be a need for technical discussions between the ASPIRED and the Ministry specialists to verify the consistency between the two data sets.

The land use/cover data will help to generate the precipitation/run-off curves and estimate the hydrological balance, and, more importantly, the water demand and supply balance of the Ararat Valley’s Artesian Basin. The potential applications of these analytical tools are numerous, from environmental protection and hydrology to resource management and agriculture, providing the basis for more informed decision making on the use of available groundwater resources in the Ararat Valley.

Armen Harutyunyan, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, valued the lasting partnership between USAID and the Ministry of Agriculture. Discussing the modern techniques to data collection, Mr. Harutyunyan raised the importance of having a comprehensive electronic map of Armenia that would consolidate of diverse data from nature protection, agriculture, energy and other relevant sectors. He further noted that this might become the next important project of USAID and the Government of Armenia in the nearest future.