Vacancy Re-announcement

Ministry of Agriculture and Forests is re-announcing the following post for recruitment on contract for a period of 18 months:

Post                 : Irrigation Engineer – 2 Nos.

Job location     : Policy & Planning Division

Interested eligible candidates are requested to submit their application along with CV to the Chief HR Officer, Human Resource Division on or before 6th July, 2015. Those that have applied earlier need not re-apply as your application will be considered if requirements are met.



Remote Rural Communities Development Project (RRCDP)

Ministry of Agriculture & Forests, Thimphu



The Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) through the Ministry of Agriculture & Forests (MoAF) is implementing World Bank funded multi-sector Remote Rural Communities Development Project (RRCDP). The investment program aims to increase agriculture productivity and access to community assets in remote rural areas by improving access to markets, irrigation, agricultural technologies and community infrastructure. The project consists of three main components of which the Irrigation development is one of the main sub-components. This sub-component will finance rehabilitation of 62 existing irrigation channels covering command area of 984 ha under six project Dzongkhags. However, during the last two years of project implementation no significant progress was noticed on this front with only five existing irrigation schemes rehabilitated as of March 2015. Serious concerns on the slow progress of the work were raised by the Implementation Supervision Mission during their visits as well as by HE Minister for Agriculture & Forests during plans and progress reporting for the 2nd quarter of the 2014-15 fiscal year. The issue was also flagged during the 3rd Project Steering Committee meeting held on 19th March 2015. The slow progress of the work was mainly attributed to the shortage of engineers both in the Ministry as well as in the Dzongkhag to undertake these works consistently as anticipated. Therefore, given the huge target and the current lack of technical manpower within the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests as well as in the Dzongkhags the RGoB (RCSC)/World Bank has approved recruitment of 2 additional irrigation engineers on a contract basis to undertake survey and design works of the remaining schemes so that all 62 irrigation schemes are rehabilitated within the project timeline.

In this context, the Project Management Unit (PMU), RRCDP is looking for two contract irrigation engineers to undertake detail survey and design works on remaining 26 existing irrigation channels under project districts.


The main objective of the irrigation engineer’s assignment is to assist the Dzongkhag Administrations in undertaking detail survey and design works for 26 remaining irrigation channels in five project districts. The engineers main input will be in conducting feasibility study, carrying out detail survey and design, and cost estimation for the above mentioned irrigation schemes.

Scope of Services

The irrigation engineers will be working with the PMT, PPD, MoAF and Engineering Division under the Department of Agriculture (DoA). He/She will be closely involved in surveying, designing, and cost estimation works of the irrigation schemes. Total duration of his/her input is 18 months. The Irrigation Engineers’ main responsibilities are but not limited to:

  • Conduct feasibility studies and detail survey of the selected irrigation schemes (26 nos).
  • Design and prepare drawings (Plan, longitudinal section, cross sections and basic and necessary component/structure drawings) of the above schemes.
  • Prepare detail cost estimates (Priced BoQ, quantity estimate and project cost estimate, including rate analysis calculations – including base data i.e. labour, plant, material assumptions).
  • Prepare tender documents for each scheme.
  • Prepare and submit monthly progress report to the Project Director.
  • Provide civil engineering services as and when directed by the Chief Engineer, Engineering Division, DoA.

Knowledge management/professional development

The Irrigation engineer will contribute in a demonstrable manner to the development of knowledge, approaches, methods and techniques. He/she must actively contribute to sharing his/her knowledge with partner/clients, colleagues with the engineers in the Department of Agriculture and the Districts.



The Irrigation engineer will maintain partner relations based on Terms of References agreed with the partner organisations. He/she must manage own activities based on a work plan and works independently with minimum supervision. He/she must balance partner expectations, colleagues’ needs, innovation (external & internal) and efficiency considerations.

Contacts, partners


  • Engineering Division, Department of Agriculture (DoA), Ministry of Agriculture and Forest (MoAF)
  • Project Management Unit, PPD, MoAF.
  • District Engineers, District Agriculture Officers, Site Engineers, Gewog Agriculture Extension Officers


Qualification and knowledge competencies

A minimum of Bachelors Degree in civil engineering with some professional experience in Bhutanese context.

Languages: Good English (both written and spoken).


  • Survey and design knowledge using relevant computer aided software.
  • Construction supervision & management.
  • Knowledge and experience in participatory techniques.
  • Knowledge and experience in workshop facilitation, training and presentations.
  • Posses the ability and commitment to work and give results with minimum supervision.



The Irrigation engineer will report to the Project Director and the Component Manager, Engineering Division who will be responsible and accountable for the right use and delivery of the outputs. He/she will work as a team member with the Project Management Team, Dzongkhag Engineers, Dzongkhag Agriculture Officers, Geog Agriculture extension officers and local leaders who will assists him/her in coordination of work within the Dzongkhag. He/she will report from time to time on progress of the work and on any other issues.


The Irrigation engineer will be provided office space under Engineering Division, DoA, Thimphu.


Work Duration

The duration of the employment is 18 months at a stretch from the date of appointment.


The Irrigation engineer (2 nos.) is expected to come up with comprehensive and detail design and drawings for the remaining 26 irrigation schemes within 18 months from the date of appointment.



The Irrigation engineer to be recruited will be graduate engineer at P4 level in accordance with BCSR 2012. Therefore, the remuneration and the DSA will be paid as per pay scale and other entitlement benefits of P4 level officers.

Submitted by: HRD

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