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Dr. Amani Alfarra

Dr. Amani Alfarra


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome, Italy



Amani Alfarra, PhD

amani.alfarra@fao.org, amani.alfarra@gmail.com

Education & Certifications


Post Doc. Water Resource Management, Centre for World Food Studies – Free Amsterdam University (SOW-VU), Amsterdam, Holland 2013- Dec2016

Ph.D. Water Resource Management, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Department of Applied Geology, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2006-2010

Master of Science: Geo–information and Earth Observation, Water Resource Management, University of Twente - ITC , Enschede, Holland, 2002-2004


Bachelor of Science: Major Physics, Minor Environmental Science, Yarmouk University,  Jordan, 1985-1989



Professional Certifications

Engineering Technician, OACETT (Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists)

Environmental Professional (EP) – ECO Canada

Member, European Water Resources Association (EWRA)

Professional Experience


Program Manager/Water Resource Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, Italy Aug 2014 – Present (the following is planning for 2018


  1. Provide technical support for the implementation of the global initiative "the Global Framework

  1. for Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG) "

  2. Prepare the concept not for COAG to be submitted before

  3. Organise and prepare WASAG events for the World Water Forum

  4. Prepare the concept note of WASAG at one and prepare for the event with other WASAG team members

  5. Prepare WASAG achievements factsheet

  6. Prepare WASAG events for

  7. Provide inputs and follow up the WASAG website and other WASAG publications including the flyer

  8. Provide inputs into WASAG events and concept note

  1. Nature-based solutions for managing water availibility

  1. finalize chapter 2 of the WWDR

  2. prepare for Launching the report in FAO HQ and prepare the event

  3. developing a discussion paper on "NBS for agricultural water management"

  4. prepare and hold a webinar on NBS

  5. contribute to the UNESCO event during the WWW to launch FAO publication "NBS for agricultural water management"

  1. Lead the preparation/ development of "Source to Sea" approach

  1. represent FAO at Source to Sea ﴾S2S﴿ steering committee

  2. Participate in the prepare of the HLP on Source‐to‐Sea Management: Towards joint action by the freshwater and ocean

  3. communities contribute to the preparation of the S2S side event at HLPF, NY, 9‐18 July

  4. Provide inputs into Source to Sea Guideline that promote the tools that have been developed by FAO and can be

  5. used at implementation level

  6. contribute to the preparation of the S2S event for the WWW

  7. Follow up the communication with GEF for the S2S proposal for Rio Paz shared river basin between Guatemala and El Salvador


  1. Monitoring the collaboration between FAO and CGAR – ICBA system and other institution as the MoU with Italian Research Institutes and the FAO- IWMI (WLE)


Foreign Trained Professional,  Sustainable Initiatives, City of Hamilton, Canada January Jan 2014-Aug 2014

  • Reporting to the Senior Project Manager as part of the Hamilton Water Group, responsible for managing source water and asset management projects to support the City’s growth and redevelopment initiatives.

  • Completing direct engineering analyses, reviewing technical materials, and commenting on development applications for service issues;

  • Interpreting and applying Municipal, Provincial and Federal acts, regulations, guidelines and by-laws to source water, planning, asset management, and infrastructure projects;

  • Managing asset management condition assessments of City owned infrastructure (i.e. pumping stations and other vertical assets) to determine if rehabilitation or replacement is required;

  • Completing groundwater modelling & needs assessments for the Source Water Protection;

  • Developing a methodology for monitoring Phosphorus in groundwater; and

  • Preparing sectional reports related to services, financial, and administration for various projects.


Researcher, Centre for World Food Studies of the VU University Amsterdam, 2012 – up to date

Project title "Towards concerted sharing: Development of a regional water economy model in the Jordan River Basin"

  • Preparation of the project proposal

  • Initiating first contacts with the project sponsor

  • General supervision of work progress in the project

  • Maintaining contacts with national teams and policy makers

  • Advising the project leader and project coordinator

  • Preparing work contractsand TOR  for project partners working

  • Coordinating the development of a harmonized data base using GAMS software for data processing and its allocation in four dimensions of the water economy model (space, time, layer and substance)

  • Coordinating the representation of water quality elements in the water economy model

  • Assisting in the research on water response functions

  • Assisting in the pre-calibration and calibration of the water economy modelAdjunct Professor, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, 2012– Aug 2014

  • Supervise the research work of master students

  • Developeda water hydrology model for arid areas, within a project titled: Towards concerted sharing: Creating a platform for research-based cooperation in water resource management for the Jordan River Basin. The main objective of the project was to improve the understanding of water resource specialists in the political and physical processes that influence the quantity and quality of water resource management in their neighboring countries.

  • Developed concept and preparing project proposal titled” Water Governance and Integrity Training Programme for the Middle East” that was funded by Sweden. Another technical proposal that was prepared and was under negotiation with IDRC


Hydrology Researcher/ Researcher, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology– Karlsruhe, Germany, 2006–2010 


  • SMART project with total budget of 11 Million Euro. Developed a hydrological model to evaluate various water allocation scenarios impacted by climate change in the Jordan River Basin using the WEAP “Evaluation And Planning" system.

  • Using geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) techniques in hydrology to create land use maps to be used in the hydrological model.

  • Produced a statistical model to investigate factors that influence farmers’ decisions to accept and pay for the use of treated wastewater.


Manager/Humanitarian Affairs Officer /Water & Environmental, United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Gaza, Palestine, 2006           


  • Mapped and coordinated environmental programs and managed water/ Wastewater sectors

  • Coordinate and supervise assigned water and sanitation facilities in accordance to work plan

  • Manage the collection of data for the purposes of monitoring and evaluation and sharing of information that has a public health impact with head quarter

  • Reporting daily basis to headquarter the implication for water / wastewater in Gaza Strip


Project Manager-Water Management, Centro Regionale D`Intervento per La Cooperazione (NGO), Gaza Strip, Palestine,2004 -2006


  • Led a project with one million euro budget, coordinating three partner institutions

  • Provided technical support for a large environmental restoration project that included rehabilitation of contaminated wells, cleaning of the highly polluted Wadi Beit Hanoun, and rehabilitation of contaminated farmland.

  • Completed pumping tests and water analysis for the wells to ensure their function.

  • Responsible for preparation of all tender, procurement, documentation and reporting.

  • Coordinated with the three project partners (two of them are non-governmental and the third was municipality of Biet Hanon city) to assure tasks met deadlines.

  • Coordinated and  supervised the work of professional technical staff, including research assistants, technologists plus technicians and contractors to do the rehabilitation of 6 wells, construction of 2 wells, cleaning Wadi Biet Hanoun, rehabilitation of 200 agricultural Dunums and constructing 7 green houses.


Procurement Technical Assistant (Management level), British Council for Palestinian Ministry of Health, Gaza Strip, Palestine, 2001- 2002

  • This component had 1.5 Million UK pound that I manage to support the procurement department at ministry of Health in Palestine, 5 senior managers reported to me directly. Prepared monthly reports for management and project partners at UK in coordination with the Ministry of Health within central stores and procurement department

  • Conducted needs assessment for the Ministry of Health central stores and procurement department as part of the project as well contributed to the implementation of an improved health management information system

  • Implemented an inventory system for the Ministry of Health warehouses

 Project Manager, The Palestinian Centre for Assistance in Resolving Community Disputes, Gaza Strip, Palestine, 2000- 2001   

  • Managed operations and day-to-day activities for the center

  • Responsible for scheduling activities, preparing proposals, fund raising, accounting, hotlines and training

  • Coordinated activities with Non-Governmental Organizations and supervised staff

 Managing Coordinator & Trainer for Dissemination & Information, Red Cross for the benefit of Palestinian Red Crescent Society, Gaza Strip, Palestine, 1997 – 2000                                   

  • Responsible for communicating and disseminating information regarding environmental operations and activities of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in the Gaza Strip

  • Conducted training; managed programs and activities for various Institutions

  • Coordinated with ministries and educational institutions; prepared schedules, brochures and monthly reports

  • Prepared needs analyses, proposals for Non-Governmental Organizations, and raised funds

Consultancy Work & Experience

  • Water Resource Analyst, MCC Jordan Water IE , Social Impact , 2014

  • Hydrologist, developed land classification map Jordan Rier basin using ILWIS and Remote satellite for the Centre for World Food Studies, Free Amsterdam University, Amsterdam, Holland (2011)

  • Hydrologist, modeling Wadi Shuib demand/ supply using WEAP software, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany (2010- 2011)

  • Hydrologist, as assistant researcher on the Red-Dead Sea project, with Prof. Dr. Abadalha Malkaw (Jordan Representative), World Bank, Amman, Jordan (2010)

  • Hydrology Researcher, The Centre for World Food Studies under the Free Amsterdam University, Amsterdam, Holland (2004)

  • Management System Analyst, World Bank, Palestine Beneficiary: Palestinian Ministry of Education, Gaza Strip, Palestine (2002)

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Hydrology, Hydrology and Climate, Hydrology and Engineering Applications, Hydrological Sciences, Water Resource Management, Water Management, watershed management, Water Resources System, Water and Environmental Science, Water Policy, Water Governance, Water and Adaptation to Climate Chamge