For a DRR-Team mission to Argentina (Province of Buenos Aires) DRR is searching for two experts. The mission has an estimated duration of up to 9 calendar days (including mission, preparation and reporting) and is expected in the second half of May 2016.

For this mission we are searching for two experts:

  1. Technical Expert with expertise regarding dike / reservoirs and multi functional use, operational management & protocols/ maintenance and management evaluation and strategies and familiar with HWBP (Hoog Water Beschermingsprogramma).
  2. Geotechnical Expert able to perform dike assessments (stability, design, maintenance, monitoring etc ) and familiair with VNK (Veiligheid Nederland in kaart) VTV (Voorschrift Toetsen op Veiligheid primaire waterkering)

Knowledge and expertise of Latin America and Argentina in particular is an advantage.
Speaking adequate Spanish is a requirement.

Are you the expert we are searching for, then please respond to this call ultimately on Monday the 25th of April by sending an email to / 088 602 1394
Please include in your email CV and a short motivation.

About the mission
The objectives / expected results of this emergency mission are dual and comprise:
1. The mission team will make a dike assessment of the “Dique Paso de las Piedras” (identify problems and causes) in a more technical engineering sense
2. The mission team will evaluate the present maintenance and management strategy of the “Dique Paso de las Piedras” Reservoir this within the framework of the regional water supply, prevention of or mitigation of drought-related impacts and flooding in the region of the City of Bahia Blanca.
3. The mission team will formulate an advice to the Argentinian Government on emergency repair and works to improve the dike and the components and steps needed to be taken to have an effective maintenance and management strategy (on the dike and reservoir) on the mid long term.
4. The mission team will investigate what are the present and foreseen problems associated with the Hydraulic Plan for the Rio Salado Basin in relation to food safety considerations (food safety in relation to flooding).
5. The mission team will identify and document the opportunities for the Dutch Water sector in Argentina regarding the main topic of this emergency mission (dike assessment, maintenance, repair, monitoring etc) and if possible other opportunities that are encoutered.

“Dique Paso de las Piedras” resevoir: This dike is currently in a critical state due to the lack of maintenance during the past four decades, together with the climate variations that have caused recurrent situations of hydraulic emergency related to droughts. Its structural failure would also cause serious flood-related problems, as well as lack of provision of clean drinking and industrial water. As a consequence of the mentioned diagnosis and the strategic relevance of the reservoir a correct functioning of this reservoir is essential for the Province.
A recent study of the dike was performed (October 2015) that recommended what kind of studies should be performed on the dike to know the real condition. These studies have not been executed. The authorities now are not sure if these studies are needed and if another approach would be better. The authorities are very interested in knowing the mission’s team opinion with regard to how to approach the problem with the dike. They believe there should be a more integral approach, taking into account the different functions (users) the reservoir has, not only for clean water consumption, but also for production, environmental and recreational uses.

“Hydraulic Plan for the Rio Salado Basin”: The Rio Salado is the main river basin in the Province of Buenos Aires. Every flood (which are very recurrent) causes immense economic damage, and has a great social and political impact. A Hydraulic Plan was elaborated at the beginning of the year 2000 comprising 5 phases of which 3 are implemented. These phases basically include small and medium infrastructure works along the river, and in some cases buffer reservoirs to control sudden water flows. These have been constructed completely by local companies. Present problems are that many of these constructions have not been appropriately maintained, that all the works, together with climate change and other factors, may have modified the course of the river, the basin lacks an appropriate governance. The result of this situation is that floods along this basin are increasingly recurrent, affecting population and high value agricultural lands and have impact on logistics as the majority of the agricultural goods are transported by road (which are blocked for weeks with each flood event, disrupting the whole value chain, causing economic and financial loss to farmers).