Contact details
Title: Prof
Name: Joel Nobert Kirway
College/School/Division: Institute of Resource Assessment
Role: Director, Institute of Resource Assessment
Current Summarised CV:

Posts Held at the University Of Dar es Salaam

  1. Director – Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA) – University of Dar es Salaam, December 2021 – To date
  2. Acting Director – Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA) – University of Dar es Salaam, August 2018 – December 2021
  3. Head, Department of Water Resources Engineering, July 2012 – September 2018
  4. Associate Professor:          September 2022
  5. Senior Lecturer:    July 2013- 2022
  6. Lecturer:   October 2006 – July 2013
  7. Timetable Coordinator, CoET, 2008 – July 2012
  8. Coordinator, Hydraulic Laboratory, Water Resources Engineering Department, July 2009 – July 2012
  9. Assistant Lecturer, October 2001 – October 2006


Professional Experience

  1. Environment and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and RAP for an electrified Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line from Mwanza to Isaka (2021-2022), Client: Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC), Position: Water Resources Engineer/Hydrologist
  2. Provision of Consultancy Services for Preparation of an Integrated Water Resource Management and Development Plan for the Lake Victoria Basin, Ministry of Water, August 2019 – Feb. 2022, Team Leader – Water Resources Planner
  3. Provision of consultancy services for the develoapment of an Integrated Water Resources Management and Development Plan (IWRMDP) for the Wami-Ruvu basin. Client: Ministry of Water, Tanzania. Funded through World Bank, Position: Water Resources Modeller-subcontracted by Yekom Consulting Firm, 2017-2020
  4. Consultancy services for preparation of land use, investment plan and Design of facilities for dry port at Kwala/Vigwaza in Ruvu Coast Region, 2019; Hydrologist
  5. Provision of technical consultancy services for proposed water supply to communities along Lake Tanganyika shores in Kigoma region, Client: Ministry of Water, Subcontracted by Khatib & Alami Consulting Engineers Offshore S.A.L, Position: Hydrologist, Oct 2018 – April 2019
  6. Provision of technical consultancy services for proposed Muze group water supply gravity scheme in Sumbawanga district council. Sub-contracted by: Lahmeyer Consulting Engineers Tanzania Ltd, Hydrologist, 2018
  7. Providing consultancy service for conducting training on GIS and land use decision support tool for staff from institutions participating in implementation of the project “securing watershed services through sustainable land management in the Ruvu and Zigi catchments (Eastern Arc Region), Tanzania. Funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF) through UNDP, Client: Ministry of Water, Apr-July 2018
  8. Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the proposed 240-MW Gas-fired Thermal Power Plant in Somanga-Fungu, Kilwa district, Lindi, Client: Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd (TANESCO), subcontracted by ERM Japan, Position: Hydrologist, 2017-2018
  9. Provision of consultancy services for feasibility study, detailed engineering design, preparations of tender documents, supervise construction of main works, and distribution network for combined water supply scheme to 57 villages of 16 wards in Kyerwa district, Sub-contracted by: Lahmeyer Consulting Engineers Tanzania Ltd, Position: Hydrologist, 2017
  10. Biophysical modelling and economic valuation of ecosystem services for the Rufiji river. Client: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 2016 – 2017
  11. Assessment on the state of hydrological services and recommendations for their improvement in selected countries in Africa. Tanzania case study, Client: World Bank, subcontracted by Water for Life Solutions, LLC, 107 Pleasant Street, NW, Position: Water Resources Expert, Year: 2016
  12. Water allocation modelling for Ruvu basin Client: The International Institute for Environment & Development of 80-86 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8NH, UK (“IIED”), Year: 2016, Water Resources Modeller
  13. Development of the Nile Basin Water Resources Atlas, Client: Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat, Water Resources Specialist, 2015-2016
  14. Hydropower Potential on the Lower Lukosi River, Tanzania, Client: Kastan Mining PLC, BWM-Special Economic Zone, Position - Individual consultant – Hydrologist, 2015
  15. Project Name: Meeting the Water Supply and Sanitation MDG’s: Human resource development requirements in Tanzania. Client: International Water Association (IWA) through Cap-Net, Year 2012, Position: Consultant/Water Resources Engineer.
  16. Project Name: Development of the MIKEBASIN dynamic water budget and water allocation model for the Kagera River Basin, Client: NELSAP, July 2012
  17. Project Name: Integrated Water Resources Development and Management Plan (IWRDMP) for the Internal Drainage Basin (IDB), Client: Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Tanzania, Water Supply Expert, Year: 2010
  18. Project Name: Bariadi Town Water Supply Project, Phase II, Year: 2010, Client: Bariadi District Council, Shinyanga, Tanzania, subcontracted by NORPLAN (T) Ltd, Position held: Team leader (Hydrologist/Water Resources Engineer)


Membership and Registration


  1. Researcher in the Nile Basin Capacity Building Network for River Engineering (NBCBN-RE)
  2. Professional Engineer, Registered with the Tanzania Engineers Registration Board (ERB), P. Eng, Registration No. 4658
  3. Environmental Expert, Registered by National Environmental Management Council (NEMC)



  1. Board Member, Water Net Board of Trustee, SADC, 2020- To date
  2. Institute of Resource Assessment Board Chair
  3. Institute of Resource Assessment Management - Chair
  4. University of Dar es Salaam Workers Council – Member
  5. Board Member, Water Net Board of Trustee, SADC, 2020- To date
  6. Member, WaterNet Management Board of Trustees, November 2020 - To date
  7. Member, Technical Force of Experts (TFE) for the Ministry of Water on reviewing IWRM plans for the 4 basins (Lake Tanganyika, Lake Nyasa, Lake Rukwa and Pangani basins) from 2013 – 2015
  8. Regional Network member for Nile Basin Decision Support System (NBDSS) under Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)
  9. External Examiner, Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) from 2015 – to date


Patents, major awards, prizes, projects and other recognition

  1. A reviewer of Tanzania Journal of Engineering and Technology (TJET)
  2. A reviewer of Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences (HESS)


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