Water and Climate Specialist – International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

IWMI is a research-for-development (R4D) organization, with offices in 13 countries and a global network of scientists operating in more than 30 countries. For over three decades, our research results have led to changes in water management that have contributed to social and economic development.

IWMI’s Vision reflected in its Strategy 2019-2023, is ‘a water-secure world’. IWMI targets water and land management challenges faced by poor communities in developing countries, and through this contributes towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of reducing poverty and hunger and maintaining a sustainable environment.

IWMI’s Strategy 2019-2023 responds directly to the demand for innovative, scientifically tested water management solutions for sustainable development. With offices in 13 countries and a global network of scientists operating in more than 30 countries, our research, at field to basin and regional scales, will address three high-priority water challenges:

Food – To improve food security while sustainably managing water resources and ecosystems.

Climate – To adapt to and mitigate climate change while building resilience to water-related disasters and disruption.

Growth – To reduce poverty and advance inclusion with equality as agriculture transforms, energy transitions and urbanization intensifies.

Going forward, IWMI will expand and intensify its efforts to deliver water solutions and bring about broad systemic change, and build on our extensive web of strategic alliances with fellow CGIAR centers and other national and international partners across the world.

The IWMI Gender and Inclusion Strategy 2020-2023 supports implementation of the IWMI Strategy 2019-2023, by ensuring that gender equality and inclusion are central to the Institute’s three Strategic Programs – water, food and ecosystems; water, climate change and resilience; and water, growth and inclusion – and to its fourth crosscutting program pillar on digital innovations.

Location – Delhi, India

Closing date: Septmeber 11, 2022

Description

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a CGIAR Research Center is looking for a competent, self-motivated, and dynamic candidate to join as the IRS – Water and climate specialist.

The incumbent will work across different work packages of the CGIAR’s MITIGATE+ initiative in Bangladesh as well as six other countries covered by the initiative.

GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Contribute to country reports and literature reviews on climate, food and land national strategies and policies on aspects related to land and water-based mitigation.
  • Generate country-specific data on emissions linked to water and food systems (reservoirs, rice fields, groundwater pumping, wetlands) using country statistics, life cycle inventory data, etc.
  • Analyze water-carbon tradeoffs in different crop & management systems.
  • Conduct reviews to identify data gaps, assess water adaptation strategies, etc.
  • Use a combination of modelling and field measurements in selected countries to generate tier 2 emission factors.
  • Conduct time sequence analysis to understand changes in GHG emissions.
  • Coordinate IWMI’s data collection work in Bangladesh or other focus countries and lead/contribute to relevant activities as needed through designing and implementing research, liaising with partners, hiring and managing consultants, conducting interviews and workshops, etc.
  • Publish journal articles, reports, and blogs highlighting IWMI’s contribution and findings within the MITIGATE+ initiative.

Requirements

Qualifications, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • A PhD in environmental engineering, civil engineering, environmental sciences, water management or related field is required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience on water and climate change is required.
  • Track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience of working in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Experience with the IPCC methodology for emissions calculation and knowledge of the principles of hydrology is required.
  • Familiarity with creating and using life cycle inventories is required, knowledge of carbon footprint, water footprint or life cycle analysis methodologies are desirable.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the water adaptation and mitigation approaches and challenges.
  • Experience in water resources modelling and managing large climate data sets.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Experience in using Earth Observation / Remote Sensing tools is desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to write and communicate clearly.
  • Fluency in English is required, knowledge of other regional languages is an asset.

What we are offering:

This is a globally recruited position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an attractive retirement plan, comprehensive international health insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, long-term disability insurance coverage and a transportation allowance. Globally recruited staff who are employed at a duty station outside of their home base/country of nationality will also receive relocation assistance, a housing allowance, home-leave plane tickets for self and eligible dependents and education assistance for eligible dependents.

The duration of the contract will initially be for a three-year period with possible extension.

HOW TO APPLY: We will be accepting applications through 24:00 (IST) September11, 2022 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis). Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

IWMI believes that diversity powers our innovation, contributes to our excellence, and is critical for our mission. We offer a multi-cultural, multi-color, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary working environment. We are consciously creating an inclusive organization that reflects our global character and our commitment to gender equity. We, therefore, encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

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