Theme Leader - Water Futures

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsProject/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th February, 2015

Job Description

Specific Duties and Responsibilities


  • Engage a team of international researchers who aim to enhance our understanding of the interplay between physical hydro-economic systems and decision-making environments, such as political economy, and legal and governance factors.
  • Identify global development trends, set short- and long-term objectives, and structure the theme to deliver quality and relevant research outputs.
  • Offer science-based solutions and decision-support tools to enhance cooperation, and equitable, socioeconomic and environmentally sustainable allocation of resources across sectors and borders at the river basin scale.
  • Maintain recognition as a leading scientist and development practitioner as demonstrated through the publication of academic and practical research outputs, and/or contributions made to policy development, investment plans, and facilitation of improved water and land management practices. Collaborate to achieve high impact and secure financial resources
  • In partnership with IWMI’s business development team, secure resources for effective implementation of the Water Futures theme, and lead engagement with relevant donors through effective networking and proposal development.
  • Collaborate with IWMI’s regional and global uptake professionals to report on progress made towards achieving goals, and to ensure that the Institute’s research is well positioned, demand-driven, and responsive to current and future challenges.
  •  Collaborate with leaders of IWMI’s other research themes, regional directors, office heads, CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) and key partners to develop cohesive strategies and ensure cross-fertilization of concepts, ideas and results.
  • Disseminate key research outputs and outcomes at national, regional and global levels in collaboration with IWMI’s professional communication teams.
  • Represent IWMI at international conferences and act as a spokesperson on issues related to the Water Futures theme. Manage and coordinate
  • Oversee the team’s finances and resources according to plans and budgets to ensure timely, high-quality outputs are in line with relevant policies and procedures.
  • Lead and motivate staff in accordance with IWMI’s policies and practices, which includes planning and directing work, appraising performance, guiding professional development and managing employee relations issues.
  • Model cultural agility, integrity and respect across the organization, and in all interactions with stakeholders.
  • Ensure that IWMI delivers on its relevant agreed contributions and strategic commitments to the CGIAR global research partnership and CRPs.


Minimum Qualification


  • A PhD with a background in economics or agricultural/resource economics and water resource systems.
  • A minimum of 10 years research experience and a strong publication record in peer-reviewed international journals, research impact and/or other acknowledgments.
  • Successful experience of working at an international level in developing regions of the world.


Skills & abilities :     

  • A strategic communicator who can take scientific research findings and persuade policy-makers, international agencies, donors and other stakeholders of its relevance.
  • An economist with the quantitative and modeling skills that link hydrology and water/agricultural economics, with a body of published research to back up that expertise.
  • A hands-on, team leader with demonstrated skills in managing world-class researchers to deliver high-quality, actionable results.
  • A strong strategic planner with the ability to develop and deliver strategic initiatives to advance the research agenda of the Water Futures theme



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