Wednesday, April 30, 2014


EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Researcher-Social Sciences (Gender, Poverty and Institutions)

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), seeks a social science researcher to be based at IWMI headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) explores and supports a paradigm shift in sustainable intensification of agricultural production systems through placing natural resources at the forefront of our production systems. WLE is organized into five Strategic Research Portfolios (SRPs): Irrigated systems, Rainfed systems, Resource recovery and reuse, River basins, and Information systems. The two crosscutting themes of Ecosystem services and resilience (ESS&R), and Gender, poverty and institutions underpin the program. The scope of WLE is global, with a large proportion of the research efforts concentrated in four priority focal regions: Nile, Niger/Volta, Ganges and Greater Mekong.

As set out in WLE’s Gender Strategy, achieving the program’s vision demands transformative research and action grounded in improved understanding and recognition of the importance of the influence of social relations and institutions in shaping women’s and men’s roles and capacities in agriculture and their relationship to water, land and ecosystems, both as stewards and consumers. The Researcher – Social Sciences (Gender, Poverty and Institutions) will provide social science perspectives, methodologies and analysis to carry out components of research projects related to water, land and ecosystems under the themes of gender, poverty and institutions.

The position holder will report to the Coordinator - Gender, Poverty and Institutions, WLE, and be based at the headquarters of IWMI in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The successful candidate will:

  • conduct research and/or lead component(s) of research projects;
  • conceive of and define research projects, approaches and related activities independently or in consultation with senior researchers and  project leaders;
  • oversee successful integration of social science research with biophysical research findings and understanding;
  • ensure preparation of high-quality research products, including review of the work of others to ensure that quality standards are met;
  • mentor junior researchers and students; and
  • initiate, develop and sustain partnerships with WLE collaborators.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: May 22, 2014

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