Thursday, June 12, 2014


EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Theme Leader--Sustainable Agricultural Water Management

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is is recruiting for a Theme Leader (TL) to direct the research theme on Sustainable Agricultural Water Management, and is looking to hire a highly motivated and skilled individual to fill the position. The TL will direct the respective IWMI research theme, and provide inspiring ‘research for development’ leadership of the theme that is seen as relevant to meeting today’s development challenges.

The TL will be responsible for leading the research carried out under the specific research theme; managing, coordinating and resourcing IWMI’s research for the theme; working with Uptake Specialists, Communications, Office Heads and Regional Directors to ensure that IWMI’s outputs have high impact; and working with IWMI’s business development staff to secure resources for the theme and support strategic business development. The TL will report to the Deputy Director General - Research and will be based either at IWMI’s headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, or in one of IWMI’s main regional offices in Asia or Africa that is relevant to the subject area of the theme.


IWMI’s research theme on Sustainable Agricultural Water Management aims to intensify agricultural productivity sustainably, and improve access to water and land resources with a focus on smallholders. The theme will produce scalable and sustainable solutions to increase the productivity of water and land resources in resilient agricultural systems, with or without supplementary irrigation. Building on IWMI’s strong track record in this area, the theme will develop policy, legal and institutional frameworks and investment options that provide poor and vulnerable populations, especially in Africa, with access to water and land resources that provide livelihood opportunities in rural areas; and implement technical and policy interventions along the continuum from rainfed to irrigated agriculture with due consideration of the value of ecosystem services. Sustainable development and management of groundwater, and the policy, regulatory and institutional frameworks and incentives needed to both utilize and conserve this increasingly important resource is a major element of this theme.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: June 30, 2014

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