Norway nationals: Young ICIMOD Professional Programme (YIPP)

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Kathmandu, Nepal
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Working in partnership with regional and international organizations, ICIMOD aims to influence policy and practices to meet environmental and livelihood challenges emerging in the HKH. ICIMOD provides a platform for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from the region and around the globe to generate and share knowledge, support evidence-based decision making, and encourage regional cooperation. ICIMOD delivers impact through its six Regional Programmes: 1) Adaptation and Resilience Building, 2) Transboundary Landscapes, 3) River Basins and Cryosphere, 4) Atmosphere, 5) Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and 6) Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks. These regional programmes are supported by four Thematic Areas of Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions, and underpinned by Knowledge Management and Communication. ICIMOD seeks to reduce poverty and vulnerability and improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men, now and in the future.

ICIMOD and the Government of Norway have a long history of collaboration. The inclusion of more Norwegian staff at ICIMOD helps take this collaboration further. In order to strengthen institutional capacity and provide valuable on-the-job experience to young professionals from Norway, ICIMOD has created a Young Professional position.  


ICIMOD’s Thematic Areas focus on discipline-specific knowledge products. Working in partnership, the Thematic Areas develop customized tools and methodologies and conduct innovative applied research to support future programme development. They are seen as core competencies and as pillars for the implementation of Regional Programmes.  


The Young Professional will be placed within one of two ICIMOD Thematic Areas, either Water and Air or Livelihoods, while working with relevant initiatives.

The Young Professional will work, depending on his/her academic background, in one of the following areas:

  • Atmospheric pollution (science, modelling, mitigation)
  • Cryosphere (remote sensing/GIS for cryosphere, mass balance, glacial lakes, permafrost)
  • Adaptation and resilience (e.g. revival of springs – its science and social impacts), livelihoods (social science background)

Selection Process

We invite young professionals from Norway to apply through ICIMOD’s online application system. Applicants should submit Expressions of Interest in the Young ICIMOD Professional Programme (YIPP). Selected applicants will spend a year at ICIMOD during which time they will work with highly experienced scientists from the HKH region and across the globe.  


Their Expression of Interest should include the following: 

  • A letter of motivation 
  • A one to two page essay on a topic relating to at least one of ICIMOD’s two Thematic Areas mentioned above (Water and Air, and Livelihoods), with possible ideas for relevant applied research 
  • A personal profile (CV) including educational background and relevant coursework 

Criteria for selection

  • The candidate should have at least a Master’s degree in a field related to one of the two ICIMOD Thematic Areas mentioned above (Water and Air, and Livelihoods) 
  • A recent Master’s graduate with no more than two years of postgraduate work experience  
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team across different programmes and projects  
  • Ability to work across teams, maintain cultural and gender sensitivity, and contribute to building team spirit


  • Cross Cultural Impact: Ability to adapt personal style, manners, and communication to accommodate various cultures
  • Result Orientation: Ability to works independently with strong sense of initiative, discipline, and self-motivation and take responsibility for fulfilling goals
  • Team Work and Cooperation: Ability to work effectively and smoothly across teams with intercultural sensitivity and take actions to build a cohesive work climate in which all members are included
  • Analytical Thinking: Ability to analyse data, to bring different viewpoints into the decision making process, and to sets priorities among competing interests
  • Networking/Stakeholder Management: Ability to maintain existing linkages and effectively communicate with stakeholders and other external parties on different levels
  • Impactful Communication: Ability to present and discuss ideas effectively within the team along with demonstrated active listening skills.
  • Continuous Improvement and Innovation: Ability to implement new technologies and approaches and present opportunities while making improvements in their own work area. Able to questions status quo practices/traditions and assumptions

Duty Station

The duty station is Kathmandu; frequent travelling in the HKH region may be required


One year, of which the first three months will be probationary

Starting Date

As early as possible


The Young Professional will be paid a monthly lump sum, the level of which will depend on the applicant’s academic level and experience. Additional perquisites include the refund of one round-trip air ticket from the applicant’s home base to Kathmandu, and a housing allowance of up to USD 200 per month.

Gender and Equity Policy

Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD implements a gender equity policy and is supportive of working women. It operates a day-care centre at the campus and is committed to integrating gender issues at the organizational and programme levels.

Method of application

Applicants are requested to apply online before 21 Oct 2018 through ICIMOD's online application system.

Please ensure that the letter of motivation, the essay, and CV are attached to your online profile.  

 Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.