Senior Researcher (Water Governance and Policy)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Sri Lanka 🇱🇰

IWMI regional offices 🇮🇳


Water governance helps build equality and social inclusion whilst underpinning responses to the climate crisis and supporting transformations in food, land and water systems. IWMI seeks a dynamic colleague who can take forward our portfolio of research and partnership-building to support more effective water governance through policy and institutional reforms at multiple scale. The successful individual will provide scientific leadership and strategic guidance to IWMI and the One CGIAR Water systems unit.

They will work across a range of water-related areas that may include:

  • governance reform, political economy and economic development
  • law and regulation
  • policy reform and institutional change for climate adaptation and resilience
  • policy implementation across the water, energy, food and environment nexus
  • rights-based approaches to gender, youth and inclusion

They will lead on resource mobilization for our water governance portfolio and represent IWMI and One CGIAR in water-related policy platforms at national, regional and global levels. Working with key stakeholders, they will catalyze inter-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge exchange across the Water Systems Unit of the One CGIAR while collaborating with governments, universities, civil society organizations, and other key stakeholders beyond One CGIAR to build a new generation of water governance, policy and political economy specialists.



  • A PhD in Social Sciences, Political Science, Environmental Law, Human Geography or similar discipline with at least 10 years of research experience in Asia, Africa, MENA or Latin America.
  • Familiarity with current academic and policy debates and well-versed in key research approaches, particularly in water, climate and environmental governance, social transformation processes, politics and power dynamics, migration and rural development.
  • Knowledge of past and current trends in water governance including in relation to climate change, social transformation and economic development in one or more regions where IWMI works.
  • Publications in peer reviewed journals and a proven ability to engage with the media and public policy fora on a range of topics.
  • Experience working with theories of change and policy influencing processes.
  • Excellent team-building and inter-personal skills, both in-person and through remote management, and a demonstrable ability to multi-task and work at ease across multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.


This is a globally recruited position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an attractive retirement plan, comprehensive international insurance coverage, and a transportation allowance. If the successful candidate requires an international relocation, the candidate may be eligible for additional allowances, which include housing, education, shipping assistance, and home leave transportation for employee and eligible dependents. The duration of the contract will initially be three years with possible extension.

To Apply

Your application must include your curriculum vitae, publications record, a cover letter that addresses the above stated requirements, and contact information of a minimum of three professional referees. At least 2 of the provided referees must be former or current supervisors. Referees will only be contacted with the prior consent of the candidate. All applications will be acknowledged, however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Applications will be accepted until 24:00 hours (IST) on 24 October 2021.

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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