Postdoctoral Fellow (Social Science)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 🇪🇹


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) invites applications from highly motivated early career scientists to join a team of experts as a Postdoctoral Fellow – Social Science.

Under the guidance of a senior researcher, the Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to the International Water Management Institute’s (IWMI’s) research for development portfolio in East Africa, including work on migration and rural development, water governance, gender and social transformation issues.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to IWMI’s work on migration and rural development, including work carried out under the AGRUMIG project (funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme).
  • Develop an effective and sustainable body of funded work by contributing to proposal development with partners.
  • Deliver research for development projects using a variety of methods, including action research, with a focus on finding innovations and solutions to tackle key development challenges.
  • Support effective communication of research results including the development of narratives on key sustainable growth and development issues in East Africa.
  • Proactively support IWMI’s efforts in establishing and strengthening partnerships with institutions at all levels in the East Africa region, including on issues such as circular economy, migration, social transformation, gender and digital inclusion.
  • Substantially contribute to the authorship of key research outputs including, but not limited to, research papers and journal articles, blogs and webcasts/podcasts, multimedia presentations and social media.


Qualifications and Experience

  • A PhD in humanities and the social sciences with experience in rural transformation processes, migration, gender and inclusion.
  • Experience in research for development, preferably in East Africa, in areas such as water governance for inclusive economic development and climate resilience, rural transformation, gender and social inclusion, and participatory approaches to natural resource management and governance.
  • Experience in working on research for development projects and collaborating with multiple partners to deliver policy influence and practical results.
  • Experience in transforming research results into knowledge products that have impact and reach, including through communication at major conferences and via other platforms, including social media.
  • Specific experience in migration and rural transformation preferred, especially in the East Africa region.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong track record of publications (preferably in internationally peer-reviewed journals).
  • Knowledge of proposal writing for innovative research for development projects.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively with academic and non-academic stakeholders.
  • Excellent social science research skills, including participatory approaches to natural resource management and governance.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and capacity to work in a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional and multicultural environment.
  • Excellent communications skills and the ability to explain complex issues clearly to diverse audiences, including at an international level.
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Knowledge of other regionally-relevant languages would be an advantage.



This is an internationally recruited position with a fixed, two-year contract. IWMI offers an annualized base salary of USD 40,600 and comprehensive health, life, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D), long-term disability (LTD) and travel insurance, as well as a transportation allowance. If the successful candidate requires international relocation, they may be eligible for additional allowances, which could include shipping assistance, education, and home leave travel support for the employee and eligible dependents.

The successful candidate will be based at IWMI’s East Africa and Nile Basin Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through November 8, 2021 (Monday) at 24:00 (IST). Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Your application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae and a letter describing your motivation and how your knowledge, training and experience match IWMI’s requirements stated above. It must also include the names and contact information of three professional referees (indicating your relationship to each) who will be contacted if you are short-listed for the position.

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.