Africa nationals: Research Interns

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Ghana 🇬🇭

Ethiopia 🇪🇹

Egypt 🇪🇬

South Africa 🇿🇦



The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is looking for enthusiastic students to tackle Africa’s food, water and climate change challenges through research and development. The early career researchers will work closely with IWMI scientists in various fields, including resilience applications and water accounting as part of the Institute’s Water Secure Africa (WASA) initiative.

The WASA initiative is working with Digital Earth Africa and other partners to develop water applications by integrating remote sensing, ground observations and socioeconomic data. WASA has several internships available to work closely with a team of researchers on a range of activities including the following:

  • Undertake meta-analyses on resilience applications and prepare technical documents.
  • Establish a flood and drought early warning system for selected river basins.
  • Construct historical and current monitoring of floods and droughts using Earth observation data.
  • Produce fine-scale climate risk maps using hazard, exposure and vulnerability indicators to determine climate hot spots and promote climate investment plans.
  • Develop a database of ensemble climate change products for the African continent.
  • Develop improved land use and land cover products for selected river basins using multi-source data integration approaches including machine learning.

Eligibility requirements

Qualifications, exposure and skills

  • Enrolled in/or recently completed a master’s or PhD in Geospatial Science, Hydrology, Computer Science, Geography, Remote Sensing, Earth Science or a related field.
  • Experience in developing applications in a Python environment and/or JavaScript.
  • Working knowledge in statistical packages.
  • Exposure to satellite imagery and/or geospatial data.
  • Excellent academic record in Geospatial Science, Hydrology, Computer Science, Geography, Remote Sensing, Earth Science or a related field.
  • Excellent command of the English language (written and oral).
  • Working knowledge of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Earth Engine, and Google Cloud Platform would be an advantage.

The interns will be based at one of IWMI’s offices in Africa (Ghana, Ethiopia, Egypt or South Africa) or will work remotely depending on the prevailing Covid-19 conditions. One of the five interns will work directly with scientists based at IWMI headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Successful candidates will receive a standard stipend per IWMI guidelines.

The duration of the internship will be for 6 months. This internship program is open to nationals of an African country and women are encouraged to apply.

To apply, visit Applications must be submitted by 24:00 (IST) on October 18, 2021 (Monday).

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is an international, research-for-development organization that works with governments, civil society and the private sector to solve water problems in developing countries and scale up solutions. Through partnership, IWMI combines research on the sustainable use of water and land resources, knowledge services and products with capacity strengthening, dialogue and policy analysis to support implementation of water management solutions for agriculture, ecosystems, climate change and inclusive economic growth. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).

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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