Consultant (Multiple-Use Water Services (Part-time))

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Limpopo, South Africa 🇿🇦


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is seeking applications from consultants (part-time) to conduct field studies in selected villages in Sekhukhune and Vhembe districts of Limpopo Province, as part of the Institute’s contribution to the action-research project ‘Operationalizing community-driven multiple-use water services (MUS)’. This project of the Water Research Commission, South Africa, is implemented in collaboration with IWMI and the nongovernmental organization (NGO) Tsogang, with financial support from the African Development Bank (AfDB). The project aims to demonstrate participatory planning for sustainable, multi-purpose infrastructure in selected rural villages (led by Tsogang); to enhance the knowledge base of MUS (led by IWMI); to upscale the MUS approach at district, provincial and national level; and to leverage post-project investments (by the project team).

The consultant is expected to focus on three villages and conduct a rigorous baseline survey; a continuous process documentation of the participatory planning process and construction; and a post-construction survey on sustainable livelihoods gained. Moreover, he/she is expected to support the project’s partnerships and processes of learning, and dissemination and uptake of lessons learned from local to national level.


  • MSc or PhD in social sciences, with proven expertise in rural development and rural water management for domestic and/or productive uses in South Africa or elsewhere.
  • If MSc: at least 3 years of work experience in poverty and gender in rural and water development.
  • A good track record of conducting qualitative and quantitative field research, data management and analysis, and writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills in intercultural settings.
  • Fluency in oral Tshivenda or SePedi language.
  • Residence and/or mobility in Vhembe or Sekhukhune districts of Limpopo Province.

Your application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae together with a cover letterand the names and e-mail addresses of two professional referees.


    Duration of the consultancy will be approximately 2.5 years and is expected to commence in October 2016.

    IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and emphasizes the importance of regional and gender diversity in identifying candidates for this position and its staff more generally.