Zimbabwe nationals: Researcher (Participatory Action Research)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Harare, Zimbabwe 🇿🇼


Key accountabilities on the Initiative:

The chosen candidate will work closely with the country living lab coordinator and the Agroecology team in Zimbabwe to undertake the following activities.


  • Contribute to the design and implementation of participatory action research techniques in the living lab to ensure farmer/community participation in all aspects of the research, including the design of research questions, survey tools, data collection, analysis of results and, ultimately, application of co-created solutions.
  • Work with partners, farmers, communities and other stakeholders to ensure open and effective communication and collaboration on all elements of research
  • Consider how local knowledge, within the specific context of the Zimbabwe living lab can be integrated into project activities and contribute positively to the outcomes of the initiative
  • Contribute to the design and establishment of the national stakeholder platform in Zimbabwe to ensure representation of all key stakeholders including the local communities and farmers and representation of women, youth and marginalized groups.
  • Conduct participatory GIS mapping in the context of the living lab to understand agricultural practices and natural resource (including water) use and ecosystem service provision.
  • Provide support with situation/landscape analyses to identify status of ecosystem services and natural resources within the living lab, including stakeholder mapping
  • Conduct systematic reviews and meta-analysis and synthesis to design an analytical framework map/identify the gaps opportunities and synergies across water, land, ecosystem and food systems in Zimbabwe
  • Co-author reports (including work package reports and research reports) and papers and edit publications
  • Contribute to the design and participate in workshops and training events
  • Participate as appropriate in monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment processes, including reports of MELIA on Work Package 1 activities.
  • Support the Initiative’s Communication activities
  • Conduct other tasks as required


  • Co-created research objectives, methodologies and data collection.
  • Reports and papers describing co-development processes and research conducted, including participatory GIS mapping.


Specific experience required:

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience, including working on research and development projects promoting, planning, designing and implementing agricultural interventions & Masters degree in relevant disipline.
  • Proven experience of working with local communities and designing and implementing participatory processes, including data collection
  • Knowledge of GIS including participatory GIS mapping
  • Experience of working in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams
  • Experience in capacity building and training programs for diverse participants.
  • Excellent analytical, time management skills.
  • Ability to prioritize work & achieve stretch targets.
  • Strong organization skills with the ability to multi-task.
  • Attention to detail, precision, and problem-solving skills.
  • Personal attributes include high standards of conduct, respect, flexibility, diplomacy and sound work ethics.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, managers and other stakeholders
  • Effective listening skills, excellent verbal and written communications skills in English. Verbal Shona for field activities


What we are offering:

This is a nationally recruited position and only candidates who are eligible to work in Zimbabwe will be considered. IWMI offers a competitive salary and benefits package, inclusive of health insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, and long-term disability coverage. The duration of the contract will initially be for a period of two years with the possibility of extension.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply for the position by following the application instructions at www.iwmi.org/jobs. Include the names of 3 referees who may be contacted if you are shortlisted. We will be accepting applications through 24:00 (IST) July 30, 2022 but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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.