Hydrologist (Project Position)

Kathmandu, Nepal
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) seeks to enable sustainable and resilient mountain development for improved and equitable livelihoods through knowledge and regional cooperation. 

ICIMOD is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Working in partnership with regional and international organizations, ICIMOD aims to influence policy and practices to meet environmental and livelihood challenges emerging in the HKH. ICIMOD provides a platform for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from the region and around the globe to generate and share knowledge, support evidence-based decision making, and encourage regional cooperation. ICIMOD delivers impact through its six Regional Programmes: 1) Adaptation and Resilience Building, 2) Transboundary Landscapes, 3) River Basins and Cryosphere, 4) Atmosphere, 5) Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and 6) Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks. These regional programmes are supported by four Thematic Areas of Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions, and underpinned by Knowledge Management and Communication. ICIMOD seeks to contribute to reduce poverty and vulnerability and improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men, now and in the future.

ICIMOD’s Water and Air Thematic Area conducts hydrological assessments of major HKH river basins. This includes the application of hydrological models, water balance assessments, and flood modelling of river basins at different scales. Similarly, the Thematic Area’s initiatives aim to understand climate change impacts on water resources. 

SERVIR-HKH is a joint development initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and is implemented by ICIMOD in the HKH region under its Mountain Environment Regional Information System Regional Programme. SERVIR works in partnership with leading regional organizations worldwide to help developing countries use information provided by Earth-observing satellites and geospatial technologies for managing climate risks and land use.

The Kangchenjunga Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KLCDI) is a transboundary conservation and development programme jointly implemented by the Governments of Bhutan, India, and Nepal and facilitated and supported by ICIMOD under its Transboundary Landscapes Regional Programme. The initiative emphasizes the transboundary landscape approach advocated and promoted by the Convention on Biological Diversity, which recognizes the importance of establishing habitat linkages among the protected areas, managing the ecosystems in their entirety, and supporting the livelihoods of communities living in the landscape.

Responsibilities and tasks

Under the overall guidance of the Climate and Hydrology Group Lead – Water and Air, and in consultation with the respective Programme Coordinators of KLCDI and SERVIR-HKH for initiative-related activities, the Hydrologist will have the following responsibilities and deliverables:

  1. HKH-SERVIR Initiative 
  • Support hydrological modelling and assessments in the major river basins
  • Integrate the hydrological model output to the MIKE 11 hydrodynamic model presently being operated in the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) in Bangladesh 
  • Support the validation of discharge forecasts produced by various tools from SERVIR initiatives at different basins of HKH
  • Contribute to any other hydrological modelling and data analysis related to SERVIR flood forecasting and warning


  • Review literature on water availability, climate change, energy, ecosystems, and food production in the Kanchenjunga Landscape
  • Develop water availability scenarios with the changing trend of precipitation and temperature in the Kanchenjunga Landscape 
  • Assess the production landscape system of ecosystems, energy, and food based on prevailing climate change trends focusing on water resources
  • Assess the impacts of climate and land use cover change on ecosystems, energy, and food production systems in the landscape and downstream areas

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Masters degree in hydrology, climate change, environmental sciences, geoinformatics, or related subjects with at least three years of relevant work experience is required. A first-level university degree in combination with six years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • One–two years of experience in hydrology, climate change, and water resources specific to mountains in the Himalayan region
  • Experience in hydrological field work, flood modelling, and water resources management and related issues
  • Good record of publications on hydrology, water resources, and climate change
  • Good knowledge of and experience with different hydrological and hydrodynamic models, such as J2000, SWAT Mike 11, and HEC-RAS 
  • Competent GIS and related skills, programming languages (such as R, Python, and MATLAB), and modelling applications


  • Cross-cultural impact: Adapts to various customs and practices and can resolve misunderstandings
  • Result and impact orientation: Navigates through challenging situations to achieve concrete results, successfully transforming outputs to outcomes
  • Teamwork and cooperation: Solicits ideas and opinions to help form specific plans and take decisions cohesively
  • Networking and stakeholder management: Recognizes the needs of different stakeholders and partners to build capacity and solve project issues while maintaining existing professional linkages and building new ones
  • Impactful communication: Applies active listening skills and tailors convincing messages for different audiences, integrating ideas from several sources
  • Continuous improvement and innovation: Identifies opportunities for improvement, encourages new ideas, and implements new technologies to enhance workflow
  • Analytical thinking: Simplifies complex issues to identify the crux of a problem or opportunity in order to make effective, timely decisions
  • Behavioural flexibility and change management: Adapts to change and capably adjusts to new responsibilities and circumstances

Duty Station

The duty station is Kathmandu. Frequent travel and fieldwork will be required.


This is a project position for two years (probation period of six months).


Salaries and benefits of ICIMOD are competitive compared to other regional organizations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Gender and Equity Policy

Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD implements a gender equity policy and is supportive of working women. It operates a day-care centre at the campus and is committed to the integration of gender issues at organizational and programmatic levels.

Method of application

Applicants are requested to apply online before 26 May 2019 through ICIMOD's online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.