Advisor to the Director General

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Colombo, Sri Lanka 🇱🇰


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is looking for highly motivated professional to join its Head Quarters in Colombo Sri Lanka as an Advisor to the Director General.

The Advisor is a member of the Director General’s Office and works closely with the Director General to support internal coordination across IWMI, liaison with One CGIAR, and external engagements. The Advisor coordinates diverse streams of work that pass through the DGO and require substantive and timely inputs from the DG, often in consultation with senior managers and other staff from across the Institute. She or he advises the DG on internal communications and special initiatives led from the DGO, which may include special administrative, partnership, communication, policy engagement or research initiatives. The Advisor also plays a key role in mobilizing and coordinating contributions from IWMI subject matter experts to presentations, papers, or communications outputs by the DG, as well as coordination of engagement by the DGO in One CGIAR-related activities and processes.


  1. Internal Coordination and Communication
  • Advise the DG on internal communications and lead on drafting internal messaging in close coordination with relevant staff and departments
  • Coordinate the preparation of All-Staff Meetings
  • Assist with preparing Management Team meetings, and track and coordinate follow up to agreed actions. This will require liaison across the Management Team members and others.
  • Assist with preparing papers and presentations for the IWMI Board meetings and One CGIAR meetings.

2. Strategic Initiatives

  • Assist with research for papers and presentations. This will involve review of literature and liaison with relevant researchers.
  • Assist with development of concept papers for initiatives and programs. This will involve coordination with relevant staff and liaison with the DG on content development, and managing inputs to meet deadlines.
  • Advise on and support the preparation of special initiatives led by the DGO relating to administration, partnerships, communications and research, including liaison with staff and external partners.
  • Represent the DG in internal coordination mechanisms for IWMI engagement in international policy processes and platforms, relating for example to environment, climate and food, and support these processes through background research and, in collaboration with other communications and research staff, drafting of related papers, messaging and DG-led communications outputs.
  • Support coordination of development of the new IWMI/One CGIAR Water Strategy.

3. One CGIAR Liaison

  • Track One CGIAR processes to ensure timely follow-up by the DG, including through liaison with staff engaged in One CGIAR activities and with the CGIAR System Office, the One CGIAR Integrated Structure, and other Centers as needed.
  • Manage internal coordination of responses to One CGIAR requests for substantive inputs to the preparation of documents and strategies. This requires liaison and coordination with topical experts in IWMI.

4. External Engagement

  • Manage preparations for presentations by the DG at conferences and on panels, through liaison with subject matter experts on content, and then timely coordination with the DG and relevant staff to translate this into material for presentation, as slidesets and speaking points.
  • Coordinate responses by the DGO to external invitations to events, speaking invitations, and requests for nominations to committees or courses, that require liaison across departments and teams.
  • Support preparations and participation by the DG in global and regional policy conferences.
  • Manage communications outputs from the DGO, including liaison with the Communications unit and research units, ensuring that inputs are well coordinated and outputs, such as opinion pieces, blogs or video messages, are completed in a timely way.
  • Manage the DG’s social media output in close liaison with the Communications unit.




  • Master’s degree in subject area relevant to IWMI’s work.
  • Minimum four years related experience, which includes managing internal and external relationships and knowledge management.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills. Demonstrated ability to convey messages through clear and concise writing.
  • Experience working at international level in a development-related field.


  • Excellent inter-personal, relationship building and communications skills
  • Proven understanding of how to apply research content from across the scope of IWMI’s work to support strategic relationships, initiatives and communications
  • Experience liaising with research and multi-faceted development partners
  • Proven ability to work independently, be flexible and meet deadlines
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and precision.
  • Strong self-motivation whilst being a team player
  • Entrepreneurial mindset with creative approaches to achieving goals,
  • Proven ability to work effectively across boundaries in a multi-disciplinary and multicultural setting.
  • Strong analytical skills.


This is a globally recruited position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an attractive retirement plan, comprehensive international health insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, long-term disability insurance coverage and a transportation allowance. Globally recruited staff who are employed at a duty station outside of their home base/country of nationality will also receive relocation assistance, a housing allowance, home-leave plane tickets for self and eligible dependents and education assistance for eligible dependents.

The duration of the contract will initially be for a three-year period with possible extension.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply for the position by following the application instructions at We will be accepting applications through 24:00 (IST) 9 October, 2022 (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.