Sri Lanka nationals: Researcher (Hydrology and Water Management)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Pelawatta, Sri Lanka 🇱🇰


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a CGIAR Research Center is looking for a detail-oriented, self-motivated, and dynamic team player to join IWMI’s headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka as National Researcher – Hydrology and Water Management.

The National researcher will specifically work on developing large scale semi-distributed and distributed hydrological models for Limpopo and Inkomati transboundary basins as a part of the Digital Innovations (DI) Initiative to support basin management. The national researcher will also undertake hydrological modelling activities in bi-lateral projects in Sri Lanka.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Implement hydrological modelling of large transboundary basins using open source/free modelling tools like QSWAT, HBV, airGR, HEC-HMS, etc
  • Undertake multi-scale water resources assessments to support operational management of basins
  • Support to port the developed hydrological models into web-platforms to enable ease of access for the stakeholders
  • Comprehensive assessment of current state and scenario simulation for the future of the hydrological processes including climate and land use change impacts.
  • Collect, manage, and analyze both spatial and non-spatial hydrological data for basins in which IWMI has long term engagements.
  • Lead in preparation for events/workshops/conferences in the form of background analysis, concept notes and presentations.
  • Draft project and research reports.
  • Engage with key stakeholders for project implementation and dissemination of project outcomes to contribute to development goals.
  • Assist in developing new research proposals.
  • Produce articles for peer-reviewed publication.




  • PhD with 3 to 5 years experience or master with 5 to 7 years experience in the field of hydrology and water management or a closely related discipline.
  • Prior experience in applying Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) for water resources assessment of large basins.
  • Experience in learning and applying new hydrological modelling tools for basin scale water resources assessment.
  • Strong analytical mindset.
  • Peer reviewed publications on hydrological modelling, climate change impact assessment, etc


  • An understanding of development challenges, especially in relation to river basin water and food security, in India and broadly South Asia.
  • Experience in using distributed hydrological models like VIC, mHM, etc
  • Proven competence in spatial and non-spatial data analysis


What we are offering:

This is a nationally recruited position and only candidates who are eligible to work in Sri Lanka 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 three years.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply for the position by following the application instructions at We will be accepting applications through 24:00 (IST) December 31, 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.





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