International Researcher (Hydrologist)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Lahore, Pakistan 🇵🇰


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a CGIAR Research Center is looking for a competent, self-motivated, and dynamic candidate to join as Researcher –Hydrologist.

The Researcher –Hydrologist is responsible for performing a variety of groundwater modelling, hydrological and hydraulic modelling, flood management and forecasting studies in the Indus and Non-Indus basin for the various donor funded water resources projects for the IWMI Pakistan portfolio. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, designing and implementing groundwater management strategies to achieve sustainable water management through improved practices. The candidate must have advanced knowledge of surface-ground water hydrological modelling, remote sensing applications in water resources & irrigation, hydraulic modelling, flood management and forecasting studies, and have good experience in stakeholder engagement processes. Working with the project leadership and national and international partners, the Researcher will be part of a multi-national and multidisciplinary team that is contributing towards developing a groundwater and flood forecasting models for the basin by providing state-of-art modelling tools, guidelines, training and facilitation for analysis and research for development. The Researcher will contribute to the research activities, including literature reviews, field data collection, analytical work, high level policy analysis, and coordination with stakeholders and project partners in the water and climate sectors. The Researcher will also organize project-related events, workshops, training, and field work involving various stakeholders and contribute to writing donor reports and research publications.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrated knowledge in working with hydrological and hydraulic models and proven experience in river modelling and/or flood forecasting for the basin and sub-basin scale in rural and urban environments.
  • Lead in conducting relevant research and provide expertise in hydrology and hydraulic modelling to the national programs in the assessment of climate, surface water and groundwater resources and their efficient use.
  • Design and execute three-dimensional groundwater models to understand and quantify spatial and temporal groundwater management including recharge and discharge mechanism from field to basin scales.
  • Lead the technical tasks on groundwater modelling (develop, calibrate and validation the model including the sensitivity analysis) projects that may include but are not limited to quantify the volumes of groundwater used and sustainably available under current and future climate and socio-economic conditions and the assess the impact of current and future water use on the hydrological system.
  • Lead in carrying out analytical work for compiling earth land surface datasets including rainfall, digital elevation model (DEM), watershed characteristics, soil characteristics, and land use land cover data from various satellite remote sensing archives.
  • Parameterizing the groundwater and flood forecasting model using the collected data from different data repositories.
  • Excellent command in data review, planning regional investigations and interpretation of aquifer parameters from aquifer tests, use of Geographic Information System (GIS) applications to develop and review model inputs and outputs for the Indus and Non-Indus basin study area.
  • Pre/post-process the primary data in the different image processing software and analyze the datasets for watershed characteristics to identify the potential recharge zones
  • Calibrate and validate the groundwater model for different land use and climate change scenarios.
  • Take lead in stakeholder engagements with relevant government departments and partners to ensure that important local, national and regional demands in the Indus basin for research for development are identified and incorporated into the research activities specific to hydrologic modelling and flood forecasting.
  • Facilitate participatory processes; stakeholders’ engagement and partnerships; co-designing of innovations; and project management.
  • Support the IWMI Country Representative in managing other relevant bilateral projects.
  • Identify new research trends and niches and develop multi-year multi-partner proposals for innovative research.
  • Lead and contribute to proposal writing and fundraising opportunities for bilateral and multilateral funding sources.
  • Provide information on relevant projects and research results and breakthroughs for communication to donors, research users, partners, networks and policy platforms.
  • Disseminate research findings via peer-reviewed publications; convene and attend workshops, conferences and webinars in a range of international, regional and national settings.


Qualifications, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • A PhD or equivalent in agricultural engineering, hydrology, water resources, irrigation engineering or a closely related field.
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant post-doctoral professional experience, preferably related to research, and with project management experience in a Pakistan or South Asia context.
  • Proven knowledge of surface-ground hydrological modelling tools and flood forecasting methodologies
  • Proven skills of working with the development of hydraulics models for flood forecasting of rivers within the Basin
  • Prior experience for computing the changes in water storage on different spatio-temporal bases.
  • Proven experience in designing and implementing approaches for development of the hydrological and hydraulic models in data scarce environments.
  • Lead in developing policies to help improve groundwater recharge and management in areas where groundwater is the prime source of irrigation water
  • Must have a strong analytical mindset.
  • Experience in engaging with regional and international professional networks and building strong partnerships with different categories of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated evidence of participatory processes; ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders; and excellent project management skills.
  • Evidence of scientific publishing is demonstrated by a very good publication record in peer-reviewed journals, research impact and other acknowledgements.
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills and the ability to process large temporal and spatial datasets.
  • Ability to use advanced spatial analysis, Geographic Information Systems tools and hydrological modelling approaches for multiple scale assessments.
  • Independent and critical scientific thought including a sound understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of spatial tools for hydrological modelling and flood forecasting studies at different spatial scales.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to explain development challenges and complex interdisciplinary water, environment, and climate sectors.
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


What we are offering:

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) December 28, 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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