Postdoctoral Fellow on Water, Energy, Food and Ecosystems

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Anand, Gujarat, India 🇮🇳


The Post-Doctoral Fellow – Water, Energy, Food and Ecosystems will be part of the CGIAR Research Initiative on NEXUS Gains: Realizing Multiple Benefits Across Water, Energy, Food and Ecosystems. The fellow will play a key role in the NEXUS Gains activities in the Ganges basin, particularly in the areas of governance and energizing food and water systems. The successful candidate will be familiar with the policy landscape on water-energy-food-ecosystems in India / South Asia, have knowledge of business models and governance issues associated with Water-Energy-Food and Ecosystems and have relevant experience in active stakeholder engagement. Working with the project leadership as well as with other CGIAR colleagues and national and international partners, the fellow will be part of a multi-national and multidisciplinary team that is contributing towards realizing gains across the water, energy, food and ecosystems in transboundary river basins by establishing and mainstreaming nexus thinking and providing tools, guidelines, training and facilitation for analyses and research for development.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the conceptualization, development and deployment of alternate business models for rapid, effective, equitable and sustainable deployment of renewable energy applications in agriculture especially in Ganga basin.
  • Contribute to co-developing and implementing rigorous data collection and monitoring protocols in field experiments and action research pilots to test alternate business and finance models for solar energy applications in agriculture.
  • Assess policy implications of action research field pilots related to accelerating equitable, affordable and sustainable energy access in eastern Ganga basin.
  • Provide inputs for the development of a ‘groundwater governance toolbox’ for Ganga basin by undertaking a comprehensive review of groundwater governance experiences, experiments and tools in India and South Asia.
  • Contribute to stakeholder engagement and institutional analyses to understand interests, role, influence and efforts in shaping policies at various scales.
  • Conceptualize, plan and organize policy dialogues and consultations in Ganga basin in partnership with relevant provincial and national government departments and national, regional and international partners.
  • Contribute to cross-country and cross-basin learning and synthesis – including, for instance, on international experiences and best practices in co-management of water, energy, food and ecosystems.
  • Maintain a high level of research output for publication outlets, including peer-reviewed journals within the wider scientific community, on topics of close relevance to the work.
  • Support the IWMI Anand Office Lead and IWMI India Country Representative in managing the IWMI and OneCG national, regional and international project portfolio.
  • Identify new research trends and niches and develop multi-year multi-partner proposals for innovative research.
  • Provide information on relevant projects and research results and breakthroughs for communication to donors, research users, partners, networks and policy platforms.
  • Contribute to proposal writing and fundraising opportunities for bilateral and multilateral funding sources.


The successful candidate will posses the following:


  • A PhD or equivalent in management, development economics, water management, environmental sciences, natural resources management, or a closely related field with at professional experience in developing country context, preferably in South Asia.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge and research experience relevant to the Water, Energy, Food and Ecosystems domain.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to explain complex development challenges and interdisciplinary work to a policy audience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, managers, and other stakeholders in a multicultural setting, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


  • Track record of scientific publishing, with demonstrated development impact.
  • Experience implementing action-research projects will be given preference.


This is a globally recruited position with a USD demoninated base salary, comprehensive international health insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, long-term disability insurance coverage and a USD 400/month transportation allowance. The duration of the initial contract will be for 2 years.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply for the position by following the application instructions at Include the names of 3 referees who may be contacted if you are shortlisted. We will be accepting applications through 24:00 (IST) March 28, 2023 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 applications from all cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, and gender identities.





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