Laos nationals: Researcher (Social/Political Scientist)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Vientiane, Laos 🇱🇦


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a CGIAR Research Center is looking for a competent, self-motivated, and dynamic candidate to join IWMI’s office in Vientiane, Laos as National Researcher – Social/Political scientist.


Under the supervision of the Country Representative, the national social/political scientist will lead the policy/political economy analysis regarding the coherence and tradeoffs between polices and investments, including across different sectors in Laos on behalf of the National Policy and Strategy (NPS) IDT. The successful candidate will also convene thematic seminars across food land and water policies as well as policy analysis and engage with/convene the irrigation sub-sector working group for IWMI in Laos.


  • Lead research inputs on policy coherence utilizing political economy approaches, and facilitate through workshops, meetings and presentations, effective collaboration and co-learning and evaluation among its members;
  • Policy liaison and support to national policy think tanks
  • Convene policy seminar series ensuring the inclusion and effective participation of a wide range of stakeholders at the appropriate level;
  • Conduct secondary data collation, literature synthesis, interviews, and other research activities;
  • Facilitate and support the organization of project outreach activities, capacity building through dialogues and policy platforms (e.g., national and regional stakeholders and research partners, including the private sector);
  • Document research outputs – Compile and analyze data and contribute to scientific publications, policy briefs, research papers, case studies, reports, briefs, presentations and other forms of science outputs and more general materials for dissemination to wider policy and public audiences;
  • Carry out other project and research related activities as required.



  • PhD or comensurate combined educational and professional experience in political science, development studies, human geography,sociology, development economics, or closely related field relevant to water resources management, agricultural development and natural resource governance.
  • Minimum three (3) years of related work experience.


  • Excellent social and or political science research data collection skills and demonstrated ability to perform in-depth analysis of qualitative and quantitative data and report the results
  • Lao language and in country experience ideally in rural areas and with ethnic minorities an advantage
  • Experience in presenting research results to wideraudiences essential and contributing to scientific publications a distinct advantage;
  • Experience conducting desk and field based research utilizing political economy type approaches;
  • Confidence speaking in English and strong written English skills.
  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams and build strong working relationships with a range of key stakeholders, especially in government agencies, national universities, international agencies, media, and civil society organizations;
  • Advanced knowledge of all main MS Office applications;
  • Capacity to manage a workload comprising multiple tasks and to deliver high quality outputs on time, whilst ensuring attention to detail;
  • Ability to be bring a creative and proactive approach to tasks, to work to own initiative and to require minimal supervision.


What we are offering:

This is a nationally recruited position and only candidates who are eligible to work in Lao PDR 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 two-years with the possibility of extension.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply for the position by following the application instructions at We will be accepting applications through 24:00 (IST) March 17, 2023 (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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