Research Analyst (Water Program)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Addis Ababa, , ET

Job Summary

In this role, you will lead on selected research initiatives and manage related partnerships. You will advance water-wise and climate-resilient decision-making by identifying knowledge gaps, designing and executing impact-oriented research activities, ensuring excellence of research products, developing and implementing capacity building activities, and engaging with related stakeholders. During the first year, you will focus on two projects: (1) mainstreaming water and climate risk information into economic development planning: analyzing water and climate risks and opportunities to inform development planning across sectors at both national and regional scales; and (2) analyzing watershed challenges and intervention options to inform the design of a watershed conservation program, focused in the Koga and Guna watersheds of the Amhara region. Your work will be done in close collaboration with an interdisciplinary team.

Job Responsibilities

  • Co-author knowledge products (e.g. reports, briefs, data products, decision-support tools)
  • Conduct GIS analysis using global and regional geodatabases
  • Manage government and research partnerships for selected research initiatives
  • Organization of internal and external meetings, workshops, trainings, and other relevant stakeholder engagement, capacity development and research dissemination activities.
  • Co-author 1-2 blogs or other communication materials per year
  • Support funder management
  • Contribute to research proposals
  • Reviewing 1-2 knowledge products written by other WRI researchers yearly

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in water resource management, hydrology, climate sciences or related fields and a minimum of  2 years of relevant, full-time experience 
  • Prior experience of working in the development field and in an international NGO setting
  • Excellent quantitative research
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS and/or other GIS products
  • Experience with SWAT modeling or similar approaches a plus
  • Proven ability to take initiative, take responsibility, and deliver high quality results
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent time-management skills and a flexible attitude
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in graphic design software (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite) is a plus
  • Prior experience in analyzing and writing research products
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Flexibility to travel 10 – 15% of the year

Additional preferred qualifications:

  • Fluency in Amharic and French

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia






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