Regional Researcher - Feminist Political Economy and Ecology

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Giza, Egypt 🇪🇬


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a CGIAR Research Center is seeking a dynamic & multi skilled candidate to join its MENA office in Giza, Egypt, as a Regional Researcher – Feminist Political Economy and Ecology.

The Regional Researcher will lead the planning, design, and implementation of gender-transformative, transdisciplinary research on how climate impacts shape agriculture-water-food systems in the MENA and Central Asia regions. The successful candidate will bring cutting-edge, contemporary feminist political economy/ecology knowledge and experience in the region(s) to map the gendered dynamics of food system changes, the impact of economic, social, and political drivers on intersectional dimensions of exclusions, and climate impacts in agri-food systems across agri-value chains. In addition to work on specific projects and CGIAR innovations led by IWMI in the region, the aim of this Regional Researcher position is primarily to generate robust evidence-based data, establish policy-relevant networks, and facilitate actionable pathways to more inclusive, sustainable, and climate-resilient food systems policies, innovations, and interventions.

The incumbent will conduct primary research in specific locations, taking a lead role in the planning, design, and oversight of IWMI-led research in different locations, ensuring high-quality data and scientific evidence. The person will have a key coordination role in ensuring a connection between IWMI Strategic Programs, CGIAR Initiatives, Research Groups, and relevant public, private, and feminist grassroots initiatives in the region. A major expectation is the development of new Gender Equality and Social Inclusion research in the region, focusing on changing food systems and key economic drivers of change.


  • Support various bilateral and CGIAR initiatives to enable the preparation of Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI)-informed water status reports and climate change country profiles for (Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Sudan). Additionally, support the implementation of Gender and Social Inclusion in the political economic analysis and frameworks to achieve better coherence between different systems (Food, Water, Land…) in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Map and compile existing secondary data and undertake policy and institutional analysis of relevant food systems, irrigation, agriculture, and climate policies, programs, and projects implemented by official, donor, INGO, and grassroots actors and networks. Analyze gaps, challenges, and opportunities concerning Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) interventions and outcomes.
  • Analyze the gendered dimensions and dynamics of water, growth, and inclusion by mapping the drivers of change (social, economic, political, and environmental/climate) and how these pose diverse food systems, livelihoods, and wellbeing challenges or opportunities for women, youth, and marginalized communities.
  • Building on evidence of key gaps in knowledge, capacities, and modes of exclusions in food systems in specific local contexts, contribute to developing an effective body of funded work with relevant public, private, and grassroots partners, to explore new bilateral funding opportunities informed by feminist political economy/ecology, gender transformative concepts, and approaches with a particular focus on climate change.
  • Support feminist political economy/ecology capacity strengthening for project teams, partners, key stakeholders, including public, private, and grassroots actors and institutions.
  • Establish a database of relevant stakeholders and partners, facilitate dialogues and discussions with strategic public, private, and grassroots institutions and actors to co-design actionable pathways to more inclusive food systems and water resources innovations.
  • Lead effective communication and outreach of research results in the region and in international forums and platforms.
  • Substantially contribute to the authorship of key research outputs, including but not limited to research papers and journal articles, blogs and webcasts/podcasts, multimedia presentations, and social media.
  • Plan, design, and develop GESI-informed conceptual frameworks, research methods, and tools that can be applied across the MENA region.
  • Facilitate the co-design of research for development with policy-relevant partners, applying transdisciplinary and gender-transformative tools and approaches to tackle policy, institutional, and practical challenges.




  • A PhD in gender studies, sociology, rural sociology, anthropology, development studies, agricultural economics, water resources governance, environmental studies, nutrition and food security, geography, political science, or other closely related fields is required for this position.
  • A minimum of 3 years of post-doctoral experience in a similar capacity.
  • Strong track record of publications, including in internationally peer-reviewed journals.


  • Research for Development (R4D) experience in the region, including familiarity with social policies and gendered dimensions of food, water, and environmental intersections in the MENA region.
  • Reliable research experience in sustainable and inclusive food systems and/or water governance and climate impacts in the region.



  • Knowledge of coordinating the development of Research for Development (R4D) proposals.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse public, private, and grassroots stakeholders.
  • Understanding and experience in participatory, citizen science approaches to food, land, and water systems.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the capacity to work in a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, and multicultural environment.
  • The ability to coordinate communication with diverse actors and stakeholders and explain complex issues clearly to diverse local, regional, and international audiences.
  • Excellent oral and written language skills in English, including effective listening and strong verbal and written communication abilities.


  • Proficiency in Arabic (language) will be considered an asset.
  • Familiarity with gender-transformative approaches in relation to gender and social inclusion.
  • Knowledge of feminist political economy/ecology research methods and concepts, policy, and institutional analysis tools, and approaches to analyze the food, water, and environment nexus.
  • Demonstrated ability in translating research data and evidence into knowledge products with impact and outreach relevance in the region, including communication at major conferences and through other platforms, including social media.


This is a regionally recruited position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an attractive retirement plan, comprehensive international insurance coverage and a transportation allowance. Additional allowances may include housing, education, shipping assistance, and annual home leave travel for you and eligible dependents. The duration of the contract will initially be for a period of three 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) on October 08, 2023 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis). Your application must include a CV, cover letter, and three (3) references, which may be contacted if you are shortlisted. 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.

11 days remaining

Apply by 8 October, 2023





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