IWRM Knowledge Management Specialist

Global Water Partnership (GWP)

Stockholm, , SE

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IWRM Knowledge Management Specialist

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Chief Operations Officer


Network Operations




GWPO Secretariat, Stockholm, Sweden


The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is a multi-stakeholder platform supported by a global secretariat that was established as an intergovernmental organisation to support countries in their efforts to implement a more equitable and sustainable management of their water resources. The GWP network spans 13 regions with more than 3,000 institutional Partners in 180+ countries. The global secretariat is located in Stockholm, Sweden. More information: www.gwp.org.

Pressure on water is rising, and action is urgent. Gaps in access to water supply and sanitation, growing populations, more water-intensive patterns of growth, increasing rainfall variability, and pollution are combining in many places to make water one of the greatest risks to economic progress, poverty eradication, and sustainable development. Current projections suggest we may face a 40% shortfall in water availability by 2030. The consequences of such stress are local, national, transboundary, regional, and global in today’s interconnected and rapidly changing world, felt disproportionally by the poorest and most vulnerable[1]. Civil society, governments, the private sector – everyone must work together, across sectors and political boundaries, to find and implement solutions that ensure sustainable and universal access to safe water and sanitation. The Global Water Partnership was set up to do just that – help convene key actors on multiple levels and foster good water governance and decision making. 

The Partnership is rich in relationships, partners, and knowledge, with its 3,000+ Partners, and many Country Water Partnerships and Regional Water Partnerships. The social and intellectual capital built over the years is strong, allowing GWP to contribute to country- or river-basin-level shifts towards better and more integrated water resources management. Going forward, GWP will invest in building a more vibrant global community, strengthening and sustaining its individual members and their impact through mutually useful flows of knowledge, ideas, and innovation. Deliberately managing and building knowledge communities is a key part of the work, in particular around topics such as transboundary water resources management; flood and drought management; implementation of SDG6 and nexus programs; private sector mobilization; innovation; youth & water; and gender & water security. The purpose of the knowledge communities is to boost knowledge creation and sharing, mobilize action, and create opportunities for partners to leverage each other in identifying solutions to address water management challenges. 

GWP has invested heavily in its knowledge base, specifically the Integrated Water Resources Management ToolBox (“IWRM ToolBox”) and by working through its global Technical Committee (TEC), its Regional Technical Committees, and other global and regional knowledge efforts[2]. Now, practices of Integrated Water Resources Management are in need of innovation and revitalization, re-considering methods, tools, and platforms from the user perspective.


GWP’s global team is looking for a highly motivated, creative, and e-conversant Knowledge Management Specialist who can provide technical leadership on topics related to Integrated Water Resources Management and water governance. The role focuses on GWP’s aim to leverage the role of knowledge and learning in engaging and mobilising a broader community of  stakeholders to improve the management of water resources through strengthened institutions and good governance. Specifically, the IWRM Knowledge Management Specialist provides technical leadership on how to build a global IWRM knowledge community, stimulating discussions and the sharing of experiences and insights across and beyond the Partnership by leading efforts to ensure the IWRM ToolBox is a vital, and broadly owned and used resource of knowledge communities. 

This role requires a person with strong grounding in IWRM – both conceptually and in terms of practical implementation experience within developing country settings – as well as experience working on knowledge platforms in the water and climate sector, bringing multi-disciplinary skills on creating and sustaining dynamic communities for exchange, learning, and capacity-building.

The IWRM Knowledge Management Specialist reports to the Chief Operations Officer (COO) as part of the GWPO Network Operations unit. The Specialist works closely with the Senior Learning Specialist and the Learning Assistant, as well as with Network Specialists, GWP technical specialists, and other staff and Partners globally and regionally as appropriate. The Specialist is responsible for:

  • Strengthening and building a vibrant innovation and knowledge community on Integrated Water Resources Management by working closely with, and inspiring and guiding GWP’s Network Specialists and regional teams as they:
    • Introduce innovative methods to unlock knowledge from underutilized knowledge holders within the GWP Network.
    • Identify and create ways to showcase the innovation and creativity of various IWRM projects within the GWP community to encourage learning across the community.
    • Identify IWRM relevant knowledge partners, entrepreneurs, and other innovators within and outside the GWP Network, and establish relationships for mutually beneficial formats to engage with GWP’s IWRM knowledge community.
    • Representing GWP at internal and external meetings, boards, or committees as appropriate.
  • Re-Vitalizing and modernizing the IWRM ToolBox and introducing other platforms as needed to allow the broader GWP community to work closely together in using, leveraging, and strengthening the ToolBox, turning it into a “live” knowledge asset. Specifically plan for, and implement, innovative changes for the GWP IWRM ToolBox to amplify its knowledge uptake and use, considering new forms, structures, and financing opportunities, making it the go-to source for water management knowledge. Working with external IT and knowledge management providers to create efficient formats for information sharing, management and turning information into knowledge.
  • Working with GWP’s technical experts at all levels (e.g., the GWP Technical Committee, regional technical groups), to collect information on best practices and lessons learned for review and transformation into innovative knowledge products and uptake by the GWP network and its partners.
  • Leading the development of modernized and easy to understand versions of existing or pipeline GWP knowledge products to be used throughout the GWP Network (these may or may not include videos, fact sheets, infographics, online resources, etc.).
  • Supporting the implementation of the GWP Strengthening Regional Operations and Network Growth (StRONG) program: work closely with the Senior Learning Specialist and the Technical Coordinator for StRONG to design, implement, and embed a network strengthening and improved learning and knowledge management architecture within the GWP secretariat, the 13 Regional Water Partnerships, and the 60+ Country Water Partnerships in close collaboration with the global TEC.



  • University degree in water resources management, water, climate, or environmental studies with a political science, international relations, or policy management related focus.
  • Water Resources Management insight and experience: At least 5 years’ relevant work experience in designing, implementing, monitoring, or supporting water resources management programs, ideally with a focus on Integrated Water Resources Management. Fully aware of key challenges in the sector at large, ideally with experience in on-the-ground implementation of water management, disaster risk reduction, and/or climate adaptation with a focus on water-related projects or initiatives. Ideally, in the course of doing so, experience in building innovation and learning communities, entrepreneurship, and collaboration using cutting edge knowledge management tools and practices.
  • Knowledge management and learning: Direct experience in (or if not, then exposure to) designing, hosting, and managing partner-to-partner/South-to-South learning events and practices, promoting learning and behavior change, ideally with geographically distributed communities. Experience in data capture and analysis, in evaluating and assessing change and impact, and improving capacity and practices would be a plus.
  • Ideally experience in – and if not, then openness and interest in and affinity to – knowledge management approaches, technologies, digital platforms, and tools in solving knowledge management and community challenges. This would include the ability to explain to others, in pragmatic “how to” language, the relevance of knowledge and learning and the value of “knowledge communities”. Experience in supervising vendors a plus (ideally but not required: technology vendors).
  • Project management and communications: Strong project management and communication skills. Highly developed interpersonal skills and demonstrated competence in negotiation at the highest level. Experience of having worked in or with multi-cultural settings.
  • Global development trends, sustainable development: Awareness of global development trends. Experience of working and living in low-income and middle-income countries a plus.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English a must, knowledge of French, Russian, and/or Spanish an advantage.


  • Professionalism: Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity. Demonstrates corporate knowledge, self-development, and initiative-taking. Ability to work in a multi-cultural and international environment based on mutual respect and tolerance. Ability to exercise good judgement, discretion, and tact in handling sensitive issues.
  • Planning and Organizing: Excellent organizational and task management skills, with appropriate attention to detail and ability to prioritize work among multiple competing demands under tight deadlines. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment where adaptability is essential.
  • E-literacy: Excellent e-skills, including the ability to use modern office technology and related software. Practical knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Ability to do internet research, compile information, and find solutions online to information gaps.
  • Teamwork: Support colleagues, contribute to team culture, and share responsibility for decision-making and results. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility. Ability to work without direct authority to deliver timely and high-quality products.  
  • Personal: A good sense of humor. Love for nature, its beauty, and its resources. Willingness to ‘get the job’ done with a positive attitude to take on a wide range of tasks. Available for longer travel to attend international meetings.

Please note:

  • Applications are accepted in English only and only through the online application system, https:/gwp.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=34 not via e-mail.
  • Maximum 2-page CV and a 1-page cover letter a must.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted within 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.
  • Professionals with a background from and/or living and working in Asian, African, Eastern European, Latin American, or Middle Eastern countries are encouraged to apply.
  • GWP offers competitive remuneration and an attractive work environment, with flat hierarchies and agile decision-making, with great opportunities for professional exposure and growth.
  • The contract is offered for 1-2 years. The grade of the appointment may be adjusted based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.

Deadline: 31 August 2020 – midnight, Stockholm

[1]  From the High-Level Panel on Water report: “Making Every Drop Count”, March 14, 2018, p. 7.

[2] The GWP suite of knowledge products address questions relating to Integrated Water Resources Management and its application in the context of, e.g., climate change adaptation, drought management, etc. with over half of the nearly 1000 knowledge products originating from its regions and over two thirds published in languages other than English.