Consultant: Aquatic Ecosystem Health

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

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International Water Management Institute (IWMI) seeks applications from suitably qualified candidates for a short-term assignment under the project titled “Energizing Agriculture, water-related NBS and Global Aquatic Health Index”.

Project Background

The state of aquatic ecosystem health can be determined by considering ecosystems using a variety of different approaches ranging from use of Earth Observation data, measures of the status of land-based stressors predicting the impact on river health, to instream and riparian habitats to biodiversity itself.

Many countries and regions have existing programmes that monitor aquatic ecosystem health, but these differ around the world to the extent that any attempt to gather harmonized global data is difficult.

Objective of the Assignment

This project will seek to understand aquatic ecosystem health monitoring and how this can be taken towards a global assessment and reporting. It will focus on methods already used at a country or regional scale and that could be up-scaled to form part of global initiatives, and could eventually be developed to form a framework for global monitoring.

Scope of Work

  • Undertake a review of existing methods to determine aquatic ecosystem health, with a focus on those that can be applied at a larger scale.
  • Review concepts that form the basis of ecosystem health assessment, the meaning of ecosystem health, the value of the data that is produced, its potential use on the global stage.

Duration: 03 months

Budget: The budget available for the assignment is US$ 6,500.

Your application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae, a cover letter that addresses IWMI’s requirements stated above, and contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


The successful candidate will possess the following:

  • MSc in biology/ecology
  • experience in monitoring of aquatic ecosystems or biology
  • experience writing peer reviewed papers
  • a sound knowledge of ecosystem health indices with experience in application
  • English peer reviewed paper writing, aquatic biota, aquatic ecosystems, statistics
  • use of biotic indices


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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