The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is looking for an Economist to apply a hydro-economic method developed for exploring the potential impacts of India’s water future on the agriculture and economy, to the Indian state of Bihar.
An understanding of the literature on agricultural and water policy issues in India; knowledge of hydrology’ and experience in GAMS, hydro-economic model development and partial equilibrium modeling are essential.
The consultant will:
- Edit and develop in GAMS code a methodology previously applied to Punjab for quantitative understanding of the availability and use of surface water and groundwater irrigation, associated policies and the potential for agricultural production across Indian regions.
- Collect necessary data to perform the Analysis in Bihar.
- Use the edited econometric and hydro-economic modeling tools to assess supply, demand and trade implications of technical and policy scenarios related to alternative water futures.
- Conduct appropriate econometric and economic simulation analyses on the relationships between Irrigation water availability, policies and agricultural outcomes in India.
- Work with modelers at IWMI and USDA to apply existing hydro-economic models to the context of India, or develop new tools for conducting the analysis.
- Document data, adjustments to methodology, and results.
- Work within multi-disciplinary teams including hydrologists, agricultural scientists and economists.
This is a short-term assignment. Your application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae, including previous experience and project assignment related to this consultancy, together with a cover letter and the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees. Applications close on April 30, 2017.
Candidates with the following qualifications are invited to apply:
- PhD or equivalent in economics or a closely related discipline;
- understanding of the literature on agricultural and water policy issues in India;
- knowledge of hydrology;
- experience with GAMS, hydro-economic model development and partial equilibrium modeling;
- strong econometric and economic modeling skills;
- strong analytical skills and a learning attitude; and
- strong written and oral communication skills.