Researcher/Liaison Officer

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About IRRI

IRRI is a nonprofit independent research and training organization and is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. IRRI’s research is being done under the framework of the CGIAR Research Program on Rice, also known as the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), which the Institute leads.

Job Purpose

IWMI is a non-profit research for development organization, focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. IWMI was established in 1985, with headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka and with offices throughout Asia and Africa. IWMI’s team of over 310 researchers and support staff provides technical expertise and science leadership in productive water use; water availability and access; water quality and health; and water for the environment and society. IWMI is an institute of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR), and works in partnership with governments, civil society and the private sector to develop locally adaptable, scalable agricultural water management solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security and ecosystem health.

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) through IRRI, is hiring for a research officer, fluent in both English and Myanmar language, to assist the IWMI Representative. Responsibilities will be split between liaison with partners (government and non-government); and research tasks (compilation and analysis of data, preparation of reports).

This is a consultancy position to be based at the Seed Division Compound, Insein Road, Yangon, with occasional field work within Myanmar.

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Liaison with partners (government and non-government), including translation where needed
  • Organisation of meetings and other office administration
  • Compilation and analysis of data relating to water use and availability in different sectors, including liaison with government partners to identify data source, and translation as required
  • Preparation of reports and presentations
  • Depending on the skills and interests of the successful candidate there will be opportunity to contribute to IWMI research programs in Myanmar, which currently encompass irrigation management, river health and compilation of a Water Resources Information System for Myanmar.
  • Bachelor’s degree with coursework in agriculture, irrigation, water resources and environment-related field
  • Minimum 5 years experience in research or project coordination
Skills Required
  • Fluency in English and Myanmar and ability to translate between the two (written and spoken)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite of programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint)
  • Active engagement and liaison / communication skills – confidence to speak with stakeholders, government partners, community members and local authorities
  • Awareness and commitment to nondiscrimination and safe work practices


  • Familiarity with GIS (preferably ArcGIS) and spatial data analysis and management.