Post Doc - Flood Modeler and DRR Specialist

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Colombo, , LK


To provide scientific and technical support to the research activities related to water risks and disaster management, including planning and execution of research projects, and dissemination of knowledge generated by IWMI, and to develop a research portfolio on disaster risk management and mitigation, which aligns with national and regional priorities. The work will contribute to IWMI’s research agenda as well as to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Programs (CRP) on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and other CRPs in which the Institute is participating.


  • Technical support in developing risk-mapping products using geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing applications, computer modeling for integrated water risk management, and implementing regional risk reduction strategies.
  • To lead in developing large-scale flood models which are used to assess flood risk which encompasses all steps from hazard modelling to loss modelling and use in flood index insurance applications.
  • Conduct and interpret risk analysis for preparedness planning, risk reduction, response and recovery, taking into account both a multi-hazard and multi-sectoral perspective.
  • Develop innovative risk management solutions in managing floods and droughts to reduce the associated risks and promote resilience.
  • Conducting research and methodological developments on disaster risk reduction in the context of the on-going IWMI research program, undertaking field missions as required
  • Identifying new research areas, partnerships, and capacity building needs
  • Preparing high quality research reports and journal articles
  • Supporting the monitoring and evaluation of major global frameworks, including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction



  • Strong analytical and numerical skills and the ability to process large temporal and spatial datasets.
  • Independent and critical scientific thought.
  • Good command of spoken and written English.
  • Ability to effectively establish priorities, and plan, organize, implement and monitor work activities with limited supervision.
  • Prior experience of working on large data sets in a Linux/Unix environment;
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


  • Knowledge of risk analysis for preparedness planning, risk reduction, response and recovery, taking into account both a multi-hazard and multi-sectorial perspective in reducing disaster risks and enhance livelihoods.
  • Knowledge and competency in the application of GIS and remote sensing techniques to hydrological problems.
  • Interest in socioeconomic and poverty implications of disaster risk reduction and management





  • A PhD (or equivalent) related to one of the fields of environmental sciences, earth sciences, remote sensing / climate sciences or any other discipline relevant to resilience building and disaster risk reduction; hydrology and water resources management, climate change adaptation; humanitarian action and/or capacity development.
  • A minimum 4-5 years of experience in research for development in areas such as water-related risk management, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, integrated approaches to water-related risk management.
  • Experience in vulnerability and risk assessment
  • advanced knowledge of spatial analysis and Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.), hydrological and hydraulic models (HEC HMS, HEC RAS, MIKE 11, MIKE Flood)
  • Statistical skills and experience with statistical software packages (SPSS, Matlab, Python, R etc.)
  • Must have a strong analytical mind-set;
  • Experience in risk assessment in developing country context.
  • At least 4 years’ experience in research or development projects on disaster risk assessment, flood/drought mapping and modeling, in a developing country context.
  • Proven record of high quality reporting, including peer-reviewed articles in international journals, ideally as first author.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management.