Kathmandu, , NP

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), a regional inter-governmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan), is looking for a Glaciologist to join its Water and Air theme. 
ICIMOD has a dynamic group of professionals from all over the world, with varied expertise and backgrounds, working towards shared goals. The unique environment of the HKH region presents challenges and opportunities for professional development, and space for continuous professional learning and personal growth.
Working in partnership with regional and international organizations, ICIMOD aims to influence policy and practices to meet environmental and livelihood challenges emerging in the HKH. ICIMOD provides a platform for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from the region and around the globe to generate and share knowledge, support evidence-based decision making, and encourage regional cooperation. ICIMOD delivers impact through its six Regional Programmes: 1) Adaptation and Resilience Building, 2) Transboundary Landscapes, 3) River Basins and Cryosphere, 4) Atmosphere, 5) Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and 6) Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks. These regional programmes are supported by four Thematic Areas of Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions, and underpinned by Knowledge Management and Communication. ICIMOD seeks to reduce poverty and vulnerability and improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men, now and in the future.
ICIMOD’s Cryosphere Initiative focuses on researching and monitoring snow, ice, and permafrost of the vast and poorly studied HKH region to better understand the importance of changes in the cryosphere for downstream communities. The Initiative and its regional partners have established a Cryosphere Monitoring Programme (CMP) to assess cryosphere water resources, cryosphere-related disaster risks, and scenarios for future water availability. This is done using an integrated approach of field measurements, remote sensing, and modelling. 
Together with regional and international partners, the Cryosphere Initiative is enhancing the capacity of institutions in ICIMOD’s regional member countries to co-produce and share relevant data and information, and to increase scientific knowledge of the cryosphere. Enhanced knowledge about the HKH cryosphere contributes to the development of effective measures and policies for water resources and risk management in the HKH.
Responsibilities and tasks
The Glaciologist will:
  • Organize, lead, and participate in glaciological field campaigns at high altitudes in collaboration with regional and international partners.
  • Conduct and contribute to scientific studies on changes in the cryosphere in the HKH region.
  • Develop new projects and programme components together with local and international experts in meteorology, hydrology and hydrological modelling.
  • Work with the Cryosphere Initiative team and national, regional, and international partners to and develop cryosphere monitoring activities and build regional capacity.
  • Manage, evaluate and analyse glaciological data, and take responsibility of internal quality control at ICIMOD and data distribution to partners.
  • Write reports, scientific publications, and news articles.  
  • Organize, lead, and participate in regional and national training courses, workshops, and seminars on glaciological and meteorological topics. 
  • Conduct dialogues with international stakeholders in connection with the implementation of project activities.
  • Actively participate in and contribute to ICIMOD activities and discussions related to climate change and cryosphere. Work as a team player within ICIMOD and promote institutional goals.
  • Manage and coordinate project activities, generate donor reports, and liaise with scientists, partners and donors, actively representing the Cryosphere Initiative nationally and internationally. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Post graduate degree (PhD preferred) in Glaciology, ideally with at least 3 to 5 years of experience in glacier mass balance measurements, mountain meteorology and/or snow science.
  • Strong fieldwork skills, including measurements and maintenance of scientific instruments in remote and/or high altitude environments. 
  • Research and project management experience, with a minimum of two years post-doctoral research experience.
  • Experienced in programming/statistical analyses such as R, Python or Matlab.
  • Experience in mountaineering techniques as well as physical fitness to conduct glacier and snow measurements under demanding conditions in high altitudes. Technical skills to maintain automatic weather stations beneficial. 
  • Excellent research and communication skills exemplified by a track record of publishing peer reviewed journal articles. 


  • Research skills: Knowledge and experience of relevant research methodology and analysis to create credible scientific evidence and publish in peer reviewed journals.
  • Report and proposal writing: Ability to independently write good quality project reports for different target groups and to contribute to successful proposal development/writing.
  • Result and impact orientation: Proactively generates concrete results.
  • Networking and stakeholder management: Ability to establish networks with strategic institutions, and effectively communicate with stakeholders.
  • Teamwork and cooperation: Ability to work smoothly and effectively with others in intercultural teams to establish constructive ideas or solutions that meet the team objective. 
  • Impactful communication: Excellent written and oral English language and communication skills, and the ability to effectively present, explain, and discuss complex ideas.
  • Continuous improvement and innovation: Ability to use new technologies and pro-actively comes up with new approaches and integrate them with the expertise of others.
  • Developing others: Actively supports a continuous learning culture and gives constructive feedback.

Duty Station

The duty station is Kathmandu, Nepal. Occasional travelling in the region and to international conferences will be required.
Three years. There is the possibility of an extension at the end of the term, subject to performance and ICIMOD’s future funding levels. The first six months will be probationary.
Salaries and benefits at ICIMOD are competitive compared to other international organisations. Remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Gender and Equity Policy

Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD implements a gender fair policy and is supportive of working women. It operates a Day-Care Centre at the campus and is committed to gender mainstreaming at the organisational and programmatic levels.

Method of application

Applicants are requested to apply online before March 18 2018 through ICIMOD’s online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.