Country Representative (Nepal)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Kathmandu, , NP

Job Description

The Country Representative (CR) represents the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Nepal, and maintains strong links with national and international partners. The primary responsibilities of the CR are: (i) supervision of all staff, interns and consultants assigned to IWMI’s Nepal office; (ii) coordination of business development in Nepal to sustain a viable funding pipeline; (iii) outreach with partners to promote uptake of IWMI’s research outputs; (iv) management of the office by overseeing office administration, and financial and technical support functions; and (v) participation in IWMI research programs aligned with personal expertise.

It is expected that the CR will spend 55% of his/her time on duties representing IWMI, and the remaining 45% on project-specific research activities.



IWMI representation:

  • Represent and raise the profile and visibility of IWMI in Nepal, maintaining strong working relationships with research partners, national and regional authorities, and other stakeholders (in conjunction with the Institute’s Business Development Unit [BDU], Director Asia, Deputy Director General [Research for Development] and Director General).
  • Proactively contribute to IWMI’s fund-raising efforts by identifying relevant initiatives, developing a close network with donors, coordinating the preparation of proposals, and providing strong intellectual inputs in coordination with relevant Strategic Program Leaders (SPLs), Director Asia and BDU.
  • Promote the uptake of IWMI research outputs in coordination with the Director Asia and SPLs.
  • Lead the country-level communications/outreach activities in coordination with the Director Asia and Director, Partnerships and Knowledge Management (PKM).
  • Serve as the primary point of contact in Nepal for the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), and facilitate work undertaken in the country for other CRPs that IWMI is involved in, in coordination with the Program Director – WLE and relevant leaders of Strategic Programs and projects.

Office administration and management

  • Take overall responsibility for the management of the office, including annual budgeting, risk analysis and financial reporting.
  • Take responsibility for the management of staff based at the Nepal office, in accordance with IWMI’s policies and applicable regulations. Responsibilities include: (i) leading recruitment; (ii) planning and assigning staff to research projects in consultation with project leaders; (iii) guiding professional development and performance reviews; and (iv) addressing employee relationship issues and resolving problems.
  • Bring issues related to administration, finance and research in the country to the timely attention of the Director Asia and relevant functional units within IWMI (Finance, Human Resources, Information and Communications Technology [ICT], PKM).

Research development and implementation

  • Develop and implement projects within personal expertise and experience.
  • Develop and oversee the development, and biannual review, of IWMI’s strategy in Nepal according to national and sub‑regional development challenges/priorities in alignment with the Institute’s Strategy.
  • Work with IWMI staff and partners to ensure that the research portfolio in Nepal: (i) reflects national priorities, (ii) is aligned with the Institute’s strategy in the country, and (iii) is well implemented with the aim of producing high-quality scientific outputs, including peer-reviewed scientific papers.
  • Ensure that research activities by IWMI in relation to WLE and other CRPs are well integrated into the country-level strategy.

Education, Skills, Abilities, and Experience

  • A PhD or equivalent in one of the following disciplines: international development, water resources management, development economics, anthropology or sociology, with at least 10 years of relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and research experience relevant to IWMI’s overall mission of water management in developing countries, as well as knowledge of the functioning of the CGIAR system.
  • A deep understanding of water, land and agricultural development challenges and opportunities in Nepal and the region.
  • Demonstrated and proven experience in engaging with regional networks and building strong partnerships with different categories of stakeholders.
  • Capacity to work with and influence stakeholders, especially senior decision makers at national and regional levels, and to liaise with key donor agencies.
  • Demonstrated skills in managing programs and personnel, including experience of forming, operating in and leading interdisciplinary teams that have delivered high-quality outputs on time and according to budget.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Capacity to write proposals, reports and academic papers, and to communicate research results to stakeholders at different management levels in multiple countries.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, managers and other stakeholders in a multicultural setting, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


IWMI Country Representatives have and demonstrate high levels of the following competencies:

Behavioral Competencies

  • Integrity: Demonstrates and sets expectations for professional integrity and honesty in relation to research ethics and practice, and in shaping and implementing IWMI policies.
  • Self-reflection: Reflects on own abilities, seeks ways to improve, strives for excellence and encourages others.
  • Responsiveness to change: Flexible and adaptable to change, manages risks, seeks guidance appropriately and advises others.
  • Time management: Uses effective time management techniques, responds flexibly and achieves timely delivery of projects.
  • Leadership: Understands the transferable nature of skills required to lead successful projects and teams. Displays the ability to build trust. Has an understanding of how to motivate people to deliver in all situations. Commitment to diversity in the workplace. Commitment to professional career development for all staff.
  • Collaboration: Works with others, builds productive relationships and collaborations across boundaries.
  • Networking: Develops, maintains and leads networks of individuals who can offer advice and access to opportunities.

Technical Competencies

  • Research implementation:
    • The ability to critically analyze and evaluate one’s findings and those of others.
    • Able to summarize, document, report and reflect on progress. Capacity to design and execute systems for the acquisition and collation of information through the effective use of appropriate resources and equipment.
  • Proposal and technical writing – in English: Construct coherent arguments and articulate ideas clearly to a range of audiences, formally and informally, through a variety of techniques. Contribute to promoting the wider understanding of research. Write clearly and in a style appropriate to purpose, e.g., proposals, progress reports, published documents, thesis, presentations.
  • Project management: Demonstrate effective project management through the setting of research goals, intermediate milestones and prioritization of activities. Able to summarize, document, report and reflect on progress. Understand and implement relevant health and safety issues, and demonstrate responsible working practices.
  • Problem solving: Able to recognize and validate problems applying original independent critical thinking. Able to develop theoretical concepts. Demonstrate flexible and visionary approaches to problem solving.
  • Critical thinking: Develop and critically evaluate theoretical concepts and arguments.
  • Inquiring mind: Actively seeks new information, asks questions and is curious, eager to learn, inspires curiosity, probes and inquisitive in seeking facts.
  • ICT: Capacity to utilize advanced ICT to support IWMI operations and research programs.