Researcher (Water Resources Economics)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

New Delhi, , IN

To contribute to ongoing projects dealing with water and agricultural productivity, policy influencing and advocacy, climate change adaptation in agriculture, and public-private partnerships (PPPs), with the aim of achieving agriculture-related economic growth and investments as well as poverty alleviation in South Asia, especially India. It encompasses proposal writing, project coordination, relevant data collection and analysis, policy studies, project progress monitoring, stakeholder engagement, and development of PPPs and business models related to the water sector.


Conduct economic assessments of water productivity, and costs and benefits of irrigation technologies, especially high-efficiency irrigation systems.
Coordinate activities related to flood and drought insurance, and test the sustainability of climate change adaptation in agriculture, including the development of PPP models in climate change adaptation scenarios.
Contribute to monitoring and impact evaluation of water sector projects and climate-smart interventions, and suggest pathways for impact maximization.
Develop and/or contribute to new research proposals for external donor funding, including bilateral funding, in consultation with the Supervisor.
Work as a resource/water economist in interdisciplinary projects within IWMI, and also in other CGIAR centers under the CGIAR Research Programs, to achieve impacts.
Prepare project and research reports in consultation with the project leaders.
Engagement with key stakeholders for project implementation, policy advocacy and dissemination of project outcomes to contribute to development goals.
Integrate research findings into effective policy recommendations and disseminate information through relevant guidelines and policy briefs; and facilitate and support the adoption of practical, science-based, policy solutions and decisions by national and international partners, authorities, governments and donors.
Production of articles for peer-reviewed publication, in a timely manner, jointly and independently, in accordance with IWMI’s policies and procedures for publication of research outputs.

Qualifications, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

PhD in agricultural economics/natural resource and environmental economics.
A minimum of 2-5 years of field research experience.
Knowledge of regional languages.
Experience in water-related research and/or ability to apply knowledge from other natural resource economics to water- and agriculture-related scenarios.
Proficiency in quantitative and qualitative methods used in resource economics.
Sound qualitative and analytical skills, and the ability to synthesize and write persuasively.
Strong background in practical, problem-solving policy research.
Advanced skills in interactions with partners/clients, and good interpersonal and communication skills in leading research teams.
A capacity for research leadership; and working harmoniously in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams as a leader or team player.

This is a nationally recruited position with a competitive salary and benefits package. The duration of the contract will initially be for a three-year period. IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and emphasizes the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in identifying candidates for this position and its staff more generally.