Junior Consultant (Water Resources)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Addis Ababa, , ET



Program Overview

WRI’s Water Program and partners are undertaking the following two integrated scopes of work:

1) Assess Water Risks to Growth and Development:

In collaboration with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity (MoWIE), WRI and partners will develop a water gap analysis to understand future water stress under policy-relevant scenarios. WRI will produce a nation-wide assessment of current water supply and demand by sub-basin in Ethiopia. WRI and partners will subsequently develop future scenarios based on socio-economic development and climate change to assess changes in water risk over time. WRI and partners will also evaluate the socio-economic impacts of identified water risk “choke points”.

2) Prioritize Strategies for Water-Related Climate Adaptation and Sustainable Development:

WRI and partners will develop an analytical framework that government and other decision-makers can use for high-level assessment of water risk “response strategies” for climate adaptation and sustainable development, in order to prioritize policy and investment opportunities. Building upon the water risk analysis, WRI and partners will apply the framework in 1-2 basins in Ethiopia.

Job Summary

The WRI Water Program is seeking a part-time consultant (at the recent PhD graduate or current PhD student level) to conduct research related to the assessment of water risk response strategies in Ethiopia. The Water Resources Consultant will provide critical input into the development of a decision-support tool for managing water stress and improving resilience to water-related climate impacts by (1) researching the implementation, effectiveness, and cost of water risk “response strategies” in Ethiopia, as well as political, environmental, or social considerations; and (2) coordinating work with partner research institutions in Addis Ababa.

The WRI Water Program works with the private sector, governments, and civil society to ensure a water-secure future. We seek to address both water quantity and quality challenges. Aqueduct’s global water risk mapping tools helps companies, investors, governments, and other users understand where and how water risks and opportunities are emerging worldwide. WRI is committed to ensuring gender equity across our program portfolios. As such, the consultant is expected to incorporate attention to gender where appropriate.

Job Responsibilities

The consultant will work in close collaboration with project staff to deliver the following:

  1. Conduct an in-depth literature review and research on:
    • Approaches to managing water demand, augmenting supply/access and improving water-related resilience to climate change in Ethiopia and the region;
    • For select approaches (“response strategies”), the effectiveness and cost of each, as well as political, environmental, social and economic considerations;
  2. Conduct literature review, interviews, and/or field visits to develop case studies for 4-5 selected response strategies that have been implemented in Ethiopia or the region
  3. Produce a report based on #1 and #2 above
  4. Coordinate with partner research institutions to:
    • harmonize research efforts;
    • consult external stakeholders.

Timeline for Deliverables

The literature review and resultant report need to complement the workplans of the project team and partners. Therefore, production of the report should follow this timeline:

Phase 1: Date of hire + 1 month e.g. 1 September to 1 October 2018:

  • Discussions with supervisor and project staff on vision for the research and its role in the broader project.
  • Consultant submits draft workplan, research methodology, and annotated outline of report to project manager for approval.

Phase 2: 3 months e.g. 1 October 2018 to 1 January 2019:

  • Initial draft of report submitted to WRI by 1 January 2019
  • Comments on initial draft provided by WRI and supervisor by 15 January 2019

Phase 3: 2 months e.g. 15 January 2019 to 28 February 2019:

  • Revisions incorporated and final draft submitted to WRI by 28 February 2019

Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher in water resource management, hydrology, natural resource economics, or related fields preferred 
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent writing skills in English
  • Strong oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to work calmly and enthusiastically under high pressure
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Flexible
  • Highly responsible, self-motivated
  • Good sense of humor
  • Extremely well organized and efficient
  • Preferred: Language: Amharic

WRI does not sponsor consultants for visas of any kind. Applicants must have authorization to work in Ethiopia in order to be considered for this consultancy.

Duration: 6 months, September 2018 – February 2019 (dates flexible), with possibility of extension or conversion to a full-time research position.

Location: WRI-Africa Office (Addis Ababa)


Payment will be on a cost-reimbursement basis. The number of hours and rate (using the average INGO daily rate for Ethiopia) will be agreed between the supervisor and candidate prior to commencement of the work.

Payment schedule will follow the three deliverable phases as noted above.

  • The first payment will be scheduled between 1 October and 15 October 2018, pending acceptance of work plan, and annotated report outline.
  • The second will be scheduled between 1 January and 15 January 2019, pending review of draft report and acceptance of final report.
  • The third and final payment will be scheduled between 1 March and 15 March 2019, pending review and acceptance of final report.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should apply with a cover letter and resume online at http://www.wri.org/careers. All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered.

Application Deadline: Friday 10 August 2018, Eastern Standard Time (GMT – 5)