Consultancy: Improving Flash-flood Forecasting Using WRF-Hydro Model

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)


International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant to analyze impacts of floods in Ethiopia and to build flood hazard early warning system using WRF Hydro model.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR Research Centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.

Scope of Work

The consultant will be expected to carry out the following tasks:

1. Assess the hydrological processes using an offline WRF-hydro model

  • Install, configure and test offline WRF-hydro model
  • Conduct preliminary forecast for selected flood prone areas

2.Build flood hazard early warning system using coupled WRF-hydro model.

  • Install, configure and test coupled WRF-hydro model
  • Conduct preliminary forecast for selected flood prone areas
  • Prepare flood hazard early warning system for selected flood prone areas
  • Assess the spatio-temporal variability of WRF-hydro simulated water fluxes in Ethiopia. This includes evapotranspiration, soil moisture, runoff, …etc

3.Investigate the major meteorological contributors of extreme flood in Ethiopia

  • Conduct literature review
  • Carrying out case studies
  • Prepare peer reviewed journal article based on the case studies

4.Conduct capacity building training for NMA’s and sub-national meteorological offices on the use of WRF-hydro:

  • Prepare manuals on the configuration and use of offline WRF-hydro
  • Prepare manuals on configuration and use of coupled WRF-hydro

Final Products

Expected deliverables to contribute to:

  • The building of flood hazard early warning system using both offline and coupled WRF-hydro model
  • Preparation of training manuals that is going to be used for capacity building training on the use of WRF-hydro models
  • Manuscript for submission to a peer reviewed journal.

Consultancy Fee:  Monthly based on agreed milestones and deliverables

Post location:  Consultant’s base

Expected places of travel: Eastern Africa Region.

Duration:   5 months

Maximum working days:  100 days

Essential skills and qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Fluid Dynamics, Hydrology, Water Resources Engineering, Hydrometeorology and related field
  • Five years working experience within Eastern Africa
  • Experienced user of WRF and WRF-hydro models
  • Strong knowledge and experience of programming in Python, Matlab, and use of CDO, NCO, shell scripting and Linux operating system
  • Impeccable English writing and editing skills
  • Highly organized, detail oriented and strong self-starter
  • Ability to work independently.

How to apply: 

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and e-mail) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above before 5 August 2021.  The position title and reference number CCAFS/07/2021should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer