Based at USAID Office in Washington DC


The Person and the Job:


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) seeks to appoint a highly qualified specialist in agricultural water management who, as a first duty assignment, would be given the role of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) visiting scientist in Washington DC, USA. For more than a decade, collaboration between USAID and IWMI has included an IWMI scientist being seconded within USAID in Washington, DC, USA. In this role, the visiting scientist will assist relevant offices within USAID on strategic planning and Mission support, undertaking research and analysis, and participating in liaison and interaction with relevant USAID staff, Missions and partners. The scientist will also spend a portion of his/her time (~20%) on IWMI’s core research activities.


The appointee will be located in the Bureau for Food Security (BFS), and divide his/her time between the BFS and the Office of Water of the Bureau of Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade (EGAT).


You will:


promote greater inclusion of sustainable agricultural water management in the US government’s Feed the Future (FTF) initiative, and support the development of approaches that ensure water management does not constrain the achievement of the initiative’s objectives;

provide input to incorporate agricultural water management in t he design and implementation of relevant projects, programs and strategies in Washington DC, and USAID missions in countries where the Feed the Future initiative is being implemented (which will entail short-term travel (TDYs) to USAID missions);

collaborate with other offices and teams within USAID including the Global Climate Change team, regional bureaus and other partners within USAID to encourage strong and appropriate consideration for agricultural water management in the context of their activities; and

identify synergies and opportunities for collaboration between IWMI and USAID.


You will possess:


a PhD or Masters with equivalent experience in a relevant disci pline (economics, engineering, agronomy, etc.);

a background in scientific research in biophysical or socioecon omic aspects of irrigated and/or rainfed agricultural systems in developing countries;

an excellent knowledge and experience in agricultural systems and development programming;

experience leading and operating in interdisciplinary teams, and skills in developing and managing multi-faceted development programs;

a demonstrated ability to synthesize scientific information and communicate its relevance to stakeholders;

excellent knowledge of global political and economic interests, trends and institutions;

excellent interpersonal skills interfacing with diverse constituents, leaders and colleagues; and

a track record of publication of scientific output.


This is an internationally recruited position with a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes a housing allowance, transport, education, shipping assistance, annual home leave, retirement and health insurance package. IWMI’s policy is to appoint staff initially on three-year contracts which are subject to renewal, depending on performance and the Institute’s needs.


The International Water Management Institute ( is a non-profit, scientific organization engaged in research and capacity building activities for developing countries. Our mission is to overcome poverty through better management of land and water resources. Working with diverse partners and supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (, IWMI seeks to translate its research findings into actionable recommendations for policymakers, resource managers and poor rural communities. IWMI is based in Sri Lanka and has regional offices in 12 countries in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.


IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and is keen to further diversify its staff in terms of both gender and nationality.



Please submit your application on-line at:


Closing date: 20th June 2012


Complete Application Form + attach your résumé + attach your letter which addresses IWMI’s requirements shown above with names and email addresses of 3 professional referees, to be contacted if you are short-listed


Your application will be acknowledged automatically within 24 hours. If not, please email us at ‘+’work-at-iwmi’+’@’+’’+’

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