Researcher-Social Sciences

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), explores and supports a paradigm shift in sustainable intensification of agricultural production systems through placing natural resources at the forefront of our production systems. WLE is organized into five Strategic Research Portfolios (SRPs): Irrigated systems, Rainfed systems, Resource recovery and reuse, River basins, and Information systems. The two crosscutting themes of Ecosystem services and resilience (ESS&R), and Gender, poverty and institutions underpin the program. The scope of WLE is global, with a large proportion of the research efforts concentrated in four priority focal regions: Nile, Niger/Volta, Ganges and Greater Mekong.

As set out in WLE’s Gender Strategy, achieving the program’s vision demands transformative research and action grounded in improved understanding and recognition of the importance of the influence of social relations and institutions in shaping women’s and men’s roles and capacities in agriculture and their relationship to water, land and ecosystems, both as stewards and consumers. The Researcher – Social Sciences (Gender, Poverty and Institutions) will provide social science perspectives, methodologies and analysis to carry out components of research projects related to water, land and ecosystems under the themes of gender, poverty and institutions.

The position holder will report to the Coordinator - Gender, Poverty and Institutions, WLE, and be based at the headquarters of IWMI in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

You will:
  • conduct research and/or lead component(s) of research projects;
  • conceive of and define research projects, approaches and relate d activities independently or in consultation with senior resea rchers and project leaders;
  • oversee successful integration of social science research with biophysical research findings and understanding;
  • ensure preparation of high-quality research products, including review of the work of others to ensure that quality standards are met;
  • mentor junior researchers and students; and
  • initiate, develop and sustain partnerships with WLE collaborators.

You will possess:
  • a PhD in social anthropology, sociology, geography, economics o r a related discipline;
  • a minimum of five years’ research experience in the management of natural resources, ecosystems or water/land resources in developing countries;
  • a proven familiarity with social science issues and methods in relation to agriculture in developing countries;
  • a proven track record of publications in international peer-rev iewed journals;
  • experience in working within multi-disciplinary research themes;
  • strong interpersonal, communication, leadership, management, teamwork and analytical skills, with the ability to interact with partners/clients;
  • the potential to think independently and critically, with the ability to challenge accepted scientific knowledge and approaches;
  • strong potential to develop mutual respect and sound working relationships within WLE and with partner organizations across th e Africa and Asia regions;
  • strong ability to work effectively in teams that include member s from a range of nationalities, cultures and scientific disciplines;
  • demonstrated ability to develop networks, and share knowledge w ith national, regional and international scientific communities and research institutions;
  • evidence of participation in various national and international professional events; and
  • excellent oral and written skills in English.

It would be useful if you also had:
  • experience of living and working in developing countries

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. In keeping with the current phase of the WLE program, IWMI will initially offer a two-year contract, which is subject to renewal, depending on performance and the needs of IWMI/WLE.

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