Vacancy: Deputy Director General (Research for Development) (IWMI)

Water security is high on the international development agenda, and the time is ripe for vigorous and innovative efforts to achieve the water-related targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Against this background, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) seeks highly motivated candidates for the position of Deputy Director General (Research for Development), or DDG, who show an exceptional ability to motivate, lead and manage research teams representing diverse disciplines and cultures.

IWMI is a CGIAR center focused on research for development to deliver new evidence-based approaches that contribute to water security. The Institute’s research centers particularly on building resilience to water-related risks, fostering sustainable development and managing rural-urban linkages. The successful candidate will guide IWMI’s science agenda to address these key development challenges, leading the identification of promising opportunities for research and ensuring the excellence of our research outputs.

Research at IWMI and CGIAR generally is closely aligned with the SDGs as well as the global climate agenda, and numerous national and regional initiatives. The DDG is responsible for IWMI’s vital contributions to the CGIAR research agenda, including the Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), which the Institute leads.

The DDG plays a vital role in the overall management and direction of IWMI’s research program, serving as a member of the Institute’s Management Team and heading the Program Leadership Team. In these capacities, the DDG stimulates new ideas and lines of investigation; helps synthesize and communicate research findings to key stakeholders, including donors; and guides efforts to scale up innovative evidence-based approaches. The DDG will accountable for profiling IWMI’s research and securing additional resources, networking and growing IWMI’s advisory services work. These tasks form a key part of the DDG’s support for the leaders of IWMI’s strategic programs and research groups. Reporting to the Director General, the DDG is based at IWMI’s headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka or at one of the institute’s major regional offices in Africa.

Applicants for this position must have either a PhD or an equivalent combination of education and experience with research or development organizations in areas that are relevant to IWMI’s mission. Candidates must also have a strong record of publishing widely cited papers and successfully promoting excellence in international research for development.

If you have a minimum of 15 years of experience in relevant research areas, a demonstrated capacity to manage research-for-development programs that deliver impact, a proven record of strategic leadership and vision as well as a flair for mobilizing research resources, you may be the right person to help guide IWMI into an exciting future of research achievement and development impact.

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, and retirement and health insurance. The duration of the contract will initially be for a three-year period and is renewable.

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Your application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae, cover letter which addresses IWMI’s requirements stated above, and contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position.

Applications must be submitted by midnight IST on September 25, 2017 (Monday)