Water security is fundamental for building resilience in agroecologies and farming communities, and for contributing to food security, human well-being, and sustainable development in low- and middle-income countries. Under increasing pressure, agricultural systems have to produce more food and other products on less land, with less water and fertilizer, while also ensuring lower greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, this needs to happen on a large scale and at reduced cost, and must be sustainable. Making agriculture more resilient depends on science, technology and innovation.
To address these development challenges through high-quality research, IWMI seeks an innovative thought leader and researcher to consolidate its Strategic Program on Building Resilience.
The aim of this program is to help make rural communities more resilient with improved livelihoods, including higher incomes as well as stronger food and nutrition security. The program aims to achieve this by delivering reliable, research-based solutions and decision-support tools for farmers, resource managers and policy makers.
The ideal candidate for this position would be a dynamic individual who has a proven track record of providing strategic research leadership in a development context, and a demonstrated capability to lead the transformation of research into products and services, working in collaboration with international agencies, governments and the private sector. The candidate will bring to the position ample expertise and experience in the development of technical, social and institutional solutions for water management (including irrigation) in developing country agriculture. We will particularly welcome applications from candidates with an interest in precision or ‘smart’ farming and related technologies.
The program leader will guide the development of new knowledge and solutions that enhance resilience in agriculture, contribute to the sustainable management of surface water and groundwater resources, and promote integrated approaches to water risk and disaster management.
The leader will also provide thought leadership and overall direction for the program, championing its thematic vision. In addition, the leader will guide and motivate a multi-disciplinary team, including direct supervision of three research groups:
- Agricultural Water Management
- Resilient and Sustainable Groundwater
- Water Risks and Disasters