Tuesday, May 5, 2009

JOB- IWMI Researcher/Senior Researcher and Head of Office, Central Asia

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JOB- IWMI Researcher/Senior Researcher and Head of Office, Central Asia

Posted by: Ulugbek Akhmedov <u.akhmedov@cgiar.org>

Position Announcement

Researcher/Senior Researcher and Head of Office, Central Asia

We are seeking a highly competent, motivated and dynamic individual
for the position of Researcher/Senior Researcher and Head of Office,
Central Asia to actively lead and contribute to IWMI's research in the
Central Asia. The successful candidate will be based at IWMI Central
Asia Office in Tashkent and will report to the Regional Director,
Southeast and Central Asia.

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

Job Purpose:

The main purpose of the job is to lead and undertake research to
achieve IWMI's goals. In addition, the Head will ensure the smooth
running of the office including human resources, financial and other
administrative and technical support functions and, when appropriate,
act as IWMI's local representative in the Central Asian region.

Responsibilities and Duties:

The key responsibility will include the following:
* Take overall responsibility for the management of the Tashkent
office and the professional and support staff;
* Manage project implementation i.e. developing annual plans of
operations, hiring consultants and field executors, organization of
field activities, field activity planning, monitoring and guidance,
regular progress reviews with partners and field visits;
* Provide research leadership and guidance in areas of expertise;
provide strategic thinking to guide the direction of the Central Asia
portfolio whilst contributing to research oversight and quality control;
* Develop and sustain relationship with project partners (current and
potential), other water related organizations, universities, research
organizations, local and international NGOs and water ministries and
liaise on IWMI research initiatives, projects and/or themes within
IWMI with partner institutes, governments and donors;
* Represent IWMI in the region, maintaining strong working
relationships with research partners, donors, protocol authorities (in
conjunction with the Regional Director and Director General) and other
* Contribute to IWMI's fund-raising efforts by providing intellectual
inputs to the preparation of proposals, and through direct donor contact;
* Prepare journal articles and other scientific manuscripts and
presentations to disseminate research results. In addition contribute
to the formulation of general information for the public e.g. news
papers radio; TV; web based, etc;
* Work within a multi-disciplinary teams, develop a personal research
agenda resulting in significant publishable output;
* Contribute to capacity building efforts; mentoring, guidance to
staff, assist in their professional development and welfare;
* Recruitment and management of office support staff (as per ICARDA
and IWMI requirements), lead the planning of budget and financial
resources and manage the same for the sub-regional office; staff welfare.
* Attend local/regional meetings, make presentations and other
intellectual contributions; manage requests for financial and other
resource input requests, etc;
* Review project reports, training materials, and all other project
publications of IWMI staff.

Selection Criteria:

The following outlines the attributes required and the criteria
against which applications will be assessed.



* A PhD or equivalent experience in an area relevant to the research
program (e.g. hydrology, irrigation, environmental science, social
* Management experience relevant to being part of the IWMI team.

Experience and Knowledge


* At least 5 years experience working with research institutions and
key stakeholders
* Track record of representing an organization at a senior level, and
working closely with senior colleagues
* Experience of managing teams of people that have delivered high
quality outputs on time and budget.
* Ability to design and conduct research projects related to water
and poverty in Central Asia
* Demonstrated understanding of the role of research for development
and how to achieve impact
* Ability to grasp key issues of importance to IWMI.
* A solid record of publications.


* Experience in managing finances and planning work from both
scientific and financial/human resources perspectives.
* Experience in working and living in developing countries.

Skills and Abilities:


* Strong verbal communication skills, both written and oral,
including the capacity to write proposals, reports, and academic
papers and to communicate research results to stakeholders at
different management levels in multiple countries;
* Ability to manage a small office, work as a member of a team and
work closely with researchers of other disciplines
* Evidence of strategic planning skills and conceptual thinking.
* Ability to form partnerships with local institutions and
stakeholders to facilitate delivery of outcomes.
* Ability to be a strong advocate for the area of responsibility via
written and oral presentations.
* Ability to liaise with key donor agencies.


* Ability to operate in Russian and/or other local languages

Salary and Benefits:

This is an Internationally Recruited Staff position with a competitive
salary and benefits package. This 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 two year contracts which are subject to renewal,
depending on performance and institute's needs.

How to Apply:

To apply for this post:
* Complete application form http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/About_IWMI/Vacancies/
* Attach your résumé.
* Attach a letter of application, which specifically addresses the
selection criteria outlined previously; include the names and
addresses of 3 referees who may be contacted if you are shortlisted.
* Submit online.

If you do not receive an automatic acknowledgement email within 24
hours of sending your application, then contact: The Human Resources
Office, IWMI, P.O. Box 2075, Colombo, Sri Lanka; Email: work-at-iwmi@cgiar.org

Application deadline: 15 May 2009 - or until the position is filled.

Schedule for Selection Process:
There may be telephone interviews for short-listed candidates during
the week beginning 25 May 2009 and selection interviews in Colombo,
Sri Lanka in the week of 15 June 2009. Although these dates may be
subject to change, it would be useful if candidates could be available
around these dates.

For further information visit IWMI - http://www.iwmi.org

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