Senior Research Officer

  • Full Time
  • Kathmandu
  • Applications have closed

Website International Water Management Institute (IWMI)


Senior Research Officer – Climate Change and Hydrology

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a CGIAR Research Center, is looking for a competent, self-motivated, and dynamic candidate to join as Senior Research Officer – Climate Change and Hydrology.

The Senior Research Officer – Climate Change and Hydrology will work on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems projects (e.g. NEXUS Gains) and the Water Security Project in Nepal. By working closely with the Water Resource and Climate Change Researcher, the Senior Research Officer will support to climate change analysis, watershed hydrology and modelling hydro-meteorological analysis, climate projections downscaling, climate change impact studies and capacity development of the government, NGOs, local communities, on climate change and water resources management. The person will coordinate and supervise project work on the ground, including supervision of the collection of water sufficiency, demand and uses data for the project team(s). The person may also be required to support national and regional initiatives of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in other countries.


  • Analyse global and regional climate models data, downscaling and climate change impact studies on water resources, hydrological regime and other related sectors
  • Carry out hydro meteorological data analysis to assess climate trends including floods, droughts
  • Assist to collect, manage, document, and analyse hydrological data from farm to watersheds and basin level.
  • Lead fieldwork planning and evidence gathering related to hydrology, climate change and extreme events, and water infrastructure and ecosystems in IWMI’s project areas in Nepal and/or other countries.
  • Lead in setting up hydrological and climate monitoring stations in the study watersheds.
  • Apply hydrological models (e.g., SWAT, JAMS-J2000, SPHY) to simulate the impacts of climate change, land-use change and water-use patterns on the basin flow regime.
  • Perform other relevant hydrological and water resource analyses as required by projects and prepare reports/publications on these analyses.
  • Assist in developing capacity building materials and data analysis tools in suitable programming languages such as R, Python, etc., as required.
  • Train and support local staff from partner organizations in data collection techniques.
  • Coordinate with the national and subnational level project partners and stakeholders in planning field visits and knowledge forums/workshops organized by IWMI’s office in Nepal.
  • Plan and conduct field visits for data collection.
  • Support to partnership development and research project management.
  • Provide support to preparing communication materials on biophysical components of IWMI research projects.
  • In the guidance of the senior researchers, take initiate to prepare blogs, Op-ed and journal articles.
  • Arrange the logistics for site visits by IWMI and other international project partners.



  • Master’s degree in hydrology/hydrogeology, water resources engineering, water resources management, environmental science and management or a closely related field.
  • Knowledge on water sector development issues of Nepal and/or other countries.
  • Minimum of three years of post-MSc experience in water resources management or natural resource management.


  • Experience in working with Global and Regional Climate Models, downscaling and large-scale data handling and analysis
  • Experience in groundwater monitoring and modelling, integrated water resources planning, development and management.
  • Experience with computer programming languages such as R, Python, etc.
  • Experience in field-based project implementation and monitoring.
  • Experience in capacity building activities on hydrological modelling and climate change.



  • Knowledge on global and regional climate models, downscaling and climate projections
  • Knowledge of applying catchment-scale hydrological models.
  • Knowledge of computer programming languages such as R, Python, etc.,
  • Good knowledge of ArcGIS and QGIS.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and database management.
  • Experience in preparing scientific publications, technical reports and research reports
  • Ability to establish and maintain partnerships and working relationship with the government, development partners, non-governmental organizations, civil society organization, research and similar institutions, and private sector actors.
  • Good interpersonal and teamworking skills.
  • Well-developed personal organization and priority setting skills.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English. Ability to function independently and deliver research outputs on time.
  • Ability to travel to remote areas on extended field trips.
  • Familiar with gender and inclusion issues of Nepal.
  • Respect and practice organizational values and work with professional integrity.

What we are offering:

This is a nationally recruited position and only candidates who are eligible to work in Nepal will be considered. IWMI offers a competitive salary and benefits package, inclusive of health insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, and long-term disability coverage. The duration of the contract will initially be for a period of three years with the possibility of extension.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply for the position by following the application instructions at We will be accepting applications through 24:00 (IST) September 22, 2022 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis). Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

IWMI believes that diversity powers our innovation, contributes to our excellence, and is critical for our mission. We offer a multi-cultural, multi-color, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary working environment. We are consciously creating an inclusive organization that reflects our global character and our commitment to gender equity. We, therefore, encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

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