The International Water Management Institute (www.iwmi.org) is an international, non-profit research organization dedicated to providing evidence-based solutions to sustainably manage water and land resources for food security, people’s livelihoods and the environment. IWMI is a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future. IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and is keen to further diversify its staff in terms of both gender and nationality

(Pretoria, South Africa)

The person and the job:
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is looking for a Researcher - Hydrology/Hydrogeology/Water Resources Management who will be responsible for leading the development, design and implementation of groundwater-surface water hydrology studies and water management strategies to achieve sustainable groundwater development and use in Southern Africa, in collaboration with senior colleagues and other junior researchers/students. The person will be based at the Institute’s Southern Africa Office in Pretoria, South Africa and work under the supervision of the Leader of IWMI’s Sub-theme on Groundwater and Underground Solutions.

You will be responsible for

  • Contributing to research projects that deal with the assessment of natural as well as managed groundwater recharge processes in Southern Africa, and modelling infiltration and recharge processes, and groundwater-surface water flow and transport processes (including impacts of climate change and human interventions), and developing sustainable groundwater development plans and strategies;
  • Developing an independent line of enquiry/research;
  • Planning and executing components of research projects;
  • Utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) as required for mapping and spatial analysis;
  • Undertaking hydrological, hydrogeological and groundwater-surface water relationship modeling;
  • Conducting literature reviews, and primary and secondary data collection and analysis;
  • Participating in developing and sustaining relationships with partners; and
  • Co-authoring reports and journal articles.

You will possess:

  • MSc in Hydrology, Hydrogeology or Water Resources Management;
  • a minimum of 3 years’ research experience in related disciplines;
  • a good knowledge of hydrological processes, and flow and transport processes in porous media;
  • proven skills in the application and analysis of hydro-geochemical tracers/isotopes in hydrology/hydrogeology;
  • knowledge and experience in planning and undertaking field sampling campaigns;
  • proven skills in installing and collecting primary data from hydrometric field installations;
  • a good knowledge of integrating field observations with numerical models of groundwater flows and surface water-groundwater interactions, e.g., United States Geological Survey Precipitation-Runoff Modelling System (PRSM) and Modular Groundwater Flow Model (MODFLOW);
  • a good knowledge of climate change issues and their manifestations in the water and agriculture sector;
  • knowledge of internet data sources related to water and natural resources management;
  • a good understanding of integrated water resources management;
  • a good record of publications;
  • proven skills in data analysis and reporting;
  • strong analytical and report writing skills;
  • excellent presentation and communication skills in English, both oral and written;
  • the proven ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • the ability to work in, and supervise, field research teams in rural areas;
  • good project management skills;
  • an inquisitive and positive attitude, and be self-motivated; and
  • a sensitivity to working in various environments and with people from different cultural backgrounds.

It would be useful if you have:

  • a PhD in Hydrogeology, Hydrology or Water Resources Management;
  • knowledge and experience in the application of remote-sensing approaches in water resources assessment; and
  • a good record of publications in international journals on relevant subjects.

This is a nationally recruited staff position and only citizens of South Africa are encouraged to apply. IWMI offers a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes transport and health insurance. The duration of the contract will be for a 3-year period.

Please submit your application online at: iwmi-southern_africa [at] cgiar [dot] org
Closing date: March 13, 2016

Complete Application Form + attach your résumé + attach your letter which addresses IWMI’s requirements shown above
with names and email addresses of 3 professional referees, to be contacted if you are short-listed.


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