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Economist - Agricultural Water Management

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Last Date: December 13, 2010

(Pretoria, South Africa)
Please submit your application on-line at: 

Closing date: 13th December 2010

The Person and the Job
If you possess a PhD in Agricultural Economics, Economics or equivalent, and have at least three years post-doctoral research experience working in developing countries, you could be the person we are looking for. This position reports to the Head of IWMIs Southern Africa Office in Pretoria. Under the leadership of Head of Office, you will work on existing projects and undertake project development activities to sustain partnerships within IWMIs strategic plan and Theme priorities, specifically in relation to policy options for scaling-up high performance irrigation investments so as to improving agricultural productivity and consequently the specific contribution of improved water management to economic growth, poverty reduction and food security.

You will:
demonstrate the potential contribution of improved water management, in particular, irrigation to economic growth, poverty
reduction and food security.
conduct an analysis of the constraints for up scaling irrigation investments in Southern Africa
study and determine the levels and types of investments that may be required to scale up successful high-performance irrigation
models in Southern Africa
contribute to our understanding of whether the current policy context in the Southern Africa region is sufficient to support increased
investments in irrigation and if not to suggest policy changes needed to encourage invest in irrigation.
contribute to our understanding of complementary investments required across the value-chain to make small-scale irrigation
profitable and attractive to smallholder farmers, including better targeting of irrigation investments, technologies and tools in order to
realise the benefits of increased investment
be expected to publish research results in international scientific journals.

You must possess:
PhD in Agricultural Economics, Economics or equivalent.
minimum of 3 years post-doctoral research experience
knowledge of the social and political background of water allocation and management and/or irrigation, especially in developing
a very good record of peer-reviewed publications
work experience in developing countries
the ability to gain respect of, and communicate effectively with, senior government and donor officials while also being respected for
her/his conceptual and research capacities
excellent leadership, management, interpersonal, networking and team building skills
excellent command of both oral and written English

You must know about:
the concepts and tools required to undertake economic analysis;
quantitative and qualitative methodologies

It would be useful if you had:
work experience in Africa, particularly Southern Africa
working knowledge of Portuguese and/or French

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, retirement, and health insurance package. IWMIs policy is to appoint staff initially on three year contracts which are subject to renewal, depending on performance and institutes needs. This position will also require travel in the regions IWMI has a presence in.

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

IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and is keen to further diversify its staff in terms of both gender and nationality.

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

Your application will be acknowledged automatically within 24 hours. If not, please email us at


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