Nepal nationals: Research Officer (Water Resources)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Kathmandu, Nepal
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has an exciting opportunity for a Research Officer – Water Resources to work on various projects within and outside Nepal to contribute to monitoring and modeling of watershed hydrology, climate change analysis, and research/evidence-based capacity development of civil society, provincial and local governments, and farmers on water resources management.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the study on watershed interventions in the project-specific geographic region.
  • Contribute to the fieldwork planning and evidence gathering related to hydrology, agricultural water management, and integrated water resources management in IWMI’s project areas in Nepal and/or other countries.
  • Assist in setting up hydrological and climate monitoring stations in the study watersheds.
  • Assist in collecting and managing hydrological and climate data from the study watersheds.
  • Apply hydrological models (e.g., Soil and Water Assessment Tool [SWAT]) 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 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 local and regional partners in planning field visits and other knowledge forums/workshops organized by IWMI’s office in Nepal.
  • Travel within and outside Nepal to support relevant project activities on the ground.
  • Work closely with local partner organizations, and play a key communication and coordination role between partners.
  • Provide support to preparing communication materials of IWMI’s work in Nepal.
  • Provide support to increasing the visibility of IWMI through the preparation of articles for publication in local newspapers, and by participating in local knowledge forums.
  • Arrange the logistics for site visits by IWMI and other international project partners.



  • Master’s degree in hydrology/hydrogeology, water resources or a closely related field.
  • Knowledge on water sector development issues of Nepal and/or other countries.
  • Minimum of 2 years of post-qualifying experience in natural resource management or water resources management.


  • Knowledge of catchment-scale hydrological models such as SWAT.
  • Knowledge of ecosystem services modeling is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of computer programming languages such as FORTRAN, R, Python, etc., is an advantage.
  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, database management and PowerPoint design.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Well-developed personal organization and priority setting skills.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Ability to function independently.
  • Ability to deliver on time.
  • Ability to interact effectively with officials in other agencies.
  • Ability to travel to remote areas on extended field trips.
  • Sensitive on diversity/inclusion and gender issues of Nepal.
  • Respect and practice organizational values and work with professional integrity.


This is a nationally recruited staff position and only citizens of Nepal 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 three-year period with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funds.