Consultant: Gender Transformative Approach Support

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is looking for an early career professional, who has strong gender, agriculture and natural resources knowledge, interested to work with leading gender experts to help bridge gender theory-policy-practice gaps across a very interesting set of research programs on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).

Project Background

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) is a global research-for-development program working through partnerships to ensure that agricultural intensification benefits smallholder farmer livelihoods, is sustainable and makes use of the services provided by ecosystems. WLE is led by and run out of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a CGIAR Research Center. IWMI is a non-profit, scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries, headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with regional offices across Asia and Africa. WLE brings together the resources of IWMI together with CGIAR Research Centers, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the RUAF Foundation.

Applying a Gender Transformative Approach in WLE Flagship Programs

WLE is developing a growing portfolio of science, policy and technical solutions across ecosystems, sectors and scales to connect and consider key natural resources: land, water, biodiversity, and how to manage these to ensure we connect rural-urban environments, deliver gender equity and manage risks and trade-offs. The program’s four main research themes (referred to as Flagships) focus on specific innovations that enhance the social and environmental sustainability of agri-food systems and lead to the development of solutions targeted to policy makers, development practitioners and marginalized urban and rural communities.

Gender is a key crosscutting issue in WLE and for all CGIAR programs. Now in its Phase 2 (2017-2021), WLE projects represent a diversity of approaches to integrating and addressing gender and inclusion. A key task going forward is to ensure that the rich portfolio of gender outputs and deliverables in each Flagship:

  • are aligned to system (CGIAR) monitoring and evaluation standards and criteria,
  • collectively enable reporting on gender as outlined in Flagship impact pathways, and specifically milestones towards outcomes, as well as specific outcome/impact case reports (OICRs), and
  • are as far as possible, informed by a gender transformative approaches (GTA)

A GTA allows for tackling the root causes of inequality by gender, by understanding and addressing the structure and culture of power relations in policy and practice institutions at scale.

Tasks and Objectives

The Consultant will be part of a Gender and Inclusion team which supports WLE Flagships to deliver on monitoring, evaluation, planning and reporting relating to gender and inclusion, as well as applying a GTA approach. The objective of this Research Assistant consultancy is to support WLE Flagship Programs in their ongoing activities to deliver: i) robust transdisciplinary science for transformative innovations; ii) enhanced capacity of key partners and stakeholders to implement gender transformative practices and technologies; and, iii) policy impact for gender transformative change.

The Consultant will work under the supervision of the WLE Gender and Inclusion Lead. He/she will also work closely with the team of consultants appointed for gender capacity strengthening of Flagship programs, to:

  • Collaborate with and support Flagship Leads, Gender Focal Points and other researchers leading gender-inclusive projects in each Flagship to collate, analyse, prioritize, consolidate and document gender outputs, so that they relate more coherently to Flagship gender milestones, and CG System-wide gender markers and criteria.
  • Provide support as and when required and/or on demand to specific projects across the Flagships, that have gender as a strategic focus.
  • Work with the WLE Communications team to translate WLE gender deliverables and outputs to communication outputs and outcomes as relevant to WLE reporting and outreach requirements.
  • Undertake and/or support relevant research, capacity strengthening and planning and documentation activities, as required.

Location: This assignment will be based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Some travel to project sites around the world may be required.

Duration: One year

Your application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae, together with a cover letter and the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


  • Masters degree in a related discipline
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender transformative approach
  • Strong analytical and communication skills - we are looking for someone who helps inspire attention to gender and inclusion across a wide range of WLE projects and programs
  • Some experience of living and working in the global south is desirable.