Senior Researcher Officer - Hydrologist
International Water Management Institute, Pakistan

1 Year
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Total Vacancies
1 Job
Posted on
Jan 25, 2023
Last Date
Feb 25, 2023

Job Description

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

The general scope of work required from the Hydrologist will be carrying out hydrological studies for monitoring, management and protection of water and water resources in different hydrological and environmental settings. The incumbent will develop, calibrate, and validate the model, including sensitivity analysis and documentation of the various modeling application at different spatial scales.

They will contribute to the research activities, including literature reviews, field data collection, analytical work, policy analysis, and coordination with stakeholders and project partners in the water and climate sectors. They will also organize project-related events, workshops, training, and fieldwork involving various stakeholders. They will also contribute to writing donor reports and research publications.


The main responsibilities will include:

  • Assist in collecting the hydrological and hydrogeological variables from the national and international data archives.
  • Work with specifically-designed computer modelling packages to assess the most effective methods of managing available water in a river basin.
  • Process meteorological, snow, and hydrologic data to analyse the changes in water flows brought up by changes in land use, environmental factors and crop irrigation.
  • Pre-process the primary data in the different image processing software to calculate and audit the water resources system.
  • Assist in parameterizing the hydrological models to allow the development of flood forecasting and drought management strategy.
  • Assist in calibrating and validating various hydrological models for different land use and climate change scenarios.
  • Analyzing the collected datasets for computing the changes in water storage on different Spatio-temporal bases.
  • Estimate water yields, taking into account the utilization of water in a specific natural drainage area.
  • Assess the relationship between rainfall, run off, soil and plants to map the systematic changes in water demand and supply considering the climate shifts for catchment to basin scale.
  • Assist in determining the amount of water that can be allocated for domestic, agricultural, industrial and environmental purposes to sustain the ecosystem.
  • Assist in organizing different stakeholder meetings and disseminating the results at different levels.
  • Be part of the research team during fieldwork, participating in interdisciplinary research activities, including data collection, processing, and analysis, in the thematic issues such as policy, institutions, water governance and water management.
  • Contribute to building positive relationships with the government, civil society and other stakeholders.
  • Provide support to organizing meetings, dialogues and workshops for the project.
  • Assist in preparing high quality project reports according to project timelines.
  • Provide support in preparing project-specific communication materials.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Qualifications, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Minimum MSc degree in hydrology, meteorology, hydro-meteorology, environmental sciences, environmental studies, or closely related fields.
  • Good scientific publication records in well-reputed international journals.
  • A minimum of 5 years experience of working in developing hydrological models and relevant experience in water management such as conducting water accounting in the Indus or similar basin.
  • Good command of using large spatial data sets.
  • Excellent spatial analysis skills in market leading software e.g. ArcGIS Server geoprocessing services, including developing Python scripts.
  • Experience designing and implementing approaches for data-scarce environments.
  • Must have a strong analytical mindset.
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills and the ability to process large temporal and spatial datasets in a python environment.
  • Ability to use advanced spatial analysis and Geographic Information Systems tools and hydrological modeling approaches for multiple scale assessments.
  • Independent and critical scientific thought including a sound understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of spatial tools for water resource assessments at different scales.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Good command of spoken and written English.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Effective listening skills, and excellent verbal, and written communication skills in English.
  • Effective listening skills, and excellent verbal, and written communication skills in English.
  • Good command in the Urdu language will be an asset.


This is a nationally recruited position and only Pakistani nationals are eligible to apply. IWMI offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The duration of the contract will be for a three-year period with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funds.

Your application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae, a cover letter which addresses IWMI’s requirements stated above, and contact information of three professional referees who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for the position.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through 24:00 (IST) on February 9, 2023.

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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