One position as Deputy Director General, Research for Development at International Water Management Institute

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is seeking a dynamic leader to join as Deputy Director General – Research for Development (DDG), who will lead and drive the science agenda within IWMI on water security to address global development challenges related to food, land and water systems and to climate change.



The Role: The DDG leads the identification of innovative research areas, ensuring thematic relevance for the development agenda that contributes to the SDGs, global climate agenda, regional and national imperatives, and the One CGIAR Research Strategy and Results Framework. The DDG stimulates resource mobilization efforts and assures the quality of outputs. The DDG has a leading role in catalyzing ideas and lines of investigation, synthesizing and communicating research findings to key stakeholders, guiding development of strategic initiatives and proposals, and identifying strategies for and leading the scaling up and scaling out of IWMI’s research-for-development and innovation. The DDG is responsible and accountable for efficient and effective research program management for IWMI’s project portfolio and subsequently the investment plans and research programs of the CGIAR System Organization (“One CGIAR”).


We are looking for a Research for Development Leader with:

  • Proven ability in research program management and demonstrated experience in managing finances, planning and portfolio implementation from both research-for-development and financial/human resources perspectives;
  • Demonstrated ability to create and lead a strategic vision and represent an organization at senior level;
  • Proven experience delivering research for development of international excellence, and demonstrable capacity to guide programs to deliver impact;
  • Successful experience managing and motivating multi-disciplinary teams in a multi-cultural and scientific and development context; including experience managing teams for delivery of high quality research outputs and development outcomes on time and to budget;
  • Proven ability to manage teams to secure significant funding and an ability to liaise effectively with funding agencies
  • A PhD (or equivalent) in an area relevant to IWMI’s mandate and research program;
  • Minimum of 15 years’ extensive experience in related areas of research, research impact for development, research institutions and/or development organizations.

IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and emphasizes the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in identifying candidates for this position and its staff more generally.


More information and applications here

Deadline: December 29, 2020

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