Postdoctoral Fellow – Economist Quantitative Policy Analysis

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Apply by 15 July 2018
Scholarships / Fellowships , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 19 June 2018

Job Description

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) invites applications from highly motivated individuals to join the Institute and contribute to the design and empirical evaluation of policy reforms and technology developments to advance water, land and environmental issues in developing countries using methods of non-market valuation, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work creatively under the supervision of IWMI researchers to develop a research program in quantitative policy analysis related to water and land interventions. The fellowship offers the opportunity to gain significant field experience in one or more developing countries, and to have one’s research findings published and presented to policymakers.


Specifically, you will conduct economic assessments of programs, policy reforms and other interventions through the collection and analysis of relevant market and non-market data. You will contribute to research proposal development and project implementation for diverse projects. Your work will also include supporting economic analysis in interdisciplinary projects across IWMI’s research portfolio by working with project leaders and research teams of hydrologists, agricultural water management researchers and environmental scientists, located in Asia and/or Africa.


Candidates with a PhD in Economics earned before the start of employment are encouraged to apply, preferring those with a specialization in Public Economics, Development Economics, Environmental Economics, Agricultural Economics or Public Policy with a concentration in quantitative analysis of public policy reform from a microeconomic perspective. We especially invite applications from those knowledgeable about water resources management and policy in developing economies, and with experience in sample and survey design, micro-econometric data analysis, and interpretation of results for policy audiences.


Please submit applications no later than 24:00 (IST) July 15, 2018 via the IWMI website at www.iwmi.org/jobs. Your application must include your curriculum vitae and a letter describing how your knowledge, training and experience match the requirements stated above, and also the names and contact details of three professional referees (indicating your relationship to each) who will be contacted if you are short-listed for the position.


This is an internationally recruited position with a benefits package that includes a housing allowance, transport, shipping assistance, annual home leave and health insurance. Postdoctoral scientists are appointed on a fixed two-year contract. The successful candidate will be based at the headquarters of IWMI in Colombo, Sri Lanka


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

About the Organization

The International Water Management Institute is a nonprofit scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in agriculture and on the water needs of developing countries. IWMI works with partners in the South to develop tools and methods to help these countries eradicate poverty through more effective management of their water and land resources. Mission: Improving water and land resources management for food livelihoods and nature. The objectives of IWMI's work: - Identify the larger issues related to water management and food security that need to be understood and addressed by governments and policymakers. - Develop, test and promote management practices and tools that can be used by governments and institutions to manage water and land resources more effectively, and address water scarcity issues. - Clarify the link between poverty and access to water and to help governments and the research community better understand the specific water-related problems of poor people. - Help developing countries build their research capacities to deal with water scarcity and related food security issues.

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