Position Available: RESEARCHER - HYDROLOGY/HYDROGEOLOGY/WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (Pretoria, South Africa)

The International Water Management Institute (www.iwmi.org) is an international, non-profit research organization dedicated to providing evidence-based solutions to sustainably manage water and land resources for food security, people’s livelihoods and the environment. IWMI is a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future. IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and is keen to further diversify its staff in terms of both gender and nationality

RESEARCHER - HYDROLOGY/HYDROGEOLOGY/
WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
(Pretoria, South Africa)

The person and the job:
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is looking for a Researcher - Hydrology/Hydrogeology/Water Resources Management who will be responsible for leading the development, design and implementation of groundwater-surface water hydrology studies and water management strategies to achieve sustainable groundwater development and use in Southern Africa, in collaboration with senior colleagues and other junior researchers/students. The person will be based at the Institute’s Southern Africa Office in Pretoria, South Africa and work under the supervision of the Leader of IWMI’s Sub-theme on Groundwater and Underground Solutions.

You will be responsible for

  • Contributing to research projects that deal with the assessment of natural as well as managed groundwater recharge processes in Southern Africa, and modelling infiltration and recharge processes, and groundwater-surface water flow and transport processes (including impacts of climate change and human interventions), and developing sustainable groundwater development plans and strategies;
  • Developing an independent line of enquiry/research;
  • Planning and executing components of research projects;
  • Utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) as required for mapping and spatial analysis;
  • Undertaking hydrological, hydrogeological and groundwater-surface water relationship modeling;
  • Conducting literature reviews, and primary and secondary data collection and analysis;
  • Participating in developing and sustaining relationships with partners; and
  • Co-authoring reports and journal articles.

You will possess:

  • MSc in Hydrology, Hydrogeology or Water Resources Management;
  • a minimum of 3 years’ research experience in related disciplines;
  • a good knowledge of hydrological processes, and flow and transport processes in porous media;
  • proven skills in the application and analysis of hydro-geochemical tracers/isotopes in hydrology/hydrogeology;
  • knowledge and experience in planning and undertaking field sampling campaigns;
  • proven skills in installing and collecting primary data from hydrometric field installations;
  • a good knowledge of integrating field observations with numerical models of groundwater flows and surface water-groundwater interactions, e.g., United States Geological Survey Precipitation-Runoff Modelling System (PRSM) and Modular Groundwater Flow Model (MODFLOW);
  • a good knowledge of climate change issues and their manifestations in the water and agriculture sector;
  • knowledge of internet data sources related to water and natural resources management;
  • a good understanding of integrated water resources management;
  • a good record of publications;
  • proven skills in data analysis and reporting;
  • strong analytical and report writing skills;
  • excellent presentation and communication skills in English, both oral and written;
  • the proven ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • the ability to work in, and supervise, field research teams in rural areas;
  • good project management skills;
  • an inquisitive and positive attitude, and be self-motivated; and
  • a sensitivity to working in various environments and with people from different cultural backgrounds.

It would be useful if you have:

  • a PhD in Hydrogeology, Hydrology or Water Resources Management;
  • knowledge and experience in the application of remote-sensing approaches in water resources assessment; and
  • a good record of publications in international journals on relevant subjects.

This is a nationally recruited staff position and only citizens of South Africa 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 3-year period.

Please submit your application online at: iwmi-southern_africa [at] cgiar [dot] org
Closing date: March 13, 2016

Complete Application Form + attach your résumé + attach your letter which addresses IWMI’s requirements shown above
with names and email addresses of 3 professional referees, to be contacted if you are short-listed.

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