International Water Mgt. Inst: Volta Gender Specialist

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29 Aug, 2014

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Vacancies in Ghana

The International Water Management Institute ( is an international, non-profit research organisation 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.

Job Description

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), is looking  for a Volta Gender Specialist.

As set out in WLE’s Gender Strategy, achieving the program’s vision demands transformative research and action grounded in the improved understanding and recognition of the importance of the influence of social relations and institutions in shaping women’s and men’s roles and capacities in agriculture and their relationship to water, land and ecosystems, both as stewards and consumers.

The Volta Gender Specialist will provide gender perspectives, methodologies and analysis to carry out components of research projects related to water, land and ecosystems under the themes of gender, poverty and institutions.


The position holder will be based at the West Africa Office of IWMI in Accra, Ghana, where the WLE Volta program is conducted, and will report to the Focal Region Coordinator and the Coordinator – Gender, Poverty and Institutions, WLE.

You will:

  • support existing research activities related to gender analysis and integration;
  • conceive and define innovative gender research activities, approaches and related activities independently or in consultation with senior researchers and project leaders;
  • ensure substantive and high-quality inclusion of gender within research activities, including a review of the work of others to ensure that quality standards are met; and
  • initiate, develop and sustain partnerships with WLE collaborators to promote gender research across the region.

Required Skills or Experience

You will possess:
  • a PhD or an equivalent qualification in social science (geography, anthropology, sociology, development studies, economics, etc.);
  • a minimum of two years of post-PhD professional experience in gender, poverty and institutional analysis in agricultural development;
  • a demonstrated ability to apply concepts of gender, poverty or institutional analysis into change processes involving water, land or ecosystems;
  • the ability to understand research on water, land or ecosystems, and to communicate the potential interactions with social sciences to increase development impact;
  • experience of working in multi-disciplinary and multicultural environments in West Africa;
  • a good record of relevant publications;
  • strong communication skills in written and oral English and French, including the capacity to write proposals, reports and academic papers, and to communicate research results to stakeholders at different levels;
  • the ability to develop fundable research proposals.

It would be advantageous if you had:

  • experience of managing projects, and developing collaborative research and networks.
Please submit your application online at:
  • 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
  • Your application will be acknowledged automatically within 24 hours. If not, please email us at [email protected]
  • This is a nationally recruited staff position and only citizens of Ghana are encouraged to apply.
  • IWMI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes transport and health insurance.
  • The duration of the contract will initially be for a 2-year period, with possible extension.

IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and is keen to further diversify its staff in terms of both gender and nationality.

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