Consultant: Research Proposal Development

Job Summary

International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates for a short-term assignment under the project titled "Accelerating outreach and impact of RUL investments".

  • Minimum Qualification: MPhil / PhD
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description/Requirements

Project Background

IWMI’s research responds directly to the demand for innovative, scientifically tested water management solutions for sustainable development. With offices in 13 countries and a global network of scientists operating in more than 30 countries, our research at field to basin and regional scales focuses on science for a transformative agenda. One priority challenge addressed by IWMI is related to Water and Growth – To reduce poverty and advance inclusion with equality as agriculture transforms, energy transitions and urbanization intensifies.

The Circular Economy and Water Pollution (CEWP) R4D mission addresses the global challenge of “Promoting sustainable and inclusive growth under changing natural resource and capital flows, driven by increasing urbanization and agricultural intensification”. It offers innovative solutions to strengthen water and food security by reducing water and land pollution, and optimizing resource use in rural-urban landscapes.

Building on the strategic plan of IWMI, the CEWP research group will focus on the following issues:

  • Climate change uncertainties and impacts which will influence significantly the quantities, qualities and timeliness of agricultural water available for supply in rural-urban areas. In urban areas, floods may occur more frequently, with possible negative externalities on health (risk of disease spread), livelihoods, etc.
  • Shifts in livelihoods, food security and nutrition patterns, given that water insecurity and unsustainable agriculture undermines local growth, affecting livelihoods of poor and vulnerable people the most. Added to this challenge is the fact that increased income or change in lifestyle in cities is usually associated with significant shifts in the structure of diet, and therefore, on the food demand.
  • Migration, urbanization and population growth, given that, by 2050, two-thirds of the global population will live in cities.
  • Changes in human and ecosystem health, affected e.g. by poor waste management happening in many cities in the developing world. This negatively affects water quality and lead to impacts on both human and ecosystem health.

Objective of the Assignment

In the previous years, IWMI has worked extensively on issues related to circular economy and water pollution. Several publications have been released, such as the book “Resource Recovery from waste” or others:

The objective of this assignment is to support the drafting of a large proposal which builds on IWMI’s previous work and to help identify possible funding outlets for uptake of the concept.

Scope of Work

The consultant will engage in a scoping exercise, to identify possible funding sources which can accommodate this research program. In addition, s/he will co-draft the proposal using material and ideas developed by the IWMI researchers.

Duration: Maximum of 30 days between August and November 2021

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

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


The successful candidate will possess the following:

  • PhD in economics, environmental science, marketing, business development, social sciences, or any field related to circular economy and resource recovery and reuse from solid and liquid wastes
  • Experience in writing large proposals (10Million and more)
  • Experience engaging donors
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications
  • Understanding of issues related to circular economy and resource recovery and reuse from solid and liquid wastes in developing countries
  • Experience of work in Africa
  • Fluency in oral and written English
  • Working knowledge of French
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural environment and to engage with a various range of stakeholders
  • Proven ability to plan and organize own work and work under pressure
  • Accept to work from home or from any of the IWMI offices


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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