Watershed Management Specialist

ICIMOD is a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. We’re working to develop an economically and environmentally sound mountain ecosystem to improve the living standards of mountain populations – now, and for the future.

Under the overall guidance of the Programme Manager of the Environmental Change and Ecosystem Services (ECES), and direct supervision of the Team Leader of Action Area on ‘Integrated Forest Ecosystem and watershed services’ the specialist is expected to

  • Support the action area team leader in strategic planning, conceptualisation and ongoing calibration of a future regional watershed agenda in light of emerging challenges of climate change; be responsible for developing project proposals and implement regional programmes on integrated watershed management and ecosystem services with the partners in the regional member countries;
  • Evolve innovative methodologies and approaches for participatory soil and water conservation aimed to strengthen both sustenance of production systems and conservation of watershed resources;
  • Develop climate change adaptation programmes using watersheds as functional units within the wider landscape and river basin approaches of ICIMOD programmes; carry out research and knowledge compilation on topics related to integrated watershed management and good practices will be packaged and disseminated. An important task for the incumbent will be to prepare knowledge products aiming at bridging the gap between research, policy and practice;
  • Promote ICIMOD’s knowledge and information networking on integrated watershed management especially on innovative learning related to climate change, watershed management as planning and coordination framework, incentive-based mechanisms, tools and instruments to communicate to a wide range of stakeholders specially focusing on regional decision making bodies and policy-makers; and support the design and implementation of capacity building and networking programmes on integrated watershed management for various stakeholders from the HKH region.

We expect the successful candidate to have a post graduate, preferably a PhD, in natural resource management with at least five years of experience in the field of integrated watershed management, natural resources and common property resources management of which part preferably has been gained in the mountain regions; experience in research, and a documented record of publications in the field of natural resources and integrated watershed management is desirable; experience and knowledge in climate change adaptation related project management, monitoring and evaluation systems; experience in transboundary and livelihoods development context will be an added advantage; excellent communication and English-writing skills; and ability to prepare climate proofed project proposals, progress reports, skills in project planning, negotiation and assessment.

We offer a challenging position in a dynamic organisation with an attractive employment package. The duty station is Kathmandu, Nepal, with frequent travel in the region and internationally.

Applications together with a complete curriculum vitae and the names and contact addresses of three referees should be sent to HRD Officer, ICIMOD, GPO Box 3226, Kathmandu, Nepal,, not later than 10 December 2010. Further information including a detailed terms of reference is available at under `Vacancies’ or call (977-1) 5003222.

ICIMOD is committed to gender equity and has a strong interest in recruiting women. Only short- listed candidates will be notified.