CFP for Ethnographic Research from IWMI

Reference Site: Apply before 09 Jan 2020


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has an exciting opportunity for Young Researcher (2 positions) to conduct ethnographic research for it’s “A gender perspective to understand and enhance the functionality of water supply systems: Lessons from Nepal (GP4WSF)” DFAT funded project implemented in Dailekh and Sarlahi districts. This project has been examining two main research objectives: i) How do gender relationships affect collective action in the WASH Sector in Nepal? and ii) To what extent does targeted gender-programming affect the outcomes of WASH interventions in Nepal? We, therefore, invite young researchers to conduct qualitative research using ethnographic inquiries that will contribute towards the investigation of these two key research topics in the federal context of Nepal.

The research includes detailed observation and examination of the study subjects amid the interplay of social norms, behaviors and practices, policies, and institutional arrangements, planning, and decision-making on water access, conservation, management, use, and sanitation and hygiene in the federal context, should be carried out with a focus on gender dynamics and how gendered power relations affect the sustainability and functionality of water systems.

IWMI offers young researchers the opportunity to follow ethnographic inquiries for the project, whereby the young researchers will enhance their qualitative research capacity and produce publishable material. The young researchers are expected to live in selected communities for at least one month’s period to collect data following ethnographic research methods and may also need to gather policies and plans related to data at the provincial and federal levels with the guidance of IWMI researchers.

We seek a young researcher or a graduate student in sociology, anthropology or related discipline, ideally with dissertation/thesis interested in community water resource management, gender issues, or water rights. Doctoral degree students with all but dissertation (ABD) status are particularly encouraged to apply. Familiarity with qualitative research methods required, prior experience will be an asset.

The selected candidates will be given a four months (short-term) assignment for which the candidates will complete the following deliverables and report to the Principal Investigator of the Project.

  • Submission of the detailed research concept note and work plan
  • Preparation of checklists or research guide for data collection in the field
  • Fieldwork for data collection

Data analysis and submission of the draft report

You may drop an email to requesting a detail Terms of Reference (TOR) for this position.

All interested candidates submit your application and said documents by 24hrs on 9 January 2019 at subject line “Application for Young Researcher”

Your application [in English] should include:

  • Cover letter (1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Two referees

A short concept note of maximum 3 (pages) explaining your vision for the study pertaining to areas mentioned above and how the above fit with, and can add to, the research project objectives

The International Water Management Institute ( is an international, non-profit, scientific research Organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. IWMI works in partnership with governments, civil society and the private sector to develop scalable agricultural water management solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security and ecosystem health. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with regional offices across Asia and Africa, IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).

IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and emphasizes the importance of diversity and inclusiveness. Female and local residence candidates are highly encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for the further selection process. Right to reject and select the application for whatsoever reason shall remain with IWMI.