IWMI South Africa is Recruiting : Country Representative (2023)

Closing date : 9 July 2023

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is seeking a dynamic leader with exceptional management aptitude and a deep understanding of water, land and agricultural development challenges and opportunities in Southern Africa.

The Country Representative – South Africa (CR) represents the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the CGIAR’s Water Systems Unit in South Africa. The CR also maintains strong links with the One CGIAR Regional Director and Country Managers, other CGIAR units, and national and international partners. The CR in South Africa also represents IWMI and the Water Systems unit at regional level. The primary responsibilities of the R-WSL are:

  • Manage all staff, interns and consultants at IWMI’s assigned office
  • Coordinate business development in South Africa and in the region to sustain and grow a viable funding pipeline including with other CGIAR units
  • Represent IWMI and the CGIAR Water Systems unit in relevant national and regional forums and, in coordination with the CGIAR Regional Director, develop and strengthen relationships with government agencies, national research organizations and implementing partners, to expand and promote uptake of research outputs

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Duties & Responsibilities:

Lead country program development and implementation

  • Develop the strategic direction of the country office, ensuring consistency with IWMI’s and the CGIAR’s Research and Innovation Strategy, strong alignment to country and regional development priorities and research needs, and complementarity with the roles of partner organizations.
  • Coordinate development, funding and management of the project portfolio of the office through contributions to and leadership of the design and development of programmatic and project proposals.

IWMI representation

  • Manage IWMI’s relationship with the host-country governments for the Country Office in accordance with host-country agreements.
  • Strengthen existing and develop new working relationships within the CGIAR and other research and development partners, national and regional authorities, and different stakeholders, to raise the profile and visibility of IWMI and CGIAR’s water systems science.

Office management and administration

  • Take overall responsibility for the management of the office, including annual budgeting, risk and compliance management and monthly financial reporting.
  • Proactively and effectively manage resources and promote stewardship, ensuring research and operations teams have and optimize the appropriate human, financial, and material resources.
  • Manage staff in accordance with CGIAR/IWMI’s policies and applicable regulations. Responsibilities include: (i) leading recruitment; (ii) planning and assigning staff to research projects in consultation with project leaders; (iii) guiding professional development and performance reviews; and (iv) addressing employee relationship issues and resolving problems.


Education, Skills, Abilities & Experience:

  • A Masters or PhD in one of the following disciplines: water resources management, climate change adaptation or mitigation, international development, environmental science, geography, development economics, or sociology, with at least 10 years of relevant work experience holding positions of increasing responsibility. A PhD is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience of promoting and enhancing gender, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in research-for-development programs
  • Demonstrated knowledge and research experience relevant to IWMI’s overall mission of water management in developing countries, as well as knowledge of the functioning of the CGIAR system.
  • A deep understanding of water, land and agricultural development challenges and opportunities in the country/region to which the person has been appointed.
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging with regional networks and building strong partnerships with different categories of stakeholders.
  • Experience working with and influencing stakeholders, especially senior decision makers at national and regional levels, and liaising with donor agencies.

Strategic Leadership

  • Shows drive and commitment to CGIAR’s/IWMI’s vision and mission; helps others understand how their efforts contribute to IWMI’s work.
  • Demonstrates and sets expectations for integrity and honesty in relation to professional ethics and practice. Treats everyone fairly, consistently, and with respect.


This is an internationally recruited position with a competitive salary, an attractive retirement plan, comprehensive international health insurance, life insurance accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, and long-term disability coverage. Internationally recruited staff who are employed at a duty station outside of their home base/country of nationality will also receive relocation assistance, a housing allowance, home-leave plane tickets for self and eligible dependents and education assistance for eligible dependents.

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