National Researcher - Climate Change Adaptation

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The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a CGIAR Research Center is seeking an innovative & multi skilled candidate to join its office in Lahore, Pakistan, as a National Researcher - Climate Change Adaptation.

The National Researcher - Climate Change Adaptation will be responsible for updating and implementing the climate change work of the FCDO-funded Water Resource Accountability in Pakistan (WRAP) Programme: Component 1 (Climate Resilient Solutions for Improving Water Governance / CRS-IWaG). The researcher will carry out climate modeling, including producing high-resolution climate datasets using dynamical downscaling and statistical bias correction to understand the impacts of climate change in the study areas of the FCDO project.

The incumbent will ensure that proposed technical water management interventions are climate resilient and support the climate adaptation framework. Additionally, the incumbent will provide extensive technical support to the IWMI’s WRAP team on developing climate-resilient solutions to address climate shocks, such as floods and droughts.


  • Address the spatial scale gap between global climate models and necessary fine-scale regional models.
  • Utilize existing data, models, and software to extend Deep Learning into the climate Downscaling of large ensembles, thereby better project changes in extreme weather.
  • Downscale global circulation models and reduce uncertainties in circulation patterns.
  • Develop and interpret inter-annual to decadal forecasts and apply statistical pre-processing.
  • Produce high-resolution climate datasets using dynamical downscaling and statistical bias correction.
  • Develop, test, and simulate climate data downscaling prediction and evaluation.
  • Study the effects of present and future climate on climate-smart water management interventions in the FCDO project sites.
  • Provide dynamical downscaling of climate change and weather extremes.
  • Offer specialist advice on physical climate risk management for WRAP technical interventions throughout the project cycle.
  • Provide recommendations and develop internal guidance on climate change adaptation for the project.
  • Develop capacity-building training modules and conduct awareness-raising activities on climate change for the FCDO project.
  • Provide extensive technical support to IWMI’s WRAP team in developing climate-resilient solutions to address climate shocks, such as floods and droughts.




  • PhD in climate sciences, environmental sciences, or earth sciences, or closely related discipline coupled with at least 3 years of relevant work experience OR;
  • Master's degree in aforementioned fields coupled with at least 08 years of relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in climate risk, climate adaptation, vulnerability reduction, and capacity development.
  • Proven experience and knowledge of the framework and modeling on Climate Change.
  • Experience with regional downscaling or regional climate modeling.


  • Prior experience working as a Climate Change Specialist with international development partners.
  • Experience working in the water/climate sector and/or research.



  • Strong background in quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of experts in machine learning, separation of climate signals and noise, downscaling methods for climate data, pattern recognition, and spatio-temporal models.
  • Familiarity with spatial analysis tools (particularly ArcGIS), data analysis tools (such as Python), and/or life-cycle analysis (LCA) for quality-controlled data analysis and database submission.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Ability to deliver project outputs on time with guidance from the supervisor/project leader.
  • Knowledge of diversity, inclusion, discrimination, and gender issues in Pakistan.
  • Adherence to organizational values, ethics, and work with professional integrity.
  • Well-developed personal organization and priority-setting skills.
  • Highly developed skills in project/service delivery.
  • Demonstrable high level of autonomy, initiative, expert judgment, adaptability, and flexibility.
  • Demonstrable skills in leading and managing people.
  • Excellent oral and written language skills in English & Urdu, including effective listening and strong verbal and written communication abilities.


  • Proficiency with downscaling and bias correction techniques.


This is a nationally recruited position and only Pakistani nationals will be considered. IWMI offers a competitive salary and benefits package, inclusive of health insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, and long-term disability coverage. The duration of the contract will initially be for a period of three years with the possibility of extension.

IWMI strongly values diversity; therefore, qualified women are highly encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply for the position by following the application instructions at We will be accepting applications through 24:00 (IST) on July 17, 2024 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis). Your application must include a CV, cover letter, and three (3) references, which may be contacted if you are shortlisted. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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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