National Researcher - Remote Sensing & GIS

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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 – – Remote Sensing and GIS.

The National Researcher – Remote Sensing and GIS will be responsible for performing a variety of geospatial tasks in various donor-funded water resources projects within the IWMI Pakistan portfolio. The researcher will apply advanced data handling and modeling expertise to explore relationships between remote sensing data products and on-ground datasets under the FCDO-funded Water Resources Accountability Programme (WRAP).

The researcher will synthesize spatial information, identify data gaps, acquire missing data using remote sensing approaches, validate the data with state-of-the-art instruments, and analyze the data to estimate parameters for water accounting and water resources assessment. Additionally, the researcher will focus on mapping and monitoring surface water extent and changes due to flooding, as well as estimating water depth and its impact on human settlements, infrastructure, and food security during disasters.


  • Perform remote sensing and GIS operations for analyzing spatial and temporal patterns of vegetation water use and analyzing agricultural and water datasets.
  • Perform GIS and remote sensing operations, including geometric corrections, projection standardization, orthorectification, image classification, application of standard algorithms/models, time series analysis using multi-sensor satellite imagery, and preparation of standard outputs.
  • Develop spatial models for processing and analyzing bulk data to estimate parameters for water accounting and water resources assessment studies using Google Earth Engine/Python scripts.
  • Support and direct new climate risk and vulnerability mapping activities, including the use of multi-resolution and sensor data through cloud computing platforms (e.g., ESRI, Google).
  • Support the organization of meetings, workshops, training sessions, and seminars to raise awareness about the project and disseminate lessons learned to a wider audience.
  • Create geospatial datasets and cartographic outputs from primary and secondary data sources.
  • Provide technical support to researchers conducting complex geospatial analysis for various research and management projects.
  • Create content or write articles, blogs, or papers based on collected and analyzed data.
  • Assist in collecting, evaluating, maintaining, and distributing spatial and non-spatial data (and metadata).
  • Provide technical support to researchers in carrying out complex geospatial analysis for various research and management projects.
  • Supervise the development of geospatial web-GIS portals.
  • Perform other related assignments as required.




  • PhD in Computer Science, Space Sciences, Remote Sensing and GIS, natural resources management, agriculture, 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 providing spatial analysis, cartography, visual aids, and infographics to support the authoring of project dissemination materials.
  • Evidence of publishing scientific papers in high-impact international journals.
  • Significant research profile, research leadership, and a commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive industrial environment.


  • Prior experience working with leading international development organizations.



  • Expertise in interpreting and analyzing complex long-term spatiotemporal data for presentation to industry and the scientific community.
  • Proven ability to handle, integrate, analyze, model, and interpret both on-ground and remotely sensed data.
  • Excellent spatial analysis skills in mapping and monitoring surface water extent and change due to flooding, including estimations of water depth and depth extension to assess disaster impacts on human settlements, infrastructure, and food security.
  • Excellent oral and written language skills in English, including effective listening and strong verbal and written communication abilities.


  • Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Ability to prioritize work and achieve targets.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multitask.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities and new procedures.
  • Attention to detail, precision, and strong problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated service-oriented approach and strong personal organization.


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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