National Researcher Participatory Methods
International Water Management Institute, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic

1 Year
0 - 0
Job Type
Job Shift
Job Category
Requires Traveling
Career Level
As mentioned in job details
Total Vacancies
1 Job
Posted on
Jul 19, 2022
Last Date
Oct 19, 2022

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Country Representative and Regional Researcher, the national researcher in Participatory Methods will lead the establishment of the agroecology living laboratory, compile research evidence for successful agroecological solutions/innovations in the Lao PDR and collect field data[RK(1] [DM(L2] , report against and provide scientific and technical support to the 1CG Agroecology initiative for IWMI in Laos.


  • lead research inputs utilizing participatory methods and approaches, support the establishment of agroecology living laboratories (ALLs) and facilitate through workshops, meetings and presentations, effective collaboration and co-learning and evaluation among its members;
  • Ensure the inclusion and effective participation of a wide range of stakeholders in the ALLs especially women and socially marginalized groups;
  • Conduct secondary data collation, literature synthesis, interviews, and other research activities in agroecology;
  • Facilitate and support the organization of project outreach activities such as pilot studies in agroecological innovations, capacity building through farmer field school type approaches and dialogue platforms with all members (e.g., national and regional stakeholders and research partners, including the private sector);
  • Document research outputs Compile and analyze data and contribute to scientific publications, policy briefs, research papers, case studies, reports, briefs, presentations and other forms of science outputs and more general materials for dissemination to wider policy and public audiences;
  • Carry out other project and research related activities as required.




  • Master’s degree or combined educational and professional experience in development studies, human geography, sociology, development economics, or closely related field relevant to water resources management, agricultural development and natural resource governance.
  • Minimum three(3) years of related work experience.


  • Experience conducting field research utilizing participatory methods;
  • Lao language and in country experience ideally in rural areas and with ethnic minorities an advantage
  • Experience in presenting research results to wider audiences essential and contributing to scientific publications a distinct advantage;
  • Confidence speaking in English and strong written English skills Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams and build strong working relationships with a range of key stakeholders, inclusive of farmers, government agencies, national universities, international agencies, media, and civil society organizations;
  • Advanced knowledge of all main MS Office applications;
  • Capacity to manage a workload comprising multiple tasks and to deliver high quality outputs on time, whilst ensuring attention to detail;
  • Ability to be bring a creative and proactive approach to tasks, to work to own initiative and to require minimal supervision.
  • Excellent qualitative research data collection skills and demonstrated ability to perform in-depth analysis of qualitative data and report the results.


This is a nationally recruited position and only candidates who are eligible to work in Laos will be considered. IWMI offers a competitive salary and benefits package, inclusive of health insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment (ADamp;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.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply for the position by following the application instructions at Include the names of 3 referees who may be contacted if you are shortlisted. We will be accepting applications through 24:00 (IST) July 25, 2022 but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 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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