International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal.

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) seeks to enable sustainable and resilient mountain development for improved and equitable livelihoods through knowledge and regional cooperation. This is a project position for two years (probation period of six months). Applicants are requested to apply online before 26 May 2019.

Responsibilities and tasks

Under the overall guidance of the Climate and Hydrology Group Lead – Water and Air, and in consultation with the respective Programme Coordinators of KLCDI and SERVIR-HKH for initiative-related activities, the Hydrologist will have the following responsibilities and deliverables: 
  1. HKH-SERVIR Initiative 
  • Support hydrological modelling and assessments in the major river basins
  • Integrate the hydrological model output to the MIKE 11 hydrodynamic model presently being operated in the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) in Bangladesh 
  • Support the validation of discharge forecasts produced by various tools from SERVIR initiatives at different basins of HKH
  • Contribute to any other hydrological modelling and data analysis related to SERVIR flood forecasting and warning
  • Review literature on water availability, climate change, energy, ecosystems, and food production in the Kanchenjunga Landscape
  • Develop water availability scenarios with the changing trend of precipitation and temperature in the Kanchenjunga Landscape 
  • Assess the production landscape system of ecosystems, energy, and food based on prevailing climate change trends focusing on water resources
  • Assess the impacts of climate and land use cover change on ecosystems, energy, and food production systems in the landscape and downstream areas


Minimum Qualifications

  • A Masters degree in hydrology, climate change, environmental sciences, geoinformatics, or related subjects with at least three years of relevant work experience is required. A first-level university degree in combination with six years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • One–two years of experience in hydrology, climate change, and water resources specific to mountains in the Himalayan region
  • Experience in hydrological field work, flood modelling, and water resources management and related issues
  • Good record of publications on hydrology, water resources, and climate change
  • Good knowledge of and experience with different hydrological and hydrodynamic models, such as J2000, SWAT Mike 11, and HEC-RAS 
  • Competent GIS and related skills, programming languages (such as R, Python, and MATLAB), and modelling applications



  • Cross-cultural impact: Adapts to various customs and practices and can resolve misunderstandings
  • Result and impact orientation: Navigates through challenging situations to achieve concrete results, successfully transforming outputs to outcomes
  • Teamwork and cooperation: Solicits ideas and opinions to help form specific plans and take decisions cohesively
  • Networking and stakeholder management: Recognizes the needs of different stakeholders and partners to build capacity and solve project issues while maintaining existing professional linkages and building new ones
  • Impactful communication: Applies active listening skills and tailors convincing messages for different audiences, integrating ideas from several sources
  • Continuous improvement and innovation: Identifies opportunities for improvement, encourages new ideas, and implements new technologies to enhance workflow
  • Analytical thinking: Simplifies complex issues to identify the crux of a problem or opportunity in order to make effective, timely decisions
  • Behavioural flexibility and change management: Adapts to change and capably adjusts to new responsibilities and circumstances

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