IWMI recruits two categories of staff:
- International: positions which are advertised worldwide,
- National: positions for which advertisement and selection are made in the country of posting.
Appointments are generally made on three-year renewable contracts.
New staff are appointed to a point on the scale commensurate with three factors: the specific IWMI job role, qualifications and previous experience in similar roles.
Nationally Recruited Research and Research Support Staff
Nationally Recruited Support Services Staff
Benefits and Allowances
Some benefits/allowances are applicable to all staff regardless of employment category or location. These are: comprehensive medical insurance coverage through Vanbreda International, transport allowance, contribution towards a retirement, provident or pension fund.
IWMI’s flexitime policy allows staff members to work according to a time schedule that fits with personal commitments as well as IWMI’s requirements. Staff need to work the required 8 hours per day and should be in office during the core time which is 10 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
In special circumstances, a staff member may obtain permission to work from home. Permission is also given to work from a location that is not the home base after consulting with the supervisor.
IWMI continues to expand its efforts to increase gender balance by targeting recruitments for female researchers from developing countries. We are also currently training female staff for management positions through the development of leadership and management skills.
IWMI links strategic and operational objectives to annual performance planning. Employee progress is reviewed periodically with a structured review of performance and achievement carried out at the end of the year which is linked to a reward system.
Currently IWMI invests 2% of its overall budget on training. IWMI’s learning culture fosters both personal and professional development. IWMI encourages employees to constantly challenge the ‘status quo’ for the betterment of the organization.
IWMI’s capacity building program promotes a network-based approach to collaborative research while expanding the role of researchers from developing countries in our research efforts. We currently run a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship program.
Spouse/partner employment opportunities at IWMI
IWMI’s family–friendly policies support dual career families and help spouses or partners look for prospective employment. Opportunities may exist at IWMI, if spouses have the skills and experience IWMI seeks.
An in-house crèche
For the convenience of staff with young children, there is a crèche at headquarters with trained professionals to care for the children.
The Overseas School of Colombo (OSC) is an international school offering both primary and secondary education, and is located within close proximity to IWMI headquarters. OSC has highly qualified, globally recruited teachers and a well-equipped campus with up-to-date facilities. The school prepares senior students for the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.