Governance for Resilience (G4R) Internship

About the position

Position title: Internship
Location: one of IWMI’s offices (Accra, Ghana; Cairo, Egypt; or Colombo, Sri Lanka), or will work remotely
Schedule: 20 hours per week
Deadline: 31 March 2022


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is looking for enthusiastic students to tackle Africa’s food, water and climate change challenges through research and development under the Institute’s internship program. These interns will work closely with CGIAR scientists and country partners to gain exposure and enhance their skills in research for development. Through this internship, enthusiastic individuals will be able to develop bottom-up polycentric governance processes that provide opportunities for self-organization and learning across systems, and independent decision-making for adaptation planning and implementation at the local level. As part of the CGIAR Building Systemic Resilience Against Climate Variability and Extremes (ClimBeR) initiative, the interns will work closely with the ClimBeR Work Package 4 team (Governance for Resilience [G4R]) to conduct a detailed scoping study (including a systematic literature review); and develop an integrated theoretical framework that combines institutional, social and policy network approaches to promote socially equitable transformative adaptation, in order to support the implementation of sustainable strategies in response to climate change.


  • Review and document existing and proposed policies related to climate, water and food at multiple scales and multi-sector levels.
  • Review institutional capacity and implement already developed frameworks, ensuring appropriate multi-scale governance and accountability in bottom-up processes to enable transformative adaptation.
  • Assist in the development of a polycentric framework for potential climate adaptation plans, integrating resilience and adaptive capacity for transformative adaptation.
  • Review the anticipatory action governance structures for adaptation in socio-ecological systems, and assess how organizations and government agencies anticipate changes to vulnerable ecosystem services (e.g., water) in the priority countries of the ClimBeR initiative and adapt governance structures accordingly.
  • Co-conceptualize an early warning to early action and early finance (AWARE) framework and implement it to increase food and nutrition security of vulnerable households.

Qualifications and requirements

  • MSc or PhD or students who have recently graduated in social sciences or a related discipline (sociology, public policy, community development, innovation systems, climate adaptation, or development economics).
  • Experience in using a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods and participatory approaches to design and conduct field research within a systems thinking context.
  • Experience in policy engagements and advocacy.
  • Ability to communicate research findings in English and/or French.
  • Experience in using quantitative (e.g., STATA, SPSS) and qualitative (e.g., NVivo, ATLAS.ti) data analysis software.
  • Solid working knowledge of English and French (preferable).

Application Information

Applications must be submitted by 24:00 (Colombo time) on March 31, 2022 (Thursday) at www.iwmi.org/jobs