Vacancy: (Senior) Lecturer on Water Diplomacy (m/f) – 0.84 FTE

The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education offers graduate education in Delft, The Netherlands, and carries out research and capacity building projects all over the world. The mission of UNESCO-IHE is to contribute to the education and training of professionals and to build the capacity of sector organizations, knowledge centres and other institutions active in the fields of water, the environment and infrastructure in developing countries and countries in transition.

UNESCO-IHE has a permanent staff of 180, of which 90 are scientific staff, while about 250 guest-lecturers from academia and industry contribute to the educational programme. Each year 750 participants (incl. about 200 new MSc students per year) from all over the world attend the various regular and short courses at UNESCO-IHE. The institute has an international staff & student community with English as working language


The Department of Integrated Water Systems and Governance provides post-graduate education and training in the area of water management. In addition the Department carries out research and supports the development of education and research capacity in universities and other knowledge centres in the developing world. This Department coordinates the Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Master Programme, as well as the specialization in Water Conflict Management of the Water Management and Governance MSc programme. Both programmes provide students with a theoretical and historical understanding of conflict and peace dynamics in water, teach them how to frame issues of water security and cooperation in the broader context of sustainability and climate change, and offer them in-depth knowledge of and skills in the critical analysis of water conflicts, an understanding of socio-hydrological dynamics, and water diplomacy at different scales. The Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Master Programme is jointly delivered by UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands, the University for Peace in Costa Rica, and Oregon State University.

(Senior) Lecturer in Water Diplomacy (m/f) – 0.84 FTE


The successful candidate would be expected to contribute to all areas of UNESCO-IHE’s water diplomacy programme, helping the institute become an important, visible and respected player in a rapidly emerging field of interest. Activities include:

  • Contribute to the Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Master Programme, as well as to the Water Conflict Management specialization in the Water Management MSc programme: teaching, development of curricula and education materials; identification and (co-)supervision of MSc research projects; management and administration.
  • Contribute to relevant water diplomacy capacity building activities: development of curricula to client specifications; development and dissemination of training materials; organization and execution of Tailor Made Trainings; preparation, organisation and facilitation of workshops and seminars in The Netherlands and abroad.
  • Conduct relevant and original research in the field of water conflict and cooperation: design and supervision of research; provision of inputs to research projects of others; pro-active development of and acquisition for new research projects.
  • Contribute to ongoing projects: partnership strengthening; annual seminars, in relation to DUPC2); development of proposals for the acquisition of new projects and carry out other ongoing projects.
  • Actively help developing the Water Diplomacy activities and portfolio of UNESCO-IHE, in collaboration with partners in the Netherlands and abroad.


The successful candidate:

  • Is knowledgeable and has demonstrable practical experience of working in water diplomacy, water conflict management, and transboundary water cooperation;
  • Has experience in navigating between diplomats and policymakers on the one hand and scientists on the other, effectively mediating and translating between the two communities.
  • Has experience in teaching to diverse student audiences, and knows how to make complex political science insights intelligible to water professionals.
  • Has a minimum of 5 and preferably 10 years of relevant professional experience in the field of water and diplomacy:
  • Has a PhD in a relevant field (such as political sciences or law), or demonstrable equivalent professional experience;
  • Is able to guide/mentor Masters students in relevant areas;
  • Has excellent communication skills;
  • Likes and is able to work in a multi-cultural academic environment;
  • Is fluent in English.


Terms of employment

This position is temporary. The initial period is for 12 months, with the potential to extend for a further 12 months. The position is based in Delft, The Netherlands. A competitive salary (grade 11/12) is offered depending on qualifications and experience in accordance with the conditions of employment for Dutch Universities. The appointment implies entry into the Netherlands’ Civil Service Pension Fund (ABP). Candidates must be prepared to carry out long- and short-term missions abroad.


Information and application

Additional information can be obtained from Ms. Zaki Shubber, or Dr. Janez Sušnik (Deputy Head of Integrated Water Systems and Governance Department) (+31 5 215 2368 or /

Applications (in English), should respond specifically to the requirements, and can be sent until 31 October 2016 including curriculum vitae, motivation letter and the names and contact details of two contactable referees (as one PDF file with your family name as the filename), to UNESCO-IHE, attn. Human Resource Management (E: ), PO Box 3015, 2601 DA Delft, The Netherlands, stating vacancy-number 16-IWSG-15.



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