Vacancy: Junior Lecturer Water Services Management at UNESCO-IHE

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and is based in Delft, the Netherlands. The Institute confers fully accredited MSc degrees and PhD degrees in collaboration with partner universities in the Netherlands. Since 1957 the Institute has provided graduate water education to more than 15,000 water professionals from over 160 countries. The Institute has a permanent staff population of 200 of whom 100 are scientific staff and around 250 guest lecturers from academia and industry contribute to the educational programmes. Each year around 750 water professionals from all over the world attend the various educational programmes at UNESCO-IHE.


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 centers in the developing world.

Within this Department, the Water Services Management Group (WSM) focuses on management and governance of water supply and sanitation provisioning, particularly in developing countries. Water Services Management covers the management and governance of the processes and activities that provide water supply and sanitation services for domestic or industrial users. The niche of the WSM group is that it operates between and connects the domains of academia and the practitioners/policy makers in the field of water services. The group underscores the importance of tools and practices geared towards solving water supply and sanitation challenges. At the same time the group critically studies these tools/practices and engages with academics and practitioners with the aim of better understanding the working and impacts of different solutions. The WSM Group has the following vacancy:


Lecturer Water Services Management (m/f) – 1.0 FTE


As a new staff member of this interdisciplinary group you will be engaged in contributing to the existing capacity development, research and training activities of the Water Services Management Group. In addition to supporting existing activities, the staff member will be asked to contribute to the development of capacity development and research activities on water services management and humanitarian crises. This work will be done in cooperation with colleagues at UNESCO-IHE and partner institutes.


  • Contribute towards the development and implementation of projects managed by the Water Services Management Group. Particular emphasis will be on development of training products and training programs related to non-revenue water management and management information systems for water utilities as part of water operator partnerships.
  • Lecture and coordinate courses in the Water Management MSc programme related to water services management, where appropriate;
  • Co-supervise MSc research, where appropriate;
  • Acquire and contribute to international capacity development, advisory and other projects.



The candidate:

  • has recently obtained a MSc degree in a discipline related to Water Services Management;
  • has a demonstrable interest in and experience related to management of non-revenue water and management information systems and is familiar with relevant software.
  • preferably has experience in international projects involving water operators (water operator partnerships).
  • is able to work independently and has a keen interest in conducting interdisciplinary research;
  • is motivated to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment;
  • is fluent in English, and preferably also in Spanish and/or French;
  • has affinity with, and preferably working experience in, developing countries and/or countries in transition.


Terms of employment

This position is a temporary (project-based) position. The position is based in Delft, The Netherlands. A competitive salary (grade 10/11) is offered depending on qualifications and experience in accordance with the conditions of employment for Dutch Universities. Candidates are to be prepared to carry out long- and short-term missions abroad.


Information and application

Additional information can be obtained from Dr. Klaas Schwartz, Head of the Water Services Management Group (

Applications (in English), should respond specifically to the requirements, and can be sent until January 20, 2017 (closing date) 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-16.


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