Project Coordinator – SoLAR / Scientific Research

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

  • Delhi, India
Project Coordinator – SoLAR / Scientific Research
Job Posted : Sep 20th, 2022

Job Description

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is implimenting a multi-year, multi-country project titled Solar Irrigation for Agriculture Resilience (SoLAR), with support from Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC). SoLAR contributes to climate-resilient, gender and socially inclusive agrarian livelihoods in the region by supporting government efforts in four countries to promote solar irrigation. The project works closely with government partners to achieve its objective.

Duties and Responsibilities:-

The Project Coordinator will develop full working knowledge of the SoLAR project and build collaborative relationships with the project and support teams at IWMI HQ. You will oversee the coordination of SoLAR-related project activities and expenditures to ensure successful delivery of IWMI committments as reflected in the project agreement, operational plan and budget. You will collaborate with research and operational teams to monitor implementation progress and adaptively coordinate project activities and resource allocation in keeping with goals and targets. Serving as the principal (day-to-day) contact, you will facilitate effective communications and decision making in collaboration with the project leader, IWMI HQ and India-office. The Project Coordinator will also support the Country Representative-India as required. Specifically,

Project Progress Monitoring and Communication:-

  • Prepare publications plans and ensure timely follow up and progress, inclusive of the project newsletter.
  • Draft summaries of project outcomes.
  • Collaborate with communications colleagues and research teams in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan to conceptualize and deliver policy briefs at regular intervals.
  • Create a communication strategy for the project and coordinate with collagues to ensure timely publication of project Newsletter.
  • Verify the project data management requirements, develop a data management plan and ensure it is captured in the activity plan and implimented.
  • Prepare and monitor the progress of all project activities, workplans, budget, and schedules in collaboration with the project leader.
  • Convene regular meetings to discuss project progress, addressing project issues and escalating complex issues to appropriate levels.
  • Plan and facilitate periodic weekly/monthly progress/update meetings with project staff and implementation partners.
  • Monitor and coordinate with the project partners and the Innovation Fund (IF) Grantees to ensure timely and quality delivery of agreed outputs.
  • Support, operationalize and facilitate stakeholder engagement, including workshops and other project events.
  • Support the project communication team for timely dissemination of project activities and outputs to policymakers and the larger public.
  • Prepare project progress reports, status updates, and assist Project Lead in regular communications with the donor and other stakeholders.
  • Assist with any donor-contract specific project management activities.

Project Administration, Finance and Procurement:-

  • In coordination with relevant IWMI units, support all financial, operational, logistical, procurement and accounting processes for the project, ensuring compliance with anti-corruption and due diligence processes.
  • Support the preparation of project technical and financial reports in coordination with project leader, administration and finance teams.
  • Monitor key deliverables, risk register, payments and contracts, including consultancies and service contracts.
  • Complete and monitor a project plan/gantt chart and activity plans together with the project leader.
  • Support project life cycle – including full budget utilization, completion of deliverables, clear partner expenditures /commitments and reports.


The successful candidate will possess the following:

  • Advance degree with minimum 5 years of project management/administrative experience; experience documenting science research a plus.
  • Sound programme management skills and demonstrated ability to liaise with multiple stakeholders.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office (MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Additional diploma courses on project management will be an added advantage.
  • Effective listening skills, and excellent verbal and written communications skills in English.
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize work.
  • Strong organisation skills with the ability to multi-task.
  • Demonstrated service approach, personal organisational and priority setting skills.


  • Delhi, India.

Company Overview:-

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is part of #OneCGIAR and provides water solutions for sustainable, climate-resilient development.

IWMI is an international, research-for-development organization that works with governments, civil society and the private sector to solve water problems in developing countries and scale up solutions. Through partnership, IWMI combines research on the sustainable use of water and land resources, knowledge services and products with capacity strengthening, dialogue and policy analysis to support implementation of water management solutions for agriculture, ecosystems, climate change and inclusive economic growth. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center with offices in 13 countries and a global network of scientists operating in more than 30 countries.