Monday, January 25, 2010

Nicholas Institute: Associate in Water Policy position in Washington DC

Job Opening--Associate in Water Policy

Summary: The Nicholas Institute invites applications for a water research associate position.

A major strategic focus of the water program of the Nicholas Institute is on facilitating the creation of the necessary policy environment to secure and sustain effective water supply and sanitation in the developing world. The Institute aims to strengthen its capacity in water supply and sanitation in its Washington, DC office through the appointment of an Associate.

The Associate will be supervised by the Director for Water, Peter G. McCornick, and guided by the Institute’s Senior Fellow in Washington DC, Gordon Binder. The Associate will:

• monitor the water policy environment and other pertinent developments in Washington, D.C., as they relate to improving access to water supply and sanitation in the developing world;
• work with the institute water team, other colleagues at Duke, and other partners to undertake relevant research, and develop papers and policy briefs;
• expand and maintain networks of relevant policymakers, government officials, NGO and corporate leaders, and consultants; and
• support the overall development of this strategic initiative in the Institute.

Requirements: Required qualifications include a Masters degree (Masters in Public Health or equivalent) with experience in water supply and sanitation in the developing world, and an understanding of the policy landscape in Washington, D.C. The role also requires the ability to write well and succinctly, and to manage complex relationships with key constituencies and professional colleagues tactfully and effectively.

Experience: Applicants should have the ability to evaluate and communicate science and policy analysis with stakeholders and policymakers. Applicants should also have proven ability to work effectively and flexibly within interdisciplinary teams on complex projects, and be comfortable taking initiative, and working independently. An understanding of other aspects of water resources management, including agricultural water management and adaptation to climate change would be advantageous.

Start Date: March 1, 2010, negotiable.

To apply, attach a cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample, attn: Jessica Sheffield at

Jessica.Sheffield  (at) with “Water Associate” in the subject line; or mail to Box 903335, Duke

University, Durham, NC 27708.

Duke University/Health System is an Equal Opportunity Affirimative Action Employer

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