Career Opportunities: USAID-funded Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Water (PCAS-W)

03/04/2015 - 5:14pm


USAID-funded Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Water (PCAS-W)

at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Jamshoro

MUET, with USAID funding and in partnership with University of Utah, USA, is establishing a modern and applied policy research center, the Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Water (PCAS-W). The Center will admit graduate students in four thematic areas: Hydraulics, Irrigation, and Drainage (HID), Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Environmental Engineering (Env.Eng), and Water, Sanitation, and Health (WASH).

PCAS-W invites applications from dynamic and high performing qualified professionals for the positions given below. PCAS-W offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the individual’s qualification and experience. All positions are contract basis. The project period is five years and is likely to be continued further.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply. To promote gender equity the project provides additional incentives, including standard accommodation facilities for women. Applications can be submitted by mail to the address given at the end of this announcement.

Deputy Director: The Deputy Director should complement the strengths and responsibilities of the Project Director. The Deputy

Director will be responsible for day-to-day project management, including management of staff, activities and oversight of monitoring, evaluation and reporting. The requirements of the Deputy Director include the following:

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively more responsible experience managing donor- supported higher education and human and institutional capacity development projects;
  • A demonstrated ability to work collegially and productively with a variety of partners and stakeholders;
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field, preferably from internationally recognized university;
  • Significant contract and/or grant management experience;
  • Strong expertise in water technologies and water management issues; and
  • Ability to participate in all representation and technical meetings in English; speaking Urdu and local languages is preferred.


Financial and Grants Manager:  The incumbent holding this position will provide overall technical and administrative leadership in the areas of financial management and grants management for the CAS project at MUET. General responsibilities will include accounts payable, cost allocation, quarterly reporting, payroll, budget preparation, grants management, and tracking support. In addition, the Manager will be responsible for setting up the CAS grants manuals, policies, procedures, performance score cards and reporting systems and requirements that are compliant and congruent with USAID grants management regulations.

The position, at a minimum, requires the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of five years of experience in Financial Management and post-graduate qualifications in Finance, Business Administration, Management, or Accounting;
  • Experience with international development programs and actors, and with universities and institutions of higher education.
  • Experience managing grants under a USAID-funded project preferred;
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, leadership, creative problem-solving and ethical management;
  • Strong data analysis and report writing skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; and
  • English language fluency is required. Knowledge of Urdu and other local languages strongly preferred.


  • CV along with covering letter shall be sent not later than 21st April 2015
  • The age limit for Deputy Director is 40-50 years and for Financial and Grants Manager is 35-45.
  • Candidates who are already serving in Government / Semi-Government and autonomous bodies should apply through proper channel accompanied by N.O.C. from the employer. An advance copy of the application(s) may be sent, so as to reach within due date.
  • Short listed persons will be contacted further
  • The University reserves the right to change the position(s) partially and / or wholly.

Mailing Address:

Director (Admin.)
Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Water (PCAS-W)
Institute of Water Resources Engineering & Management
Mehran University of Engineering & Technology
Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan

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