Global Communications Lead

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WorldFish seeks to create an inclusive world of healthy, well-nourished people and a sustainable blue planet, now and in the future. We provide research and innovation in aquatic food systems to support sustainable development and food system transformation toward healthy and resilient diets. Our 2030 WorldFish Research and Innovation Strategy: Aquatic Foods for Healthy People and Planet outlines our commitment to guiding the transition to more resilient aquatic food systems in three priority impact areas: Social and Economic Inclusion, Nutrition and Public Health, and Climate Resilience and Environmental Sustainability.

About the Position

The Global Communications Lead for WorldFish will direct the coordination and delivery of WorldFish / CGIAR Aquatic Food Systems unit communications activities to enhance the impact of findings from research-for-development projects and programs, and to raise the global profile of our work and of aquatic food systems science in general.

The incumbent will connect to and exploit global and regional trends and opportunities to promote our work and collaborate with our scientists to help them turn their research into impactful communications products to expand the global presence of WorldFish and relevant CGIAR Initiatives. Collaborate with research leaders to strengthen strategic communications and impact through our research projects and regional presence.


The successful candidate will have:

  • A university degree with at least 10 years’ experience in journalism, public relations, marketing, international studies or related field;
  • Proven ability to understand scientific and technical concepts and communicate them clearly to various audiences across both social media and traditional media formats;
  • Comprehensive understanding of media/communications, preferably internationally, and experience in working with a range of communications tools and techniques;
  • Management and organizational experience;
  • Experience planning, implementing and evaluating complex communication programs.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, with a fluent command of English;
  • Proven ability to integrate, inspire and develop multidisciplinary teams and manage talent, with the strong commitment to promote diversity, knowledge sharing and staff development;
  • Ability to effectively communicate a common vision to diverse internal and external stakeholders;
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and ability to work collaboratively with people at all levels in a decentralized, respectful, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary organization;
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as an agent of change, in order to build a unified CGIAR culture and dynamic, integrated and agile organization;
  • The highest ethical standards, inspire trust, and treat all people with respect and personal integrity.


This is a Globally Recruited Position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an attractive retirement plan, comprehensive international insurance coverage. The successful international candidates may also be eligible for additional allowances, which include housing, education, shipping assistance, and annual home leave travel for employee and eligible dependents. The duration of the contract will initially be for a three-year period with possibility for extension, depending on funding and performance.

Click here for a detailed job description. Your application must include:

  • A copy of your curriculum vitae,
  • A cover letter which addresses key requirements stated above; and
  • Contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position.

To be considered, applications must be submitted by no later than 24:00 (MYT) 18 September, 2022.

Location: The post holder will be based in Penang, Malaysia. This position will involve international travel.

About WorldFish

WorldFish is an international, nonprofit research and innovation institution that creates, advances, and translates aquatic food systems science into scalable solutions. Our mission is to end hunger and advance progress on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through science and innovation to transform food, land, and water systems with aquatic foods for healthier people and the planet.

For over 45-years, WorldFish’s data, evidence, and insights have shaped practices, policies and investments to end hunger and advance sustainable development in low- and middle-income countries. We have a global presence across 20 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific, with 460 staff of 30 nationalities deployed where the most significant sustainable development challenges can be addressed through holistic aquatic food systems solutions. Embedded in local, national, and international partnerships, our work sets agendas, builds capacities, and supports decision-making for climate action, food and nutrition security, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, blue economy, One Health, and AgriTech, integrating gender, youth, and social inclusion.

A core element of the 2030 WorldFish Research and Innovation Strategy: Aquatic Foods for Healthy People and Planet is focused on building the resilience of aquatic food systems to shocks, which is critical in a time of climate, economic and geopolitical instability.

WorldFish is part of CGIAR, the world’s largest agricultural research and innovation network. For more information, please visit

Working at CGIAR

As part of One CGIAR, we are committed to fair, safe and inclusive workplaces. Our diversity powers our innovation. It is critical for our mission. We are driven by our LEAD values (Learning, Excellence, Accountability and Diversity) and strive to be a thriving and inclusive community of diverse people committed to learning and innovation, and with passion for making a difference in the world.

We believe in multiple perspectives coming together to generate new ideas and develop new ways of doing things. This collective intelligence sets us apart in being able to address the complex problems we seek to solve with an ability to understand the trade-offs, and in doing so make better decisions.

Our Gender, Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) Commitment

WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity and inclusion is valued and we are explicitly seeking representation from the global south as well as gender diversity in our senior leadership positions. We also aim to also seek balance across other diversity dimensions.

People in WorldFish are treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnicity/race, national or social origin, disability, religion, political affiliation, age, family size, marital status or any other form of personal identity.

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