Post-Doctoral Fellow (Impacts & Sustainability of Aquaculture & Fishery Systems)

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About WorldFish

WorldFish is an international, non-profit research and innovation organization reducing hunger, malnutrition and poverty across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. For over 45 years, our work on sustainable aquaculture and fisheries has improved the lives of millions of women, men and youth.

Fish and other aquatic foods grown in and harvested from oceans, lakes, rivers and ponds provide income for more than 800 million people and provide 3.3 billion with 20% of their animal protein intake. Our focus on sustainability makes sure that the way we produce and use these foods today means a plentiful future of generations to come.

Our evidence-based solutions range in scale from households to global policies and spans across six interlinked themes: nutrition, gender, climate, sustainability, economy and COVID-19. We champion aquatic foods for healthy people and planet and believe that a sustainable blue planet of well-nourished children, women and men is within our reach.

About the Position

The recruited Postdoctoral Fellow will work with WorldFish scientists and international partners in designing and conducting research to understand drivers of change and sustainability trade-offs (social, economic, environmental) related to aquaculture and fisheries, and more in general to aquatic food systems. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also work on evaluating interventions and investments related to aquaculture and fisheries.

The Successful Candidate will

  • In collaboration with other scientists within and outside the CGIAR, undertake and deliver research and analysis to evaluate socio-economic and environmental performance and sustainability trade-offs of innovations related to aquaculture and fishery systems.
  • In collaboration with scientists at WorldFish, testing of local and system-level performance tools and models to integrate production with socio-economic, climate and environmental data into research and analysis of aquaculture and fishery systems.
  • In collaboration with scientists at WorldFish, test and develop innovative approaches to measuring changes and impacts related to aquatic food systems
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis on selected case studies related to WorldFish interventions.
  • Design, plan and conduct data collection activities in countries where WorldFish operates.
  • Initiate research proposal development and contribute to the design of new projects.
  • Plan and conduct workshops and other capacity-building activities to reinforce the capacity of country offices to adopt a systematic approach to policy analysis and impact assessment.
  • Work with WorldFish scientists to collaboratively develop a portfolio of high-profile peer-reviewed publications.
  • Perform other relevant duties as requested by the supervisor(s).


This job might be for you if you have the below skills and qualifications:

  • PhD in an appropriate field of Social Science (Sustainability Science, Agriculture Economics, or related field).
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in quantitative and qualitative questionnaire survey design, and data collection and management.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in descriptive and inferential statistical analysis using software, such as STATA, GAMS, R, and Matlab.
  • Demonstrated experience using evaluation and impact assessment frameworks to conduct socio-economic and environmental studies related to farm system characterization and/or to on-farm-performance of innovations related to aquatic food systems or similar.
  • High degree of cultural sensitivity and proven record of effective working relationships in multi-disciplinary, diverse teams particularly in developing countries.
  • Able to multitask and work within deadlines with minimum supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in multi-cultural and interdisciplinary teams.
  • Excellent communication skills and high proficiency in written and spoken English.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Knowledge in using mobile data collection platforms (e.g., CommCare, Open Data Kit)
  • Previous experience in the aquaculture or fishery sectors.
  • Experience in developing proposals with multidisciplinary and holistic approaches.
  • Ability and willingness to lead and carry out fieldwork in developing countries.
  • Fully familiar with state-of-the-art computer programs and other software for data capture, storage, retrieval, and analysis of data.
  • Publications and resource mobilization track record.
  • Previous experience in research and in international organizations.
  • Good project management skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.


Salary & Benefits

This is an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) position and WorldFish offers a competitive remuneration package including (but not limited to) insurance coverage for staff and eligible dependents, provident fund contribution, paid leave and others.

Our Offer

The position will be based in Penang, Malaysia. Interviews are expected to begin in January 2023. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and expected to attend the virtual interview session. The successful candidate should be available to commence as soon as possible for an initial of two (02) years fixed-term contract, with the possibility of contract renewal depending on performance and funding situation.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information online latest by 08 January 2023:

  • A cover letter including a 2-page (max) description of why you are an ideal candidate for this role referring to the key responsibilities and what you would bring to the role;
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position.

The screening will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applicants for WorldFish positions, we appreciate all interest, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Our Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

WorldFish has seven offices across Asia, Africa and the Pacific, with more than 400 staff and 27 nationalities who contribute to a dynamic multicultural work environment.

WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity and inclusion is valued and we seek to have gender balance in the organization. We 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.

We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage qualified women and men from developing nations to apply.

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