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Position : Scientist

Location : Lilongwe, Malawi

Application Deadline : 23 April 2022

Type of contract : 01-year fixed-term contract (Possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding)

Language(s) required: English (proficient/fluent writing and oral skills)

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

WorldFish delivers a research program in Malawi that spans capture fisheries, aquaculture and value chains towards environmental sustainability and food and nutrition security objectives. This position is critical to the design and delivery of research for development for Malawi, and as a contribution to broader programs led by WorldFish.

The role will require strong research vision and delivery i.e., effective and efficient design, resourcing and delivery of research projects as agreed with the Country Director and Research Leaders. The position will also require strong management skills in the oversight and supervision of the operations of WorldFish in Malawi – built on strong and effective partnerships national and regionally, and in a way that contributes to the advancement of WorldFish Mission and Vision and global strategy and participate in global leadership forums.

The successful candidate have key responsibilities in the following areas:

Research Delivery:

  • Lead the development and implementation of Malawi program of work that is in line with WorldFish’ s Global Strategy and the national and regional priorities with the end result of enhance the sustainability and food and nutrition security outcomes form fisheries in Malawi.
  • Mobilize resources and effectively management of resources for projects aimed at improving the contribution of fisheries sector to socio-economic development and attainment of sustainable development goals (SDGs) within the context of the changing environment.
  • Lead and contribute to peer-reviewed scientific journal publications, as well as associated policy briefings. Build a highly effective research team to deliver on tangible project outcomes and impacts, with a focus on outcomes and impacts that can be readily replicated and scaled up, in line with agreed financing agreements and WorldFish standards, values and work culture, which fosters among others Gender, Diversity and Inclusion (GDI).
  • Collaborate as a co-author and expert advisor with other Worldfish and partner researchers examining trends in value chains, fish consumption and, food and nutrition to generate novel and applied research insights.
  • Maintain strong inter-disciplinary research collaboration with other WorldFish scientists to support implementation of WorldFish research priority projects in Malawi.
  • Provide excellent leadership and partnership skills to draw in associated disciplines to complement the disciplines employed within the Malawi office – networks should extend nationally, institutionally and internationally.

Project Management

Working with direct support and coordination Country Director for Zambia and Southern Africa through the Operations and Delivery Manager:

  • Coordinate the design and implementation of research projects in line with WorldFish project management cycle.
  • Facilitate collaboration across research and other organizational teams to promote synergy that will catalyze attainment of WorldFish Mission and Vision.
  • Provide leadership and advice to ensure project and research monitoring and evaluation according to standards and systems used by WorldFish and partners, e.g., MEL, Dashboard etc.
  • Lead annual and multi-year planning in Malawi, and integrate this with regional and institutional-level planning processes to ensure delivery of global and national research programs, country priorities and WorldFish strategy and program goals.
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of project and program technical reports in line with donor requirements and WorldFish standards.
  • Work closely with partner organizations and other stakeholders to advance the mission and vision of WorldFish and facilitate program and project delivery.

Resource Mobilization and Partnerships

Working with direct support and coordination from the Country Director for Zambia and Southern Africa:

  • Facilitate scoping of funding opportunities and creation of strong donor networks in Malawi that will help advance implementation of WorldFish Global Research Strategy in line with its mission and vision.
  • Inspire and motivate public and private donors and influence their funding to support fish-based agri-food systems.
  • Lead, and regularly contribute to, the development of funding proposals from concept note to completion in line with donor requirements and consistent with WorldFish standards and research strategy.
  • Facilitate the creation and nurturing of highly effective and strategic relationships with diverse stakeholders in Malawi and the region to enhance their programming and financing to support WorldFish research investment priorities in agri-food systems.

Marketing and Communications and Advocacy

Working with direct support and coordination from the Country Director for Zambia and Southern Africa:

  • Facilitate the raising of the profile and brand of WorldFish with public and non-public actors and donor community.
  • Facilitate dissemination of results, learnings and impacts arising from WorldFish investments are disseminated to a broad constituency of stakeholders.
  • Ability to engage with diverse stakeholders, including facilitating missions by WorldFish senior leadership, donors, partner organizations and media teams.
  • Ensure that all assets, communication materials and strategies are branded in line with donor requirements and WorldFish standards.

Policy Advocacy

Working with direct support and coordination from the Country Director for Zambia and Southern Africa:

  • Facilitate initiatives, in collaboration with WorldFish Partners, aimed at improving the policy and regulatory conditions to stimulate growth of fish-based agri-food systems for the benefit of the people of Malawi and the rest of southern Africa.
  • Facilitate generation and dissemination of evidence-based policy briefs and legislative papers that advance growth of fish agri-food systems and represent WorldFish in national and international policy platforms.


Working with direct support and coordination from the Country Director for Zambia and Southern Africa through the Operations and Delivery Manager:

  • Ensure effective and efficient staffing, financial management and budgeting that allows for WorldFish to get value for money, training and resourcing for the program in line with WorldFish Standard Operating Policies and Procedures (SoPs) and values.
  • Ensure effective implementation of WorldFish Risk Management framework to proactively identify and manage strategic, financial and operational risks.
  • Work with all stakeholders to ensure compliance with all ethics policies including Anti-fraud and Anti-Corruption Policy.
  • Effective supervision of staff holding staff accountable for results and WorldFish resources in line with WorldFish SoPs, and demonstrating WorldFish values before diverse stakeholders, including staff.
  • Oversee the management and mitigation of the center’s risks in Malawi. This includes risks related to compliance, ethical breach, administration, operation, financial resources and safety and security.
  • Ensure and facilitate staff and asset safety and security in line with WorldFish Standards.


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

  • A PhD in Economics, Marine Ecology/Fisheries Science OR equivalent experience in a related science field.
  • At least 10 years working experience in a senior research position, with demonstrable experience in supervising multiple projects and project staff in a multi-cultural environment, and must have political savvy.
  • Multi-disciplinary research experience in relevant field(s) (i.e., food systems, livelihoods, climate change, supply chains in inland and/or coastal small-scale fisheries systems).
  • Strong research design, implementation and reporting skills supported with a good peer-reviewed publications track record, and competency with quantitative and/or qualitative research analytical tools, methodologies and analyses.
  • A current understanding of global and regional policies, fisheries development and food security challenges – and an ability to articulate and clear and compelling vision for the role of research in addressing those challenges.
  • Demonstrated ability to collate, manage, analyze and report on large multi-source data sets.
  • Strong professional network with researchers in relevant research area.
  • Proven project management and leadership skills, and the ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to teams on scientific matters, resource stewardship and creating highly effective teams.
  • Ability and willingness to lead and carry out field work in developing countries with a commitment to research for development outcomes.
  • 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.
  • Uphold the highest ethical standards by inspiring trust and treat all people with respect and personal integrity.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Passionate about WorldFish Mission and Vision and empowers staff and partners to translate vision into results.
  • Possess admirable personal values and serves as a role model to others.
  • Systems thinking with ability to anticipate the future and overcome challenging situations.
  • Ability to drive change management and take tough and unpopular decisions and defend the organization.
  • Embraces gender, diversity and Inclusion.
  • Ability to manage conflict and hold others accountable.
  • Able to work under pressure and in fast paced and multicultural environment and meets deadlines consistently.
  • Computer literacy and proficiency in multiple research and data analysis software.


Salary & Benefits

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position and WorldFish offers a competitive remuneration package including (but not limited to) insurance coverage for staff and eligible dependents, 15% employer provident fund contribution, paid leave and others.

Our Offer

The position will be based in Lilongwe , Malawi . Interviews are expected to begin in May 2022 . 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 one (01) year 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 23 April 2022:

  • 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;
  • Names and contacts (telephone and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications and work experience. Your nominated referees ideally should have persons from each of the following category: direct supervisor, internal peer and/or direct report. None of referees will be contacted without your permission.

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.

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…