Scientist (Small-Scale Fisheries)

  • Mid-level
  • Posted on 5 July 2018
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Closing on 20 July 2018
  • Current

Job Description

Reporting to the Country Director, Zambia and Tanzania, the Scientist will make a critical contribution to the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH CRP). The post holder will contributes to a growing team and research agenda in the focal country Zambia and the scaling country Tanzania and will initially focus on developing national-level diagnostic and synthesis research, with reference to regional and lake/basin priorities, to understand the scale, scope and entry points for small-scale fisheries research to lead to development outcomes.

Research will focus on designing, testing and adapting specific management, governance and market interventions to catalyse or facilitate development outcomes. The candidate will ideally bring a strong working understanding of fisheries in Africa, especially small-scale (specifically Zambia, Tanzania and/or the African Great Lakes) and a demonstrated ability and track record in grant writing.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and lead research on coastal and inland small-scale fisheries with emphasis on testing new approaches and develop best practice for management, technology, market and governance interventions that lead to outcomes of improved environmental sustainability, reduced poverty, increased food and nutrition security, and increased social and gender equity/equality.
  • Develop small-scale fisheries strategic research plans with interdisciplinary teams and partners that contribute to Cluster 1 and Cluster 2 of Flagship 2 of the CGIAR Research Program on Fish-Agri Food Systems.
  • Lead or contribute to the preparation of grant proposals (resource mobilization) in line with the WorldFish strategy and the FISH CRP priority areas, that are coherent with regional, lake and river basin priorities in areas of concern.
  • Lead or provide technical input to components of multi-disciplinary projects and provide project leadership, management and administration in medium to large projects.
  • Publish results of research in peer-reviewed scientific journals, policy briefings, and popular media and present research at international conferences.
  • Mentor and build capacity of partners and junior staff in WorldFish small-scale fisheries program and project countries.
  • Develop and and maintain collaborative networks and partnerships with national and regional fisheries research and management organizations and relevant Advanced Research Organizations to undertake the research.


  • A PhD in natural resources management, fisheries science, development studies, geography OR equivalent experience in a related science field.
  • At least 2 years post doctoral experience in related research field with strong understanding of small-scale fisheries (social, economic and ecological) research gaps and opportunities in Africa.
  • Field experience addressing fisheries, food security, social/gender equitable markets and value chains challenges in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated experience with inter-disciplinary approaches to natural resource management or development, with application to small-scale fisheries is an added advantage.
  • Strong research skills supported with a good peer-reviewed publications track record, and competency with quantitative research analytical tools, methodologies and analyses.
  • Ability to work in inter-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, and demonstrated ability to develop close and effective working relationships with a range of partners.
  • Strong professional network and experience applied with small-scale fisheries in Zambia and/or Tanzania or spanning regions of Africa.
  • Proven project development, management and leadership skills, and the ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to teams on scientific matters.
  • Ability and willingness to lead and carry out field work in developing countries with a commitment to research for development outcomes.

Salary & Benefits

This is an International Recruited Staff (IRS) position with annual salary ranging between USD 51,000 – USD 54,000 per annum. WorldFish’s IRS shall receive comprehensive benefits including (but not limited to) housing allowance*, relocation and repatriation assistance*, dependent education allowance*, home leave entitlement*, comprehensive insurance coverage for staff and eligible dependents, and pension/provident fund contribution.

Note: Items marked * are not applicable to staff recruited as Home Country Internationals (nationals of the country of posting). All benefits are subject to terms and conditions.

Our Offer

The position will be based in Lusaka, Zambia. The initial employment contract will be for a 3-year period, with possibility for renewal depending on performance of and the availability of funding. The successful candidate should be available to commence as soon as possible. Due to the high volume of applicants for WorldFish positions, we appreciate all interest, but only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Our Commitment

WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity of thought, style, culture and experience is valued. We support individual performance and potential in achieving our organizational goals and mission. We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage women and nationals from developing countries to apply.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information latest by 20 July 2018:

  • A cover letter including a 2-page (max) description of why you are an ideal candidate and what you would bring to the role;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • Names and contacts (telephone, fax, 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.

Screening will start as soon as possible, and will continue until the position is filled. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

About the Organization

WorldFish is an international, nonprofit research organization that harnesses the potential of fisheries and aquaculture to strengthen livelihoods and improve food and nutrition security. Globally, more than 1 billion people obtain most of their animal protein from fish and 800 million depend on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods. WorldFish is a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.

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