Strategic Planning Lead

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 10 February 2021
  • Penang, Malaysia
  • Closing on 30 April 2021
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Job Description

Post level: Leadership role offering a competitive salary

Type of contract: Fixed term 3 years (option to renew based on performance and budget)

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


WorldFish is a nonprofit research and innovation institution that creates, advances and translates scientific research on aquatic food systems into scalable solutions with transformational impact on human well-being and the environment. We are part of One CGIAR, the world’s largest agricultural innovation network, whose mission is to “end hunger by 2030 through science to transform food, land and water systems under threat of climate change.”

Over the past 45 years, WorldFish has firmly established itself as a global leader in research and innovations in sustainable aquaculture and fisheries. Our work has enhanced the lives of millions, solving real-world problems through an extensive network of partnerships and multidisciplinary research collaborations across Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Over the next 10 years, we aspire to become a world-class research and innovation organization that creates, advances and translates scientific research on aquatic foods systems. The purpose of our research is to accelerate the sustainable transformation of global food systems toward nutritious diets that sustain the health of people and the planet. We recognize the importance of responding effectively to external change and delivering relevant research solutions at scale for sustainable transformation at all levels. To do this, we must be prepared to reinvent ourselves. In responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have devised a new organizational strategy and business model that reimagines the ways in which we will operate in the next decade to successfully weather the uncertainties of the future and thrive.

Our focus will be on mobilizing our world-class capabilities and resources. This will sharpen the agility and responsiveness of our business operations, help us adapt to new ways of working and collaboration and ensure long-term financial sustainability and more funding for scientific research on aquatic food systems. As a networked organization embedded in a larger innovation ecosystem of partners, including One CGIAR, our model of operation and beyond is guided by our values that stand for Learning, Excellence, Accountability and Diversity (LEAD).


The Department of Strategy, Innovation and Communication (DSIC), led by the Executive Director of Strategy, Innovation and Communications has an essential mandate to drive implementation of the new 10-year institutional 2030 WorldFish Research and Innovation Strategy: Aquatic Foods for Healthy People and Planet. The DSIC is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic planning and results-based management process to support and advance the organizational transformation envisioned in the strategy. It guides and supports development and alignment of strategies, annual work plans and quarterly review processes of core functions and country offices with the overall institutional strategy, nurturing a high-performance culture oriented towards results, cross-functional collaboration, learning, innovation, digital transformation, as well as effective internal and external communications. The DSIC incubates and supports design and implementation of cross-functional initiatives under the sponsorship of its Executive Director, the Director General, investing in and growing strong strategic planning and results-based management capacities across the organization for greater impact and outreach.


Reporting to the Executive Director of Strategy, Innovation and Communications, the role of the Strategic Planning Lead, is a new position created to support implementation of the new 10-year institutional strategy. S/he will play an important role in enabling positive organizational change and growth envisioned in the strategy by leading development and implementation of a strategic and integrated annual planning and quarterly review process; cascading strategy at all levels of the organization through results-based management approaches and the application of the Balance Scorecard methodology; assessing various aspects of WorldFish’s strategic and operational performance; encouraging synergies between core functions and country offices to leverage synergies, optimize resources and achieve long-term sustainability; and building capacities for strategic planning and result-based management across the organization.

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Salary & Benefits

This position is open to both International and Malaysian applicants (Nationals/Residents). We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including (but not limited to) paid annual leave, insurance coverage for staff, and pension/provident fund contribution.

Recruitment process

The position will be based in Penang, Malaysia. Interviews are expected to be held in March 2021 and only shortlisted candidate will be notified and expected to attend the interview. The virtual interview will consist on a short presentation followed by an interview. The successful candidate should be available to commence as soon as possible for an initial of three (3) 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 here latest by 30 April 2021:

  • A cover letter including a 2-page (max) description of how you are most suitable 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 and only if the role is offered.

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 the Organization

WorldFish is an international, non-for-profit research organization that works to reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty by improving fisheries and aquaculture. With a 45-years track record of leading-edge science, WorldFish generates research evidence and innovations to inform sustainable practices and inclusive policies that enable better livelihoods and healthier diets for millions of poor people, particularly women, who depend on fish for food, nutrition and income. WorldFish is a member of CGIAR, the world’s largest global partnership on agriculture research and innovation for a food secure future. Headquartered in Penang, Malaysia and with regional offices across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, WorldFish leads the cross-disciplinary CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH).

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