World Learning
Posted Job
8 months ago

Senior Scientist (Small Scale Fisheries)

This position makes critical contribution to the growing small-scale fisheries research program at WorldFish and under Flagship 2 of the FISH CRP. Similarly, this position contributes to a growing team and research agenda focused on the Great Lakes of Africa and fisheries systems in Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya – where research teams work across sustainable Aquaculture, Value Chains and Nutrition and Small-scale Fisheries.

This position 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 such as improved and more equitable incomes, increased environmental sustainability and improvements to food and nutrition security. Increasingly research will focus on designing, testing and adapting specific management, governance and market interventions to catalyse or facilitate development (food and nutrition security, reduced poverty, increase environmental sustainability) outcomes.

The candidate will ideally bring a strong working understanding of fisheries in Africa, especially small-scale fisheries including strengthening of community-based fisheries and their value-chains operating in the Great Lakes, and a demonstrated ability and track record in grant writing and, stakeholder engagement and conflict resolution. The position will be transdisciplinary and the candidate will require excellent partnership track records as well as demonstrated commitment to building partnerships and processes that can deliver quality research and evaluate development and research outcomes.

Main Responsibilities

  • Develop strategic research plans (linked to capture fisheries, food systems, nutrition sensitive value chains etc) with interdisciplinary teams and partners that contribute to Flagship 2 of the CGIAR Research Program on Fish-Agri Food Systems and integrate effectively with other researchers in the FISH CRP and WorldFish.
  • Design and lead research on coastal and inland small-scale fisheries with emphasis on testing new approaches and developing 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.
  • Lead or contribute to fundraising campaigns including but not limited to the preparation of grant proposals (resource mobilisation) and prudent management of resources 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.
  • Lead and engage with key governance bodies – such as the Great Lakes Fisheries governance bodies – for policy influence around an inclusive Blue Economy, nutrition sensitive approaches to fisheries, initiatives that increase inclusion, opportunities and benefits for women and youth.


Essential Skills and Qualifications

This job might be for you if you have:

  • PhD natural resources management, fisheries science, development studies, geography OR equivalent experience in a related science field
  • At least five years post-doctoral experience in related research field with demonstrated ability to design and lead multi-partner research collaboration.
  • Field experience addressing fisheries management, food and nutrition security, social/gender equitable livelihoods, markets and value chains challenges in developing countries.
  • Strong research and impact evaluation skills, an exceptional commitment to research quality standards, and competency with quantitative and/or qualitative research analytical tools, methodologies and analyses.
  • Proficient in English language – both written and verbal, and a good track record in peer-reviewed publications and science communication
  • 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 in the public and private sectors, civil society organizations and community-based organizations and the media.
  • Strong professional networks that will enable research with impact in small-scale fisheries in South and East regions of Africa
  • Proven project development, management and leadership skills, and the ability to provide technical guidance and strategic and applied leadership to teams.
  • Ability and willingness to lead and carry out field work in developing countries.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience with inter-disciplinary approaches to natural resource management or development including management of transboundary resources, with application to small-scale fisheries is an added advantage.
  • A strong understanding of small-scale fisheries (social, economic and ecological) research gaps and opportunities in Africa.
  • Proficiency in another language is an added advantage.

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