Climate Change Research Leader


Organization Name: WorldFish
Location: Batu Maung, Malaysia
Apply email: Not Specified
Start Date: 10 Dec 2019, 04:26 am
Closing Date: 05 Jan 2020, 12:00 am

WorldFish is seeking a highly skilled and motivated senior research leader for its climate change research. The research leader will provide the vision and intellectual leadership to build the knowledge, methods, capacity and evidence on the role of aquatic foods and aquatic systems in climate change adaptation and mitigation, to improve adaptation and resilience among fisheries and aquaculture-dependent communities, and to make an influential contribution from WorldFish research to the CGIAR mission “Ending hunger by 2030: through science to food, land and water systems in a climate crisis”.

The position is a global role, but will focus primarily on WorldFish focal and scaling countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, playing a key role in enhancing the visibility and impact of climate change research related to aquatic foods, aquatic systems and oceans in the global response to climate change, as well as leading WorldFish engagement on climate change with CGIAR centers and programs and non-CGIAR partners across the research to policy spectrum.

Specific Duties

Designing, implementing and monitoring of a high-quality and evidence-based climate change research theme for WorldFish, that encompasses climate change adaptation, resilience and mitigation.
Manage and develop relationships with existing global and national partners, within and outside the CGIAR, and seek and establish new partnerships with global and national bodies, such as governments, civil society, research institutions, investors and the private sector.
Lead and engage actively in ongoing and emerging CGIAR initiatives, including CCAFS and the recently announced 2o initiative, seeking the inclusion with partners of an evidence based aquatic foods and systems component to CGIAR research initiatives, such as in Asian mega deltas and the blue economy.
Responsible for the analysis and publication of climate research findings, the identification and development of policy influencing strategies, organization and facilitation of international meetings, and writing and speaking for professional and general audiences.
Responsible for identifying funding opportunities for the WorldFish portfolio, and developing and submitting funding bids and that of colleagues within their team, as well as providing strategic inputs to fundraising at the team and WorldFish level.
Contribute to budget and financial management of climate change research funds.
Provide mentoring of WorldFish and partner researchers, including enabling a new generation of climate change researchers for WorldFish and partners, aligned to present and future research and development needs and challenges.
Lead annual research planning and reporting for programs and projects within the climate change theme, also ensuring integration of climate change research and development investments and partnership across the WorldFish CGIAR FISH research portfolio.
Performs any other reasonable duties as may be required from time to time.
This job might be for you if you have:

Applicants must have a PhD in Climate Science, Aquatic Systems, or another field related to the interactions between aquaculture, fisheries or environmental sciences, vulnerability, resilience and climate change, a demonstrated international standing in issues related to climate change, agriculture, fisheries, oceans or food security spanning at least 10 years post-doctoral experience.
Demonstrated competency in communications and strong interpersonal skills, including ability to motivate, inspire and promote teamwork.
Substantial professional experience of managing multi-country programmes or projects with partners across the research to policy spectrum.
Demonstrated experience in delivering science and evidence for equitable outcomes, policy investments, development practice and impacts, particularly at country levels.
Demonstrated knowledge on climate financing and a record of mobilization of financial resources.
Demonstrated skills in building collaborative partnerships at all levels in ways that enhance research quality and delivery of impacts at scale.
Excellent proficiency of spoken and written English and strong record of publications in a related field.
Demonstrated experience in designing research, Theory of Change, impact pathways and use of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning tools for program and project delivery.
Desired Skills and Qualifications

A completed PhD in Climate Science, Fisheries, Aquaculture, Socio-Economics or Agro-Ecological systems.
Knowledge of the application of digital technology in research and extension.
Working and living experience in Africa, Asia or the Pacific.
Knowledge and/or experience of working for research organizations.
Salary & Benefits

This is an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) position with annual salary circa USD 112,000 gross 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 Penang, Malaysia. The initial employment contract will be for a 2-years period, with possibility for renewal depending on performance of and the availability of funding. Interviews will be held via video conference and the successful candidate should be available to commence by March 2020. Due to the high volume of applicants for WorldFish positions, we appreciate all interest, but only short-listed candidates will be notified.

How to apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information online latest by 5 January 2020:

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 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.

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.