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Post Doctoral Fellow (Gender and Development)

  • Contractor
  • Nairobi Kenya
  • TBD USD / Year
  • WorldFish profile

  • Job applications may no longer being accepted for this opportunity.


“WorldFish is a leading international research organization working to transform aquatic food systems to reduce hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. It collaborates with international, regional, and national partners to co-develop and deliver scientific innovations, evidence for policy, and knowledge to enable equitable and inclusive impact for millions who depend on fish for their livelihoods. As a member of CGIAR, WorldFish contributes to building a food- and nutrition-secure future and restoring natural resources. Headquartered in Penang, Malaysia, with country offices across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, WorldFish strives to create resilient and inclusive food systems for shared prosperity. For more information, visit: www.worldfishcenter.org

About the Project

Animals, plants and microorganisms harvested and grown in water play a significant role in sustainably feeding and nourishing the world. Globally, 800 million people depend on small-scale fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods. But these vital aquatic food systems are hindered by the insecure livelihoods of those in related jobs, their low capacity to adapt to climate change, and the loss of marine nature.

The Asia-Africa BlueTech Superhighway project, supported through the UK’s Climate and Ocean Adaptation and Sustainable Transition (COAST) program under the umbrella of the Blue Planet Fund (BPF), will focus on enabling communities to adapt to and mitigate against climate change as well as responsibly and sustainably manage marine and coastal nature and resources resulting in improved food and nutritional security as well as employment and income opportunities. The project will be implemented in two phases over seven years, starting with Phase 1 in Bangladesh, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

About the Position

WorldFish is seeking an internationally recruited Post-doctoral Fellow in Gender and Development based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Under the supervision of the Social and Economic Inclusion Lead and together with other Scientists at WorldFish, the incumbent will be responsible for co-designing, co-leading and publishing innovative and impactful strategic research for development in the area of gender-inclusive and pro-poor value chains and markets; laying the foundation of the work on women’s empowerment in the fisheries sector; unpacking “better” strategies for community-based natural resources management, importance of social networks in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, among other aspects of social and economic inclusion in these sectors.

The successful candidate will undertake this interdisciplinary work through close collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of experts from different backgrounds, including data scientists, aquaculture, fish nutrition, production systems, gender, climate change, scaling of innovations, science communication, rural development, and bioprocesses.

The Person

The successful candidate will be responsible to:

  • The role is expected to be responsible for refining and consolidating cutting-edge, gender-inclusive market approaches and business models, including, but not limited to, women-led entrepreneurship and partnerships with the private sector and finding better ways to mitigate the losses from fish.
  • Play a crucial role in catalyzing change for data collection from fishers and fish farmers and enhancing fisher communities’ participation, especially women, youth, and poor men in community-based natural resource management centers/hubs/beach management units.
  • Take primary responsibility for research implementation, data collection, data validation, quality assurance, and analysis to achieve the research deliverables of the assigned work of the Asia-Africa BlueTech Superhighway project.
  • Under the guidance of senior team members, including the work package(s) leads, lead the development of high-quality science outputs and enable the effective communication of research findings and scaling of the lessons within the Asia-Africa BlueTech Superhighway Project with partners and to key policy actors.
  • Develop and maintain effective collaboration with project country teams and strategic partners in relation to each of the above to ensure the relevance, use, and influence of the research. Within the latter, specifically, support WorldFish’s efforts to influence and incentivize the private sector to be inclusive, especially of women, youth, and smallholders’ fishers, traders, and other actors within the fish value chain.
  • Contribute to qualitative and quantitative monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) and reporting of Asia-Africa Blue Tech Superhighway project and WorldFish investments in gender and market development, including refining tools for assessing gender-related outcomes and assessing program progress.
  • Enable the development of research capacity amongst Asia-Africa Blue Tech Superhighway project and WorldFish staff and partners, including through input, mentoring, and providing training on best practices in the areas of gender integration and analysis, as well as gender equality, women’s empowerment and social inclusion, including pro-poor targeting and gender transformative approaches.
  • Work collaboratively with the work package leads, the Project Leader, and other senior experts. This includes engaging with WorldFish and partner scientists across other geographies to learn from and contribute to a growing body of work on gender equality and social inclusion.
  • Ensure timely reporting of project activities and outcomes per WorldFish and donor requirements.


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

  • A PhD or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline, such as Gender, Development Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, International Development, Rural Development Studies, Human Geography, or related fields.
  • Good understanding regarding gender, measuring women’s empowerment levels in agri-food systems, community-based natural resource management, and inclusive market/value chain approaches, such as strategies for enhancing market linkages, pro-poor women’s entrepreneurship, and inclusive business models.
  • Proven experience in gender and in international development research including a strong academic publications record.
  • High-level competency in quantitative or qualitative research methods (i.e., ability to design, analyze, and write up independently) and commitment to interdisciplinary and mixed methods research approaches.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, in particular, the ability to work effectively in diverse and dynamic teams as well as develop a close and effective working relationship with partners.
  • Proven excellence in written and verbal English communication skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to work constructively and effectively in complex contexts and a passion for equality, equity, inclusive poverty reduction, nutrition and food security, and environmental sustainability through research for development.
  • Experience working with rural communities in Africa, Asia, or the Pacific.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Good leadership and mentoring skills.
  • Project management experience.
  • History of applying research outcomes to policy development.
  • Experience developing information and education materials for government and community stakeholders.


This is an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) position with annual salary ranging between USD 40,900 to USD 47,000 per annum. WorldFish’s IRS shall receive comprehensive health insurance, life insurance, accident, and long-term disability insurance. Internationally recruited staff employed outside of their home base/country of nationality will also be eligible to receive relocation assistance, a housing allowance, home-leave plane tickets for self and eligible dependents and education assistance for school-age dependents between age 4 and high school graduation. The duration of the contract will initially be for a two-year period with possibility for extension, depending on funding and performance. All benefits are subject to terms and conditions.

How to apply

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter which addresses key requirements stated above;
  • A current curriculum vitae; and
  • Contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position.

To be considered, applications must be submitted ONLINE HERE by no later than 24:00 (MYT), 25 February 2024.

Location: The post holder will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. This position will involve international travel.

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 7 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.

Deadline: 25-Feb-24

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