WorldFish Vacancy: Science Director - Penang, Malaysia

WorldFish Vacancy: Science Director - Penang, Malaysia

Location: Penang, Malaysia

WorldFish, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, is an international, nonprofit research organization. CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. CGIAR research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources.

It is brought together through 15 CGIAR research programs (CRPs) with WorldFish leading the program on aquatic agricultural systems (AAS) that aims to reduce poverty and increase food and nutrition security for poor and marginalized people who depend on these systems for their livelihoods

A unique opportunity has arisen for gifted individuals to contribute to the work of AAS.

Background information 
With the AAS research agenda growing rapidly, the program is seeking an experienced research leader to oversee effective implementation of the program’s integrated research agenda focused upon increasing agricultural productivity, increasing income, improving nutrition, improving social-ecological resilience – including increased capacity to innovate and adapt, and reducing gender inequity.

We pursue this agenda taking a systems approach to aquatic agricultural systems, and using participatory action research as a keystone of our work - aiding communities, NGOs, government agencies and other stakeholders to directly assess their own governance context, and to build a constituency for policy and institutional reforms.

Key responsibilities
To lead the team of scientists working on this extensive research agenda, the program is seeking a Science Director. Reporting to the Program Director, the Science Director will have overall responsibility for effective integration and delivery of the program’s science agenda, including leading program level science planning and review processes, and ensuring that effective systems of quality control are in place.

Essential skills and qualifications
  • PhD or equivalent degree in relevant social or natural science discipline 
  • Eight or more years of relevant experience in applied research • Excellent English language writing and speaking skills • Experience of using systems approaches to agricultural research 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively across disciplines 
  • Ability to manage multi-partner, cross-regional, and multi-disciplinary teams WorldFish and AAS are committed to developing an inclusive work environment where diversity of thought, style, culture and experience is valued in support of individual performance and potential, as well as our business goals and mission.
WorldFish offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.
Women are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants are invited to submit your application and the following information to with subject line “APP020714: Science Director/" latest by 30 August 2014: i) a letter of application including a 300 word (max) description of why you are an ideal candidate and what you would bring to the role. ii) a current curriculum vitae iii) names and contacts (telephone, fax, and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications and work experience

This position will be based at WorldFish headquarters in Penang, Malaysia.

WorldFish is committed to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity in gender and nationality.

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