WorldFish Job Vacancy: Monitoring and Evaluation Leader - Penang, Malaysia

WorldFish uses its technical and scientific expertise in fisheries and aquaculture to develop and deliver research advances, transformational impacts and policy recommendations that help the millions who are dependent on fish. Our research is focused on three interlinked challenges of sustainable aquaculture, resilient small-scale fisheries, and enhancing the contributions of fish to nutrition of the poor in the places where we can make the most difference. By using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach, WorldFish addresses critical gaps in research that need to be filled to build evidence on the most promising pathways to impact.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Leader will play a key global science role in WorldFish, setting and ensuring quality standards for monitoring and evaluation research associated with the new CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH) and the WorldFish strategy for 2017-2022.

Key Responsibilities
  • Set and ensure quality standards for monitoring, evaluation and impact.
  • Lead the production of high-visibility impact assessment.
  • Identify capacity needs to meet quality standards, and provide or arrange to address these, interacting with project leaders and researchers.
  • Guide impact assessment research activities, and where appropriate, identify the need for additional guidance from subject matter experts.
  • Advise senior leadership on the design of outcome and impact targets, coordinate a semi-annual summary of progress toward these targets, and advise the Communications team so that these are accurately reported.
  • Identify opportunities for impact assessment studies as well as focal points and confirm that these are reflected in project each year; provide recommendations on resources required to undertake more systematic assessments of progress in future years.
  • Support WorldFish focal country teams in upgrading of M&E activities and capacity building.
  • Review funding proposals from an M&E perspective and help ensure adequate provisions are made for activities and outputs.
  • Ensure effective engagement with the Independent Steering Committee of the FISH CRP, the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment of the Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC), and relevant communities of practice coordinated by the CGIAR and external centers of excellence.
  • As a member of the FISH management team, contribute at regular intervals to strategic deliberations regarding key objectives, targets, challenges and lessons from CRP implementation to improve performance.
  • Work with WorldFish Senior Leadership Team to strengthen outcomes and impact assessment as an integral part of the Center’s research culture.
  • A completed PhD in Economics, Agricultural Economics or an applied economics discipline.
  • At least 5 years’ research experience in the design and implementation of impact evaluation, research design, adoption studies, economic analysis of production systems and/or policy related economic research.
  • Intercultural sensitivities and positive experiences living and working in Asia and/or Africa.
  • Peer-reviewed publications track-record, experience with large scale data management.
  • Network of partnerships with advanced research institutions.
  • Working knowledge of one or more national languages in WorldFish program countries will be advantageous.
  • Able and willing to travel extensively and work in remote areas under challenging conditions.
  • Proven skills in applying econometric and quantitative approaches.
  • Demonstrated success in working with multi-disciplinary teams and partnerships in collaborative research for development implementation.
Salary and benefits
This is an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) position with annual salary ranging between USD 83,000 – USD96,000 per annum.

WorldFish's Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) will 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 dependents*, and provident fund contribution.

* Subject to terms and conditions.

Timeframe and location

This position will be based at WorldFish’s HQ in Penang, Malaysia or another WorldFish program country, with significant travel to various countries in Africa, Asia and Pacific. Interviews are expected to be held in two stages:
  • Stage 1 Web-Based Interview.
  • Stage 2 In-Person Interview (interview location to be determined at later stage).
The successful candidate should be available to commence by as soon as possible for an initial 3 years contract, with possibility of extension depending on performance of and the availability of funding. Due to the high volume of applicants for WorldFish positions, we appreciate all interest, but only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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 professionals from developing countries are encouraged to apply.

How to apply
Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information online at HERE latest by 15th June 2017:
  • 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, fax, 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 immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Only selected candidates will be contacted.