Post Doctoral Fellow / Scientist (Aquaculture and Livelihoods)
WorldFish , East Timor

1 Year
0 - 0
Job Type
Job Shift
Job Category
Requires Traveling
Career Level
Total Vacancies
1 Job
Posted on
Mar 4, 2021
Last Date
Jun 4, 2021

Job Description

Post level: Internationally Recruited Staff

Type of contract: Fixed term contract

Language(s) required: English (native/fluent writing and oral skills)


WorldFish is an international, non-for-profit research organization that works to reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty by improving fisheries and aquaculture. With a 45-years track record of leading-edge science, WorldFish generates research evidence and innovations to inform sustainable practices and inclusive policies that enable better livelihoods and healthier diets for millions of poor people, particularly women, who depend on fish for food, nutrition and income. WorldFish is a member of CGIAR , the world’s largest global partnership on agriculture research and innovation for a food secure future. Headquartered in Penang, Malaysia and with regional offices across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, WorldFish leads the cross-disciplinary CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH).


The Post-doctoral Fellow/Scientist, Aquaculture and Livelihoods will join our Partnership for Aquaculture Development in Timor-Leste Phase 2 (PADTL2) project team, partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Timor-Leste with a focus of improving nutrition outcomes of fish for vulnerable people and populations. The incumbent will work with interdisciplinary team of experts including aquaculture, value chain and markets, and nutrition scientists to develop research approaches, programs and policy recommendations with a particular focus on integration of fish production into livelihood systems, the flow of benefits from diverse fish production systems, and the factors enabling and limiting availability, accessibility and consumption of fish in Timor-Leste.

The successful candidate will be responsible to:

  • Work with project leader and scientists to develop a stream of research that seeks to optimize livelihood and nutrition outcomes from aquaculture production systems in Timor-Leste, ultimately with broader relevance to SIDS.
  • Apply research experience to the development of community, household and intra-household research methods on aquaculture, livelihoods and fish in food systems.
  • Work with research, government and NGO partners to build capacity and implement key research activities.
  • Take primary responsibility for research implementation, data collection, data quality assurance and analysis under project activities.
  • Under the guidance of senior team members, produce high-quality scientific publications from project findings.
  • Contribute to the development of policy advice and action plans on nutrition-sensitive aquaculture development.
  • Work with project leaders to identify and apply for additional opportunities to fund related research.
  • Ensure quality communication with local stakeholders (government, NGOs, private sector) and donor representatives to promote WorldFish as the partner of choice for fisheries and aquaculture research.
  • Represent WorldFish in national and international conferences.
  • Perform any other reasonable duties as may be required from time to time.


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

  • PhD in Aquaculture, Rural Development, Social Sciences, Nutrition (with highly relevant interdisciplinary experience) and experience in aquaculture/rural livelihood systems research and development in developing countries context.
  • Experience in the application of analytical methodologies appropriate to individual, household and community-level aquaculture and social science research.
  • Proven ability to work in remote locations for extended periods of time with minimal supervision.
  • A strong team player, willing to dedicate time to building capacity among junior and national scientists, partners and students.
  • Experience in stakeholder participation and community engagement, including an understanding of the role of social norms/cultural beliefs and gender.
  • Commensurate with being a key member of a small team conducting diverse research, willingness and adaptability to engage in diverse field activities as part of the broader program of research.
  • Strong publication track record (or pipeline) for stage of career in relevant international journals.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience in the application of contemporary gender sensitive and transformative research approaches and methodologies.
  • Proven ability in obtaining research funds through competitive grant schemes.
  • Experience researching food systems in a developing country context.
  • Language skills in Tetum, Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese or Spanish a distinct advantage.
  • Experience developing information and education materials for government and community stakeholders.


Salary amp; Benefits

This is an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS), based at WorldFish Timor Leste office, with annual basic salary range as shown below:

  • Post Doctoral Fellow (Fresh Graduates) : circa USD 44,500 per annum
  • Scientist(at least 2 5 years post PhD related experience) : circa USD 56,800 per annum

In addition, WorldFish 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.

Recruitment Process

The position will be based in Dili, Timor Leste. Interviews are expected to be held in April 2021 and only shortlisted candidate will be notified and expected to attend the interview. The virtual interview will consist on a short presentation followed by an interview. The successful candidate should be available to commence as soon as possible for an initial of a fixed term contract up until 31 March 2023, with the possibility of contract renewal depending on performance and funding situation. 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 31 March 2021:

  • A cover letter including a 2-page (max) description of why you are an ideal candidate for this role referring to the key responsibilities 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 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 seven 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.

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