Director, Aquaculture and Fisheries Sciences

Worldfish, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Skill Required:, HR and AdminMedia and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th June, 2016

Job Description

Key responsibilities

  • Lead the on-going development of WorldFish research strategy and associated country and regional implementation strategies to ensure that research contributes to the achievements of development outcomes.
  • Provide dynamic leadership and vision for the role of aquaculture and fisheries in the global efforts to tackle poverty, hunger and environmental degradation via the CGIAR research programs (CRPs).
  • Lead the design, development and execution of research programs throughout the organization, to enable quality outcomes and impact through integration of the program with other CRP’s and bi-laterals.
  • Shared leadership for resource mobilization and a strong funding pipeline to ensure a diverse portfolio of funding vehicles with a view on risk minimization and sustainable resources required to achieve the objectives of the WorldFish research strategy.
  • Represent WorldFish research interests in the CGIAR Consortium and associated high level forums through appropriate influence and engagement in system level activities as delegated by the Director General.
  • As a member of the Executive Team, ensure effective and efficient integration of CRPs and bi-lateral research projects with WorldFish.
  • Build strong relationships with research and development partners (public and private) and identify opportunities for collaborative research.
  • Provide collaborative leadership through strong partnerships with executive level peers to strengthen overall leadership effectiveness, and with the science leadership team (SLT), strengthen the rigor and integration of science underpinning our CRPs and other programs.
  • As a member of the Executive Team and a Senior Leadership Team member, influence and shape the organization’s direction while providing challenging and pragmatic insights to reflect external realities and represent the Director General as required.


  • A completed PhD in aquaculture or fisheries or related discipline.
  • More than 15 years of international research and development experience, including the application of research results for developing countries conditions, addressing food security, poverty alleviation, human nutrition and health.
  • A minimum of 10 years of progressive responsible leadership experience including the leadership and management of an organization or a complex business unit in the public or private sectors or academia.
  • A sustained record of achievement and innovation, an established reputation and strong publication record in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals, a track record in R&D for public/private partnerships.
  • Demonstrated success in resource mobilization from a global donor network including governments, foundations and private sector.
  • Experience living and working in at least two regions, evidenced leadership that inspires trust and loyalty from staff of different nationalities and cultures; and demonstrated commitment to building a diverse workforce.
  • Demonstrated quality of judgment and the ability to think strategically, assessing and responding to new challenges in development.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills in English, knowledge of other major language(s) desirable.

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