Discipline Director (Policy, Economics and Social Science)

WorldFish, Batu Maung, Malaysia

Skill Required:, Training and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st January, 2016

Job Description

Key responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership of the discipline across the full range of the Center’s activities, including cross-discipline and cross-CGIAR integration and co-ordination.
  • Prioritize and nurture strategic science partnerships with leading universities and research institutes.
  • Identify and anticipate future capacity needs in the discipline and initiate timely recruitment action and capacity strengthening efforts.
  • Directly manage performance of senior science members of the Discipline to set and maintain high standards, and coach and mentor more junior members.
  • Lead interdisciplinary teams, and partner with Regional Directors, to conceptualize and attract funding for both regionally-focused and global projects.


  • PhD in relevant discipline, combined with applied experience to provide technical guidance and leadership to teams in the discipline.
  • At least 8 years research management experience, with demonstrated leadership capability and strong mentoring skills.
  • Ability to identify, develop, fundraise for, and manage multi-partner and multi-disciplinary research projects.
  • Strong publication track record in a relevant area (fisheries and aquaculture knowledge helpful but not required).
  • Well-developed communication skills, including excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Experience living and working in developing countries.


  • This position will be based at WorldFish Headquarters, with significant travel to countries in Asia, Africa and the Pacific.
  • The successful candidate will be offered a regular 3-year staff contract, with possibility of extension depending on performance and funding.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be notified.
  • Subject to applicant status, salary and benefits will be in compliance with WorldFish remuneration policies.

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