Post Doctoral Fellow (Social Scientist)

Worldfish, Cairo, Egypt

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th May, 2016

Job Description

Key responsibilities

  • Review pre-existing literature including consumer and market studies already carried out in Egypt and Zambia.
  • Design and administer field surveys in Egypt and Zambia exploring market preferences of poor and vulnerable fish consumers and retailers using a gender perspective and examining why such market preferences exist.
  • Establish the desirable market attributes of poor and vulnerable fish consumers and retailers using a gender perspective and examining why such attributes are preferred.
  • Coordinate the development of ex-ante economic models for different fish production systems and strategies.
  • Collaborate with scientists and fish farmers involved in the genetic improvement program in Egypt (mainly at the Abbassa Research Center) and future genetic improvement programs in Zambia to investigate the feasibility of including desirable market attributes into genetic improvement programs.
  • Support integration of gender into design and analysis of other projects, and contribute to gender methods and gender capacity development in WorldFish and CGIAR.


  • A completed PhD in Social Sciences: Development Studies, Gender, Social Anthropology, Rural Sociology or similar; optimally with several years of relevant experience in rural development in developing countries.
  • Strong conceptual and empirical understanding of gender relations and social inequality, with specific training in gender in development, rural development studies, economics, economic anthropology, rural sociology, or related fields.
  • Experience in field-based data collection and analysis; experience working in rural, low-income country contexts; peer-reviewed publications track record; preferably prior experience integrating a gender, social inclusion, or pro-poor lens in agricultural research.
  • Strong background on use of qualitative and quantitative research methods and in particular ex-ante modeling to determine the economic trade-offs for breeding fish for poor consumers and retailers.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, and the ability to present coherent and convincing strategic analysis.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to lead and work in multi-cultural teams as well as develop a close and effective working relationship with partners.
  • ability to work in multi-disciplinary and culturally-diverse teams and being able to recognize and react accordingly to work issues related to/arising from cultural and social contexts.
  • Able to travel extensively and work in remote areas under difficult conditions.
  • Demonstrated quality of judgment and the ability to think strategically, assessing and responding to new challenges in rural development. Proficiency in Arabic is desirable.

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