Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Initial studies carried out by WorldFish in Egypt indicate that poor consumers tend to buy smaller fish and informal retailers also make higher profits from selling small fish. There is a danger that current genetic improvement programs, focused on producing fast-growing, larger fish will increase overall fish supply but reduce access to fish for poor consumers. There is an immediate need to validate and extend these studies in Egypt, taking into account additional issues such as appearance, body shape, flesh quality, shelf-life and suitability for processing and carry out similar research in Zambia where it is suspected that aquaculture markets exclude poor retailers and consumers. The aim is to have a better understanding of desirable market attributes for poor and vulnerable consumers and retailers in both countries and whether these differ by sex of the consumer/retailer. The results will then influence work with scientists and fish farmers to integrate these priorities into genetic selection and breeding programs as well as developing practical fish production systems in Egypt and Zambia. This will involve ex-ante modelling and pilot-testing of promising production strategies at the WorldFish Abbassa research center and on small-scale fish farms in Egypt and Zambia.
WorldFish is looking for a post-doctoral fellow (PDF) with social science and gender training to lead this research with support from natural and social scientists currently working for WorldFish in Egypt and Zambia. The PDF will review and validate the findings of consumer and market studies already carried out in Egypt and Zambia (if applicable) and then design and administer field surveys using a perspective to further investigate market preferences (fish size, appearance, flesh quality, shelf-life, processing attributes) of poor and vulnerable fish consumers and retailers. This will build on work already carried out by WorldFish in Egypt by the SDC-funded IEIDEAS and STREAMS projects. The research will also link with a new GIZ-funded research program – the AquaLINC project – which looks in more detail at matching poor consumer requirements for farmed fish in Egypt and Bangladesh by adapting farming systems and improving the nutritional composition of farmed fish.
The research carried out by the PDF is expected to produce policy guidelines (leading to policy briefs) and survey-based study reports leading to at least 2 peer-reviewed publications.
• 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.
Candidates are sought with
• 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.
Timeframe and location
This position will be based at WorldFish’s office in Cairo, Egypt, with regular travel to Zambia and other locations involved in WorldFish/CG research programs. Interviews are expected to be held in Cairo, Egypt in May 2016 and short-listed candidates should be available to attend.
The successful candidate should be available to commence by July 2016 for an initial 2 year fixed term contract, with the possibility of extension depending on performance and the availability of funding. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.
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. Qualified women and professionals from developing countries are encouraged to apply.
How to apply
Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information:
• A covering 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.
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