Global Lead – Social and Economic Inclusion

WorldFish Center

WorldFish seeks to create an inclusive world of healthy, well-nourished people and a sustainable blue planet, now and in the future. We provide research and innovation in aquatic food systems to support sustainable development and food system transformation toward healthy and resilient diets. Our 2030 WorldFish Research and Innovation Strategy: Aquatic Foods for Healthy People and Planet outlines our commitment to guiding the transition to more resilient aquatic food systems in three priority impact areas: Social and Economic Inclusion, Nutrition and Public Health, and Climate Resilience and Environmental Sustainability.

The Role:

WorldFish has an exciting opportunity for a senior research professional to be the Global Lead – Social and Economic Inclusion impact areaand provide thought leadership to inspire delivery of poverty reduction and gender equality and youth and social inclusion in relation to aquatic food systems. The research lead will generate compelling scientific evidence that persuades critical decision-makers and market actors—at all levels—to implement inclusive policies and investments in aquatic food systems for shared prosperity and well-being through three priority actions:

  1. Leave no one behind with an inclusive and people-centered blue economy;
  2. Improve the viability, accessibility and affordability of aquatic foods for all; and
  3. Support sustainable livelihoods, decent work and well-being.

The Global Lead – Social and Economic Inclusion will shape the research agenda in the social and economic inclusion impact area and lead WorldFish, partners and stakeholders towards our 2030 goals. We’re looking for a researcher with the vision, ability, and drive to deliver impact by bringing out the best in people in diverse, intercultural teams. We’re seeking someone who inspires their colleagues to be the best version of themselves, someone who is respected by donors, and is committed to deliver to our stakeholders.

The Person

The successful candidate will have:

  • A PhD and demonstrate evidence of commitment to systems approaches in their field of expertise in relation to aquatic food systems;
  • Expertise and a track record of leading research, policy engagement, and resource mobilization in **Political economy/ecology (**e.g., in relation tonatural resource governance, value chains, decent work) and/or Gender, Entrepreneurship, Inclusive Finance, Social Protection;
  • Commitment to seeing research create impact for resilient aquatic food systems, and have demonstrated experience of working in the global south, including field experience and a broad network of institutional partnerships;
  • Ability to communicate vision with clarity, inspiring colleagues, donors, stakeholders to work with WorldFish towards our 2030 goals, and have a track record to back this up;
  • Demonstrated the ability to work across disciplines and sectors.

This is a globally recruited position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an attractive retirement plan, comprehensive international insurance coverage. The successful international candidates may also be eligible for additional allowances, which include housing, education, shipping assistance, and annual home leave travel for employee and eligible dependents. The duration of the contract will initially be for a three-year period with possibility for extension.

How to apply

Click here for a detailed job description and to apply for this opportunity, please click here. Your application must include:

  • A copy of your curriculum vitae,
  • A cover letter which addresses key requirements stated above; and
  • Contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position.

To be considered, applications must be submitted by no later than 24:00 (MYT) 18 September, 2022.

Location: It’s preferable that this position is based in Penang, Malaysia, however, other WorldFish locations will be considered. This position will involve international travel.

About WorldFish

WorldFish is an international, nonprofit research and innovation institution that creates, advances, and translates aquatic food systems science into scalable solutions. Our mission is to end hunger and advance progress on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through science and innovation to transform food, land, and water systems with aquatic foods for healthier people and the planet.

For over 45-years, WorldFish’s data, evidence, and insights have shaped practices, policies and investments to end hunger and advance sustainable development in low- and middle-income countries. We have a global presence across 20 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific, with 460 staff of 30 nationalities deployed where the most significant sustainable development challenges can be addressed through holistic aquatic food systems solutions. Embedded in local, national, and international partnerships, our work sets agendas, builds capacities, and supports decision-making for climate action, food and nutrition security, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, blue economy, One Health, and AgriTech, integrating gender, youth, and social inclusion.

A core element of the 2030 WorldFish Research and Innovation Strategy: Aquatic Foods for Healthy People and Planet is focused on building the resilience of aquatic food systems to shocks, which is critical in a time of climate, economic and geopolitical instability.

WorldFish is part of CGIAR, the world’s largest agricultural research and innovation network. For more information, please visit

Working at CGIAR

As part of One CGIAR, we are committed to fair, safe and inclusive workplaces. Our diversity powers our innovation. It is critical for our mission. We are driven by our LEAD values (Learning, Excellence, Accountability and Diversity) and strive to be a thriving and inclusive community of diverse people committed to learning and innovation, and with passion for making a difference in the world.

We believe in multiple perspectives coming together to generate new ideas and develop new ways of doing things. This collective intelligence sets us apart in being able to address the complex problems we seek to solve with an ability to understand the trade-offs, and in doing so make better decisions.

Our Gender, Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) Commitment

WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity and inclusion is valued and we are explicitly seeking representation from the global south as well as gender diversity in our senior leadership positions. We also 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.

Closing date: 9/18/2022