Post Doctoral Fellow (Gender and Development)

World Fish

World Fish

Nairobi, Kenya
Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2024

“WorldFish is a leading international research organization working to transform aquatic food systems to reduce hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. It collaborates with international, regional, and national partners to co-develop and deliver scientific innovations, evidence for policy, and knowledge to enable equitable and inclusive impact for millions who depend on fish for their livelihoods. As a member of CGIAR, WorldFish contributes to building a food- and nutrition-secure future and restoring natural resources. Headquartered in Penang, Malaysia, with country offices across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, WorldFish strives to create resilient and inclusive food systems for shared prosperity. For more information, visit:

About the Project

Animals, plants and microorganisms harvested and grown in water play a significant role in sustainably feeding and nourishing the world. Globally, 800 million people depend on small-scale fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods. But these vital aquatic food systems are hindered by the insecure livelihoods of those in related jobs, their low capacity to adapt to climate change, and the loss of marine nature.

The Asia-Africa BlueTech Superhighway project, supported through the UK’s Climate and Ocean Adaptation and Sustainable Transition (COAST) program under the umbrella of the Blue Planet Fund (BPF), will focus on enabling communities to adapt to and mitigate against climate change as well as responsibly and sustainably manage marine and coastal nature and resources resulting in improved food and nutritional security as well as employment and income opportunities. The project will be implemented in two phases over seven years, starting with Phase 1 in Bangladesh, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

About the Position

WorldFish is seeking an internationally recruited Post-doctoral Fellow in Gender and Development based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Under the supervision of the Social and Economic Inclusion Lead and together with other Scientists at WorldFish, the incumbent will be responsible for co-designing, co-leading and publishing innovative and impactful strategic research for development in the area of gender-inclusive and pro-poor value chains and markets; laying the foundation of the work on women’s empowerment in the fisheries sector; unpacking “better” strategies for community-based natural resources management, importance of social networks in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, among other aspects of social and economic inclusion in these sectors.

The successful candidate will undertake this interdisciplinary work through close collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of experts from different backgrounds, including data scientists, aquaculture, fish nutrition, production systems, gender, climate change, scaling of innovations, science communication, rural development, and bioprocesses.

The successful candidate will be responsible to:

  • The role is expected to be responsible for refining and consolidating cutting-edge, gender-inclusive market approaches and business models, including, but not limited to, women-led entrepreneurship and partnerships with the private sector and finding better ways to mitigate the losses from fish.
  • Play a crucial role in catalyzing change for data collection from fishers and fish farmers and enhancing fisher communities' participation, especially women, youth, and poor men in community-based natural resource management centers/hubs/beach management units.
  • Take primary responsibility for research implementation, data collection, data validation, quality assurance, and analysis to achieve the research deliverables of the assigned work of the Asia-Africa BlueTech Superhighway project.
  • Under the guidance of senior team members, including the work package(s) leads, lead the development of high-quality science outputs and enable the effective communication of research findings and scaling of the lessons within the Asia-Africa BlueTech Superhighway Project with partners and to key policy actors.
  • Develop and maintain effective collaboration with project country teams and strategic partners in relation to each of the above to ensure the relevance, use, and influence of the research. Within the latter, specifically, support WorldFish’s efforts to influence and incentivize the private sector to be inclusive, especially of women, youth, and smallholders’ fishers, traders, and other actors within the fish value chain.
  • Contribute to qualitative and quantitative monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) and reporting of Asia-Africa Blue Tech Superhighway project and WorldFish investments in gender and market development, including refining tools for assessing gender-related outcomes and assessing program progress.
  • Enable the development of research capacity amongst Asia-Africa Blue Tech Superhighway project and WorldFish staff and partners, including through input, mentoring, and providing training on best practices in the areas of gender integration and analysis, as well as gender equality, women’s empowerment and social inclusion, including pro-poor targeting and gender transformative approaches.
  • Work collaboratively with the work package leads, the Project Leader, and other senior experts. This includes engaging with WorldFish and partner scientists across other geographies to learn from and contribute to a growing body of work on gender equality and social inclusion.
  • Ensure timely reporting of project activities and outcomes per WorldFish and donor requirements.