Research Fellow / Post Doctoral Fellow / Scientist
Small-scale fisheries play a vital role in the culture, well-being, livelihoods and food and nutrition security of people in Solomon Islands. However, many aspects of small-scale fisheries, and the management solutions required to secure the benefits they provide, are not well understood. As a result, small-scale fisheries are often inadequately accounted for in policies around food security, resource governance and environmental change. The purpose of this nationally recruited Research Fellow/Scientist is to contribute to addressing these challenges and developing research-backed management and governance solutions that are fit for the Solomon Islands social, institutional and environmental context. In implementing research, there will be a strong focus on community engagement and effective partnerships.
This position contributes to the WorldFish Strategy (WorldFish Strategy 2017-2022), the CRP Research Program on Fish-Agri Food Systems (FISH) and the WorldFish-led component of the ACIAR funded project “Strengthening and scaling community-based approaches to Pacific coastal fisheries management in support of the New Song”
- Lead and manage projects (funded by a range of donors) that fit within a larger program of work.
- Contribute to the implementation of the research agenda, and more specifically to develop and implement research plans to address overarching research questions pre-identified within CRP Research Program on Fish-Agri Food Systems, funded research projects and future research priorities developed with partners.
- Design and implement research applying Participatory Action Research principles, gender and equity best practices, and in strong partnership with government and non-government partners.
- Provide oversight, quality control and analysis of qualitative monitoring of community engagement and partnership processes.
- Oversee and guide high rigorous qualitative and/or quantitative research data collection, data management, analysis and timely write-up.
- Lead and contribute to writing reports, peer-reviewed journal publications and communication outputs based on qualitative and or quantitative research findings.
- Contribute to joint research outputs from Solomon Islands, across Pacific countries (especially those involved in the ACIAR funded research project (http://aciar.gov.au/project/fis/2016/300) and with WorldFish researchers engaged in small-scale fisheries research in Africa and Asia regions.
- Mentor, train and supervise undergraduate researchers, research analysts and senior research analysist - particularly on research skills, writing, communications.
This job might be for you if you have these essential skills and qualifications:
- Master Degree in Environmental Science/Fisheries Management, with at least 4 years of relevant research and candidates with more than more than 3 years of post PhD related experience may be considered for Scientist position.
- Highly competent with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and analytical tools.
- Strong research knowledge and publishing track record in relevant fields.
- Excellent interpersonal skills in working with staff at all levels, including field staff.
- Fluency in written and oral English.
- Motivation for high quality science and delivery of applications/impact from research.
- Experience of supervising staff.
Desired skills and qualifications:
- Strong professional network in the Solomon Islands and/or Pacific Region, in relevant areas as related to the responsibilities of the position.
- Demonstrated ability to perform critical thinking on research activities.
- Ability to communicate in Solomon Pijin, Bislama, Tetum or French.
- Knowledge and/or experience of working with the aquaculture and fisheries industry.
- Knowledge and experience of working in developing countries in Pacific region.
This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position and WorldFish's NRS shall receive comprehensive benefits including (but not limited to) insurance coverage for staff and eligible dependents, and pension / provident fund contribution.
Time frame and location
This position will be based at WorldFish’s country office in Solomon Islands with travel to various countries in Solomon Islands and possibly Pacific region. Interviews are expected to be held by end of May 2018. The successful candidate should be available to commence as soon as possible for an initial 2 years contract, with possibility of extension depending on performance of and the availability of funding. Due to the high volume of applicants for WorldFish positions, we appreciate all interest, but 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. We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage women and nationals from developing countries to apply.
How to apply
Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information online latest by 25 May 2018:
- A cover 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 complete with publication list/record.
- 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 shortlisted candidates will be contacted.