In fish agri-food food systems, value chain research is important to link production, productivity and consumption of fish for increased income and well-being of producers, processors and traders as well as sustainability, and improved nutrition and health. Shifting production and consumption towards more sustainable and nutritious foods requires an understanding of the complex range of factors at work in fish value chains, including those affecting aquaculture and fisheries production, price transmission and economics through the value chains, and demand factors.

WorldFish's value chain research focuses on improving the efficiency of producing, processing and trading fish from aquaculture and small-scale fisheries, and improving the working conditions of those engaged in these activities, many of whom are poor women; reducing waste and loss and negative effects on natural resources; and increasing access of poor consumers to fish, including through developing and marketing nutritious and safe fish and fish products.

The Value Chain Scientist will lead the research on innovations in fish value chains and fish agri-food systems. This research seeks outcomes from fish food systems that deliver against the CGIAR outcomes for improved livelihoods, environmental sustainability and nutrition. Nutritional outcomes will receive particular attention, seeking to conduct research that ensure that production gains made through sustainable aquaculture and resilient small-scale fisheries increase access of nutritious, safe and affordable fish and fish products, with focus on poor consumers and the first 1,000 days of life. S/he will collaborate with research and development partners, in the private and public sectors, also through social marketing approaches for scaling demand as well as utilization of fish and fish products in vulnerable population groups for improved nutrition and health.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement innovative and impactful fish value chain research activities.
  • Develop value chain work plans and lead implementation to ensure quality and timely deliverables and monitor and evaluate progress.
  • Develop and ensure effective tools, methods and indicators for fish value chain research.
  • Publish quality research results in peer-reviewed journals as well as briefs, reports and through other media.
  • In collaboration with WorldFish staff and partners, develop and submit project proposals that include fish value chains.
  • Ensure a pro-poor, innovative and gender responsive market-oriented approach.


  • Develop and strengthen our partnerships with global, regional and national researchers in fish value chains within the WorldFish-led CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Fish Agri-food Systems (FISH).
  • Strengthen partnerships as well as with the CRP on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) and on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM).
  • Mentor young researchers in key program countries and build the research capacity for WorldFish and partners.


  • A PhD in agriculture value chains, economics, food systems or related fields.
  • At least 3 years post-doctoral experience in value chains or food systems research.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in multi-cultural, interdisciplinary teams as well as develop close and effective working relationships with a range of partners.
  • Strong professional network with researchers in the field of agriculture value chains research.
  • Competency with quantitative research analytical tools, methodologies and analyses.
  • Ability and willingness to lead and carry out field work in developing countries.
  • Peer-reviewed publications track-record, and excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

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Expiry date: Saturday, 5 May, 2018
City: Penang
Countries: Malaysia
Institution: WorldFish