Job Opportunity: Project Manager with World Fish


Reporting to the Project Leader/Small-scale fisheries Research Leader the Project Manager will provide technical and comprehensive management support to implement the project “Building capacity, coordination and communication for collective action on small- scale fisheries” (SSF). This project, funded by Oak Foundation, is led by WorldFish and is co-funded by and makes a contribution to the CGIAR Research Program on Fish-Agri Food systems (FISH). The project connects with other bilateral investments and partners working towards more resilient and equitable small-scale fisheries, a key ambition of FISH.

The project has been developed, and is delivered, in close collaboration with a range of partners – one of the key roles of this position will be to act as a conduit and a facilitator of these partnerships and the networks/platforms that evolve. The three specific project objectives are;

  • To build capacity and commitment for coordination and collective action of concerned agencies, initiatives and funders to improve SSF governance.
  • To design and implement a multi-faceted communications strategy to raise the profile of SSF within environment, fisheries and development policy and action, to better account for SSF benefits and beneficiaries.
  • Build and test a MEL framework to fit SSF programs of work that ultimately supports an influential and transparent process of reporting against SSF outcome and governance benchmarks, as well as capturing learning to enhance effectiveness of SSF investments.

The position will require excellent communication skills to ensure partnerships are built and maintained through excellent communication and co-development of focused research and communication products. The role includes but is not limited to the development and management of work plans and budgets, coordinate and providing technical supervision to staff and consultants. In doing so this position should help to ensure, build and track alignment between this project, the interests of partners and in particular the FISH CRP. The position will help to manage and facilitate communication with project partners, facilitating strong relationships with relevant NGO, intergovernmental and civil society partners and funders – as well as monitoring progress of all project activities that are directly funded by the project and those that relate more broadly to the broader SSF program.


Essential Skills and Qualifications

This job might be for you if you have the below skills and qualifications:

  • A post graduate qualification in research, communications or project management in a related area (research for development, development, fisheries governance).
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience of project management, particularly in multi-partner, multi-country projects.
  • Exceptional organisation skills and demonstrated ability to manage, delivery and report on complex multi-partner and multi-funding stream projects – clarity on programmatic approaches.
  • Skills and aptitude to design and delivery the organisation of events and productive networked communications.
  • Demonstrated ability to action work-plans and tasks according to stated objectives – managing minimal supervision with key check ins.
  • Strong awareness of strategic and collaborative communications, as distinct from marketing.
  • Proven ability to support and manage complex processes (related to partnerships or collaborative outputs) through communication with multiple types of stakeholders.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Project management qualifications.
  • A strong track record of strategic communications and collaborative communication to build partnerships and networks.
  • Familiar with monitoring and evaluation, and platforms such as MEL.


Salary & Benefits

The position will be based in Penang, Malaysia. Interviews are expected to be held in February 2020. Only shortlisted candidate will be notified and expected to attend the interview. The successful candidate should be available to commence as soon as possible for an initial of two (2) years fixed term contract, with the possibility of contract renewal depending on performance and funding situation.

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position with salary in between MYR 9,000 to MYR 9,700 per month. WorldFish NRS receive comprehensive benefits including (but not limited to) insurance coverage for staff and eligible dependents, 15% employer provident fund contribution, paid leave and others.

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