Friday, May 27, 2011

Postdoctoral Fellow - Climate Change Economist (The WorldFish Center)

The WorldFish Center, with administrative headquarters on the island of Penang, Malaysia, is a world-class scientific research organization. Our mission is to reduce poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture. We have offices in 8 countries and engage in collaborative research with more than 200 partners in more than 25 countries. The Center is a nonprofit organization and a member of the Consortium on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).


Based in the Penang offices of WorldFish, you will provide support to the center¡¦s research programme on climate change, with a focus on designing and implementing impact assessment programmes related to climate change vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation in aquatic agricultural systems. You will have a PhD in economics, specializing in agricultural, natural resource, environmental or ecological economics in a rural development context. Ability to work in partnership with natural scientists and non-economist social scientists is essential, as are strong quantitative analysis skills. Experience of aquaculture or fisheries systems is an advantage, but not essential. The position requires extensive travel to WorldFish offices and research sites in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Key Responsibilities:

* Provide technical guidance to WorldFish Center scientists and our research partners in national and regional institutions on the design, implementation and analysis of research on climate change vulnerability, adaptation options, mitigation and co-benefits approaches, including payments for environmental services.
* Design studies to analyze the impacts of actions to adapt to climate change, both ex-ante (looking at costs and potential benefits to guide choice of adaptation options) and ex-post (looking at the impact of adaptation actions undertaken)
* Represent the WorldFish Center at key global and regional climate change policy forums and at relevant international science conferences
* Contribute to writing up project and programme reports and disseminating programme research findings through international peer-reviewed literature.

Qualifications, Experience, Skills and Abilities:

* PhD degree in economics or related sub-discipline (development economics, environmental economics, economic geography etc) and publication record commensurate with experience;
* Sound knowledge of current approaches and methodologies for climate vulnerability analysis, adaptation or mitigation.
* Strong quantitative analysis skills, including either econometric analysis or economic modeling. A knowledge of impact assessment methods, and monitoring and evaluation programme design is an advantage
* Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams in project contexts and under tight deadlines.
* Excellent written and spoken English language capability.

The WorldFish Center offers a competitive remuneration package, a non-discriminatory policy and provides an innovative work environment. Interested applicants are invited to submit a covering letter explaining how your experience, skills and qualifications enable them to meet the responsibilities of the position providing key examples and/or achievements and a comprehensive curriculum vitae that includes names and contacts (telephone, fax, and e-mail addresses) of three (3) professional referees who are familiar with the candidate's qualifications and work experience. You are required to submit your application, with letter or email subject line 'Application for the position of Postdoctoral Fellow - Climate Change Economist' and indicate in your application the source of this advertisement (where you saw the job announcement) to the Human Resources Strategy and Services Unit at . The deadline for applications is June 22nd 2011.

We expect to hold interview during the week of 25 - 29th July 2011 and the successful applicant can take up the position from September 1st 2011. This is a global position based at WorldFish Headquarters in Penang, Malaysia. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

For further details, please visit our website at and further details on the research content at the following links:
The CCAFS programme:

The proposed AAS programme:

Past and on-going climate research at the WorldFish Center:

WorldFish is committed to an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity in gender and nationality.

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