SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST (Aquatic Food Loss And Waste) at IITA | May 2024

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Job Description

POSITIONS ANNOUNCEMENT

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on behalf of WorldFish invites applications for Four positions: Project Manager, Senior Research Analyst and Research Analyst (2 positions)

Background: 

WorldFish is an international nonprofit research and innovation institution that creates, advances, and translates aquaticHfoodBsystems science into scalable solutions. We envision an inclusive world of healthy, well-nourished people and a sustainable blue planet, now and in the future. Our mission is to end hunger and advance progress on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through science and innovation to transform food, land, and water systems with aquatic foods for healthier people and the planet.

For over 45-years, WorldFish’s data, evidence, and insights have shaped practices, policies, and investments to end hunger and advance sustainable development in low- and middle-income countries. We have a global presence across 20 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific, with 460 staff of 30 nationalities deployed where the most significant sustainable development challenges can be addressed through holistic aquatic food systems solutions. Embedded in local, national, and international partnerships, our work sets agendas, builds capacities, and supports decision-making for climate action, food and nutrition security, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, blue economy, One Health, and AgriTech, integrating gender, youth, and social inclusion.

A core element of the 2030 WorldFish Research and Innovation Strategy: Aquatic Foods for Healthy People and Planet is focused on building the resilience of aquatic food systems to shocks, which is critical during this time of climate, ecological and economic crisis.

WorldFish is part of CGIAR, the world’s largest agricultural research and innovation network. For more information, please visit https://www.worldfishcenter.org.

POSITION – SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST (Aquatic Food Loss and Waste)
IITA-TZ-2024 – WorldFish-005 -NRS- DSM

JOB SPECIFICATION

Position Background (short summary of the job)

The Senior Research Analyst will play a key role in supporting the WP3 activities of the AABS project. Although the primary focus will be activities in Tanzania, there might be cases when some assignments in Kenya and Mozambique are conducted. This role is crucial for conducting targeted research, data analysis, and coordination efforts to implement climate-smart technologies and sustainable practices to reduce aquatic food loss and waste in small-scale fisheries in Tanzania. The position focuses on enhancing the sustainability of fisheries management by reducing loss and waste and improving post-harvest processes within the coastal regions.

Duty Station: The position will be based in Dar es Salam .

Education Qualification and Certification

  • Required qualification is an MSc, with a minimum of five years of relevant experience in the sustainability of Aquatic Foods, such as in Postharvest Food Technology, Agricultural Engineering, Agribusiness, Fisheries, or the Food Industry.
  • The qualification should specifically highlight a robust technical understanding and the integration of climate-smart practices and technologies within aquatic food value chains Skills, Experience and Knowledge (required to perform this job)
  • Research and Data Analysis Expertise: Background in research and data analysis, with a preference for experience in fisheries, agricultural engineering, postharvest technology, or related areas. At least three to five years of experience as a post-harvest specialist in international organisations in developing regions, preferably in Africa.
  • Project Coordination Experience: Experience in project coordination, particularly in an international or multicultural context.
  • Knowledge of Sustainable Practices: In-depth understanding of sustainable practices and post-harvest climate-smart technologies in fisheries, agriculture, or related sectors

Desirable Skills/Experience (Nice-to-have to perform this job)

  • Cross-Cultural Teamwork: Proven ability to work with diverse cross-cultural teams.
  • Technical Proficiency: Skilled in using statistical analysis software and data visualisation tools.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent communication capabilities, both written and oral, with fluency in English. Proficiency in additional languages relevant to the project locations (Swahili) is highly advantageous.

Key Responsibilities

  • Research and Data Analysis: Conduct comprehensive research and analysis on aquatic food loss, waste, and processing technologies in the target countries-Synthesise data to inform project strategies and decision-making.
  • Project Coordination and Support: Assist the WP3 lead in coordinating activities across Tanzania, ensuring alignment with project objectives and timely execution.
  • Cross-Country Collaboration: Facilitate communication and collaboration between project teams in different countries, ensuring cohesive efforts and knowledge sharing.
  • Reporting and Documentation: Prepare detailed reports, research papers, and presentations to document project progress and findings. Contribute to academic publications and policy briefs.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Engage with project stakeholders, including local communities, NGOs, government bodies, and private sector partners, to gather insights and foster collaborative relationships.
  • Innovative Solutions Development: Contribute to developing and testing innovative, sustainable solutions in fish processing and waste reduction.

Additional

This position is an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic, international team working on a high-impact project. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in driving sustainable development and environmental conservation across Tanzania’s fisheries sectors. The role demands a blend of technical expertise and innovative thinking, ideal for someone passionate about making a tangible impact in sustainable fisheries management and food systems transformation.

General information:

The duration of the contract for all the four positions is two years renewable subject to performance and availability of funds. These are nationally recruited position and IITA offers a competitive remuneration package.

The application pack should include an application letter, copies of certificates, and a curriculum vitae which contains a telephone number, email address, and contact details of two referees. Applications should be sent by email to IITA-Tanzania@cgiar.org and addressed to:

The Country Representative, IITA-Tanzania,

Plot No. 25, Mwenge – Coca-Cola Road,

Mikocheni Industrial Area,

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Applicants are requested to include the reference number for the position (as indicated on the heading of the announcement) in the subject of their application letter, as well as in the subject of their email. Please note that any applications without the reference number indicated will be automatically disqualified.

Closing date for applications: Friday 24th May 2024. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.