Gender in Agriculture Partnership

Transforming agriculture to empower women and deliver food, nutrition and income security

World Fish: Post Doctoral Fellow (Gender Specialist)

Pulau Pinang
World Fish Center
Expiry date: 
Sunday, 18 September, 2016

Fish is a critical source of nutrition and livelihoods in low-income countries such as Bangladesh. WorldFish has played a key role in increasing the supply and availability of fish in low-income contexts through the Livestock & Fish CGIAR Research Program. This impact-oriented research will be the foundation for continuing innovation in fish breeding in the upcoming Fish Agri-foods CGIAR Research Program (FISH CRP). A major challenge for sustainable nutrition and livelihoods security is the development of robust strains of fish that meet the specific needs of poor women and men engaging in smallholder aquaculture. Currently, there are pressing gaps in knowledge regarding gendered preferences and outcomes. In particular, evidence is required as to whether, to what extent, and why the focus and results of fish genetic breeding programs have different outcomes for men and women. This includes the extent to which improved strains meet different needs that women and men may have, and in what way, such technologies may reinforce or shift gender roles, relations, and equity of outcomes. Addressing this gap is the primary focus of this Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) position.

The PDF will tackle the overarching research question: How do the intended gender-equitable outcomes of the fish breeding program compare with the empirical gendered preferences and impacts, and what are the lessons for breeding program design, implementation and fish seed distribution? The PDF will do so through undertaking a systematic literature review and in depth, mixed methods empirical studies in Bangladesh or another South or Southeast Asian country in relation to the FISH CRP/WorldFish’s tilapia and carp breeding program.

Additionally, the PDF will also play a key role in identifying, refining, and communicating to researchers across a range of FISH CRP countries insights into best practice and cutting-edge gender methods and strategies appropriate to different types and phases of aquaculture and fisheries research.

Key Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Flagship Leader, the post doctorate fellow will have the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Carry out a high-quality literature review identifying to what extent and why the focus and results of fish and other genetic enhancement programs in agricultural development have different outcomes for men and women.
  • Design and undertake qualitative and quantitative empirical research in Bangladesh into gender-differentiated needs & preferences, and costs & benefits (social, time, economic, productivity or other), of/for poor women and men farmers who use of the improved fish strains. This will include assessment of gendered access to and control over improved fish seed and other inputs, as well as assessment of how any costs can be reduced, benefits enhanced, and identifying if and when gender-focused adjustments or gender-transformative interventions may be needed in the breeding program.
  • Support integration of gender into design and analysis of other projects, and contribute to gender methods and gender capacity development, in WorldFish and CGIAR. In particular, identify and communicate key gender analysis strategies, methods and resources appropriate to different types and phases of FISH research, including supporting researchers from a range of disciplines in engaging with gender.
  • Together with the other team members, the PDF will produce at least 2 high quality peer-reviewed journal articles and as well as a range of other outputs, including gender analysis resources.

For information on eligibility and application, please visit the World Fish website