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Consultant (Climate Change Specialist) Job in Malaysia
WorldFish , Malaysia

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Job Type
Job Shift
Job Category
Requires Traveling
Career Level
Bachelor's Degree
Total Vacancies
1 Job
Posted on
Apr 29, 2021
Last Date
Jul 29, 2021

Job Description

Location: Remote Base

Application Deadline: 30 April 2021 or until filled

Type of contract: 6 months consultancy contract

Language(s) required: English (fluent writing and oral skills)


WorldFish is an international, non-for-profit research organization that works to reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty by improving fisheries and aquaculture. With a 45-years track record of leading-edge science, WorldFish generates research evidence and innovations to inform sustainable practices and inclusive policies that enable better livelihoods and healthier diets for millions of poor people, particularly women, who depend on fish for food, nutrition and income. WorldFish is a member of CGIAR , the world’s largest global partnership on agriculture research and innovation for a food secure future.


Marine and freshwater resources provide millions of people across the world with livelihoods and provide a range of critical ecosystem services. One billion people worldwide rely on aquatic foods as their main or only source of animal protein. Aquatic foods including fish provide essential micronutrients to people’s diets that cannot be found or a difficult to source elsewhere. These ecosystems are affected by climate change through gradual warming, ocean acidification, and changes in the frequency, intensity and location of extreme events.

Climate change is one of the leading causes of severe food crises, negatively influencing all aspects of food security including food availability, access, utilisation, and stability. The majority of past and current interventions to address these challenges have at best focused on maintaining status-quo. This strategy is partly influenced by the implicit assumption and belief that relative to the gloomy future scenario under climate change, communities are better-off maintaining the status-quo.

In a world where significant sustainable development challenges persist (e.g. poverty, inequalities and environmental degradation), maintaining status-quo is not only insufficient but also decouples responses to climate change and sustainable development objectives and aspirations.

Foresight analyses and consultations have outlined broad options for future scenarios. But the focus on shorter term adaptation to climate change has limited a collective ambition for defining how to reach the longer term desirable future scenarios. The focus is also often on incremental adaptation measures (which are undoubtedly important) but less attention is paid to systemic changes required to realize a prosperous future. Therefore, there is a need to reimagine climate change responses and work towards unleashing the full potentials and realize prosperity aspirations of aquatic foods dependent communities.

Step 1: Visualizing a Prosperous Future Under Changing Climate

We have sufficient understanding of the negative impacts of climate change on the livelihoods of aquatic foods dependent communities. In a study completed recently and currently under review, by 2100, all countries will face ‘high’ or ‘very high’ hazard scores for marine and freshwater fisheries and freshwater aquaculture. It is also clear that low and middle-income countries will be most impacted. Moreover, the mitigating greenhouse gases alone will not reverse the trend. Climate mitigation activities will substantially reduce climate hazards, but are insufficient to avoid negative aquatic food system outcomes as a certain degree of climate change is unavoidable. Therefore, there is a need to define a prosperity agenda for aquatic food systems so millions of livelihoods who depend on these resources continue to survive and thrive.

There is a critical knowledge gap on what an equitable and prosperous aquatic food system under climate change could look like: how to transform the world’s many and diverse aquatic food systems? Prosperity under changing climate can be viewed along analogous pathways: immanently (where some biophysical changes will favour some production systems) or intentionally through significant investment in curbing climate hazard, reducing vulnerabilities and/or identifying new viable livelihood opportunities.

Historically, the notion of ‘prosperity’ has been dominated by socio-political and economic indicators. Prosperity is a fluid concept that is amenable to a specific context and therefore requires a pluralistic approach to developing a framework to understand, visualize and subjectively and objectively measure it. There is a growing call to make a shift from a narrow interpretation of the concept to one that encompasses ecological, cultural, equity, food and nutritional security dimensions. Enhanced understanding of both immanent (passive) and intentional (or active) prosperity pathways of aquatic food systems under climate change can aid investment and policy decisions by both private and public entities.

Step 2: Investment Needed to Enable Transition

Transitioning to a desirable ‘shared blue prosperity’ future scenario will require significant investment. The study will estimate the type and level of investment needed to accelerate the transition. This will build on the ‘future shared prosperity scenario’ (step 1) and costing multiple interventions that would enable the transition. The interventions will need to be framed more broadly; i.e. beyond building adaptive capacity and reducing vulnerabilities, the study may consider interventions needed to minimize or (where possible) eliminate systemic bottlenecks at multiple levels including institutional bias, global political and economic order (e.g. unfavorable intellectual property regimes), chronic finance gap, lack of access to market services, social exclusion, and so on.

Geographical Scope

Defining a geographical scope of the study is a crucial step. The study may consider a global future scenario, or a specific focus on developing countries such as the Least Developed Countries, small island developing states, sub-Saharan Africa, etc.


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

  • Degree(s) in one of the social sciences or international development with evidence of in-depth technical training in the area of climate resilience, cost benefit analysis, policy analysis and so on
  • A strong track record of high quality climate analysis and outputs
  • Ability to collect and organize data from multiple sources
  • Keen analytical abilities and systematic thinking skills
  • Experience conducting multi-country or regional/global studies
Deliverables and Timing

The successful expert or team of experts will produce the following two high quality deliverables:

  • Coordinate and co-lead the production of a high quality report on ‘shared blue prosperity under changing climate’.

While the successful consultant or partner team are responsible for successful delivery, the output is to be co-authored with the international and multidisciplinary team.


Applicants should indicate overall budget. This should include indication of fees/per day rates of individuals involved, and any other expenses.

Location and Duration

The successful consultant should be available to commence the consultancy by 5 May 2021. The consultant will have an overall duration of 6 months, with both outputs fully completed by October 2021. This position is open to nationals amp; international applicants.

How to Apply

Interested applicant (s) are invited to provide specific information which demonstrates that they are fully qualified to perform/provide the services online latest by 30 April 2021. The expression of interest (EOI) should include:

  • Confirmation of ability to complete the work to a high quality within the given timeframe.
  • Profile of the firm/individual (including curriculum vitae, evidence of the requisite expertise and skills).
  • List of similar assignments (i.e. portfolio of relevant work) with relevant samples of work done within the last five years.
  • Indicative budget (see above).

Screening will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Our Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

WorldFish has seven offices across Asia, Africa and the Pacific, with more than 400 staff and 27 nationalities who contribute to a dynamic multicultural work environment.

WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity and inclusion is valued and we seek to have gender balance in the organization. We aim to also seek balance across other diversity dimensions.

People in WorldFish are treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnicity/race, national or social origin, disability, religion, political affiliation, age, family size, marital status or any other form of personal identity.

We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage qualified women and men from developing nations to apply.

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