WorldFish is hiring a

Junior Consultant (Science for Development Digital Journalist)

Bayan Lepas, Malaysia

Reports to: Outreach and Strategic Communications Specialist

Location: This position will remain home based until the COVID-19 pandemic.

Type of contract: Consultancy (3 months, 20 hours weekly).

Language(s) required: English.

About WorldFish

WorldFish is an international, nonprofit research organization that harnesses the potential of aquatic food systems, including fisheries and aquaculture to reduce hunger and poverty. Since 1975, WorldFish has been recognized as a global expert on fisheries and aquaculture. WorldFish provides a dynamic, multicultural work environment that reflects our values of gender equality, teamwork and respect for diversity. Part of WorldFish’s mission is to encourage innovation and research by giving students around the world the opportunity to work side-by-side experts to help achieving development goals such as: reducing poverty, eradicating hunger and improving nutrition through sustainable solutions in aquaculture, fisheries and agri-food systems.

About the role

Are you inquisitive by nature? A lover of words? Enthusiastic about the power of digital storytelling? And excited about developing emerging science news stories to make a difference in the world? Then we have an opportunity for you! WorldFish is looking for a talented emerging science writer and communicator to help share world-class research with the wider scientific community, the general public, donors, and policymakers in fresh and innovative ways.

The Science for Development Digital Journalist junior consultant, will play a pivotal role in translating scientific information into clear, easy-to-digest, original content, including news stories, opinion pieces, interviews, and other multimedia materials for the website and social media channels of WorldFish and the global CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH). The junior consultant will also help put together creative and targeted media pitches to support external outreach of WorldFish’s research outcomes.

This position provides a fantastic opportunity to build science communication skills and knowledge in the digital space while working in a professional setting with a highly skilled team, providing valuable on the job work experience with a well-respected international research organization that will be beneficial for the future career.

Applicants for this opening may come from a broad range of disciplines, although ideal candidates will have to demonstrate a talent for journalism, science, communications, and academic interest in key research topics relevant to WorldFish research programs.

You will be organized, enthusiastic about science for development as well as a demonstrable interest in digital communications. You must be passionate about technical research, new technologies and be able to learn and apply new digital tools quickly.

The specific duties expected from the successful consultant are:

  • Research, conduct interviews, write and/ or edit easy-to-read content, including news, feature and explainer articles for the WorldFish blog, and press releases, media pitches, e-newsletters, multimedia and other outreach materials based on WorldFish research in line with the organizational strategy.
  • Stay abreast of innovative content and storytelling trends in science communications and pitch new ideas to the communications team.
  • Maintain consistency in writing format and style guide based on The Chicago Manual of Style, AP Stylebook and the Council of Science Editors (CSE) guide.
  • Assist in the writing, editing, proof-reading content as part of the WorldFish website redevelopment.
  • Monitor social media and new publications to identify fresh news angles for stories based on WorldFish activities.
  • Fulfill additional writing assignments, including call for proposals, videos and podcast scripts, PowerPoint presentation, corporate messaging as and when needed.
  • Support investigating and analyzing critical discourse around key topics such as: fisheries, food/nutrition, gender, aquaculture, marine conservation, Blue Economy and water governance.


Essential Qualifications and Competencies

  • Recent graduate of a Bachelor or undertaking a Master’s Degree in Journalism, Communications, Environmental Science, Political Science or Economics, International Development or similar relevant field.
  • Native/ high proficiency in English with excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both written and oral.
  • Experience and/or strong understanding of news principles and journalistic style. Knowledge of HTML and SEO appreciated.
  • Strong writing/editing skills and experience in scientific communications, research and publications. Passion for communicating complex scientific topics to a general audience through easy-to-read text as well as using visual and audio technology to enhance storytelling.
  • Proactive team player and an individual who can work hard and well with minimal supervision.
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented with the ability to prioritize and multi-task to meet deadlines
  • Familiar with The Chicago Manual of Style, AP Stylebook and the Council of Science Editors (CSE) guide appreciated.
  • Proficiency in Adobe creative software, WordPress, Photoshop, In-Design, & Illustrator is preferred.


Terms of Appointment, Salary and Benefits

  • The position will be based remotely due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The consultant is expected to commit up to 20 hours per week for 3 months. WorldFish offers flexibility in daily schedule however will require work hours to overlap with other team members to communicate and keep up with the daily task.
  • Remuneration of a small monthly stipend in US Dollars.

How to Apply

Interested consultants are invited to submit the following information online latest by 15 October 2020:

  • Candidates should apply in the link below in Workable by submitting a letter of interest, CV and 2-3 brief writing samples including blogs or articles published online.
  • In your cover letter, please tell us why you are drawn to WorldFish, what you can offer us, what you hope to gain from this consultancy, and your consultancy rate in USD.
  • Names and contacts (telephone and e-mail addresses) of two professional referees (clients) you have consulted for.

Screening will start as soon as possible and interviews may take place before the closing date and will continue until the consultancy is filled. We appreciate all interest, but due to the high volume of applicants for WorldFish positions, only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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. Our Leadership Team is 50/50 in terms of its gender split and 60% of our management cadre are women. We continue to seek diversity and gender balance across other dimensions and we support individual performance and potential in achieving our organizational goals and mission.

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