Country Director, Egypt and Nigeria


Cairo, Egypt


As the Country Director, Egypt and Nigeria you will be based in Egypt, with responsibility for the management of WorldFish’s country program in Egypt and overseeing the development of a program in Nigeria. The role includes oversight of staffing, budgeting, training, and resourcing to sustain the program. In close consultation with the Center’s research programs on Sustainable Aquaculture, Resilient Small Scale Fisheries and Value Chains and Nutrition you will build and deliver an integrated aquaculture and fisheries program that applies a multifaceted, systems approach to address national priorities and Center goals. The program will contribute to building research and development capacities, and strengthening institutional and partnership capabilities across the fishery and supporting sectors, including research engagement in the Africa region.

Success is measured in the delivery of the following key outcomes:

  • A compelling multi-year program focusing on the Center’s work in Egypt, Nigeria and the region, with clear strategic priorities in aquaculture and fisheries.
  • A high quality pipeline of funding proposals designed to provide the resources required to fund the program.
  • Quality design and timely, successful implementation of research projects funded by these proposals, including careful deployment and management of the human and financial resources needed to deliver the identified research outcomes.
  • Well developed networks amongst funding agencies and development partners in Egypt and Nigeria, including relevant Government partners.
  • High quality partnership networks and alliances in the country, regionally and internationally as required to support achievement of the Center’s research and development outcomes.
  • A culture of research and knowledge exchange with the Egypt and Nigeria programs that builds capacities for producing consistent and quality science across the country's program, including through participation of staff in researcher skill-sharing exchanges and international research institutions.
  • Good quality oversight of Egypt and Nigeria finance, administrative and operational matters to ensure alignment with institutional goals and annual priorities.
  • Empowered and high performing teams delivering on both operational and strategic priorities.
  • Good quality contributions to the WorldFish global strategy, including through participation in global leadership meetings and forums.
  • In Egypt, you will be responsible for overall management of the Abbassa Research and Training center, and the development and resourcing of the facility to deliver high quality research and training services to the aquaculture in Egypt and the African region


Essential Skills and Qualifications

This job might be for you if you have:

  • Masters or PhD-level qualifications in aquaculture and/or fisheries research and development.
  • At least 10 years post-graduate professional experience in aquaculture and/or fisheries research and development, with at least 5 years in a senior leadership role.
  • Proven track record in program management experience including financial literacy, donor liaison and management and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Proven analytical ability, has a strong initiative and good judgment skills.
  • High degree of cultural sensitivity and proven record of effective working relationships in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated track record in resource mobilization, in particular for aquaculture and fisheries research and development.
  • Good research skills in an area relevant to the region’s priorities in aquaculture and fisheries.
  • Excellent communication skills required with strong command of written English.
  • Good leadership and mentoring skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi task.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience in organizing research communications and dissemination.
  • Systems orientation to problem identification and solving.
  • Understanding of both development policy process, and scientific research process in relevant disciplines.
  • Strong networks and field experience of research in a WorldFish Program country, ideally in the region.
  • Ability to speak and write in Arabic and French.

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