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Project Design & Research Manager
Job Description

In alignment with our mission to improve the welfare of fish as much as possible, Fish Welfare Initiative is seeking a Project Design & Research Manager to co-lead our field research in India and progress our project development.


Much of the work Fish Welfare Initiative India does is unprecedented, pushing animal protection into new sectors and for new groups of animals. To succeed at this, it is essential that, at this early stage, we build a strong foundation of knowledge on how to improve fishes’ lives in the Indian context. For this role, we're looking for someone talented in leading ambitious yet pragmatic field research plans. This person will work with our fish welfare specialists to mold their theoretical concepts into practical field tests with the ultimate objective of helping our project development.

Note: Although Indian applicants are preferred, we are hiring for this position internationally.


Application Deadline: Applications for this role are now closed.

Who We Are 

Fish Welfare Initiative (FWI) works to reduce the suffering of farmed fish, and is amongst the first organizations in this growing space. Thus far, our efforts have mainly focused on India, where in the past 2 years we have built a team of about 15 people and improved the lives of over 600,000 fish.

We collaborate with corporations, governments, and producers to improve animal welfare standards in aquaculture. We believe this is right for fish, farmers, and consumers.


How You Will Make a Difference

The main goal for the Project Design & Research Manager will be to grow FWI’s internal knowledge base to inform our project development.


The core responsibilities of the Project Design & Research Manager will be: ​

  1. Managing field tests (example).

    • Research Preparation.

    • Managing field research tests on aquaculture facilities (with assistance from our team of aquaculture experts).

    • Managing qualitative and quantitative data collection.

    • Helping to build systems to streamline and increase the robustness of future in-field testing (such as a template for a field test protocol).

    • Specific tasks include:

      • Managing the creation of a field test protocol.

      • Designing survey instruments

      • Managing projects with survey firms.

      • Troubleshooting field difficulties (such as preventing farmer non-compliance).

      • Managing projects with 1-4 staff members.

  2. Co-developing plans for field testing.

    • Working closely with the Director of Impact and Evaluation to build a schedule of tests that will inform our theory of change.

    • Specific tasks include:

      • Constructing plans for a needs assessment.

      • Considering different survey methodologies.

      • Analyzing and testing theories of change.

  3. Assisting the translation of field results into project design changes.

    • Specific tasks include:

      • Giving context to the data collected.

      • Writing reports on the test results and proposed implications for our project design.

We are also interested in expanding the responsibilities of this role to lead more of our research and development if we see that a candidate could fulfill this.


Required Criteria

You must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for this position:

  • One or more years of experience in research preparation, development program coordination, or managing data collection.

  • Masters/bachelors in development studies, development economics, environmental sciences (or similar areas), or equivalent experience.

  • Strong project management ability and high conscientiousness.

  • Strong English communication and self-management skills.

  • Comfort in an intense, high-energy work environment.

Ideal Criteria

We encourage you to apply even if you only meet some of these:

  • Experience in program design and conducting needs assessments.

  • Personally committed to improving the lives of fish and farmers.

  • Willing to spend part of the year in Vijayawada, India.

  • Two years or more of project management experience.

  • Experience running surveys and managing enumerators.

  • Ability to speak Telugu.

  • A good understanding of aquaculture systems.

  • Knowledgeable of and aligned with the core values of effective altruism.

The Fine Print

  • Location: Remote (though Vijayawada, India preferred).

  • Position Status: Full-time.

  • Benefits:  Flexible hours, startup atmosphere.

  • Start Date: ASAP, with some flexibility.

  • Pay: Commensurate with need and experience.

Equal Opportunity Policy

FWI is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. We encourage people of every color, nationality, orientation, age, sex, gender, ethnicity, and ability to apply. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, and we will endeavor to make adjustments throughout the process where possible.

How to Apply

Applications are closed.

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