Contracts Officer

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“WorldFish is a leading international research organization working to transform aquatic food systems to reduce hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. It collaborates with international, regional, and national partners to co-develop and deliver scientific innovations, evidence for policy, and knowledge to enable equitable and inclusive impact for millions who depend on fish for their livelihoods. As a member of CGIAR, WorldFish contributes to building a food- and nutrition-secure future and restoring natural resources. Headquartered in Penang, Malaysia, with country offices across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, WorldFish strives to create resilient and inclusive food systems for shared prosperity. For more information, visit:

About the Position

The Contracts Officer is responsible for implementing efficient and accurate consultancy contract administration in accordance with organizational directives and procedures to achieve timely delivery of obligations to agreed standards.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Prepare, process and track consultancy contracts and ensure that issuance and extensions/amendments are in compliance with the applicable policies and documentation-management processes.
  • Keep relevant stakeholders informed and up to date on consultancy processes and procedures, answering questions and advising project leaders to ensure high quality client service.
  • Liaise with other support services to ensure an efficient process for the initiation and progress of consultancy contracts, in particular with, Finance Department to ensure due payments are initiated, timely executed and receive.
  • Oversee competitive selection process and consultancy roster expansion serving as a liaison with consultancy candidates to ensure selection, negotiations and amendments are completed in a timely manner.
  • Create consultant ID, maintain records/database of consultancy contracts, ensuring access to appropriate stakeholders. This is inclusive of a Register of Consultants, which includes feedback from the relevant supervisors on the quality of output, performance, etc.; integrating performance feedback and updating consultancy Roster as it develops.
  • Raise issues with appropriate stakeholders as needed and resolve problems promptly keeping relevant parties informed.
  • Provide regular and ad hoc reports, which includes cash flow estimates, government reports, summary reports, gender and diversity info, etc.
  • Contribute knowledge to broader HR/ WorldFish issues as they relate to procurement of consultancy services.
  • Collect consultant evaluation form from project leader and update/track in consultancy roster/ERP.
  • Communicate and train WorldFish staff to keep them informed of relevant processes and procedures updates via effective communications channels.


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

  • Bachelor Degree in any combination of the following fields: Law, business, finance, contracts, purchasing, industrial management, or organization and management.
  • Minimum 2 years’ relevant experience and activities in a high-volume environment with knowledge and understanding of the accurate and complex contract administration.
  • High level of service delivery approach.
  • Attention to detail, producing accurate, error-free contracts.
  • Highly proficient at Excel and WORD.
  • Ability to deal with sensitive and confidential information in a professional manner.
  • Ability to effectively establish priorities, and plan, organize, implement and monitor work activities with limited supervision.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Excellent organizational skills.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Proven ability to manage multiple competing priorities under strict deadlines with minimal supervision with great attention to detail.
  • Personal attributes such as high standards of conduct, respect, flexibility and sound work ethics.


This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position and WorldFish offers a competitive remuneration package including comprehensive benefits (but not limited to) insurance coverage for staff and eligible dependents, employer provident fund contribution, paid leave and others. The duration of the contract will initially be for a three-year period with possibility for extension, depending on funding and performance.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information online latest by 16 November 2023:

  • A copy of your curriculum vitae,
  • A cover letter which addresses key requirements stated above; and
  • Contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position.

Location: The post holder will be based in Penang, Malaysia.

The screening will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applicants for WorldFish positions, we appreciate all interest, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Our Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

WorldFish has 7 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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