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Consultant (Capacity Development in Fish Agri-Food Systems)


Location: Remote Base and/or Penang, Malaysia

Application Deadline: 15 April 2021 or until filled

Type of contract: Consultant

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

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

WorldFish [1] 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 [2] , the world’s largest global partnership on agriculture research and innovation for a food secure future.

Headquartered in Penang, Malaysia and with regional offices across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, WorldFish leads the cross-disciplinary CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH [3]) during 2017-2021. The objective of the FISH program is to enhance sustainable aquaculture and small-scale fisheries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, with the aim of increasing the contribution of fish and other aquatic products to the SDGs and CGIAR impacts and outcomes.

ABOUT THE POSITION

WorldFish seeks to partner with an experienced and well-networked consultant and/or organisation with an overall purpose of increasing the outreach and impact of capacity development products developed and/or under development in the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH [4]).

The consultancy or organizational partnership will assist FISH in drawing together and disseminating in suitable formats/channels the diversity of practical training products (manuals, guidelines, videos, posters/factsheets, assessment tools, research methodologies etc) developed through the program, to increase their application and impact. The emphasis will be on key practical and vocational level user groups, including farmers, fishers, extension services and other operators seeking practical field level outcomes at scale. The consultant will guide and support a strategy for the FISH program to accelerate outreach and impact through identifying partners and knowledge networks, collating relevant materials and enabling a capacity development strategy. A key part of the work will be to identify key partners who can create impact using key knowledge products developed during the 5 years of the FISH program in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

The consultant and/or partner will also assist in reviewing and completing the drafting of some key products, notably a set of “Better management practice” guidelines developed by the FISH sustainable aquaculture research team.

The consultant will be responsible to:

  • Conduct rigorous analysis of capacity development products produced by FISH.
  • In collaboration with key partners, design a dissemination strategy for enhancing the outreach, use and impact of FISH capacity building products aligned to the program Theory of Change.
  • Assist in finalizing selected capacity development products (including a set of “better management practices” manuals).
  • Manage a process of dissemination, including interactions with key researchers and partners.
  • Work closely with WorldFish and partner communication teams to ensure capacity building resources produced under FISH are easily accessible and their downloads and access tracked and documented.
  • Complete a short report on the capacity development outreach and impact during 2021.

Requirements

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

  • Master’s Degree or above in Aquaculture/Fisheries, Economics, Agricultural Economics, Development Economics, Agribusiness, Statistics, Social Sciences, or a closely related field.
  • At least five years’ experience working in training and/or education in a reputable public or private organization.
  • Knowledge on practical training and education programs in aquaculture and/or fisheries.
  • Demonstrated experience in effective interaction and coordination with collaborators and project partners.
  • Demonstrated strong writing skills, analytical and impact oriented mind.
  • Demonstrated fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge on digital communications strategies, web-based education and training ecosystems.
  • Track record of working with private sector and digital training and education.
  • Knowledge of Theory of Change and impact pathway thinking.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

Individuals, teams or with a core business of training and education in aquaculture and/or fisheries are particularly encouraged to apply and partner with FISH in this initiative.

Terms of Appointment

This position is an excellent opportunity to engage widely with the aquaculture and fisheries communities, and gain knowledge and experience with an international research and innovation organization. The consultancy will be carried out mainly remotely and is home-based. The successful candidate should be available to commence as soon as possible and be available to work part time up until 30 November 2021. This position is open to national and international applicants.



  1. https://www.worldfishcenter.org/
  2. http://www.cgiar.org/
  3. https://fish.cgiar.org/
  4. https://fish.cgiar.org/

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