WorldFish is an international, nonprofit research organization that harnesses the potential of fisheries and aquaculture to strengthen livelihoods and improve food and nutrition security. Globally, more than 1 billion people obtain most of their animal protein from fish and 800 million depend on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods. WorldFish is a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.

Consultant - Hilsa Fisheries Management Action Plan (1 Position)

Hilsa Fisheries Management Action Plan (HFMAP) was developed in 2003 by the Fourth Fisheries project of Department of Fisheries and accepted for immediate implementation. Since then the main activities of the HFMAP such as declaration of sanctuaries, introduction of Jatka ban period, restriction on capture of brood Hilsa during breeding periods and strict enforcement on control of use of illegal gears monofilament net and other gears have been implemented with mixed success. Since the HFMAP is more than a decade old, much information are not currently applicable and there is a need for updating the HFMAP.

Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH-Bangladesh) is a five-year initiative of USAID and implemented jointly by WorldFish and the Department of Fisheries (DoF), Bangladesh. The project has started in June 2014 to consolidate Government’s Hilsa Fisheries Management intiatives through providing science based decision making, introduction of advanced co-management approach in Hilsa shad (Tenualosa ilisha) fish sanctuaries, improvement of socio-ecological and economic resilience of the fishing households, and strengthening of policy level intervention. The project is also aimed at updating the HFMAP including the current knowledge, newly promulgated rules and regulations of the government as well as various action plans to support the livelihood improvement of the fishing households. As part of the planned activities, HFMAP will be revised incorporating possible new sections with updated science, livelihoods, co-management, management plan, Monitoring and Evaluation plan and finance and incentives following the ECOFISH experiences. An action plan with management jurisdictions and surveillance structure, implementing partners, timeframe, and budget will also be included.

In order to deliver this, WorldFish draws services to undertake short-term consultancy assignments in countries where we work. The experts may be required to assist WorldFish to :

  • Review the existing HFMAP, rules and regulations promulgated by the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) since 2003.
  • Review the present sanctuaries and marine fishing bans, ban periods for Jatka, brood Hilsa and other major fishes in the rivers of coastal region.
  • Review the co-management interventions and its success for replications in the sanctuaries areas.
  • Compare and contrast the on-farm & non-farm livelihood opportunities for fishers & identify the sustainable alternative livelihood options.
  • Arrange different layers of stakeholders’ workshop at the end of the draft to share and build consensus among the key stakeholders.
  • Revise the existing HFMAP incorporating possible new sections with updated science, livelihoods, co-management, management plan, Monitoring and Evaluation plan and finance and incentives.
  • Revised document on the ' Hilsa Fisheries Management Action Plan (HFMAP)' by December, 2018.

This job is open to Bangladesh nationals with the following skills and qualifications:

Experts interested in the short term assignments should have;

  • Minimum Master’s degree in Fisheries, Marine science or related fields from a recognized university
  • Excellent skills of writing scientific articles focusing on the Hilsa fishery and its management
  • Significant experience in Fisheries management with coastal and marine background.
  • Proven track record of consultancy with good reporting skills and conversant with government’s rules and regulations.
  • Understating the international and national Governmental rules, regulations, and policies on coastal and marine fisheries management.

Availability of Experts
Experts must be available throughout the duration of an assignment. The duration can range from weeks to months. In some cases the assignment can be shortened or extended depending on business needs. Experts maybe required to travel to countries where we work.

This is open for National consultant and the fees ranging between USD 140 to 180 daily depending to the qualification and expertise. Interviews are expected to be held in September 2018 and only shortlisted consultant will be notified and expected to attend the interview. The successful consultant should be available to commence for maximum of sixty (60) working days in between 1 October - 31 December 2018.The consultant will be based in Dhaka with extensive field visits within project districts.

Our commitment
WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity of thought, style, culture and experience is valued. We support individual performance and potential in achieving our organizational goals and mission. We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage women and nationals from developing countries to apply.

How to apply
Interested consultants are invited to submit the following information online latest by 25 September 2018:

  • A cover letter including a 2-page (max) description of why you are an ideal consultant and what you would can deliver including your charge rate per day in USD;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • Names and contacts (telephone, fax, and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications and work experience. Your nominated referees ideally should have persons from each of the following category: direct supervisor, internal peer and/or direct report.

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Screening will start as soon as possible, and will continue until the position is filled. Only selected consultant candidates will be contacted.