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 (Development of BMP Products for Tilapia Grow-Out System)

Background

Tilapia production in Bangladesh is growing very rapidly over the years. Farmers involved in grow-out production of tilapia are facing lot of constraints. These include, lack of quality seed of tilapia, lack of knowledge on new technology, low adoption of new technology or improved management practices, risk of diseases, high cost of feed and other input cost and very low profit margin from tilapia production. Although it is not a major problem, there is a potential risk of diseases for tilapia.

Taking into account the development of two major types of Better Management Practices (BMP) products are considered as important:

(1) A Guide Book on Tilapia Grow-out Systems in Bangladesh in English and Bangla.
(2) A Training of Trainers (ToT) Manual on Tilapia Grow-out Systems in Bangladesh in English and Bangla.

The first will develop the technical staffs and those engage tilapia value chain (supply of feed and other inputs, technical support and support for marketing of fish). The second one will develop as a training manual with sessions plans useful to conducting training of trainers on tilapia production systems. Both of the documents will use by large numbers of actors of the tilapia value chain connected to grow-out production and marketing of tilapia in Bangladesh.

Key Responsibilities

  • Get familiar with the outputs and outcomes of the BMP workshops held in Egypt and tilapia dissemination stakeholders workshops in Bangladesh (use as reference document),
  • Work with WorldFish staff and partners to detail the scope, boundaries, and steps for producing tilapia BMP products; A Guide Book and a Training of Trainers’ (ToT) Manual on Tilapia Grow-out Systems in Bangladesh in English and Bangla.
  • Review existing tilapia grow-out management practices with the findings from the survey conducted.
  • Identify tilapia grow-out management “research and development innovations” and existing products developed by WorldFish and other institutions that fed into the development of the specific BMP products (conducting FGD, KII and survey of representative grow-out farmers).
  • Include innovative tilapia production systems model developed through AquaLINC Project of WorldFish useful for wider dissemination to large numbers of farmers.
  • Review the inland pond re-circulation system (IPRS) for intensive production of tilapia following economically viable and environmentally friendly model for application by farmers in Bangladesh.
  • Carryout a comprehensive review of BMP products targeting grow-out management of tilapia major producing countries (e.g., Egypt, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, China).
  • Review the BMPs and SOP documents on tilapia grow-out management available for other major species of fish (e.g. Salmon in Norway, UK).
  • Collation and draft tilapia BMP products keeping in mind the sustainable grow-out production management activities including;
    • Site selection for the farm;
    • Farm design;
    • IPRS for tilapia production;
    • Fingerlings collection and stocking management;
    • Feed management;
    • Fish health management and biosecurity;
    • Record keeping, monitoring and evaluation;
    • Transportation;
    • Marketing and sales;
    • Entrepreneurship;
    • Business skills;
    • Cross-cutting issues; gender, youth, and climate change adaptive management (e.g. high temperature).
  • Peer-review process: Final draft of the tilapia BMP products to be shared with WorldFish Science and Communications teams for progressing to publications by end of the consultancy.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) tracking system with the support from WorldFish M&E team to develop a locally-appropriate (digital) M&E tracking system to monitor and evaluate the productivity and profitability-enhancing benefits derived from the use and adoption of BMP in tilapia grow-out management by public and private sectors.

Deliverables

  • A Guide Book on Tilapia Grow-out Systems in Bangladesh in English and Bangla.
  • A Training of Trainer’s Manuals on Tilapia Grow-out Systems in Bangladesh in English and Bangla.

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

  • PhD Degree in Aquaculture or relevant fields with a strong focus on aquaculture systems, farm management and marketing.
  • Excellent design and writing skills of technical report.
  • Experience integrating crosscutting issues e.g., gender and climate change.
  • Experience on developing and publishing aquaculture BMP products in a low-income country preferable.
  • Experience in working with private and public sector hatcheries especially tilapia preferable.
  • VAT Registration number is required.

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.

Salary and Benefits

This is open for National consultant Interviews are expected to be held in May 2019 and only shortlisted consultant will be notified and expected to attend the interview. The successful consultant should be available to commence for maximum of thirty (30) working days in between June 2019 till August 2019. Consultant's previous consultancy record along with rates will be required during the selection process.

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 applicants are invited to submit the following information online latest by 19 May 2019:

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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.