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Consultant (Development of BMP Products for Tilapia Hatchery)

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.

The primary stakeholders (hatcheries and farmers) involved in seed and grow-out production of tilapia are facing lot of constraints. These include; lack of awareness of hatcheries in use of quality broodfish, use of poor quality broodfish and broodfish of unknown origin. It also includes lack of knowledge on seed production technology, low adoption of new technology or improved management practices and lack of skilled human resource in hatcheries engaged in seed production. The high temperature of water hampering the production of eggs and fry of tilapia making seasonality in supply of seed limiting year round production and supply of tilapia in the market. Presence of hatchery without registration, lack of trace-ability, lack of certification system identified as the major problems in ensuring quality seed production of tilapia in Bangladesh.

In addition, there are risks of diseases of broodstocks, seeds and in grow-out production of tilapia. Therefore, the use of clean seed is important and there is an essential need for clean broodstock and presence of biosecure facilities in hatcheries and nurseries for seed production.
Taking into account the development of two major types of Better Management Practises (BMPs) products;

  • A Guide Book on Tilapia Hatchery Management for Quality Seed Production and Dissemination to Farmers (English and Bangla) and
  • A Guide Book on Tilapia Hatchery Management for Quality Seed Production and Dissemination to Farmers (English and Bangla) are considered as important.

The first one will develop for the technical staffs and the hatcheries those engage in genetic improvement program using tilapia-breeding nucleus and cohort-breeding systems for production and dissemination of improved seed of tilapia for broodstock development. The second one will develop for the technical staff, the large numbers of tilapia hatcheries engaged in the breeding and seed production of tilapia as multiplication centers and other actors involved in dissemination of tilapia to farmers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Get familiar with the outputs and outcomes of the BMP workshop held in Egypt and tilapia dissemination stakeholders workshops in Bangladesh
  • Work with WorldFish staff and partners to detail the scope, boundaries, and steps for producing
    1. A Guide Book on Tilapia Hatchery Management for Quality Seed Production and Dissemination to Farmers in English and Bangla;
    2. A Guide Book on Tilapia Hatchery Management for Quality Seed Production and Dissemination to Farmers in English and Bangla.
  • Review existing tilapia hatchery management practices with the findings from the survey conducted/to be conducted.
  • Identify tilapia hatchery management “research and development innovations” and existing products developed by WorldFish and other institutions that fed into the development of the specific BMP products through conducting FGD, KII and survey of representative hatcheries.
  • Carry out a comprehensive review of BMP products targeting hatchery management of tilapia in major producing countries e.g., Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, China.
  • Review the BMPs and SOP documents on hatchery 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 hatchery management activities including;
    1. Site selection
    2. Hatchery design
    3. Broodstock collection, management of broodstock, breeding and hatchery operations
    4. Feed management
    5. Fish health management and biosecurity
    6. Quality seed production including mono-sex seed and seed certification
    7. Record keeping, monitoring and evaluation
    8. Transportation
    9. Marketing and sales
    10. Entrepreneurship
    11. Business skills
    12. 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 publication 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 hatchery management by public and private sectors.

Deliverables

  • A Guide Book on Genetic Improvement Program and Dissemination of Tilapia Seed for Broodstock Development (English and Bangla) ToT manual on tilapia hatchery management.
  • A Guide Book on Tilapia Hatchery Management for Quality Seed Production and Dissemination to Farmers (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 fish genetics, fish breeding and hatchery management.
  • 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 on 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.