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.

Technical Officer (Rajshahi/Rangpur) (02 Positions)

As a Technical Officer, the incumbent will provides technical support for the overall implementation of the project that includes private sector business development and entrepreneurship in the area of sustainable aquaculture, assistance in regards to various field level training and regular follow-up with partners, field staff and partners in the area of best management practices of aquaculture by the farmers and/or group of farmers, mobilization of Local Service Provider (LSPs) within Rajshahi and Rangpur Division. This will be focused on increasing smallholder income, diversifying diets, and empowering women.

This position will work under the guidance of the concerned Divisional Administrator and with close association and discussion with the other Team members e.g., Aquaculture Specialist, MEL, Training Specialist, Gender Specialist, Nutrition Specialist and the overall guidance from the Deputy and Project Leader. S/he is responsible to work towards achieving

Result #1: Increased productivity and diversity of fish production systems of the project and to engage with team members and partners to support
Result #2 Increase stakeholder access to quality input and services
Result #3 Improved market linkages
Result #4 improved dietary diversity and consumption and
Result #5 Women’s empowerment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake field level activities under the supervision of Divisional Administrators in Rajshahi and Rangpur Division.
  • Conduct field activities for the implementation of the project in Rajshahi/ Rangpur Divisions.
  • Identify and assist to create a digit database of potential households, LSPs (feed dealers, hatcheries and nurseries) and other relevant stakeholders required to work with to achieve the project goals and objectives.
  • Facilitate and advise NGO partners in group formation and field mobilization to ensure that the project reaches out to the targeted households.
  • Advice, assist and oversee project partners (NGOs, private sector partners) in conducting Train of Trainers (TOTs), field level training and awareness program on aquaculture, nutrition, dietary diversity, gender integration and transformative initiatives for various value chain actors such as smallholder farmers, LSPs and partner staff.
  • Follow up and monitor NGOs and private sector partners on ensuring sustainable implementation and efficacy of Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) process.
  • Assist to implement the interventions for improvements in aquaculture through practicing the SOPs/BMPs.
  • Submit progress report on partner’s field level implementation on a quarterly basis.
  • Support the market system team to develop business plans and strategies for scaling up of aquaculture improvements via private sector businesses and networks.
  • Develop and maintain liaison with Department of Fisheries (DoF), private sectors and other partners at local level.
  • Support Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team to monitor and evaluate the efficacy of implementation of the interventions and help them track all performance indicators and ensure that the proposed project outputs and outcomes are in accordance with the results framework; and
  • Assist and collaborate with project team members (aquaculture, market, nutrition, gender, and MEL) on implementation of activities to achieve impacts on smallholder income, gender and diets at scale, as and when required.

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

  • Minimum Masters or Bachelor Degree in Fisheries or Biological Sciences or other relevant disciplines.
  • Minimum 6 years’ field experience in fisheries, preferably in the aquaculture, private and business sector or related discipline.
  • Field based experience in conducting aquaculture training, demonstrations and other field extension activities.
  • Experience in conducting field-based assessments.
  • Knowledge in application of gender-sensitive value chain approaches, M4P or similar programs and 4 or more years of experience in market-based programs.
  • Knowledge of various smallholder and commercial aquaculture systems use in Bangladesh - particularly those of importance to the NW of Bangladesh.
  • Proven English report and scientific writing skills as well as ability to use computer.
  • Excellent analytical and technical skills and expertise with the ability to work independently.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Entrepreneurship, business management and private sector investment networks and experience.
  • Experience in working with women’s empowerment and nutrition in small scale aquaculture.
  • Experience in working with digital tools for e-learning and/or business development.
  • Valid motorcycle licenses.
  • Experience with quantitative or qualitative research methods

Additional Requirements

  • It is a field based position and incumbent are required to be on field most of the time and work closely with the project participants and stakeholders such as small holder farmers, feed dealers, nurseries, hatcheries and other LSPs.

Salary and Benefits
This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position with annual salary ranging between BDT 726,527 – BDT 793,896 per annum. WorldFish's NRS shall receive comprehensive benefits including (but not limited to) insurance coverage for staff and eligible dependents, and pension/ provident fund contribution.

Eligibility, Location and Duration
We are offering 2 position, one will be based in Rajshahi, Bangladesh and another one will be based in Rangpur, Bangladesh. Interviews are expected to be held in June 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and expected to attend the interview. The successful candidates should be available to commence in June 2019 for an initial two (2) years and seven (7) months fixed term contract, with the possibility of contract renewal depending on performance and funding availability.

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 16 June 2019:

Apply Here

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.