Training of Trainers on Enhancing the Capacity for Aqua-cluster Development Teams

The USAID Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture Activity will be conducting a three day online training on Enhancing Capacity for Aqua-cluster Development Teams.  

Duration of the training: 3 days online training, five 45 minutes sessions each day*


The USAID Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture Activity is a five year (2018-2023) activity implemented by WorldFish Bangladesh. The Activity is working toward sustainably improve the livelihoods of fish farmers and other aquaculture market actors by applying a market systems approach. Bangladesh Aquaculture Activity works in 21 districts of Khulna, Barishal, and Dhaka divisions and two districts of Chattogram division.

In the coming months, Bangladesh Aquaculture Activity will work to form several aqua-clusters to help market actors to adapt to the new market environment, and broad adoption of new solutions is central to the crowding in of new approaches and business models. WorldFish has been working with many aqua-enterprises for a long time, and now planning to bring these aqua-enterprises together in clusters which can work to improve the sector in their localities. 

Aqua-cluster Development Teams

Within each cluster, dynamic market leaders will be identified-- mainly small to medium sized enterprises which are well managed, entrepreneurial, and quick to adopt new approaches and seize opportunities. These business owners will form Aqua-cluster Development Teams (ADT) which will operate in the manner of an aqua chamber of commerce. The Aqua-cluster Development Teams will include five or six well performing market actors such as fish hatchery, nursery, feed company, input supplier, transportation, ice supplier, fish farmer, and retailer/trader. Bangladesh Aquaculture Activity will take initiative to identify these people. The ADT will lead a network of 30-40 stakeholders (identified by the ADT) in a structured process to identify solutions to common aquaculture market obstacles and challenges and implement then those solutions.

Objective of the training

The training will be provided to a batch of potential professionals on how to prepare business plan and develop Aqua-cluster including formation of ADTs step-by-step. Based on the performance in the training, the Master trainer will advise on the selection of two or three training participants who later on will work for Bangladesh Aquaculture Activity for 6-7 months as national consultant to prepare business plan and help develop ADTs and run Aqua-clusters in some specific locations of Bangladesh Aquaculture Activity working area. The trainer will provide follow up assistance to the selected local consultants so that they can provide effective support to achieve successful model of Aqua-cluster in Bangladesh.

The selected national consultants will perform the following task:

  • Take the Aqua-Cluster Development team through each stage of creating a development plan to address local problems in the sector
  • Guide and coach the ADT teams in their location as they create their own plans.  Train, coach, and advise the teams as they write their business plan-- step by step, in consultation with each stakeholder group.
  • Focusing on helping the ADTs set a course of action toward both short-term, high-impact and high-visibility plans based on the identified opportunities as well as establishing a sustainable team.
  • Duration: The consultants will met with each team individually 8 - 10 times over 6-7 months.


Qualification of the participants

  • Professionals with expertise on local economic development planning focusing on aquaculture and agriculture cluster based development with more than 10 years of experience.

Required documentation

  • Detail CV

Submission detailss

Interested candidates should apply by submitting their CVs on or before October 31, 2020 to mentioning the title of in the subject line.

*The date and time of the training will be announced later depending upon the received CVs and availability of the selected candidates.