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Aquaculture Development Specialist

various locations

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: various locations
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Maritime
    • Water Resource Management
    • Sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources
    • Fisheries
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-18

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  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background, and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations, and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct and to uphold our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination
  • All selected candidates, therefore, will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

Organizational Setting

The Sub- regional Office for the Caribbean (SLC) is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing sub regional food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with sub region-wide institutions including Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The Sub regional Office is a subsidiary of FAO’s Regional Office for the Latin America and the Caribbean (RLC).

Among the activities that SLC is currently supporting in the Caribbean, include the CARICOM-FAO-Mexico Initiative “Cooperation for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience in the Caribbean” (Resilient Caribbean Initiative, in short) which is a project being implemented by SLC in 14 countries. Its purpose is to promote climate change adaptation solutions and increase climate resilience among small-scale producers in the Caribbean. Out of the three project components, Component 1 has three sub-projects that are being implemented on a demand-basis in target countries relating to i) the water-energy nexus; ii) school feeding, and iii) aquaculture.

These TOR refer to the implementation of subproject iii) aquaculture, which seeks to promote the development and expansion of aquaculture value chains through capacity development (production, financial literacy and postproduction), establishment of new farms and expansion of existing farms. Specifically, the sub-project is being implemented in four of the participating countries (Dominica Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago).

The sub-project will focus on promoting the expansion of aquaculture for rural livelihood resilience and climate smart food production for the Caribbean region. The sub-project will build on the success and lessons learned from the Climate Change Adaptation of the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector (CC4FISH) project in offering capacity training to farmers and extension officers on best production and post-production practices and financial literacy, as well as through the expansion and establishment of aquaculture farms in the participating countries. While this sub-project will focus on implementing changes in said countries, it is expected that the impact of activities and the lessons learned will have a positive effect on the aquaculture industry regionally.

Stakeholder involvement

The active participation of stakeholders will be critical to the achievement of results and sustainability over time. The beneficiaries at the institutional level include the Ministries of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Fisheries and Ministry of Climate Change (depending on each country), as well as aquaculture groups and academia.

Reporting Lines

The Aquaculture Development Specialist will report directly to the FAO Project Coordinator of the Resilient Caribbean Initiative, who is based in the FAO sub-regional office in Barbados.

The FAO country Representative of the each of the participating countries and the FAO sub-regional coordinator for the Caribbean will provide general oversight. The Aquaculture Development Specialist will work closely with the national focal point designated by the government and other FAO personal in each country.

Tasks and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Coordinator of the Resilient Caribbean Initiative, the specialist will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Facilitate aquaculture value chain analyses of the different countries involved and according to FAO’s methodology;
  • Develop aquaculture policy strategy recommendations to support strengthening aquaculture development in the countries as a result of the stakeholder analysis and consultation.
  • Supporting the development and formalization of Caribbean Aquaponics Association.
  • Design, supporting and conducting a virtual aquaculture financial training and an aquaculture skills training.
  • Develop materials to be used in a good-agricultural practices and post-production aquaculture workshop.
  • Facilitate and strengthening partnerships with development institutions and local partners to establish incubator and mentoring programs for aquaculture in target countries, including linkages to output 1.2 (school feeding).
  • Support the small-business consultant in financial communication and outreach material development.
  • Support fund management and providing technical support for the construction or expansion of aquaculture SMEs.
  • Organize basic aquaculture trainings at national level in demonstration farms and supporting the organization of a youth-focused competition for small grants.
  • Facilitate the construction of small-scale, low-risk aquaculture systems in schools and educational institutions.
  • Prepare of a youth-focused aquaculture competition.
  • Prepare of youth-focused aquaculture training materials in coordination with various youth groups and educational institutions.
  • Prepare monitoring reports and communication materials.
  • Participate in discussions with relevant Mexican experts and SLC and HQ technical staff to support related project activities as necessary.
  • Coordinate with national focal points appointed by government various national-level activities as described in the work plan.
  • Carry out other activities as directed by the Initiative Project Coordinator to achieve the sub-project outcomes and objectives.


Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in agriculture, fisheries or related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of practical experience in aquaculture/aquaponics development.
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian) for Consultants. Working knowledge of English for PSA.SBS.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Experience with capacity building on aquaponics and/or tilapia culture
  • Experience in organizing and conducting international and regional meetings and working in a participatory manner.
  • Experience with the writing of capacity building materials/promotional materials
  • Good organizational skills
  • Advanced computer skills, especially in MS Word processing
  • Experience working with government institutions in the Caribbean (agricultural and fisheries sector preferred)

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency

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