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FISH4ACP Specialist

Remote | Home Based - May require travel

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Remote | Home Based - May require travel
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
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  • Closing Date: Closed

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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 Members 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 FAO's values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The FISH4ACP project (“Sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture value chains in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries”) is a five-year project led by the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. FISH4ACP aims at improving the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture value chains through five main components/specific objectives: i) Robust fisheries and aquaculture improvement strategies are developed and agreed with stakeholders; ii) Economic performance of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in selected value chains is improved; iii) Inclusiveness and the social sustainability of selected value chains are improved; iv) The environmental sustainability of selected value chains is enhanced; and v) MSMEs in selected value chains have access to additional sources of finance and investment.

Reporting Lines

The FISH4ACP expert reports to the FISH4ACP Chief Technical Advisor and will work within multiple country value chain teams. When activities are carried out in participating member countries, applicants will be required to work in close collaboration with the FAO Representation in the relevant country of assignment, as well as the relevant FAO regional and/or sub-regional office.

Technical Focus

Sustainable value chain development and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for fisheries and aquaculture.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Contribute economic, social and/or environmental-specific expertise to the overall value chain upgrading strategy in one or more of the selected country value chains in liaison with the national teams, and complementing the inputs of various specialists, and other team members;
  • Support and monitor the value chain development activities of the project, facilitating linkages between stakeholders, including the formation of Multi-stakeholder Partnerships, and the organization of M&E workshops;
  • Collaborate closely with consultants (national and international) responsible for value chain activities (including M&E) and ensures the implementation of a sustainable systems-based value chain approach;
  • Coordinate, collate and analyse quarterly value chain progress reports from the National Professional Officers to gauge the impact of FISH4ACP interventions against established indicators;
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with country and regional stakeholders who can contribute to achieving FISH4ACP value chain objectives;
  • Support the regular M&E of the programme at country and project level, as well as the regular reporting of progress to the CTA and within annual reports to FISH4ACP project partners;
  • Support global learning across the project by exchanging information with related value chains, share lessons learned and best practices to improve the methodology, and its application for potential fisheries and aquaculture projects going forward;
  • Contribute to the development of a knowledge base on sustainable fisheries and aquaculture value chain development;
  • Perform other related duties, as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in agribusiness, fisheries and aquaculture, food science/technology, food industries, international development studies, geography or a related field.
  • At least 12 years (for level A COF)/ 15 years (for level A PSA), five years (for level B) or one year (for level C) of relevant experience in international value chain, economic, programme development, social and/or fisheries/aquaculture development.
  • Working knowledge (level C) of English and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other FAO languages (French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, or Russian) for COF. For PSA, working knowledge of English, French or Spanish is required.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential
  • Extent and relevance of experience in value chain development and M&E
  • Extent and relevance of experience in capture fisheries and/or aquaculture value chains
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific region is a plus
  • Ability to plan and organize own work, deliver results and meet deadlines
  • Ability to write clear and concise technical documents in English and/or French and Spanish
  • Ability to effectively lead multi-disciplinary teams
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

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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