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Consultant (The Think Tank Event : Food System in African Great Lakes Region) Job in Malaysia
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Posted on
Apr 12, 2021
Last Date
Jul 12, 2021

Job Description

Location: Remote Base

Application Deadline: 30 April 2021 or until filled

Type of contract: Consultant

Language(s) required: English (native/fluent writing and oral skills)


CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH)[1], is seeking the services of a consultant to prepare and lead a Think Tank Event in order to contribute to strengthening policy focus on nutrition, food security, post-harvest management and water nexus in the African Great Lakes Region (AGLR). The event will guide how to move forward the FISH research work across the AGLR in order to deliver on the SADC Protocol on Fisheries as well as core deliverables of the FISH partnership.

The consultant should have:

  • Demonstrated experience in Pan-African and regional fisheries and aquaculture polices, especially the SADC Protocol on Fisheries and its strategic frameworks;
  • Functional experience of working with the FISH and its partners;
  • Extensive knowledge of fisheries policy and advocacy at continental, regional and national levels in Africa; and,
  • Be well versed with fisheries and other development nexus within the context of SADC.

The consultant will prepare a concept note for the Think Tank Event as outlined below and contribute to the technical contents of workshop organization, and the event itself. The Think Tank event is expected to take place in late November 2021 (on or around World Fisheries Day 21 November). Work is expected to be initiated prior to the event, with planning and organization, and post-event, with production of a report on the Think Tank.


The fourth SADC Regional Strategic Action Plans (RSAP)[2] embeds Nexus approach aims to secure food security by strengthening synergies and reducing trade-offs among various resources. At the same time, fisheries community institutions in the AGLR, such as the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO), aims to promote Sustainable Management and Development of Fisheries and aquaculture in the East African Community for Food Security and Wealth creation3

The CGIAR Research Program on FISH fosters impact-driven research innovations across the whole spectrum of aquaculture and fisheries production systems and value chains, with the goal of achieving sustainable increases in the gender and socially-inclusive production and equitable distribution of nutritious fish to those most in need. FISH research on Sustaining small-scale fisheries focusses on securing and enhancing the contribution of small-scale fisheries to poverty reduction, food and nutrition security, seeking to deliver more-inclusive economic benefits and improved safety nets for marginalized groups and resilience to external shocks. NRI is the key partner of FISH, working in partnership with the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) and the CGIAR Center, WorldFish, to better understand the role of capture fisheries, and particularly small pelagic fish (SPF), in the food systems of the African Great Lakes region. By doing so, this collaboration aims to support enabling policy, appropriate investment and strengthened capacities which would ensure both the public and private sector are optimizing the contribution of SPF to human health and livelihoods particularly for those who need it most, whilst minimizing the impact of the fisheries and environment.


The purpose of the Think Tank Event is to enhance awareness about the importance of the SPF, what has been referred to as Small But Mighty[3] in the AGLR and to ensure internalization of the principles of the FISH’s small-scale fisheries within the SADC’s nexus of water-food security in order that the research recommendations will be used to change policy and practice, thus reducing post-harvest losses, maximizing economic contribution and realizing the full nutritional potential of the superfood, SPF. The Think Tank Event will aim to strengthen and focus attention on policy that optimizes the supply of fish in the AGLR of the SADC, without trade-offs among water, fisheries, aquaculture, post-harvest handling and trade by:

  • Discussing how to improve the internalization of the fish in agrifood systems of the African Great Lakes Region (AGLR);
  • Sharing the initial research undertaken in the region through FISH and other relevant research initiatives;
  • Building on initial research and seeking inputs from fisheries stakeholders, including non-state actors and small-scale fisheries representatives, identifying the demand for and areas of future research for promoting the contribution of fish in food systems to nutrition, economic development and livelihoods; and,
  • Agree on mechanisms for the incorporation of fish in agrifood systems in the successor to the SADC Regional Fisheries Program (2015-2020).


The consultant will be required to review key relevant background documents on FISH and other relevant research and initiatives, SADC, LFVO and SPF of the AGLR; have an extensive discussion with SADC and NRI staff and key stakeholders within the SADC countries under the AGLR, as well as other countries in AGLR outside of SADC. Consultant will be required to work closely with the NRI and WorldFish staff working on fish and food systems.

Based on this, the consultant will prepare a concept note for the Think Tank event, support its organization and participate in the event, as well as develop a background brief and post-event report. More specifically, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:

  • Define the concept and scope of the Think Tank Event
  • Confirm the collaboration of key organizations
  • Formulate the objectives and expected outcomes
  • Draw up a list of participants
  • Prepare tentative program
  • Support the organization and communication of the event
  • Prepare a background brief paper and post-event report

The concept will build on the on-going work by the FISH partners and other relevant research and initiatives in the AGLR, in order to share knowledge on the range of research outputs which will further enhance the knowledge of policy makers about the enormous development potential inherent in SPF.

The scope of the Think Tank Event includes its complementarity to FISH, NRI-Greenwich University’s development program, especially FaNSI, food systems for improved nutrition, food losses, waste reduction and value addition; as well as the SADC Treaty, Protocol on Fisheries and other SADC Regional Integration frameworks, such as SADC Food and Nutrition Security Strategy (2015-2025) and Regional Indicative Development Program (2020-2030)[4].

Explore SADC’s interest in the Think Tank and in hosting the event. Consider the roles of other regional organizations such as the LFVO and EAC.

Outline clear justification, objectives and expected outcomes of the Think Tank Event. Specifically, the objectives should identify tentative questions which the Think Tank Event will be structured in order to specifically focus the discussions.

Provide a list of participants to attend the Think Tank Event in order to ensure diversity and complementarity in the deliberations, including but not limited to policy and technical focus. In addition to FISH and other relevant AGLR research and initiatives, the list would a priori include SADC, LFVO, FAO (through project(s)), non-state actor and small-scale fisheries representatives (SANSAFA, East African Non-State Actor other non-state actor platforms, CAOPA and small-scale fisheries organizations as relevant), and others.

Prepare tentative program and structure for the Think Tank Event, in consultation with the main partners, mainly NRI-Greenwich University, SADC Secretariat and WorldFish. In consultation with the main convening organization, SADC, and the Chair of SADC in 2021 (Malawi, and the Department of Fisheries) prepare a template for invitations.

Organize and confirm the venue and date of the event, support communication of agenda and stakeholder arrangements as necessary prior to the event, and participate in the event, with support of the organization during the event.

Prepare a background brief paper that will feed into the Think Tank, and which will summarize research and initiatives in the region, key activities and areas for the Think Tank to address. After the event, prepare a summary report of the outcomes and achievements of the Think Tank and next steps for the region.


The Think Tank event will need to be delivered in November 2021 (on or around World Fisheries Day 21 November). Prior planning will commence from May 2021, with final post-event reporting due in December 2021. An outline of the process/methodological approach will be required by end June 2021. The draft background paper, concept note and tentative program of the event, and confirmation of venue and date will be required by end of July 2021, with finalization by end of September 2021.

Outline of schedule:

  • Confirmation of SADC, and other key organizations (e.g. LFVO) engagement: May 2021
  • First draft of scope and objectives and tentative list of participants: June 20
  • Background paper: July 2021
  • Draft concept note and tentative program: July 2021
  • Confirmation of date and venue: July 2021
  • Final background paper and concept note: September 2021
  • Communication of event with stakeholders and support of final steps of organisation: October November 2021
  • Participation in Think Tank event: November 2021
  • Draft report post-event: early-December 2021
  • Finalised report post-event: end of December 2021
  • Communicate with stakeholders as needed post-event working with NRI and WorldFish staff


The FISH Steering Group to finalize the concept note with a final debriefing to be conducted with the consultant virtually.


Interested consultant(s) should provide specific information which demonstrates that they are fully qualified to perform/provide the services latest by 30 April 2021.The expression of interest (EOI) should include:

  • Confirmation of ability to complete the work to a high quality within the given timeframe and daily rate in USD.
  • Profile of the firm/individual (including curriculum vitae, evidence of the requisite expertise and skills).
  • List of similar assignments (i.e. portfolio of relevant work) with relevant samples of work done within the last three years

Screening will start as soon as possible, 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 for a brief virtual interview.

Our Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

WorldFish has seven offices across Asia, Africa and the Pacific, with more than 400 staff and 27 nationalities who contribute to a dynamic multicultural work environment.

WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity and inclusion is valued and we seek to have gender balance in the organization. We aim to also seek balance across other diversity dimensions.

People in WorldFish are treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnicity/race, national or social origin, disability, religion, political affiliation, age, family size, marital status or any other form of personal identity.

We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage qualified women and men from developing nations to apply.

[1] Research Program on FISH. Enhancing the contributions of Aquaculture and Fisheries to reduce poverty and improve food security and nutrition.

[2] SADC Revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan 2015-2020

[3] Linton, J. 2020. Small but mighty: enhancing the superfood potential of small pelagic fish.

[4] SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (2020-2030)

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