Consultant (Literature Review of Fish Seed Systems in Africa)


Location: Remote Base

Application Deadline: 15 June 2021 or until filled

Type of contract: Consultancy contract

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


WorldFish is an international, non-for-profit research organization that works to reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty by improving fisheries and aquaculture. With a 45-years track record of leading-edge science, WorldFish generates research evidence and innovations to inform sustainable practices and inclusive policies that enable better livelihoods and healthier diets for millions of poor people, particularly women, who depend on fish for food, nutrition and income. WorldFish is a member of CGIAR , the world’s largest global partnership on agriculture research and innovation for a food secure future.


Well-functioning fish seed systems are crucial for human nutrition and improved livelihoods. Ensuring availability of consistently high quality seed to poor farmers in developing countries remains a major challenge. There are two dimensions to this problem:

  • Maintaining the quality of seed from the breeder to the farmer and
  • Devising cost-effective mechanisms for disseminating fish seed to farmers.

As part of its work on seed systems development, WorldFish seeks to recruit an experienced consultant to conduct a systematic review of formal and informal fish seed systems in Africa.

Scope of Work

The consultant will be required to conduct a literature review on fish seed systems in Africa paying attention to both formal and informal systems and evaluating performance along important dimensions related to seed production (both breeder and commercial seed), seed quality, seed distribution and marketing, commercialization pathways as well as the organization of seed value chains and dissemination models. The consultant will be responsible to:

  • Conduct a systematic review of (un)published literature and secondary data on fish seed systems in Africa.


This opportunity might be suitable for you if you have the below skills and qualifications:

  1. Master’s Degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Development Economics, Agribusiness, Statistics, Social Sciences, or a closely related field.
  2. Demonstrated skills and experience in systematic literature review.
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  4. Knowledge of seed systems.
  5. Understanding of fisheries and aquaculture.
    Deliverables and Timing

The successful expert or team of experts will produce the following deliverables:

  1. A clear work plan and framework for assessing performance of fish seed systems in Africa (timeframe: 30 June 2021)
  2. Final report documenting the methodology and synthesized results of the systematic review (timeframe: 31 July 2021)


Applicants should indicate overall budget, include indication of fees/per day rates of individuals involved, and any other expenses.

Location and Duration

The successful consultant should be available to commence the consultancy as soon as possible. The consultant will have a maximum 40 days, with both outputs fully completed by 31 July 2021. This position is open to nationals & international applicants.

How to apply

Interested applicant (s) are invited to provide specific information which demonstrates that they are fully qualified to perform/provide the services online here latest by 15 June 2021. The expression of interest (EOI) should include:

  • Confirmation of ability to complete the work to a high quality within the given timeframe.
  • 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 five years.
  • Indicative budget (see above).

Screening will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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.


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