FISH4ACP Specialist

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)


Job Posting: 14/Nov/2023
Closure Date: 29/Feb/2024, 11:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: NFI
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: Consultant
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Home-Based
Duration: Short-term assignments
Post Number: N/A
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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 for fisheries and aquaculture.

Tasks and responsibilities

•    Contribute economic, social and/or environmental-specific expertise to the implementation of  value chain upgrading strategies 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 workshops; 
•    Collaborate closely with consultants (national and international) responsible for value chain activities and ensures the implementation of a sustainable systems-based value chain approach;
•    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; 
•    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

•    University degree in agribusiness, fisheries and aquaculture, food science/technology, food industries, international development studies or a related field.  
•    At least 12 years (for level A), 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, French or Spanish and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.

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 technical areas such as, value chain development, cold chain management, post-harvest improvements, marketing and market access of fisheries and aquaculture products, access to finance and finance literacy, alternative livelihoods, fisheries and aquaculture technology and –equipment, alternative aquaculture feed development 
•    An advanced degree in the technical areas specified is a valued attribute
•    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/Spanish or Portuguese
•    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


  • FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at 
  • For more information, visit the FAO employment website
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
•  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]


80 days remaining

Apply by 29 February, 2024





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