Senior Fisheries Specialist (Aquaculture)

The World Bank
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
8-9 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The World Bank Group (WBG)’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity reflect a new global landscape: one in which developing countries have an unprecedented opportunity to end extreme poverty within a generation.

Global Practice Context
Sustainable environment and natural-resources management (ENRM) is at the heart of the WBG poverty agenda. Biodiversity and natural resources constitute the social safety net of the poor, representing a food bank and often their only source of livelihood. Sustainable ENRM promotes a green, clean, and resilient world where natural resources—from forests to fisheries, freshwater, oceans, coastal zones and ecosystems—are managed to support livelihoods and strong economies. Sustainable ENRM builds a world better prepared for shocks and global challenges, helping countries limit their exposure to resource scarcity, more-volatile weather patterns, and the long-term consequences of climate change.

Unit Context
The Environment Natural Resources and Blue Economy (ENB) Global Practice (GP) Global Platform Unit (SENGL) comprises about 30 staff, most of them based in Washington, DC. The team reports to the Practice Manager also based in DC. SENGL is primarily responsible for (i) designing and leading the global programs for the GP whose implementation in country rests with the GP's regional units, including alignment to key business areas and cross-cutting solutions; (ii) resource mobilization and donor coordination, including trust-fund management, planning and reporting; (iii) conducting key global studies to advance the environmental agenda globally and internally; and (iv) knowledge management of SENGL’s key outputs.

The Position:
This ETC position is to assist World Bank Group (WBG) operations with the identification, development and implementation of projects related to aquaculture. Development projects need to be informed by the best available technological options, adapted to specific contexts and coupled to lessons learned from successful and failed aquaculture initiatives and best environmental and social standards. The consultant will be expected to communicate extensively with WBG clients, project teams and partners to ensure the incorporation of best practices and industry trends into operations.
For areas where the consultant lacks specific expertise, s/he would be expected to identify, screen and engage appropriate expertise in the form of short-term consultants. A solid professional network and reputation within the industry is thus an important asset.


The ETC will have the following key responsibilities as agreed with his/her Practice Manager based on an annual Results Agreement.

Technical Advisory Work:  As a member of the Global Platform Unit, s/he will provide technical advice on a broad range of solutions to aquaculture development challenges faced in World Bank operations, including on:
• Appropriate leasing and permitting rules, crop insurance, land- and water-access rights, legal recourse, financial incentives, clear and enforceable social, environmental and biosecurity rules.
• Resource-efficient, socially and environmentally responsible production technology
• Economically viable production and operational models across aquaculture value chains
• Market dynamics and seafood/aquaculture industry trends
• The role of women in the aquaculture sector

Analytical Work Program: S/he is expected to be a thought leader for the World Bank in the area of aquaculture and seafood value chains.  This will include remaining abreast of the latest developments in the field, in particular the environmental and social aspects of “sustainable intensification”. 

Global Outreach:  S/he is expected to provide input into the World Bank’s global outreach on environment and aquaculture.  This will include preparing briefs and presentations for the Bank’s senior management for engagement in international conferences and bilateral cooperation. S/he will also be expected to present the Bank’s work at technical conferences and workshops.   

Knowledge Management: S/he is expected to maintain effective communication with relevant communities of practice, including NGOs, academia, civil society, the private sector as well as specialized international organizations.  Active participation in communities of practice and global-level technical innovation and knowledge sharing in the area of sustainable aquaculture management will be an important component of this position.  

If not already, the ETC is expected to become knowledgeable on World Bank Group procedures, and contribute to their improvement, by participating in training offered, by developing a personal training program, keeping abreast of research and development knowledge in the environment and natural-resources sector, and relevant safeguard management processes. 

Coordinate and carry out other tasks as requested by the relevant Manager such as, for example, contribute to the organization of training or knowledge-sharing events.

Selection Criteria

• Advanced degree (PhD or MS – A PhD qualification is strongly preferred) in aquaculture or related scientific training, with a strong preference for candidates with a rigorous technical academic training and field research experience.
• A minimum of 8 years of full-time relevant professional experience in the seafood sector with a strong focus on aquaculture production is required, ideally combined with experience working in developing countries,.
• Deep technical experience as a practicing aquaculture specialist. 
• Proven teamwork, successful experience working with multi-disciplinary teams and ability to work independently with limited supervision.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Fluency in English is required (writing, speaking, listening and reading).
• A second language (French, Spanish, or Portuguese) would be highly beneficial.
• Experience working in different developing countries.  
• Willingness to travel extensively, including to remote rural areas.
• World Bank experience is preferred

The following would be an advantage but not required:

• Knowledge and experience in environmental assessment and management of investment projects involving the ecological aspects of aquaculture would be an advantage, especially the experience in the preparation of environmental safeguard/risk-management documents of the lending projects of the WBG or other international organizations.
• Understanding the institutional and political context and exposure to the national environmental policy challenges would be an advantage.
• Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interacts with clients at the policy level.
• Policy Dialogue Skills - Anticipates needs and requests in the field and conducts independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners. 
• Environmental Policy, Strategy and Institutions - Solid understanding of environmental policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.  
• Environmental Sciences – Deep understanding of fundamental concepts of natural science (water; ecosystems; conservation; agriculture concerns, etc.).
• Biodiversity – Deep knowledge of biodiversity with ability to apply knowledge to projects and analytical work.  
• Environmental Economics - Understanding of fundamental economic concepts relevant to environment.
• Team Leadership - Leads teams to achieve challenging outcomes, providing a role model and enhancing the team-leadership skills of team members.  
• Client Orientation - Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge.  

• Knowledgeable of technical and business operation of aquaculture facilities
• Track record of publication on fields related to aquaculture in journals, magazines or other media
• Competent in business modeling and enterprise budgeting
• Up-to-date on best aquaculture practices and principles of sustainable intensification
• Field experience in aquaculture within the context of rural and economic development in developing countries

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Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.