Consultant (Value Chain Market Analysis of Aquaculture Sector in Timor-Leste)
WorldFish , East Timor

1 Year
0 - 0
Job Type
Job Shift
Job Category
Requires Traveling
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Total Vacancies
1 Job
Posted on
Aug 3, 2021
Last Date
Nov 3, 2021

Job Description

Position: Consultant (Value chain and market analysis of aquaculture sector in Timor-Leste)

Location: Timor-Leste / Remote

Application Deadline:15 August 2021

Type of contract: Consultancy Contract

Language(s) required: English (proficient/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. Headquartered in Penang, Malaysia and with regional offices across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, WorldFish leads the cross-disciplinary CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH).


Partnership for Aquaculture Development in Timor-Leste Phase 2 (PADTL2), funded by New Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) New Zealand, builds on the sound foundations laid by the first five-year phase (20142019) for the scaling of genetically improved farmed tilapia (GIFT) farming in Timor-Leste. The PADTL2 project targets to increase availability of farmed fish using sustainable aquaculture practices and enhance accessibility of consumers to fish, which will lead to improvement of food security and nutrition with the incorporation of more fish into the Timorese menus. The USAID has funded Accelerating Aquaculture Development in Timor-Leste to complement and to accelerate achievement of the goal of the on-going PADTL2 to advance nutrition-sensitive aquaculture in environmentally benign and sustainable ways in Timor-Leste.


The successful consultant or organization will conduct the market and value chain study, in close collaboration with the PADTL2 Project Leader and members. The purpose of this study is to inform the development of the implementation and investment plan with more in-depth analysis of present and future profitability of Timor-Leste aquaculture systems, market potential, and economic viability of aquaculture producers.

The study will include the following topics, but will be further refined upon review of existing secondary material, and initial consultations with PADTL2 Project Leader and members.

  • Analyze the current situation of aquaculture, including COVID-19 impact on the sector in Timor-Leste.
  • Assess the current structure of the aquaculture value chain in Timor-Leste.
  • Assess current markets for aquaculture products, target consumers, their geographical distribution, spending patterns on aquatic foods, and ability to purchase aquaculture products.
  • Analyze the current constraints and the opportunities for private sector involvement in aquaculture value chain.
  • Identify opportunities for enterprise development and job creation across the aquaculture value chain including fish production, postharvest handling and processing, inputs supply (seeds and feeds), and output markets.
  • Draw key recommendations for interventions that will promote the growth of the aquaculture sector and increase inclusive economic benefits along the aquaculture value chain.
The successful consultant or organization will gather the resources via online search of peer-reviewed and grey literature as well as discussions with PADTL2 team, email requests, and consultations with value chain actors, relevant government departments, funding agencies, partners, and other stakeholders in Timor-Leste.


Consultant or organizations (with sufficient capacities and human resources) who have:

  • PhD in Agricultural Marketing/value chain, Rural Development, Agricultural Economics, or a closely related field.
  • A strong track record of high quality market or value chain analysis and outputs.
  • Demonstrated expertise and familiarity in value chains and rural livelihood systems.
  • Experience with pro-poor and gender differentiated value chain studies would also be an advantage.
  • Keen analytical abilities and systematic thinking skills.
  • Familiarity with Timor-Leste context is preferred.
Deliverables and Timing

The successful consultant or organization selected for this study is expected to provide a comprehensive report on aquaculture value chains and markets for Timor-Leste, which can help guide the sector's sustainable growth both in terms of job and enterprise generation. The consultancy contract is for a maximum of 30 working days in between September 2021 to November 2021.


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

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 latest by 15 August 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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