WorldFish Batu Maung, Bayan Lepas, Malaysia Contract 2024-06-26

Project Overview

The CGIAR Research Initiative on Aquatic Foods seeks a consultant or a consultancy firm to develop a comprehensive solution for identifying optimal freshwater and coastal aquaculture sites and enhancing their connectivity to urban markets in target countries. The focus will be on economic and environmental viability, logistical efficiency, and sustainable integration into local ecosystems to generate key information that can guide policy development, investments, and decision-making at different levels.

This project aims to leverage Earth Observation technologies to monitor large areas and identify the best-suited locations for coastal aquaculture farms from an environmental and logistical perspective. The proposal intends to showcase the capabilities of Earth Observation in aquaculture through two demonstration sites selected in different geographical areas.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Integrate environmental, socio-economic, and logistical factors to evaluate the viability of two strategically chosen demonstration sites in Kenya and Bangladesh.
  • Conduct robust data analytics to develop a comprehensive decision-making framework that balances ecological sustainability with market needs.
  • Generate actionable insights that support sustainable aquaculture practices, contributing to food security and economic development in the targeted regions.
  • The consultancy will play a crucial role in demonstrating the potential of Earth Observation technologies in aquaculture, ultimately supporting sustainable practices and improving market connectivity in the identified countries.

 Scope of Work

The consultancy aims to deploy advanced satellite and remote sensing technologies to assess and map potential aquaculture sites. The approach will integrate environmental, socioeconomic, and logistical factors to ensure the viability of each site. Additionally, data analytics will be utilized to provide a robust framework for decision-making, balancing ecological sustainability with market demands.

We expect the consultant will work around the following elements:

Aquaculture Site Suitability Analysis:

  • Satellite and Remote Sensing Technologies: Utilize advanced satellite and remote sensing technologies to map potential freshwater and coastal aquaculture sites. Assess critical factors such as pond size, water quality, and topographical constraints.
  • Growth Potential Determination: Evaluate the growth potential for various aquaculture species suited to each region, including freshwater species, brackish, and marine cultivars like shellfish and seaweed, based on local environmental conditions and WorldFish data.

Socioeconomic Impact Evaluation:

  • Socioeconomic Analysis: Conduct an analysis of the socioeconomic impacts for each potential site, evaluating how aquaculture development could benefit local employment and contribute economically to the surrounding communities.

Environmental Footprint Analysis:

  • Ecological Footprint Estimation: Estimate the ecological footprint of potential aquaculture operations, focusing on factors such as energy consumption, feed efficiency, and waste management to ensure operations are environmentally sustainable.

Connectivity and Logistics Assessment:

  • Infrastructure Connectivity Assessment: Assess the infrastructure connectivity of each site to major urban and market centres, including the evaluation of road networks and cold chain logistics vital for maintaining the quality of perishable aquaculture products.

Expected Output:

  • Mapping Tool Development: The expected output is a comprehensive mapping tool synthesizing data from suitability analyses, socioeconomic impacts, and logistical assessments. This tool will provide clear, actionable insights for selecting sites that optimize operational efficiency, market access, and environmental sustainability.

Deliverables

Reporting

  • The agency will report the progress of the assignment to WorldFish on Monthly basis.

Skills, Experience and Knowledge

  • Advanced Remote Sensing and Satellite Technologies: Demonstrated ability to deploy and utilize state-of-the-art remote sensing and satellite technologies, including multispectral and radar imagery, for detailed mapping and assessment of aquaculture environments.
  • Data Analytics: Proficiency in handling and analyzing large datasets (e.g., terabytes of satellite imagery, socioeconomic data) using advanced statistical and machine learning techniques to derive actionable insights for aquaculture suitability, socioeconomic impacts, and environmental footprint.
  • Socioeconomic Analysis: Track record of conducting rigorous socioeconomic analyses, quantifying economic impacts of aquaculture projects on local communities (e.g., employment generation, income levels, market integration).
  • Environmental Assessment: Expertise in conducting comprehensive environmental assessments, including quantitative estimation of ecological footprints, energy consumption patterns, and waste management strategies within aquaculture operations.
  • Infrastructure and Logistics Assessment: Experience in evaluating infrastructure connectivity and logistical requirements for aquaculture sites, with a focus on understanding road networks, transportation logistics, and cold chain management crucial for maintaining product quality.
  • Site Suitability Analysis: Proven capability to conduct thorough site suitability analyses for aquaculture projects, integrating environmental factors (e.g., water quality, topography), socioeconomic considerations (e.g., community impacts), and logistical feasibility (e.g., proximity to markets, transportation routes).
  • Remote Sensing Applications: Hands-on experience applying remote sensing technologies in environmental monitoring and assessment, with specific applications in aquatic ecosystems, agriculture, and land-use mapping.
  • Consultancy Experience: Established history of providing specialized consultancy services to renowned research institutions or international organizations in the fields of aquaculture, environmental sciences, or related sectors.
  • Aquaculture and Fisheries Science Knowledge: In-depth understanding of aquaculture and fisheries science, encompassing knowledge of species diversity, cultivation techniques, market dynamics, and sustainability practices across various global regions.
  • GIS and Spatial Analysis: Proficiency in Geographic Information System (GIS) software and mapping tools for spatial analysis, visualization, and modeling of aquaculture-related data, facilitating informed decision-making and strategic planning.

Budget

Interested Consultant (s) are requested to provide a detailed budget proposal outlining professional fees, travel expenses (if applicable), and any other costs related to the consultancy. The budget should be submitted along with the application.

Evaluation and Selection

Applications will be evaluated based on the qualifications and experience of the consultant, the quality and feasibility of the proposed approach and work plan, the relevance of previous work examples and the most competitive proposal. Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview or request additional information before final selection. This opportunity is open for all applicants.

How to Apply

Interested consultant are invited to submit the following materials for consideration no later than 24:00 (MYT) 07 July 2024:

  • Curriculum vitae highlighting relevant experience and qualifications;
  • A brief proposal outlining the approach, methodology, and work plan for conducting the consultancy;
  • Examples of previous similar work or reports;
  • Name and contacts (telephone and e-mail addresses) of three referees (clients), you have consulted previously.

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 diverse 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.