Consultant (Develop an Aquaculture Field Training Center

  • Consultancy
  • Full Time
  • Lusaka, Zambia
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The “Aquaculture Technical, Vocational, and Entrepreneurship Training for Improved Private Sector and Smallholder Skills” project was recently approved and funded by NORAD for implementation in Zambia from 2018 to 2021. The project comprises two components on:

  • Upgrading the fisheries/aquaculture curriculum (long- and short-term courses), training tools, online training platforms, and internship programs of TEVET institutions in Zambia, namely the Natural Resources Development College (NRDC) but with links to other TEVET institutions to scale the upgraded training “package” over the course of the project; and
  • Enhancing the technical education, vocational, and entrepreneurship skills of rural women, men, and youth smallholder commercial fish farmers and increasing their linkages to input/output markets and entrepreneurship opportunities via private sector extension support and services delivery.

The aquaculture value chain development goal of the project is to Increase the number of:

  • Human resources working for the private sector and
  • Smallholder commercial fish farmers with enhanced aquaculture knowledge and up-to-date practical skills to help sustainably grow the sector and make it more inclusive.

The key project activities included under each Component of the project are the following:

Component 1

Activity 1: Training students from NRDC using the upgraded curriculum, tools, and online training platform.

Activity 2: Students from NRDC gaining practical skills through internships specifically tailored to address the needs of the private sector.

Activity 3: Students from NRDC finding gainful employment with companies operating in the aquaculture value chain or set up their own aquaculture-related businesses. Attracting prospective students to apply to the fisheries/aquaculture department at NRDC.

Activity 4: Scaling the upgraded fisheries/aquaculture package for adoption/modification by other TEVET institutes in Zambia.

Component 2:

Activity 5: Private sector linkages with and technical education, vocational, and entrepreneurship training provided to smallholder commercial fish farmers

A consultant is required to build a small-sized aquaculture field-training center at NRDC. The tasks (described in detail below) are to commence in December 2018.


1. Training center site selection (verify whether site selected by NRDC is appropriate and conducive for the training center).

2. Assess the current condition of the site selected[1] and develop a construction plan, materials list, budget, and schedule for completing the training center.

  • Four-room building for housing the indoor hatchery and separate rooms for feed formulation and storage, a small office, and toilet (linked to septic tank and soak away). Dimensions of the building to be determined during assessment stage.
  • Hatchery (production capacity 1,000,000 fingerlings per year) with year-round water supply and storage tank. Must be linked to fulltime electricity supply (solar system to be considered as an alternative power supply if required). To be built using materials available in Zambia, including piping, incubation containers and trays.
  • Small feed mill and pelleter (capacity to be determined) and to be sourced from suppliers in Zambia.
  • Fencing around the training center.
  • Ponds for maintenance and development of broodstock[2].
  • Fry and nursery ponds.
  • Grow out ponds (number of ponds to be determined in consultation with NRDC during assessment stage).
  • Pipework and fittings for water supply and drainage system.
  • Biosecure filtration and waste control system, foot dip and outdoor basin for hands washing.
  • Hapas purchased and erected for broodstock, fry, and nursery ponds.
  • Broodstock purchased from Government or private hatchery and shipped to training center.

3. Determine with NRDC all codes and regulations and certifications to follow or that are required for constructing the training center and include in the work plan and budget.

  • Monitor the construction of ponds by students together with NRDC staff.

4. Purchase all materials according to the agreed upon plan and budget.

5. Construct the four-room building, foot dip, outdoor wash basin.

6. Install all hatchery and feed production equipment, pipework and fittings for water supply and drainage system, and biosecure filtration and waste control system.

7. Monitor the construction of ponds by students together with NRDC staff.

Final Deliverables

  • Training center work plan and budget (including materials list and costings).
  • Final training center built and certified ready for training and production.

[1] Including soil structure and determining whether there is need for lining ponds.

[2] Broodstock as well as fry, nursery, and grow out ponds will be constructed by students as part of their training. Oversight of the pond construction by students will be provided by the contractor.


  • At least 5 years strong experience (with evidence), developing aquaculture training centers or facilities in Zambia, especially building works, installing hatcheries, etc.
  • Ability to be flexible and adjust to the needs of the project during the specified contract period (around 5 to 6 months).

Availability of Experts

Experts must be available throughout the duration of an assignment. The duration can range from weeks to months. In some cases the assignment can be shortened or extended depending on business needs.


This is open for National Consultant. The successful consultant should be available to commence as soon as possible.

Our Commitment

WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity of thought, style, culture and experience is valued. We support individual performance and potential in achieving our organizational goals and mission. We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage women and nationals from developing countries to apply.

How to Apply

Interested contractors are invited to submit the following information online latest by 14 December 2018:

  • A cover letter including a 2-page (max) description; explaining on your background and prior experience that ensures they are qualified to carry out the scope of work;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • Names and contacts (telephone and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications and work experience.

Shortlisted contractors will be notified and required to develop a draft work plan and budget (including materials list and costings) after visiting the field training site at NRDC. Final selection will be made after identifying the contractor based on the submitted draft work plan and budget.

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