Consultant (Knowledge Management and Communications)
WorldFish is a leading international research organization working to transform aquatic food systems to reduce hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. It collaborates with international, regional, and national partners to co-develop and deliver scientific innovations, evidence for policy, and knowledge to enable equitable and inclusive impact for millions who depend on fish for their livelihoods. As a member of CGIAR, WorldFish contributes to building a food- and nutrition-secure future and restoring natural resources. Headquartered in Penang, Malaysia, with country offices across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, WorldFish strives to create resilient and inclusive food systems for shared prosperity. For more information, visit: www.worldfishcenter.org”
About the Project
Animals, plants, and microorganisms harvested and grown in water play a significant role in sustainably feeding and nourishing the world. Globally, 800 million people depend on small-scale fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods. But these vital aquatic food systems are hindered by the insecure livelihoods of those in related jobs, their low capacity to adapt to climate change, and the loss of marine nature.
The Asia-Africa BlueTech Superhighway project, supported through the UK’s Climate and Ocean Adaptation and Sustainable Transition (COAST) program under the umbrella of the Blue Planet Fund (BPF), will focus on enabling communities to adapt to and mitigate against climate change as well as responsibly and sustainably manage marine and coastal nature and resources resulting in improved food and nutritional security as well as employment and income opportunities. The project will be implemented in two phases over seven years, starting with Phase 1 in Bangladesh, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Tanzania.
About the Assignment
The primary objective of this consultancy is to plan and provide Knowledge Management and Communications support to the Asia-Africa BlueTech Superhighway (AABS) Project in coordination with WorldFish’s Communications team, primarily in relation toa project launch event and a series of inception workshops for work packages. The project launch event is planned to be held in Penang in October 2023 and inception workshops in in Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania in October-November 2023 period (agendas and locations still being finalized). A ‘knowledge exchange network’ is envisioned to be fostered for the project, convening AABS stakeholders to share their country’s experiences and knowledge and learn from each other to inform adaptation of technologies, technology transfer and co-creation of knowledge products.
The consultant will design and coordinate a knowledge exchange session at the launch event (90-120 min) in consultation with the Communications and project teams and synthesize the outcomes to produce a knowledge brief. The consultant will also write communications pieces for the website to promote the launch event. For the inception workshops in countries, the consultant will capture knowledge exchanged at the meetings to produce succinct knowledge briefs and write blogs to communicate the proceedings and outcomes from these workshops. The consultant will be responsible to keep the stakeholders informed and updated and for promoting the visibility of the AABS project activities and outcomes through WorldFish’s website and channels, partners’ channels, and in relevant forums and globally.
Scope of Work
Project Launch Event:
- Design and deliver a 90-120 minute knowledge exchange workshop aligned with the project goals that encourages participants to engage in meaningful dialogue and share their knowledge. An assistant will be made available to support the session as needed. The work includes developing a concept note and agenda for the knowledge exchange session based on the guidance and approval from the Global Communications Lead, conducting the session, and producing knowledge and communications products from the launch event as listed under the deliverables.
- The consultant will conduct the Knowledge Exchange session in an interactive and engaging manner ensuring all participants have the opportunity to contribute and share their insights.
- Coordinate the preparation and collection of materials needed for the knowledge exchange workshop, like the presentation templates and handouts.
- Synthesize insights and learnings from the knowledge exchange session into a succinct knowledge brief. The brief could be around four pages in length.
- Write and publish two blog posts promoting the launch event and a more technical write-up capturing the outcomes of the event.
Work Package Inception Workshops
- Coordinate with work package leads to plan for communications and knowledge sharing at the event.
- Capture countries’ aquatic foods landscape and experiences shared by partners and package it into a knowledge brief.
- Take photos and video clips from discussions and field visits (if there is one) and add them to WorldFish’s media storage platform.
Write a blog sharing outcomes from the inception workshop.
This opportunity might be for you if you have the below skills and qualifications:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Public Relations, or a related discipline with at least 7-8 years’ knowledge management and/or communications experience
- Proven skills in designing and executing events that convene stakeholders or community of practice for knowledge sharing and/or collaborative learning.
- Outstanding writing skills, preferably demonstrated in communicating science and technology subject matter, with experience in writing for different formats, channels, and audiences.
- Ability to synthesize knowledge from different conversation/sources into a succinct knowledge product.
- Excellent interpersonal skills demonstrated with diverse stakeholders and in facilitating knowledge and information sharing.
- Expected to travel to the target event locations.
Desired Skills and Qualifications
- Experience with and enthusiasm to facilitate knowledge sharing events.
- New ideas on communicating project planning in action.
Interested consultant(s) are requested to provide a detailed budget proposal outlining professional fees (daily rate), travel expenses (if applicable), and any other costs related to the consultancy. The budget should be submitted along with the application.
Duration and Location of the Contract
This consultancy duration is for a maximum of 25 working days and will be carried out in between September 2023 until December 2023. We are aiming for the consultant to commence the work by the third week of September 2023.
How to Apply
Interested consultant(s) are invited to submit the following information online latest by 14 September 2023:
- A cover letter stating why you are interested in and well-suited to the position
- A brief proposal outlining the approach, work plan for conducting the consultancy;
- A current curriculum vitae highlighting relevant experiences and qualifications; and
- Name and contacts (telephone and e-mail addresses) of two referees (clients), you have consulted previously.
The screening and interviewing will start on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled. Only selected consultant candidates will be contacted.
Our Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment
WorldFish has seven offices across Asia, Africa and the Pacific, with more than 427 staff and 34 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 people from developing nations to apply.