Consultant (Business Support and Development)

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About WorldFish

“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:

Position Objective

WorldFish has been working with the Government of Bangladesh and development partners since 1989 and has created a more productive fisheries and aquaculture sector that contributes to diversified and resilient rural livelihoods and the promotion of food and nutrition security. The country office is currently looking to more actively engage with government institutions, partners, and donors to mobilize funding resources to facilitate the implementation of the WorldFish’s country strategy objectives, in line with the government’s national and global (e.g. SDG) priorities. The consultant will support the entire process, working closely with the WorldFish Bangladesh team in Dhaka and in coordination with the Business Development and Partnerships Unit (BDP) at the headquarters in Penang, Malaysia.


The selected consultant will be responsible for following tasks:

  • Conduct donor analysis and intelligence gathering, taking into account the current donor priorities and programming in the country and the government’s priorities.
  • Facilitate donor liaison, and in coordination with the country team and the BDP, identify potential thematic areas for WorldFish to conceptualize project ideas and approach donors.
  • Support the development of a robust financial pipeline of project proposals for the country office, in line with the business growth ambitions of the country office.
  • In close collaboration with the WorldFish Bangladesh team and the BDP, develop concept notes, proposals, pitches, and associated documents to directly contribute to fundraising engagement in the country.
  • Support outreach activities, events, workshops and/or dialogues geared towards improved donor relationships and fundraising.


The consultant will need to deliver the following deliverables:

  • Developing around 10 project proposals (minimum of 2 proposals per month) in collaboration with WorldFish colleagues with the potential for submission for funding.  
  • Report on donor analysis and intelligence based on priorities and other related works to support donor funding and strengthen government relations.


This consultancy opportunity is open for all National Consultant with the following skills and qualifications:

  1. Minimum a master’s degree in fisheries, natural resources management, agriculture, international development, or a related field. Preferably, a PhD in a relevant field.
  2. At least eight years’ experience in fundraising, project development, strategic partnership development and donor relations.
  3. Experience managing relationships with national-level stakeholders in Bangladesh (including government institutions and civil society).
  4. Experience liaising and managing relationships with donors and partners in project identification and development processes.
  5. Demonstrated experience writing successful project concept notes and project documents.
  6. Demonstrated knowledge of fisheries and aquaculture sectors in Bangladesh.
  7. Strong conceptual and analytical skills, including the ability to synthesize large amounts of information from multiple sources into concise and compelling narratives.
  8. Strong understanding of the development discourse, including donor priorities, in Bangladesh.
  9. Strong oral and written communication skills in English.


Location and Duration

The successful consultant will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh with some field visits on part-time basis. The selection of consultant will be based on the relevant qualification and experience and the most competitive proposal. The interviews are expected to be held in June 2024 and only shortlisted consultant will be notified and expected to attend the interview. The successful consultant should be available to commence the consultancy contract for a maximum of twenty (20) working days per month in between 01 July 2024 to 30 November 2024.

How to Apply

Interested consultants are invited to submit the following information online latest by 17 June 2024:

  • Letter of interest of why you are an ideal consultant and what you can deliver; including your daily rate in BDT;
  • 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. Your nominated referees ideally should be professional referees (clients) which you have consulted for.
  • Samples of work (must specify if you are solely responsible for producing or editing each of the materials)

The screening will start as soon as possible, 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 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. Our Leadership Team is 50/50 in terms of its gender split and 60% of our management cadre are women.

We continue to seek diversity and gender balance across other dimensions and we support individual performance and potential in achieving our organizational goals and mission.

We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage women and men from developing nations to apply.

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