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Agribusiness & Fish Value Chain Specialist

Date Posted: Nov 18, 2019

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Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development

Department of Fisheries



1. Background

The Government of Malawi has signed a loan and grant package from African Development Bank (AfDB) amounting to UA 9.56 Million (approx. USD 13.19 million). The loan and grant’package is for the implementation of the Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture Development and Watershed Management (SFAD-WM) Project. The purpose of the project is to contribute towards poverty reduction through improved fish commodity value addition and increased consumption, strengthened nutrition security, and build climate resilience in Malawi. The project therefore aims at improving the management and utilization of the fisheries resources along Lake Malawi and Lake Chilwa fishing communities as well as developing aquaculture to complement the dwindling production from the natural lakes. In terms of project scope and beneficiaries, the interventions will target fishers, fish farmers, fish processors, retailers, wholesalers, traders, technicians and allied industries that Include boat builders, gear repairs, fish feed formulation and packaging, transportation, retail and wholesale markets. A total of 20,000 beneficiaries that include youth and women will be targeted. The program will link up with TEVET to build capacities of the mentioned beneficiaries in various fields. It is anticipated that the program shall support over 50 SMEs to establish their own businesses in the various fields and in total the project is expected to create 150,000 direct jobs and 250,000 jobs indirectly. In terms of its geographical scope, it covers 11 lakeshore and non-lakeshore districts including entire basins of Lake Malawi and Chilwa, part of Shire River and selected upland districts for aquaculture. The five targeted zones include: a) Karonga (Chitipa and Karonga); b) Mzuzu (Rumphl, Likoma, NkhataBay and Mzimba); c) Salima (Nkhotakota, Salima, Dowa, Lilongwe, Mchinji, Ntchisi and Mchinji); d) Machinga (Balaka, Zomba, Machinga and Mangochl); and e) Blantyre (Mulanje, Chiradzulu, Thyolo, Blantyre, Phalombe, Chikwawa, Nsanje. Mwanza and Neno). The project timeframe is 60 months effective January 2020.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development through the Department of Fisheries would like to set up a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) in Lilongwe, through the existing Government structures, which will be responsible for undertaking the day to day operational and administrative tasks, procurement, financial management, monitoring and evaluation as well as project implementation. The Ministry, therefore, seeks to use part of the proceeds of the loan/grant package to recruit individual consultants to fill the position of the Agribusiness and Value Chain Specialist to provide services in the Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Position Title: Agribusiness and Fish Value Chain Specialist

Reporting to: Project Coordinator

Reference Number: 190/DoFi/IPDC/ SFAD-WW2019/001/6

Publication date: 1st November, 2019

Closing date: 28th November, 2019

Place of duty: Lilongwe SFAD-WM PIU office

Terms of Appointment: Five (5) year contractual appointment renewable every year following excellent performance evaluation.

2. Duties and Responsibilities

The Agro-business and Fish Value Chain Specialist is responsible for coordinating activities related to fisheries value chains, product development and diversification, post-harvest loss, employment opportunities, and processing technologies and marketing.

  • Development of annual programs of activities of the project under the fisheries entrepreneurship components, focusing on value chains and development of commercial links, youth entrepreneurship, women’s economic empowerment, and adoption of locally acceptable technologies in liaison with other services and partners;
  • Responsible for the formalization of the consideration of rural women’s empowerment and gender aspects in all project activities;
  • Development of training programs for fish producers and processors, value chain actor groups, as well as linking cooperatives and SMEs to formal business registration and banks;
  • Development of training modules; recruitment of providers; implementation and monitoring of the various programs;
  • Formalization of the support to be given to community groups, particularly in relation to economic empowerment and fish commodity trade;
  • Monitoring producer organizations and communities supervised by the project;
  • Evaluation of groups and structures formed and provide advice for capacity building’,
  • Contribution to technology package dissemination at the beneficiaries level and participation in the development of training modules;
  • Monitoring development of aquaculture/fisheries processing and marketing infrastructures and cold storage chains;
  • Develop implementation plans towards post-harvest equipment, inputs, training, research and development for achieving the productivity and milestones set;
  • Support to the organization of marketing and initiation of market studies in close consultation with partners, in support of production sectors;
  • Conduct cost and earnings of agri-business development with fish products and identify local aquaculture/fisheries economic initiatives earned out by young people and women, and formulate specific support to be provided for profitability;
  • Communicate on value chains through thematic notes, organization of sharing meetings on project approaches and results.
  • Work with decentraized fisheries services and organizations such as the Beach Village Committees to facilitate formal registration of cooperatives and SMEs;
  • Participation in liaison with the Procurement Officer. preparation of tenders and follow-up of the planning and management of service contracts related to his field of activity;
  • Identification of disadvantaged and marginalized groups, and formulation of specific support to be provided in the areas of intervention of the project:
  • Support the restructuring of women’s groups to be uptakers and value chain retailers and exporters;

3. Qualifications
  • Holds a postgraduate degree in fisheries economics, business management, finance, agri-business and entrepreneurship expertise.
  • Have at least ten (10) years professional experience in agri-business position in development projects.
  • Have sufficient knowledge of the rules and procedures of AfDB.
  • Have good computer skills (including Word, Excel, Access, and accounting software, etc.)


Applicants for the vacancies should submit their applications together with copies of relevant certificates and Curriculum Vitae to.

The Chairperson

Internal Procurement and Disposal Committee

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development

P. O. Box 30134

Lilongwe 3.

Email:  and cc: 

To reach him not later than 28th November, 2019

You can get the full Terms of Reference from or by requesting for the document from:


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