Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Zambia
Posted Job
6 months ago

National Consultant (NC)-Fish Feed Standards Development

The FAO Zambia Country office is implementing a project under the Zambia Aquaculture Enterprise Development (ZAEDP) project. In this regard, FAO wishes to hire the services of a National Consultant (NC)-Fish Feed Standards Development to contribute directly to Output 1. Feed Quality Assurance Capacity Increased and facilitate the development of fish feed standards.

The ZAEDP project will contribute to economic growth and food security in Zambia. The project’s aims include improving the livelihoods and the living standards of rural households through enhanced aquaculture production and productivity.

The goal of the project is to contribute to the economic growth as well as food and nutrition security in Zambia. The project development objective is to advance the aquaculture sub-sector as viable and inclusive business through:

  • support and promotion of reliable access to quality input and output markets
  • competitively-priced risk sharing access to finance; and
  • creation of an enabling infrastructure environment, which in turn is expected to facilitate the entry of new actors and expansion of business opportunities by the existing players in the industry.

Reporting Lines:

The incumbent will be under the general supervision of the FAO representative in Zambia, Leader Technical Officer (LTO) and the ZAEDP National Project Coordinator, and the direct technical supervision of the Aquaculture Senior Officer (FIAA).

The Output 1 team and the National Programme Officer will also provide technical support to the National Consultant. The Government Focal Point will facilitate access to official documentations and provide relevant information on ongoing national sector development, including investment policies in training and education and aquaculture national plans.

Technical Focus:

More specifically, the programme is structured around four interconnected outputs:

  • Output 1: Feed Quality Assurance Capacity Increased
  • Output 2: Training of Zambian Finance Institutions with respect to aquaculture and related risks
  • Output 3: Food Safety Program Established
  • Output 4: Aquatic Animal Health Management Improved

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Through his/her work, the incumbent will contribute to implementation the activities on “Capacity Assessment Feed quality Assurance” of the Output 1. His/her tasks will include:

1. Need assessment for an analytical animal/aqua-feed laboratory:

  • Activity 1.4 Liaise with government agencies/academia, feed manufacturers and develop a needs assessment for an analytical laboratory. The objective of this activity is to assess the need for a national reference analytical laboratory dedicated to evaluate (analytical capabilities) aqua-feeds under international best practice and national regulatory frameworks to promote the production of safe, cost-effective and nutritionally appropriate aqua-feeds. This should be conveyed after a thoroughly consultation of the governments counterparts and provide a final written report based on the justifications and best assessments within international and national regulations which should justify the way forward and facility’s needs.
  • Activity 1.5 Depending of the outcome of the review (Activity 1.4), identify a suitable (research institution and facility (building)) for the laboratory and develop clear guidelines for its institutional mandates, roles and responsibilities. The objective of this activity is to establish this selection based on clear and best suitable location in terms of effectiveness cost and logistics for the country’s need and future growth of the sector. It should also provide a written report based on all the needs and justification of the site selection, including using the international best management practices (BMPs) published.
  • Activity 1.6 Alongside with the National authority, identify the necessary analytical facility needed for development of feed quality and analytical laboratory. This activity should be developed in close consultation with the national authorities in order to select and suggest the best possible location (site selection) for the laboratory installations for its final purpose (analytical assays) for the development of the aquatic animal feeds. It should also provide a written report based on all the needs and justification of the chosen local.
  • Activity 1.7 Assist the Zambia National Authority in the Development and towards the procurement of the most adequate analytical facility (equipment and accessories) and provide guidance to installation of diagnostic equipment. This activity should be developed in order to provide science-based advice and show the best cost effective technology and equipment options available to the national authorities responsible for the equipment procurements for the development of the aquatic animal feeds analytical assays. This activity should also be linked in supporting the development of the standard together with ZABS. It should also provide a written report based on all the needs and justification of the equipment and accessories.
  • Activity 1.8 Develop analytical protocols, select staff and designate staff functions. This activity should produce and/or adapt the specific operational manuals, define the number of staff needed and their specific profile and functions. All within the international best management practices (BMPs) published for similar conditions and based on the type and operational instructions from the equipment manufacturers. Also, include a cost projection for a complete analysis for each sample (ingredients, composed feeds, etc.) under the projected laboratory capacity, including labour costs.
  • Activity 1.9 Train staff in diagnostics and operationalize facility.This activity should produce a training program for laboratory staff and provide a standardisation of laboratory systems and procedures. Besides that, a thorough laboratory manual with all the laboratory procedures for each step, analysis performed in each laboratory station and maintenance performance needed should be provided.

Candidates Will Be Assessed Against The Following

Minimum Requirements:

  • Advanced university degree in life science/aquaculture and/or related issues
  • At least seven years of professional experience in aquaculture, including in an international context, and at least two years of field work experience on inland and/or marine aquaculture
  • National of Zambia

FAO Core Competencies:

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills:

  • Ability to work independently and under minimum supervision and to cope with conflicting agendas
  • Result-oriented approach
  • Excellent analytical and synthesis capacities
  • Experience in capacity building and training, an asset

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.

Additional Information:

  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help, or have queries, please contact:
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website:


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.

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