Cage Culture Design and Site Selection, Tehran

Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Country: Iran

City: Tehran, Iran

Office: FAO Representation in Iran

Closing date: Monday, 26 October 2020


Cage Culture Design and Site Selection

Job Posting: 12/Oct/2020

Closure Date: 26/Oct/2020, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FAIRA

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Iran, Islamic Republic of-Teheran

Duration : 11 months

Post Number : N/A

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Organizational Setting

The Islamic Republic of Iran ranks second in the Middle East and 17th in the world in terms of total aquaculture production. Aquaculture production in the Islamic Republic of Iran constitutes roughly 40 percent of total fish production and 10 percent of agricultural exports of the country, which accounts for about 1 percent of overall national Gross Domestic Product.

As a result of the increasing impacts of climate change, including the sharp precipitation decline during recent years and consequently the shortage of available freshwater, marine cage culture has been identified as a key national priority to supply animal proteins, healthy food and alternative livelihoods to the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Yet the Country is facing a number of challenges in cage culture development, such as insufficient technical know-how, technologies and equipment; general shortage of specific expertise within the cage culture sub-sector and government institutions; inadequate marketing plan for cage culture productions, and insufficient supplies of fingerlings of the commercial species cultured.

Reporting Lines

The incumbent will perform his/her tasks and duties under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative to the I.R. Iran, direct supervision of the Assistant FAOR (Programme), in close coordination with the Project Officer, technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer, in close contact with the other FAO colleagues and in collaboration with the Iran Fisheries Organization of the Ministry of Agriculture Jahad.

Technical Focus

In the framework of this TCP project, FAO mobilizes international and national expertise on marine cage culture, supporting the assessment, research and development, management, as well as pilot design and site selection, all aimed at contributing to strengthening Iranian capacities in terms of knowledge, skills and management on marine cage culture. Also in close collaboration with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, FAO organizes a series of training workshops for national experts and practitioners. (S)he will be assigned to undertake the following duties and responsibilities: Tasks and responsibilities

Review the current marine cage aquaculture systems, farmed species, fish health management and water quality monitoring and recommendations for improvements in collaboration with international consultant;
Assess current production situation in the Persian Gulf and prepare a guideline for sustainable development in this area;
Review of the national research/academic capacities in relation to marine cage aquaculture;
Participate in the technical workshops, on-farm trainings and providing support for study tours;
Technical assistance to design cage culture and site selection;
Develop Manual on good aquaculture practices for marine cage culture, which covers (i) Seed production, (ii) Site selection and design of cage for aquaculture brackish water, (iii) Cage culture management (stocking, Fish feeding, daily management), (iv) Fish health management.

Technical assistance to the international experts to hold workshops, study tours and on farms training;
Technical assistance to the international experts to supervise the implementation of the presented protocols in the hatcheries and cage farms;
Collaborate to prepare project reports including terminal report on activities and lessons learned in collaboration with the international experts and LTO


Minimum Requirements

A recognized postgraduate degree in aquaculture and or fisheries related discipline

Has broad experiences in marine aquaculture, good aquaculture practices or related matters (minimum 5 years)

Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English

National of Iran or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus

Tags aquaculture climate change continuous improvement fish production fisheries gross domestic product knowledge sharing local communities middle east participatory persian gulf project implementation project management research and development study tours sustainable development trainings transparency water quality



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Demonstrated experience in international project support, supervision on aquaculture, particularly on marine cage culture at various level

Excellent communication skills, with national and sub-national government, national and international experts and local communities, if needed

Demonstrated ability to open up to new approaches and new practices on the relevant project implementation

Demonstrated commitment to participatory and bottom-up approaches

Demonstrated ability to manage, including project management

Strong analytical skills.

Demonstrating detail orientation, proactive attention to outcomes and expectations, and the ability to understand and effectively use information and data

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


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