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Community Sea Cucumber Farming Assessment Specialist

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Arboriculture, Horticulture
Location Madagascar - Africa
Town/City SW Madagascar
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 17/11/2015
Company Name Blue Ventures
Contact Name Frances Humber
Telephone +44 (0)20 8341 9819
Fax +44 (0)800 066 4032
Email jobs@blueventures.org
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Blue Ventures is looking for a highly motivated aquaculture specialist to join the aquaculture team for approximately 6-9 months.

The objective of this role is to support the improvement of a community-based sea cucumber aquaculture model to ensure that it is profitable and viable for farmers, taking into account the risks and opportunities present in southwest Madagascar.

The chosen candidate will work directly with farmers and the local community, as well as with national research partners, international experts and private partners, to review the existing model and help develop a sustainable farming model for community-based farmers.

Main activities

  • Assess and redesign the model for community-based sea cucumber farming
  • Assess current farming activities and techniques in the field, through farming data and relevant literature as needed.
  • Assess the financial sustainability and profitability of the current farming model, taking into account known risks (e.g. disease, cyclones)
  • Evaluate and redesign relevant aspects of the farming model
  • Test and implement changes to the farming model design
  • Consult relevant experts 



  • A Master’s degree or higher in Aquaculture, Agriculture, fisheries or other pertinent field
  • Minimum of 3 years proven experience in aquaculture farming production preferably in community-based aquaculture (experience in sandfish farming highly desirable).
  • Capacity to develop innovative approaches for effective and practical farm management
  • Familiarity with business plan development and/or developing cost effective approaches
  • Experience in data management and analysis
  • Strong understanding of economic and social issues of community-based aquaculture
  • Experience linking commercial partners and other types of stakeholders
  • Networking and teamwork skills
  • Good analysis, reporting and communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office
  • Fluency in written and spoken English or French (and/or Malagasy desirable)



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Application form can be downloaded here

Applicants should send an application form, cover letter and a recent copy of their CV (with full address, telephone and e-mail contact details of three professional and academic referees) to jobs@blueventures.org.  Please include the reference “Sea cucumber farming assessment” in the subject line. The closing date for applications is midnight 17th November 2015.

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