Consultancy - Design and implementation of an integrated rice-fish farming system in An Giang

Consultancy - Design and implementation of an integrated rice-fish farming system in An Giang

25/07/2018
in News

Background

In July 2018, Rikolto started implementing the project “Development of an integrated farming model combining climate and water-smart rice production with income-generating aquaculture for the youth and women in An Giang province, Vietnam”. This project is a first step to making our target rice value chains more gender- and youth-sensitive, environmentally-friendly and climate-smart. The current rice cropping model implemented in the project’s target area (Tan Tuyen commune in An Giang province) is that of triple cropping based on the succession of 3 rice growing seasons per year. Controlled by a system of dykes, natural flooding does not take place at all or comes via sluice gate operation, reducing the natural rate of sediment deposition. Furthermore, the additional 3rd rice crop results in a considerable increase in pest and disease outbreaks and workload for farmers and reduces their capacity to generate income from alternative sources. The loss of the “flushing effect” of the monsoonal flood is also a contributor to higher pest and disease costs.

Women and the youth are largely excluded from rice production in the project’s target area. Over 90% of rice farmers are male and about three quarters are above 35 years old. An integrated rice-fish farming system can be used as an alternative to the intensive three-cropping system to reduce farmers’ financial vulnerability and to increase the sustainability of rice production in the area. It also has the potential to create job opportunities and income for women and young labourers through their involvement in aquaculture-related activities.

As part of this project, we are looking for a (team of) consultant(s) to design and assist the establishment of a rice-fish farming system that would benefit women and young labourers in Tan Tuyen commune, Tri Ton District, An Giang.

Consultancy objectives

The overall objective of this consultancy is to provide technical and methodological guidance on developing an integrated rice-fish farming model in a participatory way.

Specific objectives include:

  • Development of a rice-fish model coupled with Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) based on a participatory situational analysis;
  • Facilitation of a participatory and gender-sensitive process to engage local communities, authorities and mass organisations (youth union, farmers union, women union) in the co-design and implementation of the model;
  • Provision of technical guidance on the (i) identification of adequate fish species and stocking densities based on economic and environmental considerations, (ii) marketing for fish, (iii) infrastructure upgrades (i.e. dykes and canals), (iv) selection of the model (i.e. alternate vs. concurrent system) and appropriate sites, and (v) financial management.
  • Identification of training needs for beneficiaries and delivery of the required training sessions to address the identified needs;
  • Identification of capacity building needs for partners (including but not limited to Provincial Farmer Union and Commune Women Union) and, based on the identified needs, organisation of training sessions to build their capacity for future backstopping and follow-up of the rice-fish farming model; and
  • Documentation of the co-design development process and pilot.

Selection criteria

  • At least a master’s degree in aquaculture, agronomy or a closely related field
  • At least 10 years of practical professional experience in the sector
  • Solid experience in designing, leading and implementing participatory aquaculture or agriculture-related projects, preferably in the Mekong Delta region
  • Good knowledge of the Vietnamese rice and aquaculture sector
  • Excellent project and financial management skills
  • Ability and willingness to work closely with farmers, local authorities and mass organisations in the field
  • Strong analytical, synthesis and writing skills
  • Excellent written and spoken Vietnamese. Knowledge of English is an asset.
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision
  • Excellent time management skills,
  • Flexibility and adaptability

How to apply?

Candidates shall submit the following documents in English:

A. A technical and financial proposal that sets out the work plan for the consultancy, including a methodology and tentative timeline for the project,

B. An up-to-date CV of the consultant, including relevant experience in relation to this consultancy. In case the applicant is an organization, an up-to-date portfolio of the organization should be included,

C. Sample of previous work in relation to this consultancy.

Deadline for submission of applications: 8 August 2018, close of business. Rikolto in Vietnam will contact shortlisted candidates for personal interviews. Proposals must be addressed via email to Ms. Nguyen Khanh Linh, admin assistant at linh.nguyen [at] rikolto.org.