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Fisheries Management Specialist
Policy and Enforcement Advisor
The Feed the Future Ghana Fisheries Recovery Activity (GFRA) aims to prevent Ghana’s small pelagic fisheries sector from complete collapse and establish a long-lasting basis for its ecological recovery. A balanced and strategic approach is currently being implemented to reduce fishing overcapacity and increase controlled access over Ghana’s small pelagic fisheries sector to encourage ecological sustainability while also enhancing socio-economic well-being and local resilience of artisanal fisherfolk and their communities. This will be accomplished through GFRA’s five interdependent Strategic Approaches as follows:
- Strategic Approach 1: Align fisheries capacity with ecological carrying capacity of the small pelagic fisheries while enhancing the socio-economic well-being and resilience of artisanal fisherfolk;
- Strategic Approach 2: Increase the quality and value of artisanal fish products to maintain household income and enhance availability of nutritious foods for local and regional markets;
- Strategic Approach 3: Strengthen transparency, accountability, and co-management in governance practices for fisheries policymaking, regulation, and enforcement;
- Strategic Approach 4: Strengthen constituencies to promote and implement sustainable fisheries management;
- Strategic Approach 5: Improve use of science and research for policy and management decisions.
The Ghana Fisheries Recovery Activity (GFRA) aims to prevent the collapse of the small pelagic fishery sector in Ghana while improving the supplemental livelihoods, resilience, and food security. This Activity seeks to improve supplemental livelihoods and resilience measures for fishing communities, particularly for women and youth; facilitate private sector engagement and market linkages in the fishing sector; strengthen government capacity in policy making, regulation, and enforcement; strengthen improved science and research, including data for policy and management decisions; and empower key stakeholders to effect change.
The Fisheries Management Specialist must have a strong understanding of fisheries management policies and practices in Ghana and how to support fisheries co-management activities. The Fisheries Management Specialist plays a key role in leading or supporting activities under GFRA Objective 3 and Objective 5, including working with government, civil society and other activity implementing partners to strengthen constituencies to promote and implement sustainable fisheries management in Ghana.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS
The Fisheries Management Specialist plays a major role in ensuring the quality and timeliness of GFRA fisheries management interventions. Specifically, he/she will:
- Lead implementation of key fisheries management measures such as moratorium on new entrants, closed fishing season, recharacterization of canoe fleet and/or gear audit.
- Lead local level and regional engagements in Greater Accra and Volta Region on fisheries management measures.
- Support capacity building for fisheries co-management committees for effective community resource management.
- Contribute to annual and quarterly work plans, annual and quarterly project reports, and other GFRA contract deliverables.
- Prepare technical reports on fisheries and other related issues as often as directed by the Policy and Enforcement Advisor and/or the COP.
- Support monitoring, evaluation, and learning of GFRA project performance and progress relating to fisheries management.
- Provide technical supervision of relevant grantees and technical consultants as assigned by the Policy and Enforcement Advisor.
- Supervise the Fisheries Officer to undertake assigned roles and responsibilities.
- Other tasks as requested by Policy and Enforcement Advisor, Chief of Party, and/or Deputy Chief of Party.
Required Skills or Experience
- University degree (Master or higher) in fisheries science, aquatic science, ecosystem management, marine biology, coastal/marine resource management, or in relevant fields.
- Minimum of seven (7) years of relevant professional experience.
- Demonstrated relative experience with USAID and/or other donor-funded projects of similar size or complexity.
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, stressful environment.
- Good knowledge of current fisheries management challenges at different levels particularly within the small-scale pelagic fisheries in Ghana.
- Demonstrated experience in working with key fisher groups in Ghana’s small scale sector.
- Good knowledge of the application of fishery management measures in different management scenarios.
- Demonstrated experience in working with government institutions and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the fisheries sector.
- Professional written and spoken proficiency in English required.
- Must be computer literate (in Microsoft Office applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.).
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including patience, diplomacy, willingness to listen and respect for colleagues.
- Ability to work individually and as part of a team. Must also be able to work effectively in a team environment.
- Professional level English – both written and spoken.
How To Apply
Kindly apply through [email protected] with a cover letter and current curriculum vitae (CV) in reverse chronological order format. Subject of the email should be Fisheries Management Specialist.
Deadline Feburary 27,2024
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