Fisheries Management Coordinator- Camsur Cluster

Employer
WWF Philippines
Location
San Jose, California, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Nov 29, 2022

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Sector
Consultancy/Private Sector
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Fisheries
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
Location: San Jose-based with frequent travel within the project sites in Camarines Sur

Duration: A 3 -year program until December 2024 with the possibility of extension for the duration of the project dependent upon the performance.

Supervision: Site Manager

Accountable to: WWF-Philippines

Reports to: WWF-Germany and WWF-Philippines

Works with:
  • Internal: Project Coordination Team composed of WWF-Philippines and Tambuyog Development Center (TDC)
  • External: 6 Municipal Government Units, 1 Provincial Government Unit, relevant national agencies, local universities, civil society organizations, financial institutions, private partners, tuna processors, local traders and fishermen in project sites.
Project Description
Since 2011, WWF Philippines in cooperation with WWF Germany has implemented projects to make tuna production by small-scale handline fishers in Lagonoy Gulf and Mindoro Strait areas more sustainable and to improve fishers' livelihoods. In 2017, these efforts have been carried over into a multi-stakeholder / multi-actor parternship (henceforth MAP) process to connect the diverse stakeholders along the value chain and at local, sub-national and national decision-making levels. In this follow-up phase of the Sustainable Tuna Partnership (STP), the scope shall be broadened to include aspects of tuna stock management at regional level through the responsible Regional Fisheries Managment Organization, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) to improve compliance with regulations to ensure sustainable management of this economically important resource, while maintaining relevant aspects of the former project that targets to enhance the human well-being of small-scale tuna fishing households in Lagonoy Gulf and Mindoro Strait and sustaining the yellowfin tuna stock in Western and Central Pacific waters at healthy levels in the long-term. WWF seeks to engage strategic member states of the WCPFC to support and push for harvest strategies, specifically the Philippines, Indonesia and China, working with partners and WWF offices and partners in these countries.

Beneficiaries of the Action: The direct target group of the project consists of 4 groups: 500 members of fishing households to be trained in family disaster preparedness (80% of which will be women); the 2,500 members of the Tuna Fishers Associations (TFAs) engaged in sustainable fisheries management; leaders and representatives of 26 organizations (21 TFAs, 2 Tuna Federations, 2 cooperatives, and 1 MSC client group) to be trained in capacity development; and 21 women's Group Savings and Loan Associations (GSLAs) to be trained in financial management.
Key Functions
The Fisheries Management Coordinator (FMC), under the direct supervision of the Site Manager, is responsible for the monitoring of the Local Tuna Fisheries Management Plans implementation and the compliance of relevant fisheries policies in the 6 municipalities of Camarines Sur. S/he will work closely with the Tambuyog community development facilitators including other community coordinators in the area. With the guidance of the Policy and Governance Partnership Specialist, s/he will be responsible in providing technical assistance on fisheries management and policy development with relevant target groups.

S/he will receive directions from the Site Manager and the Policy and Governance Partnership Specialist with regards to policy briefings, discussions, advice and guidance on relevant fisheries management agenda setting, program goals, public hearing objectives and plan objectives. S/he will perform work which involves fisheries data collection; monitoring compliance on fisheries registration and licensing including fish catch reporting. S/he is expected to help in developing policy agenda, advocacy strategies and management mechanisms in collaboration with various local government entities and tuna fishery industries.

Generally, the fisheries management coordinator will carry-out the following tasks:
  • Coordinates with the Tambuyog Capacity Development Trainer and Community Development Facilitator in empowering the tuna fishing communities on sustainable fisheries governance and ensure their active participation or representation to any relevant multi sectoral management councils or local special bodies such as, but not limited to, MFARMCs, Municipal Agriculture and Fisheries Councils (MAPCs) and Local Development Councils (LDC);
  • Facilitate consultative meetings, seminar-workshops, trainings, forums and dialogues with various stakeholders and partners at the local level;
  • Assist the Site Manager with guidance from the Policy and Governance Partnership Specialist in developing fisheries policy agenda in consultation with the local tuna fishing communities;
  • Consults with the Communication Specialist in preparing information materials and in communicating policy agenda to local government officials and relevant local entities to lobby the sustainable fisheries agenda to various government institutions;
  • Provide the Policy and Governance Partnership Specialist any relevant fisheries management information gathered from the tuna handline fishers and help facilitate in promoting strict compliance on fisheries management measures stipulated in the Local Tuna Management Plans (LTMP);
  • Report directly to the site manager all fisheries compliance issues and management concerns on regular basis;
  • Actively participate and represent the organization in various networks and movements at the local level to share project partners' position on various issues after in-house consultation.
  • Any other task as seem necessary that may be assigned by the Site Manager.
Qualifications
  • Degree in a relevant social or natural resource management discipline with considerable knowledge in fisheries management, policy development, community development or related fields;
  • At least 2 years of experience working with local fishing communities and relevant government entities in Bicol region is an advantage;
  • Conversant in the FARMC development and other related fisheries policies;
  • Detail oriented and strong organizational skills
  • Works extremely well under pressure and is able to multitask on concurrent activities
  • Enjoys working in a hands-on and collaborative team environment but also has the ability to work independently
  • Willingness to work flexible hours if needed

Interested applicants can email a cover letter and CV to apply@wwf.org.ph with the subject line: Fisheries Management Coordinator- Camsur Cluster. Deadline for applications is on January 20, 2022.
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