Fisheries Officer (m/f)

Blue Ventures

Blue Ventures is recruiting a Fisheries Officer (m/f), to be based in Maputo, Cabo Delgado, Nampula ou Inhambane, Mozambique.
  • We are currently recruiting a Fisheries officer to support our efforts in assisting local partner organizations in East Africa, based in Mozambique. The role will entail providing technical assistance to partner organizations involved in community-based fisheries management, and sharing technical and marine resource management experiences
  • The successful candidate will provide bespoke training and technical support to local partners in all aspects of fisheries assessment and management, including monitoring and evaluation of landings particularly in the design and use of mobile-based data collection systems and supporting local partners in efforts to assist communities in the management of target small-scale fisheries
  • Additional responsibilities will include working with partner organizations and colleagues in Blue Ventures’ conservation team to plan community exchanges to share learning and best practice in tropical small-scale fisheries management and locally-led marine conservation
  • Location: Mozambique with significant travel throughout East Africa
  • Contract status: National post
  • Start date: 10th January 2022
  • Contract duration: Full time position, 12 month contract, with opportunities for renewal
  • Remuneration: Circa 1,100,000 MZN (dependent on experience)
Technical support and guidance for partner organizations
  • Providing direct support to partner organizations in Mozambique and East Africa with fisheries monitoring and management, identifying key capacity gaps and partner needs for technical support, and developing and reviewing work plans
  • Liaising with UK-based partner support team to ensure correct and timely technical support is provided, and interacting with technical colleagues both within Mozambique and internationally
  • Coordinating monitoring plans and smartphone data collection systems using Blue Ventures’ fisheries monitoring framework, and adapting existing toolkits and methods to local contexts
  • Training local partners and community resource monitors to manage mobile data systems with eventual handover and autonomous management of monitoring
  • Supporting local partners and community members in discussions around improving local fisheries management practices, providing best practice insights and recommendations from other fisheries in similar contexts
Facilitating learning and exchange
  • Identifying opportunities for cross-learning and exchange within Mozambique and internationally, and facilitating dialogue and the exchange of best practices around community-based octopus fisheries management
  • Supporting the growth and development of a ‘community of practice’ around locally-led fisheries management and fishery improvement projects
  • Identifying further opportunities for partnership development regionally
  • Exchanging and interacting with Blue Ventures colleagues supporting similar fisheries elsewhere, including preparing for and managing domestic and international fisher exchanges where possible and appropriate
Documenting learning & communication
  • Gathering feedback from community partners to guide efforts to improve the performance and impact
  • Evaluating and documenting key learning, best practices and relevant fishery/country information, including broader contextual learning around management experiences
  • Working with partner organizations and Blue Ventures’ conservation team to plan and coordinate outreach and communication efforts around partnership activities, including blogs and news articles as required
  • Undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in relevant field and/or proven experience in rural development or environmental conservation
  • At least two years’ practical experience in field-based conservation in tropical developing contexts, including knowledge of marine environmental and Mozambique cultural contexts
  • Experience of small-scale fisheries assessment, ideally through participatory (community-based) methods
  • Strong analytical skills, and experience in data collection management and interpretation
  • Experience of teaching and mentoring in data systems, analysis and interpretation
  • Knowledge of MS Office, Google Apps, and social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google plus)
  • Experience of Android data collection systems (ideally including Open Data Kit)
  • Experience of developing partnerships with communities, fisheries authorities, and NGOs
  • Sensitivity to partner and community needs and interests; humility and commitment to identifying needs and leading local capacity development for conservation
  • Fluency in English and Portuguese (required)
  • Excellent writing and technical reporting skills
  • Excellent skills in communication of complex information to a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Experience of teaching and/or delivering training, both to groups and one-to-one
  • Self-motivated, confident and self-reliant
  • Enjoys problem solving and new challenges
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Confident, strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate to and work effectively with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, at all levels
  • Capacity to undertake work independently as well as part of a team
  • Please note that this position is open to Mozambican nationals only
  • Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and first-round interviews may be conducted with short-listed candidates before the application deadline
  • All shortlisted candidates will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date
Company profile

  • Blue Ventures is an award-winning marine conservation organization working to rebuild tropical fisheries with coastal communities. We’re committed to protecting marine biodiversity in ways that benefit coastal people. We work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and where there is a fundamental unmet need to support human development.

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  • Published 16.11.2021
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