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Fisheries Specialist – Western Indian Ocean at Nature Conservancy

We work with local communities, governments and organizations to conserve Africa’s important places. Africa is special. Its wild lands and waters are home to incredible numbers and diversity of species living close to people. For most rural Africans, connection to place takes on unique meaning, more so than anywhere else on Earth because their daily existence depends on the productivity of their natural resources. Challenges in Africa Some 60 percent of Africa’s lands and waters – community property, in a sense – are managed by the people who live on them. These people are undoubtedly the most vulnerable on Earth.

Job ID: 48941

Your Position With TNC

The Fisheries Specialist works to support development and implementation of Africa Fisheries Strategy together with the Conservancy’s Africa Ocean Protection and Resilience Team.

The position will be based in the Conservancy’s Mombasa Office in Kenya, reporting to the Africa Fisheries Strategy Manager.

The role involves working closely with other Conservancy staff, and in partnership with fishers, local community, fishing industry, government, and non-government organizations in the WIO region.

Essential Functions

The position will manage projects and provide technical and scientific support for elements of TNC’s Africa Fisheries Strategy.

The position supports the Fisheries Africa Strategy Manager in coordination and implementation of priority projects as a technical resource on sustainable fisheries and community-based conservation.

The position will apply a diversified knowledge of fisheries-related scientific principles and practices to a broad variety of assignments, from research, analysis and writing, capacity building, strategy development, project coordination and management support, and engagement with private sector seafood actors and traceability systems.

Responsibilities And Scope

  • Providing project management support, leading desk-based research and analyses, and co-leading local and international training workshops with country programs.
  • Participating in, and providing technical support towards strengthening or building successful community-based governance models (e.g. fisheries Beach Management Units, Community
  • Conservancies, Community Forest Associations, Shehia Fisher Committees, etc) for sustainable fisheries and coastal management
  • Supporting establishment and implementation of locally managed marine areas and community-based natural resource management plans
  • Supporting creation of incentives that drive community benefits, sustainable management and livelihoods that build lasting support for conservation.
  • Providing team support, technical information, and assisting the Fisheries Strategy Manager with coordination of key fisheries projects in priority projects in Kenya and Tanzania, and the greater WIO region.
  • Supporting development, reporting and management of the Africa Fisheries Strategy.
  • Working with fishermen and fishing communities, internal and external scientists, and with seafood industries and NGO partners to enhance collaboration and synergy in implementation of the Conservancy’s Africa Fisheries Strategy.
  • May involve working in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • May involve frequent travel domestically and/or internationally, evening and weekend hours.
  • May help develop and manage work plans and large project budgets.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS in natural sciences with 5 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience an demonstrate knowledge in marine science and conservation
  • Experience conducting or working on fisheries-related scientific research, ecosystem interactions and coastal zone management.
  • Experience in working and partnership development with non-profit partners, indigenous community groups and government agencies.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Web Browsers.

Desired Qualifications

  • MSc degree in a related field and 6 -10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Record of publications in scientific peer reviewed journals related to fishery science and/or coastal management
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in science and conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation in Tanzania, Kenya or the WIO region.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. Fluency in Swahili is highly desirable.
  • Ability to work independently including keeping timelines.
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences including through strong writing skills
  • Politically savvy.

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