Job Description

The Myanmar Department of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation (MoALI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are initiating the project "FishAdapt: Strengthening the adaptive capacity and resilience of fisheries and aquaculture-dependent livelihoods in Myanmar" (the Project) with funding from the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).   The Project aims to assist government to enable inland and coastal fisheries and aquaculture stakeholders to adapt to Climate Change by understanding and reducing vulnerabilities, piloting new practices and technologies, and sharing information. Key areas of focus for the Project will include the strengthening of national, regional, and local regulatory frameworks and adaptive capacities, the ecosystem approach to fisheries and aquaculture, fisheries adaptive co- management measures, integrated mangrove-fisheries and aquaculture systems, climate-resilient practices and techniques along the fisheries and aquaculture supply chains, and critical issues related to land and resource tenure affecting adaptive capacities.   The junior legal consultant (EAFM/EAA) will support to the national team, working home based, for helping the Project in supporting the assessment of legal related Capacity Development needs of the relevant partners and stakeholders and will closely cooperate with the Capacity Development team on facilitating and delivering training on legal related aspects, for reinforcing the national capacity, based in the assessment results.   Reporting Lines   Under the overall supervision and guidance of FAO Representative in Myanmar, direct supervision of project CTA, the technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer as well as the Chief, Development Law Branch (LEGN) of the FAO Legal Office and the International Legal Specialist, in close collaboration and consultation with Assistant FAOR (Programme), other international and national consultant, National Project Coordinators, governmental counterparts, implementation partners and the project’s other technical specialists, the incumbent will perform the following tasks: Tasks and responsibilities:  
  1. Provide draft and technical input for the training requirements and the strategic implementation of such training for improving legal and normative understanding among the fishing communities and to develop or compile training materials (outline and contents) as appropriate.

  2. Help identify lessons learned in terms of the approaches, operations and results achieved under above assignments for dissemination and emulation or uptake Union wide or in other Regions, states or townships as appropriate;

  3. Contribute to reporting and communication on the legal and policy aspects, activities and outcomes of the Project

  • University Degree in International Law.

  • At least 1 years of relevant experience on Myanmar national and regional fisheries and aquaculture legal framework. Knowledge on CCA and DRM international policies will be positively considered.

  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian) for Consultants. Working knowledge of English for PSA.SBS

  FAO Core Competencies:
  • Results Focus

  • Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Building Effective Relationships

  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

  Technical/Functional Skills
  • Relevant advanced degree specifically referred to legal and or policy aspects.

  • Experience working with Myanmar departments, bodies and institutions concerned on the drafting of aquaculture and fisheries legal and policy frameworks and legislation.

  • Experience working for UN/FAO projects holding similar expected legal / policy outcomes.

  • Experience with UN agencies, especially FAO.

Selection Criteria
  • Familiarity with or exposure to Myanmar legal /policy review and improvement in fisheries and aquaculture legislation (CCA, DRM related issue desirable).

  • Familiarity with or exposure to the FishAdapt project Capacity Building and training on legal review and drafting in relation with aquaculture and fisheries, including experience with facilitation of adoption of novel approaches, assessing capacity gaps and needs at different levels and planning for developing new legal tools and approaches.

  • Familiarity with or exposure to Myanmar fisheries and aquaculture legal framework will be positively considered.

  • Familiarity with or exposure to Myanmar CCA / DRM / DRR legal framework will be positively considered.

  • Experience engaging (working with) Myanmar diverse stakeholders, from fishers and aqua-farmers to ministerial staff.

  • Extent of relevant experience with internationally funded projects.

  • Prior preparation and submission of written reports for an international developmental agency, a governmental department, or a major NGO

  • Proficiency in MS Office.

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