Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Marine Fisheries and Conservation Specialist

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Description

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Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

The European Union (EU) has established the Cambodia Programme for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the Fisheries Sector (CAPFISH). The overall objective of the CAPFISH Programme is to support the Royal Government of Cambodia in the achievement of its long-term vision of social and economic development, food security and poverty reduction as initiated with the Deep Fisheries Reforms and laid down in the National Strategic Development Plan. The Programme is structured in two components: one on aquaculture (i.e. CAPFISH-Aquaculture, adopted in 2016, EUR 30 million) and one on capture fisheries (i.e. CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries, adopted in 2019, EUR 92.7 million).

The stated objective of the capture fisheries component of the CAPFISH Programme is for Cambodia to have sustainable capture fisheries, contributing to food security and poverty reduction. The CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme comprises three interrelated pillars: 1. fisheries management and conservation; 2. post-harvest and trade; and 3. improvement and diversification of fisheries communities' livelihoods. The CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme functions through direct Budgetary Support to the Royal Government of Cambodia Fisheries Administration (FiA) and by Complementary Support provided through the FAO (fisheries management and conservation pillar), UNIDO (post-harvest and trade pillar) and NGOs and Civil Society Organisations (improvement and diversification of fisheries communities' livelihoods pillar).

This Complementary Support project (i.e. FAO-CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries) supports the fisheries conservation and management pillar within the CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme. The specific outcome that the project will work to achieve within its timeframe and resources is improved capacity to strengthen fisheries management at the community, district/provincial, and national levels.

Reporting Lines

The Marine Fisheries and Conservation Specialist reports directly to the Chief Technical Advisor (Team Leader), under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Cambodia. He/she will work in Coordination with the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and in close collaboration with the FiA team at national and provincial levels, and other key partners.

Technical Focus

The Marine Fisheries and Conservation Specialist will provide technical assistance to the Fisheries Administration (both at national and subnational levels) in the implementation of the National Plan of Action to combat Illegal Unreported and Unregulated fishing (NPOA-IUU) and the National Plan for Control and Inspection (NPCI).

Tasks and responsibilities

The Marine Fisheries and Conservation Specialist will:
  • Support FiA in the implementation of priority activities under the NPOA-IUU and NPCI for Marine Fisheries (including Vessel Registration and licensing, establishment of MCS and VMS teams at national and provincial levels, SMART tool use, planning for a Capacity Development needs assessment and strategy, habitats survey and Mapping, conservation activities, catch monitoring);
  • Coordinate and, as required, take a lead role in the development and implementation of other initiatives supporting Marine Fisheries management;
  • Support FiA in creating and implementing a capacity development strategy staff in coastal provinces;
  • Provide training and mentoring including to the project’s provincial Capacity Building teams in relation to their support to FiA on marine fisheries management;
  • Technically support the provincial fisheries specialists in the 4 coastal provinces;
  • Work closely with the project gender mainstreaming team to assist FiA and stakeholders on integration of gender, indigenous people, youth and Child Labour issues into plans, strategies and their implementation (in line with national plans) ;
  • Support project’s communication activities;
  • Support project and FiA monitoring and evaluation activities;
  • Perform other related duties, as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in fisheries, natural resources management or related field
  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in marine fisheries management or conservation
  • Working knowledge of English
  • National of Cambodia
FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills

  • Ability to lead/coordinate multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to write reports in Khmer and in English
  • Ability to build technical capacity of government counterpart and fisheries stakeholders
  • Experience in Marine Fisheries management and planning and marine conservation

  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
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  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications
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