Fisheries Specialist – Western Indian Ocean (WIO)
Fisheries Specialist – Western Indian Ocean (WIO) at Nature Conservancy January, 2023
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establishing the Africa Program in 2007, The Nature Conservancy’s
vision in Africa is to work towards fostering a sustainable future for
people and nature, partnering with indigenous communities across 55
million acres on the continent. Our efforts are firmly rooted in people,
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transcends three key pillars: securing ownership rights to lands and
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conservation efforts and socio-economic development. Together with our
partners, we are witnessing critical milestones in integrated land and
fisheries management, ocean and source water protection, energy
development and sustainable food production, working together and
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change, habitat and biodiversity loss that stands to adversely impact
the nearly 1.4 billion people that share Africa.
Oceans Strategy focuses on securing large-scale ocean protection by
supporting effective marine spatial planning, sustainable fisheries and
community-led conservation approaches. Our work seeks to establish
sustainable financing to enable conservation outcomes at large marine
ecosystem scale, by supporting policy and regulatory frameworks, as well
as local capacity, with emphasis on linking science and communities to
habitats protection, restoration and management. TNC envisions
sustainable fisheries that are managed in a way that results in viable
local fisheries, stable supplies of seafood, thriving coastal
communities, biodiversity conservation, and a healthy ocean, rivers and
lakes. TNC’s Africa fisheries work aims at safeguarding productive
marine fisheries for ecosystem health as important foundation for food
and livelihood security. Our vision is for aquaculture to grow with the
least environmental impact. TNC has established partnerships with
several non-government and government agencies to support coastal and
marine fisheries and coastal community-led conservation throughout
Africa where TNC operates. The current main focus is the Western Indian
Ocean (WIO) particularly the Coastal Kenya, Zanzibar Islands, coast of
mainland Tanzania, Seychelles and South Africa while also connecting
with the greater WIO region.
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WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE TOGETHER
Fisheries Specialist works to support development and implementation of
Africa Fisheries Strategy in collaboration with the Conservancy’s
Africa Ocean Protection and Resilience team and other TNC staff as
appropriate. They will advance TNCs agenda in the WIO by providing
technical and scientific support to the Africa Fisheries Strategy
Manager and implement effective and impactful strategies to advance
Fisheries Program goals under TNC’s Shared Conservation Agenda. The role
involves working closely and in partnership with fishers, local
community, fishing industry, scientific community, government, and
non-government organizations in the WIO region and beyond. The position
is within TNC’s Africa Ocean Protection and Resilience Strategy team and
will be based in the Conservancy’s Mombasa Office in Kenya, reporting
to the Africa Fisheries Strategy Manager. No employment visas or
assistance is being offered with this position except for the local
labor employment requirements. This is an initial 3-year term limited
position with an extension of tenure subject to performance and
availability of funds.
WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOU
position will manage projects and provide technical and scientific
support for elements of TNC’s Africa Fisheries Strategy. The position
supports the coordination and implementation of priority projects and
acts as a technical resource on sustainable fisheries and community-led
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.
The responsibilities and scope for this position are:
project management support, leading desk-based research and analyses,
and co-leading local and international training workshops with country
- Participating in, and providing technical support
towards strengthening or building successful community-led governance
models (e.g. fisheries Beach Management Units, Community Conservancies,
Community Forest Associations, Shehia Fisher Committees, fisher
cooperatives, etc) for sustainable fisheries and coastal management
establishment and implementation of locally managed marine areas and
community-based natural resource management plans
creation of incentives that drive community benefits, sustainable
management and livelihoods that build lasting support for conservation.
team support, technical information, and assisting in coordination of
key fisheries projects in priority areas in Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles,
South Africa and the greater WIO region.
- Supporting development, reporting and management of the Africa Fisheries Strategy.
partnerships and 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 Ocean Protection and Resilience Strategy.
cross project learning and strengthen a Community of Practice for the
sharing of best practices and lessons learned for adaptive management.
development of program-level Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
framework for the fisheries and coastal community-led conservation
- Help develop and manage work plans and large project budgets
involve working in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on
difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding
- The position will involve frequent travel domestically and internationally, evening and weekend hours.
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WHAT YOU’LL BRING
degree in natural resources management, conservation, or another
related field of study with 5 years of related work experience in
conservation practice, project management, policy, fundraising or other
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience on community-led conservation, fisheries management and marine science and conservation
- Experience conducting or working on fisheries-related scientific research, ecosystem interactions and coastal zone management.
in developing supportive and collaborative partnerships with other
non-profits, community groups and/or government agencies.
- Excellent communication skills via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
of key actors and current trends, threats to fisheries and marine
biodiversity in the WIO, and practices related to management and
protection at a national and regional scales.
- Strong technical
writing and data analytical skills, interpretation, and presentation of
information to a broad range of audiences and stakeholders.
- Experience in analyzing data and using statistical packages such as Excel and other analysis tools
- Advanced degree and 10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with the coastal fishing communities.
- Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience are appreciated. Fluency in Swahili is an added advantage.
- Willingness and ability to undertake extended periods of field travel (at least 40%) domestically and internationally.
- Politically savvy.
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