29 June, 2022

USAID/OurFish OurFuture Project - ECOP Facilitator - Melanesia

The University of Rhode Island (URI), Coastal Resources Center (CRC)


Port Vila, Vanuatu


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Full time


Organisation Description: 

The University of Rhode Island (URI) is commissioning a five year regional project on coastal fisheries, "OurFish OurFuture", funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented across six Pacific Island countries in Melanesia and Micronesia regions.


Job Desctiption:

The Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries Management Community of Practice (ECOP) Facilitator - Melanesia is responsible for establishing, coordinating, and growing the Community of Practice (COP) in Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. The path to an Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) requires transformation throughout the entire social-ecological and governance system, which the OurFish OurFuture project aims to accelerate through peer-to-peer learning, information sharing, and collaboration through a COP.
The Facilitator will be tasked with identifying, recruiting, and engaging target coastal fisheries stakeholders and practitioners from the regional to community level, coordinating network-wide communication over the life of the project with the assistance of partner staff and ECOP focal points across the three countries of interest in Melanesia. The Facilitator will ensure that the ECOP in Melanesia is an interactive peer-to-peer network designed to accelerate social learning about why and how to advance EAFM in the region, as well as a forum for collaborating and innovating. The Facilitator will focus on community-level engagement and learning, and will collaborate with stakeholders to illustrate how historical, sociocultural, and traditional forms of management are incorporated into EAFM.
The Facilitator will coordinate closely with OurFish OurFuture partner offices of World Wildlife Fund (WWF), LMMA Network, and The University of the South Pacific (USP), as well as a counterpart ECOP Facilitator focused on three countries of interest in Micronesia. The position reports directly to the OurFish OurFuture Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) and works closely with all OurFish OurFuture program staff located at both the University of Rhode Island (URI) Coastal Resources Center (CRC) office and the in-country Fiji office.


Selection Criteria:

• A minimum of five years' progressively responsible, professional experience in fisheries project coordination and management (coastal fisheries preferred).
• Experience in facilitating field and office activities with fisher communities in Melanesia including data collection, data capture, and improving communications among fishery stakeholders.
• Excellent facilitation and presentation skills.
• Fluency and excellent written and oral communication skills in English and knowledge of Bislama or Pidgin.
• Demonstrated ability to initiate and establish partnerships and networks, maintaining effective relationships and influencing key partners and stakeholders.
• Experience and ability to collaborate with people from different ethnic, cultural and educational backgrounds.
• Outcome driven focus, with the ability to coordinate multiple activities.
• The capacity to exercise sound judgement and to execute operational planning.
• High level capacity for self-management and initiative while operating with minimal supervision.
• Demonstrated understanding of ecosystems approach to fisheries management at the community level.
• Willing to be assigned in Port Vila, Vanuatu, and travel to project sites in PNG, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
• Demonstrated experience in the use of spreadsheets, and word processing software including Microsoft Word and Excel. Interest in and capacity to train on other specialized software for content analysis, social network analysis, etc.

• BSc degree in Marine Biology, Fisheries Management, Marine Ecology, or equivalent.




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rjimmy@ourfish.crcuri.org, robert@ourfish.crcuri.org and pfreeman@uri.edu


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