Job opportunity: FAO, Sub Regional Office for the Caribbean

Regional Project Coordinator - Consultant (Non-staff) opportunity at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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Open position: Regional Project Coordinator 

Job type: Consultant / Personal Services Agreement for 6 months (with possibility of extension)

No. of positions: 1

Organisation's name: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nationals  (FAO), Sub Regional Office for the Caribbean (SLC)

Location: Barbados-Bridgetown (primary location)

Closure date: 07/May/2020, 9:59:00 PM

About the project/organisation: 

The Sub Regional Office for the Caribbean (SLC) promotes the eradication of hunger, food insecurity, malnutrition and extreme poverty by providing technical advice and assistance to member countries. SLC is committed to the implementation of the three Regional Initiatives, Support a Hunger-Free Caribbean, Family farming and rural territorial development in Caribbean, and Improving food systems in the Caribbean.

The project “Sustainable management of bycatch in Latin America and Caribbean trawl fisheries (REBYC-II LAC) aims to reduce the negative ecosystem impact and achieve more sustainable shrimp/bottom trawl fisheries in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region through implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF), including bycatch and habitat impact management.

The overall goal of the REBYC-II LAC project is to facilitate more sustainable use of fisheries resources and healthier marine ecosystems in the project region in order to support sustainable livelihoods. The outputs include collaborative governance, cost-effective solutions and effective incentives to minimize the by-catch of juveniles, species at risk, discards and impacts on seabed habitats, improved utilization of sustainable by-catch, and reduced operational costs in bottom/shrimp trawl fisheries in the region.

The participating countries in the project are Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The post is located in the Sub Regional Office for the Caribbean (SLC), in a Regional Project coordination unit embedded in the Secretariat of the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission and is being implemented and coordinated through a Regional Project Coordination Unit (RPCU). The Incumbent will coordinate the technical implementation of the project activities in the six project countries involved ensuring that activities are in line with the FAO rules and procedures

Furthermore, the project seeks to improve local livelihoods in the face of management changes. It also builds regional synergies to achieve balance between environmental well-being and human well-being. The project facilitates participatory governance approaches where fishers, managers and other key stakeholders work together to improve by-catch management. Primary stakeholders’ knowledge and capacity on by-catch and adaptive collaborative management key instruments. 

Key project stakeholders include national and local fisheries authorities, the private fishing sector (fishers, processors and retailers), fishing communities and organizations in project pilot sites, regional fisheries organizations( including the CRFM, OSPESCA, Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC)), the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems project (CLME+), NOAA, WWF, and various universities and research institutes in the region. FAO provides technical assistance to ensure that the project activities benefit from experiences elsewhere and meet current practices.

Required Qualification, Skills & Abilities:

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University degree in fisheries, fisheries management, natural resources management, fishing technology or communication with an emphasis on issues related to FAO.
  • Three years of relevant experience in project/programme management and implementation at national or regional levels.  
  • Working knowledge of English and Spanish.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable.
  • Proven ability to implement projects in the Latin America and Caribbean Region.
  • Proven capabilities to organize support and report on project/programme progress and activities applying results based project management.
  • Experience in fisheries management issues, preferably including experience on co-management and participatory management processes.
  • Additional working knowledge of Portuguese will be considered an asset.
  • Experience with capacity development and knowledge sharing activities.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide oversight and technical guidance and coordination in accordance with FAO and GEFs rules and procedures with a view to achieving project results;
  • Manage the project monitoring framework and regularly update the  project Logical Framework Matrix in FPMIS;
  • Follow-up on the implementation of the 2020 Annual Work Plans and Budgets for the project and prepare an annual co financing report;
  • Collect inputs from National co-executing partners, prepare, and submit a Project Progress Report in December 2020 and Project Information Review in July 2020 and any other report as necessary;
  • Support and liaise with Governments and stakeholders as appropriate;
  • Provide Operational and Administrative support in coordination with SLC and SRC/SLC to ensure effective management of the project financial resources;
  • Provide on-the-job capacity building and mentoring. Represent the project at regional and international level and Conduct periodic coordination, technical assistance and monitoring missions to the participating countries;
  • Participate in the development of materials for capacity development in collaboration with the LTO and Project’s task force and in close coordination with the other members of the Regional Project Coordination Unit (RPCU) at FAO SLC and participating countries and partners. Organize the PSC meetings and act as Secretary of the meetings;
  • Liaise with SRC, Program Officer and Headquarters to develop TORs for the Final Evaluation and support the coordination of evaluation activities in the field;
  • Ensure completion of all the MTR recommendations in accordance with the management response;
  • Manage the transfer of project deliverables to national beneficiaries and other project stakeholders and ensure proper project closure according to FAO operational guideline including filing of the project documentation;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Compensation: no information given

To apply: Visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered. Deadline: If you need help please contact: Careers@fao.org

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