Job Opening

Posting Title: National Fisheries Scientific Expert
Department/Office: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 10 February 2021 - 18 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Conference on Trade and Development-149636-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The services of the consultant will support efforts of the OETS project to gather, estimate, understand and analyse landing of finfish species data for the purposes of monitoring regulating and trading in Belize under the framework of the Belize OETS report.

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

Contract duration: 01 March to 8 October 202.
Effective working time: 3 months and 10 working days.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in cooperation with the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea of the Office of Legal Affairs (DOALOS), is executing the project “Evidence-based and policy coherent Oceans Economy and Trade Strategies”, (OETS project) from January 2018 to December 2021, within the framework of the eleventh tranche of the Development Account. The beneficiary countries of the project are Barbados, Belize and Costa Rica.

In the context of the OETS project, UNCTAD requires to commission the development of a finfish data collection sheet and data collection methodology, collection of data for six months during 2021, and relevant data analysis for Belize.

The consultant will develop and validate a finfish data collection sheet and data collection methodology for Belize. The objective of the finfish data collection sheet and data collection methodology is to help collect detailed fisheries information at one major finfish landing site in Belize City to facilitate the identification of species landed, quantities fished, gear used and fishing effort information to help improve the management of the finfish fishery of Belize. To that end, the consultant will make use and consider finfish data collection sheets and methodologies produced by regional organizations such as the Organization for Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors for Central America (OSPESCA) and the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECFAC) of the Food and Agriculture organization (FAO). The finfish data collection sheet and data collection methodology will be validated by the National Fisheries Authority and selected key stakeholders (National Fishermen Cooperative Society Limited, Northern Fishermen Cooperative Society Limited, Rainforest Seafood Limited, and Fein Catch Limited) before the implementation of a six-month data collection exercise at one major finfish landing site in Belize City.

Thereafter, the consultant will identify, gather, collect and synthesize relevant catch data to compile the data collection sheet(s) in accordance with the agreed data collection methodology for Belize at one major finfish landing site in Belize City. Moreover, the consultant should complement this data with national available data (e.g. Belize Fisheries Department finfish data) and results from existing surveys and interviews (if required) taking into consideration Belize’s fisheries data reporting requirements at the regional and international levels (OSPESCA and WECAFC-FAO) and provide the most comprehensive finfish data collection sheet and data collection methodology.
The consultant will also produce an analysis, based on data collected, to show the main findings of the finfish landings. The analysis will help the Belize Fisheries Department to better understand the species composition of catch landings, quantities landed and catch per unit effort. The consultant will also present and actively participate and assist UNCTAD and DAOLOS during the organization of the online consultation foreseen for the second semester of 2021. The consultant will work closely with UNCTAD staff as well as with other consultants and experts.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An university degree (e.g. Bachelor of Science) in sciences, biology or fisheries related studies is required. A master’s degree (or equivalent post graduate studies) in business administration, economics or fisheries management is desirable.
Experience: The consultant must have demonstrated and progressive experience of five years on fisheries research, fisheries project implementation, or fisheries and market data analysis. Experience in stock assessment and data collection in the fisheries sector in Belize is an advantage.
Language: Fluency in writing and spoken English is required. Working knowledge of Spanish is an advantage.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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