Job Opening

Posting Title: Project coordinator - Bycatch of marine turtles and sea birds in West Africa
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 09 April 2018 - 29 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-United Nations Environment Programme-95576-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

Project properly managed, including production of technical and financial reports.

Work Location

Bonn

Expected duration

1 year with the possibility of extension up to a maximum of 2 years.

Duties and Responsibilities

The CMS Secretariat is seeking an experienced consultant to support the Aquatic Species Team with the coordination and implementation of a project on “Minimising bycatch of seabirds and sea turtles in West African industrial fisheries” in West Africa.

The overall project, which is under the coordination of BirdLife International, aims to strengthen fisheries and conservation governance in West Africa and to initiate efforts to ensure that best practices are mandatory in national legislation and regulations through legal frameworks.
UNEP-CMS will lead on one component: (i) Supporting the development of a Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMO), for regionally coherent governance and implementing binding regulations, and under the guise of this and (ii) Investigate the nature and scale of intentional take and export of seabirds (largely covert/below official radars).

The main objectives of this component of the project are:
1. Review national and regional legislation in target countries, and make recommendations on bycatch gaps and how to fill them;
2. Establish a policy & advocacy programme on EAF and bycatch mitigation, to include update of regional frameworks & national regulations, strengthening EAF and aligning use of FADs by tuna purse seiners with ICCAT’s minimum standards;
3. Support local partners to validate recommendations for minimizing bycatch from legal review through a regional participatory workshop and consider new legislation and legal mechanisms etc.;
4. Strengthen local partners’ capacity in considering regulations and how to improve best practice in order to tackle seabird bycatch issues and to ensure that DWF nations respect and implement bycatch policies and regulations, including electronic monitoring and surveillance.

Main duties will include:
Coordinate the overall implementation of the CMS component of the project “Minimising bycatch of seabirds and sea turtles in West African industrial fisheries”
• Review the status quo of regional legislation and governance in a very broad and comprehensive way, which will be complemented by a review of national legislation in the 7 countries, undertaken by the Regional Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme for West Africa (PRCM). This includes engaging in dialogue with relevant stakeholders to help fill legal gaps and mapping out processes or opportunities to support shape the development of a Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMO) for the region.
• Investigate the direct taking, consumption, and international trade of sea birds. Ways must be identified to build up communication channels with fishermen directly, either on board vessels or at landing sites, which requires to cooperate with partners, that have already established a good relationship with this stakeholder group would be important.
• Establish policy and advocacy programmes on the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) and bycatch mitigation, to strengthen the EAF, to align the use of Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs) by tuna purse seiners with minimum standards of the International Convention on the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) and to support the development of a new RFMO. This activity will involve the development of a regional bycatch mitigation roadmap as the final product.
• Manage the project, including its budget and provide regular reports to the CMS management and BirdLife International.
• Undertake other related duties as may be required to implement the project.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Post graduate degree in international law, environmental sciences or fisheries management.
Experience: At least 5 years of working experience at the international level, including detailed experience with fisheries management and/or bycatch mitigation, ideally in West African fisheries on a national and regional level, national and regional fisheries and species conservation legislation, frameworks and policies, ideally in West Africa.
Language: Fluency in written and spoken English required, in addition, fluency in French highly desirable.

Additional Information

General notes:
• To deliver the tasks and products mentioned above the consultant will work full-time.
• No accommodation or subsidy for accommodation or associated costs is provided.
• Proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan must be provided to the Secretariat prior to the beginning of the contract.
• The consultant will neither hold civil servant status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the
UN Staff Rules and Regulations

This consultancy is funded for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Recruitment against this consultancy is on a local basis. External applicant is responsible for any travel expenses incurred in order to take-up the recruitment.

No Fee

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