South Africa

Fisheries Improvement Project Coordinator

Company WWF-SA
Reference # #Marine
Published 11/02/2019
Contract Type Contract
24 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Newlands, Western Cape, South Africa
WWF is the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisation, with over 6 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

WWF South Africa is a national office that is part of the WWF network. We are a local NGO that has worked for 50 years with the aim of inspiring all South Africans to live in harmony with nature, for the benefit of our country and the wellbeing of all our people. WWFs work is for nature, for you.

Our work is challenging and exciting and we love what we do. To join our team you need to be brilliant at what you do, passionate, results-orientated and have a positive attitude.
Job Functions Coordinator,Environmental Services,Other Research Development, Science and Scientific Research
Industries Ngo / Non-Profit

WWF is looking for a leader to drive vibrant engagement and improvement in South African fisheries as part of the Fish for Good project. Fish for Good is a four-year project initiated by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery. Fish for Good aims to guide fisheries in Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa on their journey towards sustainability, giving them the support and tools to improve their fishing practices and restore healthy fish stocks.

In South Africa, Fish for Good will include the mapping of 15 fisheries, of which nine will be selected for pre-assessment. A maximum of five of the pre-assessed fisheries will proceed to Fishery Improve Projects (FIPs) with support from the project. WWF will act as the agent responsible for implementing the five FIPs which entails designing and implementing the five FIPs with the support of relevant fisheries stakeholders. WWF is therefore looking to secure a FIP Coordinator to oversee the development and rollout of FIPs for the five fisheries agreed upon by the Fish for Good advisory board. The FIP Coordinator will report to the Seafood Market Transformation Manager and will be based at the WWF South Africa offices in Newlands, Cape Town.

Key Responsibilities:

The WWF Fisheries Improvement Project Coordinator will be responsible for the following actions:

1.Review and provide technical input to the MSC pre-assessments currently being undertaken:
•Conduct a technical review of all nine assessments currently being undertaken by the identified Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) and provide information where relevant.

2.Identify, liaise and where necessary collaborate with the relevant stakeholders to secure commitment for participation in the five identified FIPs:
•Identify and establish relationships with key stakeholders relevant to each of the five FIPs agreed upon. This includes fishing industry associations, scientific experts, relevant NGOs, and representatives from the relevant regulatory authorities such as the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).
•Draft Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) for each of the five FIPs defining the roles and responsibilities of all entities involved.

3.Development of FIP action plans with effective tracking and monitoring tools and driving the implementation of the action plans:
•Based on the findings of the five MSC pre-assessments, the FIP coordinator will develop a Work Plan Matrix which links the medium and high-priority performance indicators in the scoping document to activities in the FIP action plan and identifies the highest priorities to address.
•Develop FIP action plans for each of the five FIPs, in collaboration with the relevant stakeholders, which lists the activities and time fames within which the improvements identified in the pre-assessments should be addressed. These action plans should include:
oActivity list: A brief description of each activity, including background and rationale for completing the activity, as discussed at FIP stakeholder meetings;
oResponsible parties (organisations or individuals) responsible for completing the specified activities;
oTime frames that provide an estimation of the time required to complete each activity;
oMetrics and key performance indicators to enable FIP participants to effectively track progress over time and to communicate about the changes in each fishery;
oAn associated budget, in which costs and funding opportunities for each activity are identified; and
oTraceability system to ensure that fish identified as coming from the FIP is indeed part of the FIP.
•Drive implementation of the activities as set out in the action plan and track progress consistently and transparently using the Benchmark Tracking Tool or similar template.

4.Establish and regularly convene Steering Committees for the five FIPs:
•Convening and chairing of quarterly FIP Steering Committee meetings including the preparation of relevant discussion documents and following up on agreed upon actions.
•Drafting agendas and capturing and circulating minutes of all FIP Steering Committee meetings.

5.Development of projects and project management in support of FIP activities:
•In collaboration with the FIP Steering Committees, design, coordinate and manage projects to implement activities identified in the five FIPs and secure consultants where necessary to execute those activities.

6.Securing funding for FIP activities including the management of funds for the different FIPs and associated activities:
•Develop a budget for each of the five FIPs, in which costs and appropriate funders are identified. This budget should include two sets of costs:
oProcess costs (e.g. costs associated with holding stakeholder meetings, etc.); and
oImplementation costs (e.g. costs for the fishery to actually make changes).
•Manage the funding and expenditure for all five FIPs and provide regular feedback to the relevant stakeholders involved.
•Identify funding opportunities to support FIP activities and develop subsequent funding proposals in support of the FIP budgets.

7.Reporting to stakeholders and undertaking outreach activities:
•Communicate progress publically every three to six months according to the FIP objectives, activities and timeframes outlined in the action plan.
•Additional reporting may occur if significant milestones are met in the interim.
•Draft outreach stories to highlight social and environmental impacts of the project, and acknowledge the role of all the stakeholders and funders.
•Prepare and share annual reports that include a review of all projects undertaken during the FIPs, a description of the relevant FIP outcomes and the readiness of the fishery for MSC certification.
•A tertiary post-graduate qualification in fisheries, marine conservation biology, natural resources, environmental management, or relevant field (e.g. economics, mathematics, statistics); or at least three years’ management or research experience in marine biology, fisheries, natural resources, or environmental management position.
•A demonstrated understanding of, and experience in engagement with, the MSC Fisheries Standard and the FIP process.
•The position is rated as C-Lower on the Paterson Grading Scale with a commensurate salary
•The successful candidate must be skilled in communications (written and verbal) with strong scientific report writing skills.
•Self-motivated, with strong analytical, administrative and project management skills.
•Passion for the conservation of nature and the involvement of people and businesses in the implementation of practical solutions to the challenges facing the marine environment.
•Collaborative spirit and ability to work in team settings across cultures and internally within a diverse institution.
•Computer literacy in MS Office (MS Word), spread sheets (Excel), email and presentations (MS PowerPoint).
•Excellent communication skills in English and at least one other language, Afrikaans or Xhosa will be advantageous.
•Valid driver’s license and own transportation essential.

Further information:

To apply please click here fill out the application form, and provide a detailed CV and covering letter (attach under “Documents”) fully motivating why you should be appointed, together with the names, current e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three relevant references. Applications close on 28th February 2019.

Applications sent via email will not be considered.

WWF seeks to promote diversity among its staff. Candidates who have not received a response within three weeks of the closing date are kindly requested to assume that their application has not been successful in this instance. WWF-SA reserves the right not to fill this position.
Job Closing Date 28/02/2019
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