Fisheries Expert Consultant

  • Company:
    Counterpart International, Inc.
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    17 hours ago
  • Category:
    General

SCOPE OF WORK

Project Name: Integrated Marine Ecosystem Management in Northern Hispaniola

Period of Performance: Up to 100 days of combined field work and remote support

Requesting Resumes for: Marine Biologist/Fisheries Short Term Technical Consultant

To Apply: Submit current CV, biodata with expected daily rate, and three contacts for references

Background

The Integrated Marine Ecosystem Management project in Northern Hispaniola is working with local fishers in the Dominican Republic and Haiti to implement governance activities and frameworks for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the northern border region of Hispaniola. Each MPA has a management plan that will be implemented by a multi-stakeholder consortium. The management plans include best practices for MPA management to ensure biodiversity conservation.

Key Responsibilities

The IMEM project is in need of a fisheries ecologist with a good understanding of the local ecological and social context to lead/support the implementation of sound fisheries governance in the El Morro National Park, Mangroves of Estero Balsa National Park, Cayos Siete Hermanos Wildlife Refuge in the Dominican Republic and Three Bays National Park in Haiti to ensure governance and management activities are effective at achieving socioecological goals.

Specifically, the STTA will be responsible for the following activities:

+ Provide technical expertise on plan development and/or modification

+ Provide technical expertise for justifying the biodiversity conservation strategy and activities in the management plan for El Morro National Park, Mangroves of Estero Balsa National Park, Cayos Siete Hermanos Wildlife Refuge

+ Support project leaders and stakeholders with scientifically sound analysis of the potential ecological and social impacts of specific natural resource management policies or practices

+ Communicate and coordinate with pertinent local- and national-level government agencies to ensure proposed plan aligns with agency vision and standards

+ Assess the efficacy of implementation and fishers’ response to the new management policies and practices

+ Analyze data and report the results of annual monitoring of coastal and marine ecosystems to project leaders and stakeholders over the course of program implementation

+ Work with fisher associations to develop rules for best fishing practices tailored to the ecological goals and social aspects of each association and MPA

+ Communicate to stakeholders, especially fishers, the scientific reasoning behind and inclusive process used in the development of fisheries management rules and regulations

+ Work with lead agronomist in developing the protocol for monitoring the environmental impact of agricultural activities in the buffer zones of the MPAs.

+ Develop a fisheries and coral reef data collection and monitoring plan adapted to each country in coordination with country project leads

Requirements:

+ . Proficiency in two of the following languages: French, Haitian Creole, Spanish and English

+ Previous experience working in fisheries ecology in DR and / or Haiti

+ Ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with key partner stakeholders

Preferred:

+ Spanish, Haitian Creole, English and French fluency

+ Over 5 years experience in the DR and/or Hait working with fisher communities

+ Local to the Dominican Republic or Haiti