Social-Ecological Advisor

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

SCOPE OF WORK

Project Name: Integrated Marine Ecosystem Management in Northern Hispaniola (IMEM)

Period of Performance: Up to 18 months of combined field work and remote support

Requesting Resumes for: Socio-Ecological Advisor

To Apply: Submit current CV and three contacts for references

Background

An important component of the Integrated Marine Ecosystem Management project is the examination of the social and ecological dynamics of fishing communities in the transboundary region of northern Hispaniola. In particular, IMEM is focused on understanding the social dynamics of fishing use from the perspective of community-based management of common-pool resources.

To ensure informed decision-making and implementation of the Integrated Marine Ecosystem Management project, the consultant will lead an effort to assess and analyze how fishers view and use the natural resources available to them. This assessment and analysis will build on socioecological previous research supported by the MacArthur Foundation and the Inter-American Development Bank in artisanal fishing systems in Montecristi. The findings from the research in Montecristi have contributed to discussions among local stakeholders around management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This applied research has also contributed to the information managed by national policy makers at the DR Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Dominican Council for Fishing and Aquaculture (CODOPESCA). Recognizing the impact that socioecological research has had in the Dominica Republic, the consultant will lead a similar study of fishers and fishing systems in Three Bays National in Haiti.

Key Responsibilities

This research will be collected by developing and applying a questionnaire that focuses on individual attributes, activities, and perspectives of the fishers in the area of Three Bays National Park.

The data will be collected via a set of in-person interviews with fishers in the area of Three Bays National Park. The consultant will meet with the technicians to train them to establish a common understanding of how the interviews are to be conducted. The consultant will accompany the technicians on the field-testing exercises as well as during the first several days of interviews to ensure that the technicians will follow the necessary protocols (e.g. not leading the respondents, accurately recording responses). The consultant will conduct a debriefing with the technician to review their progress, check for problems, and obtain a common understanding of their individual and shared experiences

Requirements:

+ English Proficiency and French Proficiency.

+ Previous experience conducting socio-ecological surveys

+ 5 years’ experience designing and implementing empirical fieldwork-based analyses

+ Experience working in Haiti and/or the Dominican Republic

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

Preferred:

+ English and French fluency

+ Over 5 years experiencein the DR and/or Hait working with fisher and farmer communities

+ Local to the Dominican Republic or Haiti