• MARINE PROGRAM

    STAFF

    MARINE PROGRAM

    SHARKS, MANGROVES, CORAL REEF CONSERVATION AND FISHERIES

  • Southern/ Highlands
  • Ruaha/ Katavi
  • Tarangire/ Ecosystem
  • Zanzibar/ Forests
  • Greater/ Pemba Channel

MARINE PROGRAM STAFF: ZANZIBAR OFFICE

CURRENT WORK OPPORTUNITY: SMALL SCALE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT: APPLICATION DEADLINE 15TH AUGUST

Reporting to WCS Tanzania Marine Program Director

Project Background
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and partners are tackling the issue of deteriorating marine environments in the Western Indian Ocean by expanding MPAs and improving their management. The Western Indian Ocean is a socially and biologically diverse region that contains some of the world’s most extensive and most climate resilient coral reefs and mangroves, which are critical sources of protein, coastal protection, and income to coastal populations. Yet, the integrity of the region’s ecosystems is threatened by the overexploitation of fisheries, habitat clearing, and pollution. These threats are exacerbated by the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, coral bleaching, and storm events. 

WCS is currently leading a project on the proposed Trans-Boundary Conservation Area (TBCA) between southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. The project addresses these challenges by supporting improved management of a network of climate resilient, sustainable, and effectively managed marine protected areas in the Western Indian Ocean. The project is government management of national MPAs, as well as enhancing the community management of sustainable small-scale fisheries with fisheries management plans, support of locally managed marine areas, and work towards reducing post-harvest losses and improving marine-related supply chains. The project will thus contribute to maintaining the critical ecosystems in the region and ensure sustainable livelihoods for coastal communities.

Essential and Strategic Functions
The post-holder will work with WCS staff to develop (or actualise) MPA management plans in the Tanga Marine Reserves System (TMRS). This will include support in conducting management effectiveness evaluation.

Specific Duties 
METT
o Support WCS staff conducting standard Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool Evaluation with MPRU staff for Tanga Marine Reserves
o Support WCS staff train MPRU staff on revised evidence-based METT (provided by WCS) and review evidence provided to give scores
o Review and discuss METT results from both methods with Marine Reserve staff and prepare report on process and results
o Produce poster content on METT process and results

MPA management plan or action plan development – Tanga Reserves
o Management framework

- review existing management plans for other MPAs nationally
review existing marine reserve workplans and objectives

o Objective setting

- Train MPRU marine reserve staff on objective setting
- Review workplans to determine if existing objectives are incorporated into workplans and if status is known.

o Management Plan – Critical Sections

- Work with marine reserve staff and communities to draft management plan including;

Goals & Objectives
Guiding Principles and Management Strategies
Monitoring/Evaluation for review

- Ensure that plan sections follow national format guidelines.

o Produce content for posters on MPA management plans and rules


Work station
The post holder will be working remotely at field sites and communicating closely with the WCS Tanzania Marine Program office (Mbweni, Stone Town, Zanzibar) and the WCS TBCA Office in Tanga.

Terms

Position runs from August to October 31st., and expected time is 75% time each month (with some monthly variation). The contract is based on deliverables and timelines available on request from WCS, along with contract renumeration details. The candidate will have to be able to produce a valid Electronic Fiscal Device (EFD) receipt and be a tax registered consultant. Competitive rates will be paid.

Between 2-4 days of travel will be required to the marine reserves north of Tanga or to the MPRU headquarters at the Tanga Coelacanth Marine Park (Pangani) monthly, and travel costs (food, accommodation, and transport) as well as any communication costs (internet and calls) are to be covered by the contractor from the provided contract payments.  

How to apply

Qualified candidates should send their cover letters & CV including 3 referees addressed to WCS Tanzania, County Director at wcshrtanzania@wcs.org. not later than 15th August 2021.

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Jean Mensa: MARINE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Abdallah Said Abdulla: MARINE RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Abdalla joined WCS in 2018 and is now the principal researcher undertaking shark and ray data collection, as well as training and collating data from the project’s network of research assistants. He also participates in marine education efforts in schools and community forums. Prior to joining WCS, Abdallah worked at the Department of Agricultural Extension and Farmer Training and before that at UWAMWIMA helping organize farmer groups and provide horticultural training. He holds a Certificate and Diploma in General Agriculture from Zanzibar’s Kizimbani Agricultural Training Institute.

Neema Saburi: MARINE FINANCE AND LOGISTICS OFFICER
Neema joined WCS’s country program office in 2019 as a volunteer assistant to the finance director. She was then taken on as the marine finance and logistics officer in 2020. She holds a Foundation Level certificate of accountancy from the National Board of Accountants and Auditors (NBAA) and Diploma in Business Administration from St. John’s University of Tanzania. Prior to joining WCS, she worked for two years as accounts assistant for LULU SACCOS LTD.

Shabani Mkwavile: MARINE FIELD ASSISTANT

Faki Haji Faki: MARINE DATA COLLECTION ASSISTANT
Mzee Fakih joined WCS in 2018. He collects shark and ray data at Mkokotoni Landing site in Unguja which he submits weekly to Abdallah the marine research assistant.