SHARKS, MANGROVES, CORAL REEF CONSERVATION AND FISHERIES
CURRENT WORK OPPORTUNITY: Small Scale Fisheries Value Chain Consultant: Application deadline May 10th 2022
Reporting to WCS Tanzania Marine Program Director
WCS and partners are tackling the issue of deteriorating marine environments in the Western Indian Ocean by working with coastal communities and MPAs on fisheries and marine 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.
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 intergovernmental coordination, small scale fisheries management, and MPA management.
For small-scale artisanal fisheries, fishing and fish trading are primary livelihoods and there are few options and sometimes low interest in livelihood diversification. Seeking ways to reduce fishing pressure while maintaining community livelihoods is a challenge. We are seeking to explore the history of and options for fisheries value chain additions in six focal communities (3 in each nation) on either side of the Kenya-Tanzania border. We are seeking two consultants to support the lead consultancy (MarFishEco) in this work – one Kenyan and one Tanzanian consultant. This is an opportunity to work with an international expert in socio-economic analyses.
The chosen consultants will be expected to identify and interview economic agents (production, distribution, marketing, sales) in value chains for TBCA reef and pelagic fisheries, hold community focal group discussions and lead meetings, and work with an international value chain expert and WCS teams to conduct value chain analysis of small scale fisheries (SSF) in 3 communities in northern Tanzania: Jasini, Moa, and Ndumbani.
Generally the consultant will (See details below):
Expected Activities & Deliverables:
Translate final presentation to communities on recommendations provided by MFE/WCS. WCS will lead the final presentation.
June 1 – July 1
Inception meeting and initial data collection
July 1- August 1
Individual interviews and 2nd community meeting
August 1-August 15
Final presentation and map next steps with communities
Terms & Location
Desktop work can be done remotely, but all field work to be performed in focal communities in northern Tanzania. Consultancy fees will be inclusive of all costs including consultant time, travel, communications, etc. However, WCS will cover the costs of holding community meetings and focal groups as noted above (e.g. hall rental, printing, community travel allowance, meals/snacks as applicable). The work is anticipated to take ~39 days over 2.5 months including approximately 20 days in the field. The consultant must have their own laptop to work from during the project.
Send the following materials to HR WCS Tanzania (email@example.com):
Applications must be received by May 10, 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed online by WCS and MFE.
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.