Position: Consultant (Training on ecosystem approach to fisheries management)
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Application Deadline: 16 May 2022
Type of hiring: International Consultant
Contract duration: Ten (10) days
The WorldFish mission is to strengthen livelihoods and enhance food and nutrition security by improving fisheries and aquaculture. We pursue this through research partnerships focused on helping those who stand to benefit the most—poor producers and consumers, women and children.
Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh II (ECOFISH II) is an on-going project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). ECOFISH II has been built upon the previous work of the ECOFISH-BD project to improve the resilience of the Meghna River ecosystem and communities reliant on hilsa shad and other coastal fisheries jointly implemented by WorldFish and the Department of Fisheries (DOF). The project’s primary pathway was establishing adaptive co-management in hilsa shad (Tenualosa ilisha) sanctuaries. Likewise riverine ecosystems, coastal and marine ecosystems of the Bay of Bengal are also vulnerable to anthropogenic influences. ECOFISH II is working towards reducing the negative impacts on the natural resources and fishing communities along the Teknaf–Cox’s Bazar peninsula due to the influx of over a million Rohingya refugees. The ongoing conservation activities in the lower Meghna sanctuaries and the improved management of the Nijhum Dwip marine protected area (MPA) remain as an integral parts of the project. ECOFISH II is scaling up lessons learned from the previous project (phase) while expanding interventions for improving the livelihoods of fishing communities and enhancing biodiversity conservation in the artisanal fisheries of the Bay of Bengal. One of the way to achieve these objectives is to apply ecosystem approach to fisheries management, focusing ecosystem and human wellbeing through a holistic governance framework.
The overarching goal of ECOFISH II is improved social and ecological resilience of coastal and marine fisheries to secure equitable food, nutrition and income benefits for fisheries communities. In line with the results framework of USAID’s CDCS (DO2 and DO3), the specific objectives or Intermediate Results (IRs) and Sub-IRs of the activity are::
- IR1: Improved management and governance of natural resources that form the foundation of fisheries:
- Sub-IR1.1: Improved science outputs for decision-making (ecosystem health assessed; biodiversity assessed and conserved; fisheries dynamics monitored).
- Sub IR1.2: Improved adaptive co-management and fisheries governance (co-management institutions strengthened; EAFM mainstreamed and strengthened; fisheries governance improved, exploring blue economy’s potential).
- Sub IR1.3: Improved policy support (HFMAP implementation ensured; MPA legal framework formulated; Hilsa Conservation Fund and Payment for Ecosystem Services introduced in two landing stations based on the consensus of stakeholders. Try-nation (Bangladesh, India & Myanmar) hilsa workshop will be organized to formulate transboundary legal framework.
- Sub-IR 2.1 Improved livelihood resilience of coastal fishing communities (Livelihood capacity and options diversified; women’s access to finance improved; access to improved technologies and market linkages strengthened).
IR2: Improve equity and resilience of food, nutrition and livelihood benefits:
Purpose of the Training
The main objective of this training is to train a bunch of national experts in the ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM) that will eventually help the department of fisheries in managing the Bay of Bengal ecosystem and resources sustainably while improving livelihoods of millions of people dependent on these resources. Thus, WorldFish is going to hire a consultant for 10 days under ECOFISH II to conduct the training on EAFM which is expected to be held during June 2022.
Rationale for Conducting the Training
The coastal and marine resources of the Bay of Bengal (BOB) are under significant anthropogenic pressure, due to the combined effect of indiscriminate and illegal fishing practice and pollution. Due to the increasing demand for fish and likely overexploitation over the years, the catch per unit effort is believed to be decreased as well. The excessive fishing pressure is also known to affect the biodiversity of fish and megafauna including other species in the water of BOB. The situation is expected to worsen if the IUU (Illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing activities are not closely monitored. These together exerting significant pressure on the coastal and marine resource base of the BOB and thus to the livelihoods of millions of fishers living around the coast. ECOFISH II has identified this as one of the crucial issues and decided to help stakeholders to take steps to manage these resources sustainably. Management of multi-species, multi-gear fisheries such as those in Bangladesh is always a challenge. Traditional stock-based management has been found largely ineffective in many parts of the world, as it ignores other important aspects of fisheries. A fishery can’t be effectively managed if only targeted species are considered in isolation from their environment. EAFM offers a greater chance of making realistic, equitable, and sustainable management while balancing conservation benefits and livelihoods outcome. Therefore, implementing EAFM is a way forward on this by bringing together the stakeholders involved in the various ecosystem services. Previously, ECOFISHBD took a few steps to build the capacity of the national experts including DoF, BFRI, NGOs and researchers from various universities on the technical know-how of EAFM. ECOFISH II believe there is more scope and requisite to strengthen this sector and thus likely to train more stakeholders including practitioners and academics from different organizations. ECOFISH II aims to facilitate the use of EAFM approach in managing the coastal and marine resources of BOB through developing expertise of a pool of trained national expert.
Scope of work
The consultant will lead and take the responsibility to arrange and successfully completing a training program with the assistance of WorldFish. The consultant must complete the following tasks:
- Develop or update existing training module in the context of the Bay of Bengal
- Play an active role as moderator and facilitator.
- Prepare a short training report.
- Provide a completion report after the activity
- Revised training modules (includes agenda, methodology, materials to use) based on the proposed topics.
- Short training/ completion report.
This opportunity might be suitable for you if you have the following skills and qualifications:
- PhD in natural or social science, preferably relevant to natural resource management with Master Sciences and Bachelor Sciences in Aquaculture, Marine Science, social sciences or related subject from an accredited university.
- A minimum of 15 years of professional experience including 5 years’ experience in conducting training on fisheries management, governance and EAFM.
- Experience in developing manuals related to EAFM.
- Experience on facilitating international training sessions /seminars including South East Asia.
- Experience working in Bangladesh will be an added advantages.
- Good report writing skills.
- Preferably experienced in publishing international peer-reviewed journals relevant to natural resource management/co-management/fisheries resource management/megafauna conservation.
- For highly deserving candidates with significant working experience in the related field, educational requirements and publishing in international journals could be relaxed.
- Preferable to have a profound understanding of the background and needs for the development of the artisanal marine fisheries sector of Bangladesh.
Location and Duration
This is open for international consultant only and will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The selection of consultant will be based on the relevant qualification and experience, and the most competitive proposal. The interviews are expected to be held in May 2022 and only shortlisted consultant will be notified and expected to attend the interview. The successful consultant should be available to commence the consultancy contract for maximum of ten (10) working days in between 01 June 2022 to 30 June 2022.
How to Apply
Interested consultants are invited to submit the following information online latest by 16 May 2022:
- A 2-page (max) cover letter; explaining on your background and list of prior experience that ensures they are qualified to carry out the scope of work; including your daily rate in USD;
- A current curriculum vitae;
- Letter of interest from the individual to participate in the assignment which includes the daily rates and availability
- List of similar assignments (i.e. portfolio of relevant work) with relevant samples of work done within the last five years;
- Name and contacts (telephone and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees (clients) you have consulted for. None of referees will be contacted without your permission and only if the role is offered.
The screening will start as soon as possible, and will continue until the position is filled. Only selected consultant candidates will be contacted.
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