Program Coordinator (30 hrs/week)

Coral Reef Alliance

Savusavu, , FJ

The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is seeking an experienced and resourceful individual to join our programs team in the role of Program Coordinator in 30 hours/week capacity. The Program Coordinator will be based in Savusavu, Fiji and will work closely with the Program Coordinator based in Suva, Fiji and the Associate Programs Director based in Oakland, California, as well as other program staff to support CORAL’s mission. She/he will assist with program planning and implementation including community outreach and education, relationship building, product development, and administrative support for completion of deliverables outlined in project and grant work plans. This position will require developing strong relationships and collaboration with government, non-government organizations, and the communities in which we work.

CORAL is a US-based nonprofit organization that unites communities to save coral reefs. We work around the world to protect the health of coral reefs by integrating ecosystem management, sustainable tourism, and community partnerships. We work with communities to identify and solve local conservation challenges that undermine reef health. We have a bold vision for growth and increased conservation action throughout this decade to address the serious threats affecting coral reef ecosystems and the human communities they support. In the future, the Program Coordinator will assist with building additional projects with stakeholders to improve marine conservation and management of nearshore resources.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

The Savusavu-based Program Coordinator will assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and coordination of community-based marine conservation projects under multi-site grants and contracts throughout Fiji. The Program Coordinator will:

  • The Program Coordinator will assist with program planning, outreach, and logistical support for workshops and other projects on-the-ground
  • Ensure that project deliverables are completed on-time and within budget
  • Assist in planning, monitoring, and assessing the conservation effectiveness of community-based projects
  • Assist in facilitation of project partnership and community meetings
  • Act as primary point of contact between CORAL and multiple communities in Vanua Levu; represent CORAL at community meetings and report back to the Suva-based Program Coordinator and Associate Program Director on the outcomes of those meetings
  • Coordinate and participate in community outreach events
  • Interact respectfully and thoughtfully with community partners
  • Cultivate strategic alliances with community groups, government agencies, and other partners
  • Develop and write reports, project documents, and other material as requested
  • Maintain a project database of all critical partners and stakeholders and provide the database, and regular updates, to the Suva-based Program Coordinator and Associate Program Director
Required Qualifications

The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate that she/he is legally authorized to work in Fiji; CORAL is unable to sponsor a work visa.

The minimum required qualifications include knowledge of conservation biology, social or natural/environmental sciences or related field, and two years of related experience in community engagement, marine resource management, policy, and/or marine conservation. The position will require someone with strong communications skills, a desire to work closely with a broad set of community members, and a naturally outgoing personality.

  • Experience in outreach and organizing in a community setting and multicultural context
  • Experience working within Fiji’s natural systems and knowledge of island ecosystem principles
  • Experience in alternative livelihood development, carrying capacity studies, economic valuation, fisheries, marine resource management, and/or developing MPA management plans
  • Knowledge and awareness of, and experience working with and promoting, Fijian cultural practices within a resource conservation context
  • Experience communicating scientific conservation principles to a lay audience and targeting outreach messages to a specific stakeholder or community group
  • Ability to network, work, and communicate with diverse groups, including community members, private sector, fishers, land owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, and the general public, to learn the dynamics between the various marine conservation stakeholders
  • Command of English language, excellent written and oral communication skills, including strong public speaking skills
  • Proficient in common computer software applications, Microsoft Office, Adobe, and web browsers
  • Resourceful professional with excellent organizational and prioritization skills and a demonstrated ability to complete tasks independently and efficiently, and capacity to simultaneously manage multiple and diverse projects
  • Ability to navigate modern community outreach tools, such as social media, in a responsible and effective manner
  • Access to a home office and internet services
  • Must be based in or near Savusavu, Fiji
  • Ability to speak Fijian fluently
 Preferred Qualifications
  • A BA/BS degree in conservation biology, social or natural/environmental sciences or related field
  • At least three years of experience working in a professional capacity in Fiji
  • Previous grants management experience
  • Familiarity with ecosystem-based management, integrated coastal management, and other ridge-to-reef natural resource management approaches
  • Knowledge of Fiji’s tourism landscape
  • Understanding of threats to coral reefs including overfishing, water quality, and ineffective management
Working Conditions/Physical Effort

The Program Coordinator will work from a home-based office in or near Savusavu, and may work in variable weather conditions, on difficult and hazardous terrain, in coastal and marine environments and vessels, and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions may:

  • Require physical exertion and/or muscular strain
  • Require snorkeling proficiency, lifeguard certification, and/or SCUBA certification
  • Require working independently from a home office or field setting
  • Require travel to neighboring Fijian islands, as well as CORAL’s international headquarters in California

 Commensurate with experience

 To Apply
  • Email a cover letter describing the skills and experience that specifically qualify you for the position and CV to: [email protected]
  • In the SUBJECT line, please enter “Fiji Program Coordinator”
  • The application period is open from 20 September – 14 October, but will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found
  • Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted