The Fisheries Division (NFI) is responsible for the economic, social, institutional, governance and policy aspects of FAO’s activities related to fisheries and aquaculture and their development, with particular emphasis on human well-being, food security and poverty reduction; post-harvest utilization, marketing and trade with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fishing communities; collection, compilation, validation, trend analysis and dissemination of the best available and up-to-date fishery statistics and for the syndication of the FAO information on all aspects of world fisheries and aquaculture. The Division is also responsible for FAO’s activities related to the management and conservation of the living aquatic resources used by fisheries and aquaculture, including the biodiversity and ecosystem maintenance, with particular emphasis on most vulnerable and threatened species and habitats; management of responsible fisheries and aquaculture in accordance with modern management standards and best practices; development of fisheries technology, with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fishing communities, including the safety of fishers and fishing vessels.
The Fishery Officer reports to the Senior Fishery Officer / Leader, Fisheries Global and Regional Processes Team.
Support coordination of initiatives related to: the digitization of information exchange in support of the implementation of international fisheries instruments; Training Programme and courses development; liaison with RFMOs and other IGOs; directed studies and processes related to tools and instruments to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and support to the implementation of other components of the Global Capacity development programme (PGM/MUL/2016-2021/PSMA) and its extension thereof, as necessary.
Research, technical analysis, and project related services to support the delivery of programme projects, products, and services.
• Researches and analyses technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional, and technology related information, data and statistics and/or related policy issues to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services;
• Produces a variety of technical information, data, statistics and reports as well as input for technical documents and web pages;
• Provides technical support/analysis to various assessments, studies and initiatives and provides technical backstopping to field projects;
• Collaborates in the development of improved/updated tools, systems, processes, and databases;
• Participates in multidisciplinary teams, and/or leads working groups/teams collaborates with other divisions/offices and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices;
• Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality/effectiveness of capacity development activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, online tools;
• Promotes knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations;
• Supports resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.
• Supports the coordination of initiatives related to the digitization of information exchange in support of the implementation of international fisheries instruments, contributes to the drafting of related technical documents, analyses requests for assistance on regulatory, technical and operational aspects, supports the organization of meetings, capacity development activities and awareness-raising activities for information exchange;
• Supports synergic coordination of implementation processes, policy, regulatory and institutional frameworks related to international instruments and tools to combat IUU fishing;
• Contributes to the continued development and management of the Capacity Development Portal in support of global coordination for capacity development initiatives;
• Contributes to the development and delivery of courses under the Training Programme in collaboration with other technical divisions of FAO and international organisations and academic institutions, as appropriate;
• Liaises with RFMOs on conservation and management measures adopted and implemented at regional level to combat IUU fishing with a view of supporting concerned developing States in enhancing their capacity to improve compliance;
• Contributes to directed studies and processes related to tools and instruments to combat IUU fishing (eg. transshipment, IUU fishing estimation);
• Supports the implementation of other components (policy, regulatory, institutional and operational) of the Global Capacity development programme and its extension thereof, as necessary;
• Supports project management through contributing to drafting of project proposals and project reporting, the preparation and monitoring of budgets, coordination of activities;
• Represents the Unit in meetings and conferences, relevant to all of the above.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
• Advanced university degree in fisheries management, fisheries law and policy, international law of the sea, maritime affairs with a specialization in fisheries, or other fields;
• Five years of relevant experience in fisheries management, policy, regulatory frameworks or other maritime affairs related to fisheries;
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).
• Results Focus
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
• Extent of knowledge on international fisheries instruments and global tools;
• Extent and relevance of experience in providing technical advice on implementation of international fisheries instruments;
• Depth of knowledge on the importance of global information exchange in combatting IUU fishing;
• Experience in the management of projects and coordination of programmes;
• Ability to analyze fisheries issues and identify needs of developing countries in achieving sustainable fisheries.