Advisor-Aquatic Resources

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Imphal, Manipur, India 🇮🇳


Reference # 62/07/2021/Advisor/NERAQ/Imphal

Project: Protection and Sustainable Management of Aquatic Resources in the Northeastern Himalayan Region of India (NERAQ)

Position : Advisor

Band : 4

Location: Imphal, Manipur

How to Apply: Please send your application in GIZ application form along with the following to [email protected] with the reference number in the subject line.
• a statement of suitability for this position
• expected salary and notice period
• a maximum of 2 pager note on any one of the topics given below:
-The COVID 19 Pandemic has altered the priorities of Governments all over the world. In your opinion, what would be the impact on climate policy domestically in India and internationally as a result of the Pandemic?
-The North East is a priority region for development in India but also significant contributor to the environmental health and biodiversity of the country. In your assessment, what are the key pathways for the sustainable development of the North East Region especially with a focus on its unique natural resource base?

A. About GIZ India
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B. Project Background
The project on “Protection and Sustainable Management of Aquatic Resources in the Northeastern Himalayan Region of India (hereinafter referred to as NERAQ Project) is a project funded by the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Indian Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change is the nodal partner at Union level. The project is presently preparing the implementation by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ GmbH in the States of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur and Assam.

The objective of the project is “Support Climate Resilient Management – including protection and sustainable use – of aquatic resources in selected states of Northeast India, viz. Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur and Nagaland” and aims to strengthen the conservation and sustainable use of the unique aquatic ecosystems in the region, which are the basis of life for millions of people.

The project focus is on following three work packages:
i. Assessment of the state of aquatic biodiversity and ecosystems, including their vulnerability to climate change management practices.
ii. Application and implementation, better protected area management and sustainable use of aquatic resources, dialogues with private sector and documentation of best practices on nature conservation and sustainable economic use from Germany.
iii. Scope for mobilization of additional funds, in particular private investments and sustainability.

C. Responsibilities
• Acts as a focal point for project implementation matters with Departments of Government of Manipur, especially the nodal Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
• In close collaboration with the project team, he/she supports the communication with the departments in Manipur.
• Supports the Team Leader to plan, coordinate and implement measures to promote climate resilient management and sustainable use of aquatic resources.
• Through policy advisory and outreach work, the advisor plays an essential role in positioning the project with the political partners.

D. Core Scope of Tasks

1. Professional advising and consulting
• Act as project representative for State of Manipur with liaison to state project counterpart institutions (government, academe, private sector).
• Management of the NERAQ state office in Imphal, which includes communication and admin/finance functions (also see below).
• Provide technical inputs in preparation of quarterly and annual operational plans in consultation with state counterparts and Project team.
• Assist in development of concepts papers.
• Assist in implementation of agreed innovations under the advice of Project team and consultants in selected pilot projects.
• Prioritized protection and the sustainable use of freshwater fish resources and invertebrates are participatory developed and implemented as pilot projects.
• Plan and implement capacity building for sustainable, protection and management practices of wild fish at various levels.
• Suggest inputs into relevant curricula and training modules for identified institutions.
• Identify needs for internal and external support and advice, elaborate policy recommendations and develop strategic approaches.
• Supervise development, implementation and updating of the Project Operational Plan and its activities in close coordination with the Management and counterparts.
• Prepare and suggest implementation of consultation processes, project’s activities and efforts.
• Draft terms of references, delegated supervision of contracted third parties and internal service providers in carrying out project activities, including performance evaluation according to O+R Supervise development and implementation of project activities.
• Supervise conceptualization, preparation and implementation of workshops, seminars and other events.
• Develop and organize quality assurance and adherence to O+R, proposes necessary changes, improvements and initiatives.
• Supervise monitoring of project progress, quarterly reporting and PO updates, inputs in BMU and MoEFCC reports, review reports and documents concerning the progress of collaborative programs, determine bottlenecks and recommends alternative course of management.

2. Networking and Cooperation
• Assist in evaluation of the training needs of organizations, universities, and research institutions in the selected states in order to build local capacity to carry out inventories and surveys, data analysis and building an M & E system on the effect of measures for sustainable, climate resilient management of fish.
• Cooperate with and ensure regular contacts, dialogue with the Management, State partners and stakeholders.
• Supervise management of PR work and proposes activities concerning cooperation with local communities, relevant organizations, non-governmental bodies, traditional institutions and persons within the project’s environment as well as with other projects in order to enhance and maintain good working relationships.
• Manage field visits of GIZ staff and consultants in accordance with the requirements of the project.
• Assist in development of gender plans and mainstreaming of gender in project activities.

3. Knowledge Management
• Facilitate sharing of improved knowledge and management capacities for the protection and sustainable management of wild fish and invertebrates.
• Facilitate documentation and knowledge transfer local, traditional knowledge and practices relevant to the development of protection and sustainable management of the aquatic resources
• Support to set up an institutional mechanism (knowledge Network, regional hub) including lines of communications between the various research institutions and implementing partners.
• Provide inputs into strategies and technical concepts including guidelines, manuals and procedures which are ready to be applied · Supervise preparation of reports and presentation materials.
• Prepare appropriate inputs to the various project/program reports/publications including annual reports to MoEFCC and BMUB.
• Support research and study activities on policy topics that will benefit collaborative program.

4. Management and coordination tasks.
• Management of Manipur State Office and inputs into NER project planning, including preparation, organization and moderation, drafting of the PO, implementation, management, monitoring, quality management, evaluation, communication and documentation.
• Coordinate and prioritize relevant project activities at the local level in accordance with PO and in cooperation with partners and coordinates in organizational preparation and in the implementation of these activities.
• Prepare annual budget and related financial documents for consultants, events.
• Manage monitoring of operational budget against fund availability of the various project components.

E. Required Qualifications and Experience
• The candidate must hold a B.Sc and/or M.Sc. degree. A Ph.D. degree will be an added advantage.
• At least 5 years of work experience in the North Eastern Region, ideally with development cooperation).
• Strong background in aquatic biodiversity/ecology (freshwater) with knowledge in fisheries/aquaculture, research, protected area establishment and management, livelihoods, border zone management and legal aspects, cooperation with Government.

F. Location: Imphal, Manipur

G. Duration of the contract: Until 31st Dec 2022 (with a possibility of extension)

H. Last date of receiving application: 25th July 2021

Application without GIZ application form will not be considered
• Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
• GIZ supports Work-Life Balance.
• GIZ promotes Gender Diversity – Applications from women professionals are encouraged.

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