: Oceans Coordinator
: Once based in Suriname: Conservation lead/Suriname Country Representative
Once based in Guyana: Guyana Country Manager
Oceans Officer in Suriname or Guyana
: Paramaribo, Suriname or Georgetown, Guyana
: January 2017 onwards
The beaches of the Guianas serve as critical nesting grounds for marine turtles. Its coastal zone and estuaries are important nurseries for a wide variety of fish species and provide habitat for marine mammals and migratory birds. Coastal and marine fisheries are relatively poorly managed and little data are available on the Guianas’ coastal and marine ecosystems, fish stocks, exploitation rates and carrying capacities, as well as on levels and nature of bycatch of marine turtles and other non-target species.
WWF has worked on marine turtle conservation in the Guianas since the 60s. To respond to increasing threats (overfishing, IUU, bycatch, oil and gas exploration), WWF is looking to recruit a coordinator of the WWF-Guianas Oceans programme to strengthen and manage marine conservation. The Guianas Oceans programme works on the development of sustainable fisheries, the conservation of marine mammals and turtles, and integrated and equitable management of the marine environment through participatory marine spatial planning.
- Major Functions
The Oceans Coordinator is responsible for strengthening, implementation and evaluation of WWF’s Guianas Oceans strategy in close coordination with national partners and through strategic linkages with international players. He/she will coordinate all marine activities, including strategy development, work plan implementation; engagement with governments, partners, donors, private sector and civil society; communications; report and proposal writing and fundraising.
- Strengthen and supervise the delivery of the WWF Guianas Oceans strategy
- Assist the advancement of the national policy debate on marine and fisheries governance
- Help the governments of Suriname and Guyana to reach their Aichi goals of 10% MPA’s through a participatory marine spatial planning programme
- Provide direct technical support to partners on marine conservation
- Demonstrate relevance of marine conservation to national development goals
III. Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Work closely with the WWF Guianas Conservation lead, Suriname Country Representative, Guyana Country Manager, French Guiana Country Manager and Oceans Officers to deliver the 2016-2020 Guianas Oceans strategy.
- Coordinate and deliver on strategic planning, programme development and fundraising initiatives to strengthen and operationalize the 2016-2020 Guianas Oceans strategy.
- Coordinate and harmonize the programme of work of the Oceans and Wildlife Officers in Suriname and Guyana. Maintain a close exchange with relevant staff and the larger WWF team in French Guiana to support a harmonized regional Oceans strategy.
- Expand and strengthen the Oceans strategy in response to emerging threats, including offshore hydrocarbon development.
- Strengthen the WWF fisheries programme and operationalize its relevance to sustainable development.
- Promote and lead programmatic interventions on ecosystem based fisheries management through targeted fisheries improvement projects, including bycatch reduction, IUU monitoring, stock assessments, certification, zonation and participatory research.
- Ensure the delivery of the WWF Guianas marine strategy is coordinated in line with other regional and global WWF initiatives.
- Identify, cultivate and maintain strategic partnerships in the Guianas and the Wider Caribbean (CLME+, FAO REBYC, MaMaCoCoSea, WIDECAST, and CRFM) to support the WWF Guianas marine and fisheries work.
- Develop and negotiate grant agreements and consultancies. Monitor project progress though field visits and report reviews.
- Coordinate the development of informational and educational material on marine conservation and management in the Guianas.
- Maintain good communications with the WWF network, Oceans and Wildlife Practice leaders and Community of Practice members. Represent WWF Guianas as focal point in the WWF’s Oceans and Wildlife Practices.
- Represent WWF, where appropriate and in coordination with the rest of the WWF team, to governments, national and international forums, marine associations/commissions in the region.
- Develop and provide strategic and technical guidance to build capacity of key WWF staff and key partners to enable them to effectively engage in marine conservation.
- Coordinate the development and implementation of a participatory marine spatial planning strategy in collaboration with NCD, GHFS, and PAC.
- Ensure the timely preparation of annual marine work plans and budgets as well as technical reports to donors.
Required qualifications and experience
Required Skills and Competencies
- MSc degree or higher in the field of marine sciences or relevant environmental disciplines
- Additional academic training or a degree in management would be an asset
- At least 5 years of professional experience and good knowledge of fisheries, marine and coastal management
- Working experience in the Guianas would be a strong asset
- Experience on engaging with corporate and government actors at a high level, and interacting with various stakeholders within the fisheries sector such as fishers, fisheries communities and other actors
- Good technical and organizational skills essential
- Proven track record in successfully developing, leading and managing projects in the field of marine conservation, fisheries and natural resource management
- Ability to build relationships of confidence with (senior) contacts in government, business, civil society and the donor community
- Capacity to coordinate team work
- Strong project management skills and ability to establish strategic direction
- Experience in proposal writing and fundraising
- Willingness, ability and availability to travel to field projects regularly
- Ability to work effectively with local communities
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and/or Dutch
- Working knowledge of French or Portuguese is an asset.
- Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Respect, Results, Integrity & Partnerships
V. Working Relationships
Interacts with the WWF Guianas staff in Suriname and Guyana on a daily basis; coordinates and interacts with the WWF network staff as appropriate (practice leaders, practice members, donor offices).
Interacts as required with national and regional administrations (Department of Fisheries, Protected Areas Commission, Nature Conservation Division etc), with NGOs (GHFS, GMCS etc), private sector fisheries and artisanal fisheries groups, hydrocarbon industry representatives, other international partners (UNDP, FAO etc) and donors as well as with CITES and CBD convention focal points.
This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.
Interested candidates should submit their application letter and CV electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
The application deadline is December 16, 2016