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Technical Lead for East Africa Conserving the Western Indian Ocean Activity

International Development
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Tetra Tech International Development is currently accepting expressions of interest from qualified candidates for a potential Technical Lead Community-Based Coastal Resource Management (Objective 2) position on a USAID-funded program in East Africa.


Position Description: The main goal of the East Africa Conserving the Western Indian Ocean Activity will be to promote the recovery and resilience of marine biodiversity and coastal communities in the Western Indian Ocean as part of a larger goal to advance achievement of a sustainable Blue Economy and the global goal to protect 30% of marine areas by 2030. This will be accomplished through 1) Realizing an inclusive vision for achieving an ecologically connected MPA network, 2) Accelerating effective devolved co-management to implement the MPA network and strengthening fisheries management, and 3) Reducing threats to small-scale fishers and high biodiversity coastal resources posed by industrial fishing fleets, particularly distant water fleets and international crime networks. The focus geography may include Kenya, Somalia, the Seychelles, Comoros, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Mauritius, and Madagascar.


The Technical Lead for Community-based coastal resource management will be responsible for the strategy and implementation of Objective 2, which aims to accelerate effective co-management of climate-resilient small-scale fisheries through a community-based approach scaled regionally. This work will build upon lessons from Rare’s Fish Forever program, a global coastal fisheries initiative, as well as other ongoing projects in the region. Working closely with the Chief of Party and other Technical Leads, the successful candidate will help ensure a seamless, integrated execution of the Activity’s overall field strategy. S/he should be an effective technical leader with a record of success in the WIO region managing and implementing community-led co-management programs in coastal fisheries This will be a full-time position, likely based in Nairobi, Kenya for the full life of project (anticipated five years).



* Provide technical leadership and overall management of Objective 2, including supervision of key field staff and consultants, and coordination with local partners;

* Provide expert technical input to development of strategic objectives relevant to community-led approaches to co-management and devolved authority for coastal fisheries management;

* Oversee field implementation regionally and at community-level related to co-management of fisheries, with activities including establishment and capacity building of local fisheries management bodies, development and implementation of management plans that are gender- and climate-responsive, monitoring of management effectiveness, community surveillance and enforcement systems, and livelihoods and financial inclusion efforts;

* Collaborate closely with other Technical leads to ensure seamless and integrated implementation of the overall Activity;

* Travel within the region to support site- and regional-level implementation as needed




* Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in fisheries, biology, marine biology, environmental science, social science, community development or relevant field; a master’s degree is a plus;

* Minimum of 7 years’ experience and proven track record in assisting local governments and/or building organizational capacities of environmental/fisheries management organizations, community-based people’s organizations, and/or NGOs;

* Demonstrated field-based program management experience;

* Knowledge of integrating/mainstreaming gender and climate change into community-based fisheries co-management systems

* Strong network of regional and local government, NGO and civil society within the marine/coastal fisheries sector in focus geography, which may include Kenya, Somalia, the Seychelles, Comoros, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Mauritius, and Madagascar; and
* Excellent communication skills in English. Foreign language ability a plus.


To be considered applicants must submit the following as part of the on-line process:

* Cover Letter

* CV in reverse chronological format


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Please ensure that your Cover Letter and CV/Resume are uploaded and submit only the requested documentation as part of your application. Only shortlisted candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.


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Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion-dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in more than 550 locations around the world. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees — 27,000 associates working together to provide smart, scalable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. We are an equal opportunity employer: EOE AA/M/F/Vets/Disability. 

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