WWF-Philippines is going to implement a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) on the Blue Swimming Crab (BSC) in the Visayan Sea. In partnership with the Philippine Association of Crab Producers, Inc. (PACPI), the project goal is the sustainability of the BSC, with the specific target of preparing the site toward certification by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The project site is initially focusing on the 6 municipalities of northern Negros from Talisay to Sagay for the first 18 months of the project, with the intention to expand to Northern Iloilo, Guimaras and Bantayan over the course of the 4-year project time frame. The positions will be based in northern Negros.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Manage and coordinate the field operations, covering all aspects necessary for the full and successful implementation of the project
- Ensure a collaborative working relationship with PACPI, BFAR, Local Government Units (LGUs), including the FARMCs and stakeholder organizations.
- Engage the BSC fishery within the participating fishing communities to assess the socio-economic situation of the fishermen and address their needs, thereby sustaining the fishery at the supply side;
- Promote the integration of relevant stakeholders and stakeholder groups in the municipal, provincial and regional BSC fisheries management process, organize and mobilize stakeholders/stakeholder groups in the process of implementation;
- Establish, mobilize and employ a co-management approach in the BSC fishery within the existing legal framework and policies. This includes working with the LGUs on fishery policies, such as licensing and registration of all fishing vessels, fishermen and gears in full compliance with the Philippine laws with a corresponding scheme for annual licensing process.
- Ensure adequate quality of data gathered in the development and management of a database-system which registers the relevant data on each step of the supply chain and serves as the functioning basis for the traceability system at the field level.
- Assist in the development, institutionalization and implementation of appropriate environmental management plan in the key fishery sites of the program
- Carry out regular monitoring of field operations and tracking of project progress according to the FIP Plan, and preparation of regular reports as required for the project.
- Ensure necessary follow up and adjustment in project and research plans to bring these in line with the gaps identified by the MSC pre-assessment.
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant social or natural resource management discipline, preferably fishery science.
- At least 3 years professional work in managing/coordinating marine conservation projects, with modest experience working with municipal governments, fishing communities and other local government agencies.
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