[MARMAM] Volunteer opportunity with community-based protected area management organization in Belize

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Sun Jun 22 10:19:54 PDT 2014


INTERESTED IN TROPICAL ESTUARY MANAGEMENT? 

SUSTAINABLE FISHERY MANAGEMENT?

 

SKILLED VOLUNTEER URGENTLY NEEDED IN BELIZE (1 Year)

 

Deadline for Applications: 22nd July, 2014

Location: Sarteneja, Belize

§  Accommodation and food are provided.

§  Monthly stipend available after the 3 month probationary period.

§  Possible option to extend beyond 1 year

 

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE – Natural Resource Management Programme Manager

 

Introduction:

 

The Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development (SACD), a community
based organization, has co-management responsibility for the Corozal Bay
Wildlife Sanctuary, one of Belize’s largest marine protected areas, and part
of Mesoamerica’s priority, transboundary estuarine system. The organization
is small – but growing, and is composed of a committed, community-orientated
team. It is based in the traditional fishing community of Sarteneja, and
believes strongly in ensuring community participation in all of its
activities. A particular focus of the NRMP during the coming year will be to
establish a rights-based sustainable fishery framework in collaboration with
the local fishermen, with implementation of supporting surveillance and
enforcement and fish catch monitoring activities.

 

SACD is seeking an enthusiastic, qualified and committed volunteer Natural
Resource Management Programme (NRMP) Manager to take the leadership role in
the development of the Natural Resource Management Programme for Corozal Bay
Wildlife Sanctuary. The Natural Resource Management Programme (NRMP) Manager
is a new post, available for a year, based on an initial 3 month
probationary period, after which a stipend will be available to cover costs
in Sarteneja. Depending on outputs, there may be an option to extend. The
successful applicant will be working as part of the SACD team, based in
Sarteneja, and working from the SACD office and with the ranger team in the
Wildlife Sanctuary. 

 

The NRMP Manager will be responsible for ensuring the effective
implementation and strengthening of the natural resource management
activities presented in the Management Plan and Surveillance and Enforcement
Plan. He /she will supervise and work with the ranger team, and is expected
to lead by example. He / she will report to the Executive Director.

 

The NRMP Manager will also be responsible for implementation of activities
under the Research and Monitoring sub-programme, detailed in the Research
and Monitoring Plan. Activities focus primarily on fish catch monitoring,
the West Indian manatee, mangroves, seagrass and water quality, with the
support of the ranger team, a part time research assistant and SACD interns
/ volunteers.

 

The NRMP Manager will maintain close contact with the Education and Outreach
Manager and Community Officer to ensure that the programme’s activities and
strategies are aligned and complementary. He/she will also support and
advise the Executive Director in areas of relevance to the NRMP and Research
and Monitoring programmes.

 

 

Specific Responsibilities:

 

1. Natural Resource Management Programme

 

1.1   Protected Areas Enforcement

§  Review and revise the SACD Surveillance and Enforcement Plan, with
integrated participation of the SACD ranger team and local fishermen,
including a review and revision of policies and procedures for surveillance
and enforcement activities. 

 

§  Work with the ranger team, to actively enforce the regulations of the
Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the Fisheries Act, Wildlife Protection Act
and other relevant legislation to improve biodiversity viability of the
Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

§  Work with the ranger team to develop their capacity to respond to
incidents within Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

§  Develop quarterly reports detailing enforcement effort and incident
review.

 

1.2   Sustainable Fishery Management

§  Work closely with SACD staff, local fishermen, Wildtracks, and the Belize
Fisheries Department to develop and start implementation of a sustainable
fishery plan for Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, following the
recommendations of the “Planning for a Sustainable Fishery for Corozal Bay
Wildlife Sanctuary” report.

 

§  Develop quarterly reports detailing activities and outputs.

 

§  Work with the Executive Director to ensure necessary funds are sought for
NRMP operations and the Sustainable Fishery Management activities, and to
develop project proposals which align with the SACD Strategic Plan and CBWS
Management Plan

 

§  Develop annual optimal and minimum budgets for the NRMP, in collaboration
with the finance officer

 

1.3   Research and Monitoring Sub-Programme

§  Work closely with SACD ranger team, and research and monitoring partners
(Wildtracks and Blue Ventures) to ensure that critical research and
monitoring activities are implemented effectively and on schedule, as per
the SACD Research and Monitoring Plan.

 

§  Build the capacity of SACD staff, volunteers and interns in research and
monitoring activities through in-the-field training.

 

§  Develop quarterly reports detailing activities and outputs.

 

§  Work closely with the Executive Director to assist with project
implementation under the Natural Resource Management Programme

 

§  Work closely with the Executive Director, SACD staff and Wildtracks in
the mid-term review and revision of the 5 year management plan for the
Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

§  In partnership with the Executive Director and Wildtracks, prepare the
annual State of Protected Areas report, summarising the research and
monitoring outputs, and assist in preparation of the SACD Annual Report and
other required reports.

 

§  Work with the Executive Director and Wildtracks to ensure necessary funds
are sought for Research and Monitoring activities, and to develop project
proposals which align with the SACD Strategic Plan and CBWS Management Plan.

 

§  Develop annual optimal and minimum budgets for the Research and
Monitoring sub-programme, in collaboration with the finance officer.

 

2. Internal and external partnerships

 

§  Work closely with Executive Director and Finance Manager through regular
meetings to report on budget progress

 

§  Work closely with Executive Director and Wildtracks on research and
monitoring activities, recommendations and strengthening of the
sub-programme 

 

§  Provide advice to Executive director for the recruitment and termination
of staff contracts.

 

§  Provide advice to Executive director for corrective action on program
staff including the issuance of warnings over conduct.

 

§  Work closely with the Executive Director to maintain open, collaborative
relationships with the Forest and Fisheries Departments, staff at Hol Chan
and Bacalar Chico Marine Reserves, Mexican counterparts (SEMA and ECOSUR),
community and other relevant stakeholders.

 

§  Collaborate closely with the Executive Director towards developing and
maintaining partnerships with national and international organizations
relating to funding, training and capacity building opportunities for SACD.

 

§  At the discretion of the Executive Director, may be required to represent
SACD at national, and occasionally international, level on issues pertaining
to the protected area.

 

Evaluation

Evaluation will be conducted annually by the Executive Director and will
include: 

 

§  Fulfilment of this Terms of Reference and contract

§  Adherence to SACD’s policies and operational procedures

§  Assessment of implementation and output success of the following plans:

§  Surveillance and Enforcement Plan

§  Research and Monitoring Plan

§  Sustainable Fishery Plan

 

Qualifications

The primary qualifications / experience required for the post include:

 

§  Marine resource management 

§  Sustainable fishery management

§  Experience working in a tropical, developing country environment

§  Experience working with communities / fishermen

§  Data collection and analysis

§  Planning and plan implementation

§  Working as a team leader

§  Good writing skills

 

Fluent English / Spanish important

 

 

 

§  Accommodation and food are provided.

§  Monthly stipend available after the 3 month probationary period.

§  Possible option to extend beyond 1 year

 

Please submit an application letter by 12th July, 2014, outlining you
interest and experience in the above areas, and a CV to:

 

Mr. Joel Verde

Executive Director, 

Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development

Sarteneja

Belize

Central America

 

E-mail:  <mailto:sacdsarteneja at gmail.com> sacdsarteneja at gmail.com

 

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