Fisheries Compliance Adviser

Closing Date: 22 July 2020

Location: Kiribati

Category: Policy, Governance, Monitoring & Evaluation

The Organisation
The Coastal Fisheries Division (CFD) is  a unit within the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMRD) in the government of Kiribati. The Ministry is responsible for the sustainable development of  fisheries and marine resources for Kiribati, in turn helping to  facilitate a vibrant economy for the small nation of atolls.  The Ministry works collaboratively with a number of international state departments including MFAT in New Zealand, DFAT in Australia, the UNDP and various EU member states.  There are a total of 88 staff members in the CFD.

The Opportunity
The assignment involves  supporting  and building the capacity of CFD staff, enabling them to enforce coastal fisheries regulations, thus leading to increased compliance at the community, island and national level. Responsibilities will include:
  • Developing guidelines and protocols on Coastal Monitoring, Control, Surveillance and Enforcement (MCS&E) at an agreed standard for the CFD compliance unit; and
  • Development and implementation of MCS&E training programmes for CFD staff
We are looking for a volunteer with:
  • Experience developing and implementing standard operating procedures, protocols, training and guidelines in Coastal Monitoring, Control, Surveillance and Enforcement
  • Strong technical, compliance and policy background
  • Experience dealing with multi agencies at local and national level
  • Experience in aligning multiple strategic directions into a cohesive organisational plan

VSA volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs.

VSA's response to COVID-19

Although we have temporarily put our deployment of volunteers on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainties both within New Zealand and across the wider Pacific, we’re continuing to recruit and build our talent pool of prospective volunteers so we can return to supporting our partner organisations and communities in the wider Pacific as soon as we can.
The Volunteer Recruitment team is continuing to work through all our current applications and keep in touch with applicants.

Recruitment will continue although our usual processes will be amended where necessary to ensure social distancing requirements are maintained, such as a greater emphasis on carrying out interviews remotely.
Meanwhile, Programme Managers are working with partner organisations and on updating assignment descriptions. This work will help us determine which skills and experience our volunteers will need once we begin to redeploy people in the Pacific.

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.