Communications and Advocacy Mentor

Closing Date: 13 April 2023

Category: Marketing, Communication & Multi Media

Communications and Advocacy Mentor - Coastal Fisheries Division, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMRD)
Change your scene and become a VSA Volunteer and share your experience, knowledge, and skills to transform the lives of many. Work with our partner organisation to create a fair future for all. 
VSA will organise and fund, flights, visas, insurance, accommodation, living allowance and utilities while on assignment. 

About volunteering with VSA 
VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. We provide skilled Kiwi volunteers to support organisations in the Pacific and beyond through capacity building, both in country and virtually. 
Please note VSA Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident. 
Our Partner Organisation –Coastal Fisheries Division, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMRD)

The Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resource Development (MFMRD) is responsible for sustainable development of the fisheries and marine and resources of Kiribati, including but not limited to development of domestic and joint ventures of tuna industries harvesting, processing and fish marketing and coordinate development of coastal marine resources.

It is also mandated to negotiate bilateral fishing access in respect of local and foreign fishing vessels, monitoring, control and surveillance, management and harnessing of non-living deep sea mineral resources. It provides avenues for scientific research on existing natural or man-made resources or products and participate in international and regional fisheries conventions.

The Coastal Fisheries Division (CFD) is one of the major Divisions within the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development. It has 7 units including a Sub-division in Kiritimati Island.

The primary focus of the Fisheries Division is to sustainably develop and manage the coastal and near shore marine resources to maximize economic returns and social benefits for the present and future generation of Kiribati.
The CFD develops its work programme in alignment with the Kiribati National Fisheries Policy and the Kiribati Development Plan.

The Country 

“Kiribati is for travelers, not for tourists.” You will need a sense of adventure in this beautiful country made up of small islands across the Pacific.

The Assignment 

In this assignment a VSA volunteer will  assist with building capacity in Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) providing support to the operational arm of the coastal fisheries management in Kiribati.

The overall goal of the Ministry is to support fisheries management and development for economic growth and provide for sustainable livelihoods for the benefit of the people of Kiribati.

Achievement of this goal requires the strengthening of good governance to both protect the marine environment and ensure adequate support to fisheries management MCS and enforcement (MCS&E).

Through this assignment, capacity gaps related to MCS&E would be addressed as a priority.

The Volunteer 
Are you someone who wants to make a difference, have a sense of adventure and like the challenge of being outside your comfort zone?  VSA Volunteers are technical experts who impart their skills and knowledge to the local community. You will need to be flexible, adaptable, resourceful, resilient with a passion for Aotearoa and the wider Pacific community. 

We're looking for a volunteer with the following: 

  • Qualification in Community Development or a related field
  • Experience delivering community engagement and outreach              programmes
  • Experience delivering training workshops
  • Experience developing training materials

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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Full time volunteering opportunity in Kiribati
  • Flights, accommodation and other expenses covered by VSA
  • Transform your life and the lives of others!

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