Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
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5 months ago

Junior Advisor – Sustainable Fisheries Management

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is the implementing agency of the Federal Republic of Germany for technical and international cooperation. It offers flexible, sustainable and effective solutions in political, economic and social change processes. Most of the work of GIZ is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries as well as public and private bodies in Germany and abroad. These include the European Commission, the United Nations, the World Bank and governments of other countries.

The overall objectives of the “Fish for Food Security in Zambia” (F4F) Project are to support the development of the aquaculture sector in selected districts in Luapula Province and to sustainably rehabilitate dam-based fisheries, including the strengthening of dam committees for a responsible management of fisheries in selected districts in Eastern Province. Herewith, and in respect to food and nutrition security, the project aims at increasing the sustainable production of fish and thus the availability of fish products for food-insecure households. The increase in fish production will also positively contribute to increased incomes for actors in respective value chains in the intervention areas. Primary beneficiaries are male and female fish farmers as well as fisher folks and dam committee members operating and managing dam fisheries, who will directly benefit from better access to fish and higher incomes. Further value chain actors (e.g. hatcheries, fish processors, trader, dealer, and retailer) as well as consumers from non fish-producing households within the areas of intervention are likely to gain indirect monetary and/or dietary benefits as more and affordable fish products are being handled in the markets.

In this context, the project is seeking a suitable candidate for the following position:

Junior Advisor – Sustainable Fisheries Management (based in Chipata with frequent travels to other districts with targeted dams under the project)


Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Assisting the project’s Senior Advisor with the design and implementation of project activities in the Eastern Province
  • Supporting the development, organisation and training of dam committee members on sustainable fishery management systems for small water bodies in the Eastern Province
  • Assisting the Senior Advisor of the project at the Chipata Office with all project management related topics, including reporting, maintaining partner relations, administrative and logistical processes
  • Maintaining up to date data and statistics from all the relevant target groups (dam committees, fishermen/women, consumers, fish value chain actors, etc.) of the project in eastern province, while working in collaboration with the F4F Monitoring and Evaluation Team
  • Participating in additional activities to support the F4F project implementation and AgriFood Cluster synergies

Technical support:

  • Assisting the Senior Advisor in the design and effective integration of a sustainable fishery management system in local management plans for small water bodies
  • Supporting the preparation and coordination of events, workshops, missions and studies of the F4F Project
  • Preparing and facilitating training and workshops under guidance from the Senior Advisor
  • Supporting the Senior advisor in coordinating project activities, maintaining strong and productive working relationships with the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, donors, research centres and other stakeholders
  • Assisting with developing workplans that are realistic for implementation of activities and supports the project’s M&E advisor in all monitoring and evaluation related activities, including the preparation of field visits, data collection and use of IT applications and up-dating databases
  • Assisting the project technical team in all areas of interventions, including the preparation of training, workshops, report writing and logistical support during events
  • Supporting the monitoring of dams, data collection as well as advising the dam committees on sustainable dam management to maximise fish production
  • Providing support in maintaining the project’s network of all stakeholders and relevant value chain actors
  • Assisting the Senior Advisor in all project management related tasks, including administrative and logistical processes according to GIZ guidelines

Fishery Management Training:

  • Assisting in sensitisation campaigns of the relevant communities
  • Assisting with researching, establishing training goals and objectives; and packaging appropriate training content
  • Assisting in planning and coordinating comprehensive fishery management training across a variety of formats which provides trainees with knowledge and skills to successfully fulfil their assignments and guides in the establishment of rules and regulations
  • Collaborating closely with technical partners (Dept. of Fisheries, WorldFish, WWF, training institutions, agri-dealers)
  • Making introductory, follow-up and backstopping visits to training beneficiaries
  • Collaborating with sister-projects FANSER and AgFin to include nutrition as well as business management aspects into training

Knowledge Management, Research and Communication:

  • Assisting in the documentation and monitoring/ evaluation of the trainings and workshops
  • Advising the Senior Advisor of significant challenges and recommending viable solutions that can be readily adopted
  • Identifying, applying and documenting good, innovative practices and lessons learnt
  • Contributing to the preparation of periodical reports and keeping photographic records
  • Assisting with organising exchange visits among dam management committees to enhance exchange of knowledge and skills for better dam management
  • Assisting dam committee members with record-keeping

Other duties/additional tasks:

  • Assisting with and/or carrying out other programme activities and other tasks at the request of programme management

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences (Aquaculture and Fisheries, Conservation and Natural Resources Management, Botany or similar), Environmental Education, Agriculture or other relevant field

Professional experience:

  • At least 1-2 years’ professional experience (e.g. may include internships, volunteering) in the field of fisheries management or aquaculture, development cooperation, organisational development monitoring, public entities or research institutions
  • Experience working with co-management structures and participatory approaches

Other knowledge, additional competences:

  • Demonstrable experience and willingness to work in rural settings and with rural communities
  • Knowledge and experience in adult training methodologies
  • Good working knowledge of ICT (related software, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office and/or online databases)
  • Experience in project management, planning or research in an area related to the project’s requirements is desirable
  • Demonstrating critical thinking, capabilities for regular communication and presentations
  • Fluency in English, both written and oral, and knowledge of at least one local language of the Eastern Province (e.g. Chewa, Nyanja, etc.)
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organisational skills and ability to work effectively in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to work in a responsible, effective and target-oriented way
  • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management
  • Must be willing and available to travel throughout Eastern Province and other areas of project intervention

Method of Application

The successful candidate will be expected to start full-time employment with GIZ, on a fixed-term contract, as soon as possible. Interested candidates must send their CVs and cover letters electronically, quoting the reference GIZ_F4F_JRSFM in the subject line: Certificates, qualifications, etc. must not be attached to the application. In addition, traceable references of previous engagements must be provided. Please note that only applicants selected for interview will be contacted. GIZ is committed to being an equal opportunities employer, therefore, women and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply

Application deadline
18 May 15:00
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