House 37, Road 8
Dhanmondi R/A
Dhaka-1205, Bangladesh

Vacancy Announcement

Deadline for Application: 20/08/2020

National Community Management Specialist (Fishery & Livelihood)

FAO Bangladesh assists the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (GoB) to formulate policies, programmes and projects to address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition, develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and utilize environmental and natural resources in a sustainable way. It contributes to the development of FAO’s field programme projects in the country and implements them in the sectors of food security, agriculture and rural development.

The Department of Fisheries (DoF) and the FAO Bangladesh is going to implement a Global Environmental Facility’s (GEFs) least developed countries fund (LDCF) project entitled, Community-based Climate Resilient Fisheries and Aquaculture Development in Bangladesh (GCP/BGD/055/LDF). The Project will attempt to remove key barriers to effective adaptation to climate change in the fishery and aquaculture sector by integrating climate resilience in its policy reform and enhance resiliency of the fishery sector through capacity development of the fishery officials and the communities depending on fisheries.

The poor and smallholders in the project areas will benefit from project interventions both socially and financially, including capacity development to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and variability. The coastal and inland aquatic ecosystems of this project (covering an area of about 4,790 km2) will be under climate resilient plans and management practices. The long-term sustainability of the project will be promoted by adoption of strategy that promotes up scaling and replication of climate resilient adaptations across Bangladesh, and capacity strengthening of DoFs, partner organizations and local communities on climate change implications and resilient adaptation options.

Reporting Lines
Under the overall managerial, administrative leadership of the FAO Representative in Bangladesh and Budget Holder of the project, technical supervision of LTO and direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), National Operations Officer, coordination of the NPC, project personnel, and the Government counterpart, the incumbent will be responsible for the delivery of Components 1, 2 and 3 of the Project. His/her main tasks will be, but not limited to the following:

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Support and assist inception and stakeholders’ workshops and lead community mobilization and implementation plan and strategy of the project;
  • In collaboration with the Capacity Building and Training Expert(CBTE) assess and complete the training needs (TNA) of the DoF, other fisheries related Gov. agencies, private agencies and community people; also identify areas, subjects and Govt., private personnel & community for awareness and capacity building trainings and livelihood options as per the approved AWPB;
  • Assist/coordinate with National Fisheries Policy and Strategy Analyst and the National Capacity Building and Training Expert (NCBTE) in finalizing the community/occupational/common interest groups and HR development strategy of the DoF, BFRI and the communities involved;
  • Review and assess the relevance of past and on-going projects in fishery sector, existing local disaster preparedness and adaptation practices for developing livelihood options, disaster preparedness and climate change adaptations in fisheries and aquaculture sector;
  • Play a key role in facilitating all community training programmes and serve as resource person in the training courses/FGDs/FFSs, also support to identify best resource persons for the training programmes;
  • Provide technical advice and backstopping on the process and contents of pilot testing of CC risks and livelihood adaptation options at the local level;
  • Assist and support CBTE in organizing, facilitating and conducting training programmes, climate risks analysis and livelihood; in compiling and preparing quarterly reports, as well as technical articles on fisheries, agriculture, poultry, disaster management, alternate income generations & livelihoods, primary health & family care, etc. to fit in the Training Manuals;
  • Assist and develop demonstration strategy or methodologies for uptake of identified livelihood adaptation practices for implementing adaptation practices in fishery sector and into farmer friendly extension tools and messages for dissemination;
  • Assist and support CBTE in developing training modules&training materials,preparing flyers/ booklets/ posters based on lessons learned from implementation & livelihood adaptation assessment in fisheries sector;
  • Prepare and submit an End of Assignment Report (EoA).
  • Carry out other activities as instructed by the PMU/or the FAOR

Minimum Requirements

  • M.Sc in Fisheries, preferably a Ph.D. or related disciplines;
  • Having 15 (fifteen) years of experience in community mobilization and capacity building/ trainings of fisheries personnel and community people;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and well computer literate.
  • National of Bangladesh.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building effective relationships
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Proven track record of publications of technical reports, manuals, proceeding reports, popular articles, etc. in the relevant field;
  • Solid and demonstrated understanding of the technical aspects of the field of fisheries and fisheries extension, livelihood activities and familiarity with climate risks management principles and practices;
  • Experience in socio-economic and institutional assessment studies and experience in international cooperation projects would be preferred;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to assist the project team with any urgent services.
  • Adaptable to multicultural and multidisciplinary team of experts and willing to undertake intensive field works in the coastal/wetland areas of Bangladesh.
  • Proven experience in community mobilization, community management, assessing farmers’ livelihood systems for identifying and transferring relevant CC adaptation options;
  • Proven capacity in preparing project technical and financial reports;

Duration: 12 months with possible extension

Duty station: Dhaka

Application Guidelines:
To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.

Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply