The Building Capacities to Address Invasive Alien Species to Enhance the Chances of Long-term Survival of Terrestrial Endemic and Threatened Species on Taveuni Island, Surrounding Islets and Throughout Fiji project is a 5-year initiative executed in Fiji by the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF). It aims to improve the chances of the long-term survival of terrestrial endemic and threatened species on Taveuni Island, the surrounding islets and throughout Fiji by building national and local capacity to reduce the risk of new IAS establishment and to improve the management of existing IAS. Under this project there are 4 components namely:
- Strengthened IAS policy, institutions and coordination at the national level to reduce the risk of IAS entering Fiji
- Improved IAS prevention and surveillance operations on Taveuni, Qamea, Laucala and Matagi
- Eradication of invasive iguana or GII (Iguana iguana) in Taveuni Island and surrounding islets
- Knowledge management and awareness raising to address IAS
Improving IAS prevent and management in Fiji will require a suite of preventative measures that will be introduced by this project, including:
- (Strengthened IAS policy, institutions and coordination at the national level to reduce the risk of IAS entering Fiji, including a comprehensive multi-sectorial coordination mechanism to ensure the best possible use of resources and capacities for prevention, management, eradication, awareness and engagement, restoration, and capacity building;
- Improved IAS prevention and surveillance operations at the island level on Taveuni, Qamea, Matagi and Laucala to reduce potential for pest species to enter and establish within the four-island group and move between these islands;
- Implementation of a comprehensive eradication plan for GII based on detailed survey work and public outreach on Taveuni and an increase in removal effort of GII on the islands of Qamea, Matagi, and Laucala (and other islands, such as Taveuni if they are found to be established); and
- Strengthened knowledge management and awareness raising that targets the general public, tour operations and visitors, so as to safeguard the nation from IAS.
Duties and Responsibilities
Communications is crucial component of the IAS Project. Whilst a community outreach consultant provides support specifically for outreach in the northern division where eradication efforts is taking place, there is a need to enhance overall project communications. It essential that all sectors of communities involving Government, NGO’s, statutory bodies and public at large is aware of the project. In particular, these is a need to deliver key messages in manner easily understood by the general public.
The consultant is also expected to work in collaboration with other project consultants including an eradication specialist, a chief technical adviser and other relevant stakeholders.
Required Skills and Experience
- Minimum degree in communications, conservation and/ or 6 years of relevant experience nationally and in the region.
- Daily rate to be inclusive of Medical insurance cost for the duration of the contract.
- Selected Candidate will be required to submit a proof of medical insurance prior to issuance of contract
- If the selected/successful Candidate is over 65 years of age and required to travel outside his home country; He/She will be required provide a full medical report at their expense prior to issuance to contract. Contract will only be issued when Proposed candidate is deemed medically fit to undertake the assignment
- Offerors must send the following documents.
- Signed CV including names of at least 3 referees.
- Cover letter setting out: A statement of how the applicant meets the qualifications and experience requirements.
- Completed template for confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal