Junior Provincial Fisheries Support Specialist (Marine and Coastal)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Cambodia

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
29th January, 2021

Job Description

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

The European Union (EU) has established the Cambodia Programme for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the Fisheries Sector (CAPFISH). The overall objective of the CAPFISH Programme is to support the Royal Government of Cambodia in the achievement of its long-term vision of social and economic development, food security and poverty reduction as initiated with the Deep Fisheries Reforms and laid down in the National Strategic Development Plan. The Programme is structured in two components: one on aquaculture (i.e. CAPFISH-Aquaculture, adopted in 2016, EUR 30 million) and one on capture fisheries (i.e. CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries, adopted in 2019, EUR 92.7 million).

The stated objective of the capture fisheries component of the CAPFISH Programme is for Cambodia to have sustainable capture fisheries, contributing to food security and poverty reduction. The CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme comprises three interrelated pillars: 1. fisheries management and conservation; 2. post-harvest and trade; and 3. improvement and diversification of fisheries communities' livelihoods. The CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme functions through direct Budgetary Support to the Royal Government of Cambodia Fisheries Administration (FiA) and by Complementary Support provided through the FAO (fisheries management and conservation pillar), UNIDO (post-harvest and trade pillar) and NGOs and Civil Society Organisations (improvement and diversification of fisheries communities' livelihoods pillar).

This Complementary Support project (i.e. FAO-CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries) supports the fisheries conservation and management pillar within the CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme. The specific outcome that the project will work to achieve within its timeframe and resources is improved capacity to strengthen fisheries management at the community, district/provincial, and national levels.

Reporting Lines

The Junior Provincial Fisheries Support Specialist (Marine and Coastal) reports directly to the Chief Technical Advisor (Team Leader), under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Cambodia. He/she will work in coordination with the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and in close collaboration with the FiA team at national and provincial levels, and other key partners.

Technical Focus

The Junior Provincial Fisheries Support Specialist (Marine and Coastal) will work in consultation with FiA Staff including Provincial Fisheries Officers, to provide support to the Provincial Fisheries Staff through technical assistance, capacity development, training, planning, coordination to strengthen Community Fishery and Community Fish Refuge mechanisms and all elements of project implementation.

Tasks and responsibilities

Planning and training:

  • Act as coordinator / focal point for all the FAO CAPFISH CSP project technical areas for the PBCT at coastal province level (including with international and national project staff and technical experts);
  • Set up a unit within the coastal PDAFF/Cantonment, support the formulation of work plans for the unit, and establish reporting arrangements with the project’s CTA, the FiA Central and the International Specialists;
  • Participate in FAO-CSP personal capacity development trainings and project orientation;
  • Act as resource person for training on project technical areas and build capacity within the FiAC/PDAFF to improve coastal fisheries co-management and conservation, the functioning of community fisheries mechanisms, including Community Fisheries (CFi) and Community Fish Refuge (CFR) and implementation of the NPCI, with attention to gender concerns, and inclusive and equitable representation and participation;
  • Carry out training needs assessments, capacity development, coaching and monitoring at the community level as required, with attention to ensuring equal and meaningful participation of women and men of different ages and ethnic backgrounds.

Implementation coordination

  • Support FiA in the adoption and implementation of project guidelines, plans, policies according to coastal province needs;
  • Support the work of any young professional, volunteer, or intern attached to the team;
  • Support administratively and technically the implementation and operation of FiAC/PDAFF agreed activities with the FiA central for the achievements of the of the sector’s priorities;
  • Ensure gender action plan for province are implemented (participation of women in project activities);
  • Ensure implementation of the Guidelines on the transfer and management of the grant to support the operation of CFi/CFR in Cambodia;
  • Support communication activities;
  • Promote the concepts of experience sharing between Community Fishery mechanisms and networks.
  • Monitoring and evaluation and reporting
  • Support monitoring and evaluation activities in coastal provinces, including annual performance assessments of targeted coastal communities;
  • Support FiA to monitor activities progress and reporting of the NPCI;
  • Liaise with local service providers , NGOs and CSOs working in fisheries;
  • Coordinate with the provincial TWGFi in each of the provinces to ensure proper coordination, planning, update of progress and achievements of target outputs in the province, and disseminate lessons learned;
  • In consultation with supervisors, undertake other actions as required and appropriate to ensure the success of the community fisheries component of the project; and
  • Perform other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in fisheries, marine or coastal fisheries, coastal zone management, natural resources management, community development or related field
  • At least three years of relevant experience at community level
  • Working knowledge of English
  • National of Cambodia

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Ability to lead/coordinate multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to write reports in Khmer and in English
  • Ability to work with Fisheries Administration, related provincial departments, CFi/CFR, local service providers and other key partners
  • Experience in fisheries management


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