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Maldives Resort Fisheries and Research Co-ordinator

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Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) is a UK registered charity set up in 2010 by some of the team behind the award-winning documentary film ‘The End of the Line’. BLUE aims to restore the ocean to health by addressing overfishing, one of the world’s biggest environmental problems. BLUE is dedicated to creating marine reserves, restoring vital habitats, and establishing models of sustainable fishing. BLUE’s mission is to see 30 per cent of the world’s ocean under effective protection by 2030.

 

About the Project

 

Overfishing of coral reef fish is a serious concern in the Maldives. It is estimated that ~70% of all reef fish in the country is caught for tourist consumption. The development of export markets in the last few decades, in addition to the increase in local consumption of reef fish by Maldivians is placing additional pressure on this valuable resource. Coral reef fish play a critical role in coral reef resilience: the ability of coral reefs to regenerate after natural and human-induced disturbances such as coral bleaching. It is crucial that fishing on coral reefs is managed so that coral reefs stand a fighting chance of persisting and being able to continue to provide services to those who depend on them.

 

BLUE is seeking a Maldives Resort Fisheries and Research Co-ordinator to deliver BLUE’s research and fisheries projects at its partner resort, Six Senses Laamu on Laamu Atoll, Maldives. This is an incredible opportunity to join a highly impactful charity at the cutting edge of marine conservation. Applicants must have experience of working in a similar role, building partnerships and be familiar with tropical seascapes. The successful candidate will have great organisational skills and an ability to work under pressure, strong attention to detail and excellent written/communications skills.

 

Salary: Competitive, based on experience

Hours: Full time, six days a week

Contract: 12 month contract

Location: Six Senses Laamu, Laamu Atoll, Maldives

Starting date: 15th November 2021

Reporting to: Senior International Projects Manager, BLUE

The application deadline: 29th October 2021

 

This role requires the candidate to hold a minimum of MSc (or equivalent expertise) and previous experience of project co-ordination and delivery. Please send your CV and a letter explaining your skills and suitability for the role to:  Becki Constable: becki@edelweisshr.co.uk.

 

If you would like to know more or have any questions, then we’d be happy to help.

 

BLUE is committed to an inclusive workplace, where there is equality of opportunity. We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

 

Role & Responsibilities

 

  • Responsible for delivering day to day of project activities.
  • Assist in facilitating meetings and stakeholder engagement with relevant individuals.
  • Build good working relationships with stakeholders.
  • Collate, organise, and analyse existing data available.
  • Ensure all databases are maintained and up to date.
  • Produce regular reporting to BLUE on progress against agreed project deliverables
  • Maintain close working relationships with BLUE’s partners
  • Develop responsible fishing educational materials for relevant stakeholders.
  • Write reports and proposals for internal and external consumption
  • Ensure structured communication for the project internally
  • Inform BLUE of data and information relevant to the project and provide summaries
  • Liaising with different stakeholders to ensure the implementation of projects on site
  • Assist with regular reporting to BLUE and funders on progress against deliverables.
  • Assist with development of funding proposals
  • Represent BLUE on site and at meetings, events, and other opportunities
  • Creation of content for social media and BLUE’s website
  • Work with the BLUE Maldives team and Maldives Resilient Reefs on other projects
  • Support the Maldives Underwater Initiative team to engage with tourists on site
  • Work closely with a Maldives Resilient Reefs intern
  • Work collaboratively as part of the Maldives Underwater Initiative team

Skills required

 

  • Relevant qualification and/or experience of marine science, marine conservation
  • Self-motivated and able to work using own initiative.
  • Able to work under pressure, prioritise tasks and meet key deadlines.
  • Able to multi-task and work across multiple documents and platforms.
  • An excellent communicator (written and verbal), with an ability to build relationships.
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • A drive and determination to succeed.
  • Fluent in English (Exceptional English writing skills required).
  • Excellent team working and inter-personal skills.
  • A technical knowledge of marine conservation and/or fisheries management.
  • A command of relevant software, such as MS Office.
  • Qualified Scuba Diver

 

Experience required

 

  • Previous experience of marine conservation
  • Knowledge of tropical marine habitats and species.
  • Experience of engaging and managing relationships with stakeholders.
  • A demonstrable ability to deliver elements of marine conservation projects.
  • BSc (Hons) level qualification in a relevant discipline
  • At least one years’ experience of working on marine conservation issues
  • Management experience of a team or individual