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Resort Research and Fisheries Officer

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Location: Six Senses Laamu, Olhuveli Island, Laamu Atoll, Maldives

Objectives: To enable the timely delivery Blue Marine Foundation’s activities conducted with Maldives Underwater Initiative at Six Senses Laamu

Contract: One year, consultancy contract

Working Hours: Six days a week, 9am-6pm. The Consultant shall work on an average of 21 days per month, according to the local customs and Maldivian law on days agreed with the Company.

Reporting to: Maldives Project Manager & International Projects Manager

Salary: Competitive depending on experience

Main Duties: See below:

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing technical day-to-day support to ensure the delivery of the ‘Maldives Resilient Reefs Project’ on Laamu Atoll, including data management and reporting.
  • Providing support and technical advice on specific marine conservation issues in the Maldives.
  • Contributing to blogs, social media and updates on BLUE’s/Maldives Resilient Reef’s websites and other materials.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with other marine NGOs and partner organizations in the Maldives.
  • Providing weekly and monthly updates to BLUE’s International Project Manager and Maldives Project Manager.

 

Specific Roles:  

  1. Project Delivery and support
  • Providing on-site support to ensure on site delivery of the resort reef fishery project, specifically:
  • Monitoring the resort fish landing and purchasing process and supporting its improvement.
  • Monitoring the resort recreational fishing process and supporting its improvement.
  • Organizing the bi-annual fishery committee meetings.
  • Training of fishermen and relevant departments in the resort on the programme.
  • Providing on-site support to ensure the delivery of the research activities relating to the development of the marine reserve, specifically:
  • Biodiversity baseline surveys of coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses
  • Grouper spawning aggregation site assessments.
  • Providing on-site support to ensure the delivery of BLUE’s education and capacity building programme, specifically:
    • Citizen science training programmes.
    • Internships programmes for students from Maldives National University.
    • The Maldives Resilient Reefs Seminar series.
    • The Marine Environmental Programme.
  1. Development
  • Build and strengthen relationships with project partners and stakeholders, particularly island councils, fishermen and local communities to enable project delivery.
  • Provide support to partners for relevant research and monitoring studies as required.
  1. Resort activities
  • Support the Maldives Underwater Initiative team to engage with tourists on site through activities including:
    • Weekly educational presentations.
    • Reception duty.
    • Snorkel/Fishing trips (one per week).

 

Candidate Profile

A University degree is preferable or an equivalent amount of working experience.  The individual should be passionate about marine conservation, keen to learn and share knowledge with the wider community.

Education

  • Undergraduate Environmental Degree preferable but not essential.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English as well as excellent computer literacy.

Experience

  • Familiar with tropical seascape ecosystems including coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses.
  • Previous history of working with communities, fishermen and or resort environments.

Required competencies and behaviours

  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills in working effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Strategic vision and the ability to see what is needed to support the project’s outcomes.
  • Planning, organizational and time management skills, including flexibility, attention to detail and the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to formulate recommendations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in team environment.
  • Physically fit to perform in-water activities.
  • A sound sense of judgement and commitment to the ethical and cultural values of the country and the organization.

 

How to apply:

Please send your CV and a letter explaining your skills and suitability for the role to contact@maldivesresilientreefs.com by 10 August 2021.