Fisheries Specialist (Incidental Fishing)

Job announcement  : Aug 23, 2023

Unpublishing date  : 06/09/2023, 21:59:00

Organizational Unit : FLCHI – FAO Representation in Chile

Position type  : Temporary work

Requisition Type: PSA (Personal Service Agreements)

Grade Level: N/A

Main location  : Chile-Coquimbo

Duration : 3 months

Position Number: N/A

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  •  FAO is committed to achieving diversity in its workforce in terms of gender, nationality, origin and culture.
  •  Women, nationals of underrepresented or unrepresented Member States and persons with disabilities who possess the necessary qualifications are encouraged to apply.
  •  Everyone working for FAO must adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct and uphold FAO values.
  •  FAO, as a specialized agency of the United Nations, applies a policy of zero tolerance for conduct incompatible with its statute, objectives and mandate, in particular sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
  •  All successful candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
  •  All requests will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

organizational framework

The main objective of FAO country offices, headed by an FAO Representative, is to help governments develop policies, programs and projects to achieve food security and reduce hunger and malnutrition, help develop agricultural, fishing, and forestry sectors and use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

On December 2, 2020, Mr. M.Sc. Carlos Manuel Rodríguez CEO and President of the Global Environment Facility (GEF, for its acronym in English) communicated the CEO Endorsement of Full-sized Project, which approves the Project Document “Strengthening of management and governance for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity of global importance in coastal marine ecosystems in Chile”, which aims to improve the governance of coastal marine spaces, in addition to committing the actors that act on the coastline to incorporate measures management and technologies for the sustainability of the fishing resource and improve the effective management of marine protected areas. The executing agencies of the project are the Ministry of the Environment (MMA), the Ministry of National Assets (MBBNN), the Undersecretariat for Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA), the Undersecretariat for Regional and Administrative Development (SUBDERE), the Undersecretariat for the Armed Forces (SSFFAA) and the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA), with FAO as the implementing agency. More information about the project is available at: https://gefgobernanza.mma.gob.cl/

Consultants represent an important source of expertise for FAO and make expert contributions around the world to achieve the Organization’s strategic objectives. To enable FAO to attract and employ the best possible experts in the wide range of technical areas of its mandate, a competitive selection process has been introduced. The objective of this process is to create a pool of candidates who can be called upon when their experience is required, guaranteeing a transparent and rigorous selection process.

This vacancy announcement is related to the requirement to hire a Manager for the development and early implementation of a good practice strategy to reduce the impacts of bycatch on the marine-coastal ecosystems of the North Pilot Site of the project. communes of Frerina and La Higuera (coastal area). The Manager shall provide on-site technical assistance for the correct and successful implementation of Output 2.1.1: Pilot coastal communities adopt biodiversity-friendly management practices and technologies, in particular through the design and implementation of a good practice strategy to reduce bycatch and discard in artisanal fishing carried out in the area,

Hierarchical dependency

– Under the general supervision of the FAO Representative in Chile and the National Project Coordinator.

– Under the direct supervision of the Bi-regional Coordinator of the North Zone of the Project.

Field of specialization

The professional will be responsible for the development and early execution of a good practice strategy to reduce the impacts of bycatch at the Northern Pilot Site of the Project. This strategy must be developed in conjunction with the multiple regional and local actors (fishermen and communities, academia, public services, business entities and NGOs), under the direct supervision of the Bi-Regional Coordinator of the Northern Pilot Site. Likewise, the Manager must promote the construction of commitments both at the institutional level and at the user level, for the correct adoption and implementation of this strategy, beyond the duration of the GEF Coastal Marine Governance project.

Tasks and responsibilities

  •  Promote close coordination and alignment with project execution activities at the North Pilot Site, under the guidance of the Bi-regional Coordinator.
  •  Identify the actors related to the incidental fishing problem in marine-coastal ecosystems of the North Pilot Site (La Higuera-Freirina communes).
  •  Create a map of actors regarding interests/influence in solving problems (implementation of good practices)
  •  Design and execute a program of workshops (face-to-face and virtual) for the design of the strategy of good practices to reduce the impacts of incidental fishing in the North Pilot Site, with the various actors identified.
  •  Prepare a strategy document of good practices to reduce the impacts of incidental fishing in the North Pilot Site, where specific actions, profiles, budget and responsibilities are defined, which have sustainability beyond the project.
  •  Design and execute an awareness campaign (communication and in the field) about the work process and the strategy itself, to the diversity of the public
  •  Deliver a Final Report on the work carried out.


Minimum requirements

  •  University degree in the areas of marine science, biology, ecology, fishing, management or management of natural resources, or a related profession, with demonstrable specialization in marine conservation management projects.
  •  At least 3 years of experience in projects associated with the impacts of bycatch on marine-coastal ecosystems.
  •  Practical knowledge of Spanish.
  •  Chilean nationality or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

  •  Results-based approach.
  •  Teamwork.
  •  Effective communication.
  •  Establishment of effective relationships.
  •  Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement.

Technical/functional skills

  •  Demonstrated ability to carry out field work, teamwork and establish good working relationships with public institutions, civil society organizations, private individuals and local communities.
  •  Demonstrated ability to plan, execute projects and meet objectives in a short time.
  •  Demonstrated ability to adapt to ongoing projects, abiding by guidelines defined in advance.
  •  Knowledge of the ecosystem approach to fishing and good fishing production practices would be desirable.
  •  Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Selection criteria

  •  Work experience in fishing sector institutions, academia, or others related to the purpose of the vacancy.
  •  Work experience in projects associated with good production practices (fishing, aquaculture, marine tourism).
  •  Demonstrated knowledge and skill in the management and regulations of marine and coastal ecosystems.
  •  Knowledge and experience in participatory planning, relationship with various actors and monitoring of goals.
  •  High availability to develop field work in the localities of the North Pilot Site (coastal zone of the communes of La Higuera and Freirina, and regional capitals due to relationships with other actors).
  •  Ability to prepare administrative and technical reports with high quality standards.
  •  Have residence in the communes of Coquimbo or La Serena, or willingness to move to the area.
  •  Immediate availability.
  •  Demonstrable experience in project development and management, natural resource management, development of management plans and preparation of technical reports in the aforementioned areas.
  •  Demonstrable experience working with coastal communities, public, academic and private services.
  •  Availability to reside in Coquimbo or La Serena during the execution of the project.
  •  Class ‘B’ driving license.

It is noted that all candidates should adhere to the Organization’s values ​​of commitment to FAO, respect for all and integrity and transparency.


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  •  Please be informed that FAO will only consider academic degrees or credentials obtained from an educational institution included in the Global Higher Education Database, which is a list maintained by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/UNESCO. The list can be consulted at: www.whed.net/
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