Wetlands and Fisheries Specialist for the Climate-Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL) Program
Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International will be recruiting applicants for the position of Wetlands and Fisheries Specialist with the Forestry & Natural Resource Management (FNRM) Group. The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
SALARY & BENEFITS:
The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.
Applicants should go to the “Jobs” link at www.winrock.org and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing “Wetlands and Fisheries Specialist - CREL” by April 23, 2012.
Winrock would like to graciously thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.
POSITION TITLE: Wetlands and Fisheries Specialist / Climate-Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL)
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
UNIT: Forestry and Natural Resource Management
Reports to: Chief of Party (COP)
Winrock is seeking candidates for a Wetlands and Fisheries Specialist for the USAID-funded Climate-Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL) program that focuses on stimulating alternative income and enterprise opportunities for the poor. The program will be designed to stimulate economic growth across subsectors at a landscape level, while addressing natural resource policy and governance issues. It will work closely with relevant stakeholders including the Government of Bangladesh to develop institutional capacity to integrate climate change adaptation planning at the national and local level.
· Provide leadership to the Wetlands and Fisheries components of the CREL program;
· Raise awareness of sustainable resource use, practices and their economic benefits;
· Identify mechanisms to provide financial incentives to local communities for sustainable fishery and wetland management;
· Analyze and promote environmentally-friendly, climate resilient and sustainable livelihood options for targeted beneficiary groups;
· Assess the climate change impacts on Bangladesh’s wetlands and fisheries;
· Conduct targeted trainings and technical assistance for key stakeholders including government ministers, civil society and resource user groups;
· Support integrated climate change adaptation planning related to wetlands and fisheries;
· Develop annual work plans and budgets to meet USAID and internal reporting requirements;
· Ensure timely submission of the NRM policy components in quarterly and annual reports;
· Ensure appropriate implementation of program strategy and strict adherence to USAID rules and regulations;
· Contribute to technical direction and activity implementation in wetlands and fisheries;
· Carry out other tasks as designated by COP;
· Travel as needed to represent the project and to provide management and technical oversight;
- Complete other tasks as assigned by Winrock.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQURIEMENTS:
Education: Master degree in fisheries, fisheries biology, watershed management, wetland science, water resources management or environmental management.
Experience: The ideal candidate will have the following experience:
· At least 12 years of relevant working experience in the areas directly related to fisheries, and wetland management in a development context;
· Experience in community based fisheries management will be given preference;
· Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of wetland and fisheries related issues in Bangladesh;
· Comprehensive background in fisheries and aquatic project management and design, integrated wetland management and wetland biodiversity conservation;
· Proven ability to think analytically and critically, and ability to translate ideas, insights and learning into action through a coherent program of work
· Experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods and with the development and implementation of research frameworks;
· Excellent communication skills in English and Bengali, both written and orally;
· Proven experience in facilitating policy dialogue, coordination and collaboration with different stakeholders;
· International experience in developing countries, preferably including South Asia/Bangladesh.
· Basic computer skills (word-processing, spreadsheets, and databases) are required;
· Should have strong leadership skills, be gender sensitive, and possess a proven track record of working successfully in a variety of cultural contexts;
· Knowledge of the role of gender in natural resources management and global climate change;
· Excellent interpersonal skills;
· Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Bengali is required;
· Willingness to travel;
· Strong managerial skills, including well developed skills in managing complex institutional relations and interactions among a variety of entities.
Other: High level of English and of Bengali is required.