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The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) is a regional fisheries management organization (RFMO) established under the provisions of Article XIV of the FAO Constitution. The main objective of the GFCM is to promote the development, conservation, rational management and best utilization of living marine resources as well as the sustainable development of aquaculture in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. To this end, the GFCM formulates and recommends appropriate measures for the conservation and rational management of living marine resources and ensures these recommendations are implemented; constantly reviews the economic and social aspects of the fishing industry, recommending specific measures in connection with its development; promotes and carries out training, research and development activities, in addition to cooperation and technical assistance in fisheries-related fields; collects, publishes and disseminates information on exploitable living marine resources and on fisheries exploiting these resources; promotes programmes for marine and coastal fisheries enhancement.
The post is located in the subregional technical unit for the Western Mediterranean in Malaga, Spain.
The Fishery Officer reports to the Executive Secretary and maintains regular contact with the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, including the FAO Regional Projects, FAO Regional Offices and Country offices in the GFCM Area of competence.
Support to and participation in the implementation of policies and work programmes, at subregional level, related to the provision of scientific advice to the GFCM on issues such as the status of fish stocks and the development of sustainable fisheries management tools. Liaison with technical experts towards the integration of new methodologies and provision of training in support of advice.
Research, technical analysis, and project related services to support the delivery of programme projects, products, and services.
• Researches and analyses technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional, and technology related information, data and statistics and/or related policy issues to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services;
• Produces a variety of technical information, data, statistics and reports as well as input for technical documents and web pages;
• Provides technical support/analysis to various assessments, studies and initiatives and provides technical backstopping to field projects;
• Collaborates in the development of improved/updated tools, systems, processes, and databases;
• Participates in multidisciplinary teams, and/or leads working groups/teams collaborates with other departments and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices.
• Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality/effectiveness of capacity development activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, online tools.
• Promotes knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations;
• Supports resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO’s Corporate strategy.
• Contributes to the preparation and implementation of the GFCM work programme in the subregion, in particular that of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Fisheries (SAC), as well as implements relevant cooperative projects in the area, towards the formulation of scientific and technical advice to the GFCM on issues related to fisheries management;
• Provides technical support to the work of the SAC, and in particular its subregional committees for the Western Mediterranean, as well as its activities as per the workplan approved. This includes the preparation of technical background documentation, the development and maintenance of technical networks with scientific institutions, relevant partners and experts, organization of training and capacity building activities addressing expert's needs, and the preparation, holding and follow-up of the meetings;
• Ensures the compilation of concise and comprehensive technical elements in support of the advice on the status of stocks and potential management measures for fisheries in the Western Mediterranean, as emanating from relevant expert meetings and in support of the discussion at the SAC and the Commission;
• Contributes to analysing and contrasting information on Mediterranean fisheries as received by the GFCM Secretariat and producing comprehensive reports on the state of fisheries and marine ecosystems in the Mediterranean;
• Provides guidance to the individual scientists involved in the SAC and specialized expert groups, in particular on issues related to stock assessment and the formulation of scientific advice in support of fisheries management plans, including in relation to management strategy evaluation;
• Represents the Organization at relevant international meetings and conferences, contributes to the design and implementation of strategic partnerships, advocates best practices and increased policy dialogue and supports the development and negotiation effective working relationships/consensus and agreements with international and national stakeholders;
• Performs other related duties as required.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
• Advanced university degree in fisheries sciences, marine sciences or a related field;
• Five years of relevant experience in quantitative analysis and assessment of wild marine fish stocks, implementation of spatial management measures and the interactions between fisheries and vulnerable species and ecosystems, particularly in the context of international organizations;
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).
• Results Focus
• Team Work
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
• Extent and relevance of experience of technical work in support of fisheries management, including on the assessment of status of commercial stocks, vulnerable marine species, habitats and ecosystems, as well as the use of marine spatial planning;
• Extent and relevance of knowledge and experience in the formulation of advice within Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) and/or in other relevant organizations, in particular with respect with Mediterranean fisheries;
• Extent and relevance of experience in the Mediterranean region is considered a strong asset;
• Extent and relevance of experience in the preparation and organization of technical meetings related to fisheries and marine ecosystems;
• Demonstrated ability in the preparation, editing, publication and revision of technical documents and reports;
• Extent and relevance of experience in collecting and analysing information and data on fisheries activities and marine ecosystems.