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POLICY DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Home Based - May require travel

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Remote | Home Based - May require travel
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2022-07-05

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Organizational Setting

The Sub- regional Office for the Caribbean (SLC) is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing sub regional food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with sub region-wide institutions including Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The Sub regional Office is a subsidiary of FAO’s Regional Office for the Latin America and the Caribbean (RLC).

Among the activities that SLC is currently supporting in the Caribbean, include the CARICOM-FAO-Mexico Initiative “Cooperation for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience in the Caribbean” (Resilient Caribbean Initiative, in short) which is a project being implemented by SLC in 14 countries. Its purpose is to promote climate change adaptation solutions and increase climate resilience among small-scale producers in the Caribbean. Out of the three project components, Component 1 has three sub-projects that are being implemented on a demand-basis in target countries relating to i) the water-energy nexus; ii) school feeding, and iii) aquaculture.

These TOR refer to the implementation of subproject iii) aquaculture, which seeks to promote the development and expansion of aquaculture value chains through capacity development (production, financial literacy and postproduction), establishment of new farms and expansion of existing farms. Specifically, the sub-project is being implemented in four of the participating countries: Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago to strengthen their institutional capacities in aquaculture. The ‘Resilient Caribbean Initiative’ aims to address the issue of resilient aquaculture for food security and well-being in each selected country by increasing food production in the following areas:

1. Dominica - Prawn Farming

2. Grenada - Seamoss Farming

3. St. Kitts & Nevis -Tilapia Farming

4. Trinidad & Tobago -Tilapia Farming

Sub-project 3 will focus on promoting the expansion of aquaculture for rural livelihood resilience and climate smart food production for the Caribbean region. The sub-project will build on the success and lessons learned from the Climate Change Adaptation of the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector (CC4FISH) project in offering capacity training to farmers and extension officers on best production and post-production practices and financial literacy, as well as through the expansion and establishment of aquaculture farms in the participating countries. While this sub-project will focus on implementing changes in said countries, it is expected that the impact of activities and the lessons learned will have a positive effect on the aquaculture industry regionally.

This sub-project’s main objective is to increase the contribution of aquaculture to food security, nutrition, and livelihoods in the select countries. The intended outcome is that farmers are trained and empowered through increased livelihoods, better production, greater market influence and greater community recognition of their role in the provision of healthy food through economically viable, ecologically sustainable and socially acceptable aquaculture practices. Additionally, farmers will be supplied with equipment and materials for increased production. Furthermore, the implementation of policies and strategies and the establishment of a Caribbean Aquaponics Association are important activities under this sub - project that will further improve aquaculture management in each select country.

The purpose of the assignment is to engage the services of a consultant or firm to undertake the review of aquaculture policies and strategy in each participating country, then make recommendations that will strengthen aquaculture management in those countries. The consultant will also be responsible for directing the formal registration of the Caribbean Aquaponics Association including developing by-laws, organizational structure (including national chapters) and build a communication channel through information and communication technology (ICT) that will facilitate collective marketing and the purchase of supplies.

The objectives of this consultancy are to:

a) Review existing aquaculture strategy and policy documents at the national level for each participating country to identify key gaps and areas that will inform and adapt recommended actions; ensuring inclusion of resilience and adaptation to climate change in such documents.

b) Consult national stakeholders of each participating country on best practices and lessons learnt to inform and recommend policy strengthening.

c) Establish a policy framework that is practical, and which can provide an effective enabling environment for enhanced aquaculture management and development.

The Consultant/PSA will be given access to relevant, confidential information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment, and will be responsible for providing her/his own working station (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, specific software, etc.) and must have access to a reliable internet connection.

Stakeholder involvement

The active participation of stakeholders will be critical to the achievement of results and sustainability over time. The beneficiaries at the institutional level include the Ministries of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Fisheries and Ministry of Climate Change (depending on each country), as well as aquaculture groups and academia.

Reporting Lines

The Policy Development Specialist will work closely with the Aquaculture Development Specialist and National Project Coordinators and report directly to the FAO Project Coordinator of the Resilient Caribbean Initiative, who is based in the FAO sub-regional office in Barbados.

The FAO country Representative of each of the participating countries and the FAO sub-regional coordinator for the Caribbean will provide general oversight.

Technical Focus

Planning, formulation, implementation, analytical and technical support in the development of aquaculture development policies and the establishment of a Caribbean Aquaponics Association, including stakeholder identification, analysis and engagement, and the identification, assessment and creation of policies, strategies and by-laws.

Tasks and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Coordinator and the Aquaculture Development Specialist of the Resilient Caribbean Initiative, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

Task 1 – Aquaculture Strategy and Policy documents

  1. Undertake a desktop review of relevant strategies, legislation, policies and institutional arrangements for the regulation of aquaculture to include resilience and adaptation to climate change and prepare a desktop review report that will clearly identify gaps and recommended actions.
  2. Identify all aquaculture stakeholders and local associations in the region.
  3. Conduct relevant stakeholder consultations per country to verify findings from the desktop review and recommended actions and prepare stakeholder consultation reports.
  4. Develop required regulations and policies to address the gaps in the existing legislation and policy including relevant guidance documents to support implementation, enforcement and monitoring of compliance with the regulation and policy.

Task 2 – Development of a Caribbean Aquaponics Association

  1. Identify all aquaculture stakeholders and local associations in the region.
  2. Conduct virtual stakeholder consultation with CARICOM, FAO, and regional aquaculture stakeholders and associations.
  3. Develop Caribbean aquaponics and aquaculture charter by-laws for a Caribbean Aquaponics Association.
  4. Register members for the Caribbean Aquaponics Association and organize an inaugural meeting for the Caribbean Aquaponics Association.
  5. Create an ICT platform for the purpose of maintaining connectivity that will facilitate collective marketing, the purchase of supplies and promotion.

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

  • University Degree in Law, Business, Policy development or related field.
  • Minimum 5 years' work experience in consulting, policy development and enforcement, public policy, communications, ICT, law, or business.
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) for Consultants ; Working knowledge of English for PSA Subscribers.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrate prior experience working with a multitude of stakeholders from various disciplines and backgrounds including government, civil societies and communities, private sector, development partners and donors particularly in the Caribbean.
  • Knowledge of aquaculture as it relates to the effects of climate change regarding adaptation or resilience.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency

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