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Aqaba Marine Reserve Ranger


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Jordan
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Maritime
    • Sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-06


Mission and objectives

Established in 1976; the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is one of the United Nations Agencies working in Jordan and is the main convener of sustainable human development. As part of the global development system; UNDP Jordan upholds a vision focusing on the achievements of Sustainable Human Development in Jordan, ending poverty and reducing inequalities. UNDP is at the heart of the UN’s work on sustainable development and a leader for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP Jordan's 2018-2022 country programme is specifically designed to support national efforts in reaching a solution pathway that achieves the goal of a more inclusive and resilient nation which is able to effectively address the development challenges it is faced with, through its five programme pillars. The programme has three priority outcomes: • Inclusive Participation and Social Cohesion • Resilient Communities, Livelihoods and Environment. • Enabling an Institutional Framework for the Realization of the 2030 Agenda. UNDP projects addressed the policy level as well as implementation at the national and local levels. This involved establishing real partnerships with the different national institutions (government, NGOs, and CBOs), grassroots, and local communities.


UNDP Jordan's 2018-2022 country programme seeks to support national efforts in reaching a solution pathway that achieves the goal of a more inclusive and resilient nation which can effectively address the development challenges it is faced with, through its five programme pillars. Among these pillars is the Environment, Climate Change and DRR Portfolio that assist the country to integrate environmental concerns into national and sectoral plans and strategies; secure resources; and implement programs that advance inclusive, sustainable development, and strengthen livelihoods. The Environment, Climate Change and DRR Portfolio’s support for environmental management and nationally owned sustainable development pathways includes the following areas: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; Sustainable Land Management and Desertification; Water and Marine Governance; Climate Change and Drought; Energy; Waste Management; Green Economy; and Disaster Risks Reduction. UNDP Jordan under its environment portfolio has commenced several projects to support Jordan boosting innovation to achieve sustainable development and deliver the global environmental benefits. Among these, particularly focusing on the coastal and marine ecosystem, are Mainstreaming Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Supporting Ecosystem based Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Developing the Aqaba Marine Reserve Nomination File and Drafting Aqaba Marine Reserve Bylaw, Collaborating with ASEZA for Supporting Aqaba Marine Reserve Management and Operations and most recently under preparation Developing a Program of Action for Conservation and Restoration of Coral Reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba reported to be globally distinguishably resilient to Climate Change Impact. This UNV assignment will fall under Environment, Climate Change and DRR pillar/ Coastal and Marine Ecosystem conservation projects and will be supervised by the Projects Coordination Specialist. Aqaba Marine Reserve (AMR) has been recently registered as a National Protected Area. The Reserve law has been endorsed and its Administrative Structure under the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) has been adopted. UNDP Jordan Country Office is assisting ASEZA in effective management and operations of AMR to achieve International Recognition. The assigned 5 Rangers through this UNV assignment will be intensively trained by doing to enhance the core team of the Reserve. To this effect, the 5 Rangers are expected to cover a wide spectrum of skills, education and capacities. They may rotate in different positions during the one-year contract they will be offered. National UN Community Volunteers in Jordan are entitled to: - Monthly Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA); - Annual and learning leaves; - Free Medical and life insurance; and - Free access to different learning platforms. For more information on UN Volunteer benefits, entitlements and support, please visit:

Task description

Under the direct supervision of Projects Coordination Specialist, the 5 UN Community Volunteer will perform and build their capacities as follows: • Participate in implementing, monitoring, reviewing, and updating AMR Management Planning; • Implement AMR’s zoning plan to meet its management conservation objectives; • Carry out AMR’s daily operations and conservation tasks; • Participate in developing operational plans: work plan implementation, activities, logistics, managing and maintaining tools and equipment, supplies and property etc.; • Participate in developing and monitoring budgets and financial plans; • Participate in managing procurement of goods and services and carry out accounting, bookkeeping and financial reporting; • Participate in develop and implement recreation and tourism strategies, plans and identification of potential tourism and recreation products; • Participate in coordinating sustainable livelihoods activities with entrepreneurs, communities, private sector, and other resources users; • Participate in establishing, implementing, and monitoring safety standards and codes of conduct for AMR users; • Participate in stakeholders analyses for better understanding of how to negotiate community and resource use/associated livelihood needs and conservation methodologies; • Participate in socio-economic surveys and assessments: conduct community based socio­ economic, cultural and resources use surveys; • Facilitate and participate in socioeconomic and sustainable livelihoods information gathering, enabling community inputs in planning, decision making and management strategies. Specify management requirements for habitats and ecosystems; • Participate in identifying and implementing follow up on special measures for assisting protection, survival, or recovery of key species; • Participate in designing, joining, and reviewing biophysical surveys and monitoring activities and programs; • Participate in analyzing, interpreting and presenting survey and monitoring findings in relevant technical reports and presentations; • Participate in managing relevant data, datasets and spatial information through an established database and GIS system; • Support co¬ management/participatory management systems for protected areas and natural resources; • Analyze, interpret and present survey and monitoring data; • Participate in putting research plans, write and design awareness and education material, design interpretive or information exhibits, interpretation content and signage etc.; • Participate in, support and contribute to knowledge, attitude and practices surveys, organize workshops, seminars and meetings and support in preparing; • Participate and deliver technical presentations and technical reports/papers; • Represent the marine reserve at conferences, workshops, meetings ..etc.; • Implement site infrastructure design and maintenance including land sea trails, interpretation boards, camping/accommodations etc.; • Get acquainted with relevant legislations, conduct operational planning for enforcement operations, undertake surveillance and patrol activities and coordinate activities with law enforcement and regulating agencies.

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