- Natural Resources Management (Fisheries) Specialist
- Professional & Technical
- Dakar, Senegal
- Local Hire
- English [Essential]; French [Essential]
BACKGROUND / GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Global Practice Context:
Sustainable environment and natural resources management (ENRM) is at the heart of the World Bank Group’s (WBG) poverty agenda. Sustainable ENRM promotes a green, clean, and resilient world where natural resources – from forests to fisheries, freshwater, oceans, coastal zones and ecosystems – are managed to support livelihoods and strong economies. Sustainable ENRM builds a world better prepared for shocks and global challenges, helping countries limit their exposure to resource scarcity, more-volatile weather patterns, and the long-term consequences of climate change. Biodiversity and natural resources constitute the social safety net of the poor, representing a food bank and often their only source of livelihood.
The Environment & Natural Resources Global Practice (ENR GP) has been set-up to deliver on the opportunities, benefits and outcomes offered by enhanced management of the environment and natural resources. The ENR GP has close to 300 operations under management, representing close to $7 billion, and a growing pipeline of new investments under active development.
The ENR GP has three broad and distinct functions:
1. Provides clients with lending and non-lending services aimed to support the GP’s three core business lines, namely: (i) Forests, Watersheds and Sustainable Landscapes; (ii) Marine, Coastal and Aquatic Resources; and (iii) Pollution Management and Environmental Health. The GP’s activities also include a focus on Clean and Resilient Growth through its work on environmental economics and support to institutional development.
2. Supports effective environmental risk management and sustainability by managing risk at the project level and creating opportunities to advance sustainable development, in part through the implementation of the Bank’s environmental policies.
3. Works closely with other sectors, including by leveraging GEF grant financing, to mainstream environmental considerations into their policies, strategies, and operations. Within the Global Practice on Environment and Natural Resources, the mission of the AFR2 unit is to work with national and local governments and with communities to improve sustainable management of natural resources specifically in Eastern and Southern Africa. GENDR AFR2 is also in charge of cross-cutting themes such as the West Africa Regional Fisheries Program and TerrAfrica for sustainable land and water management.
The West Africa Regional Fisheries Program (WARFP) was launched in 2009. The WARFP has already invested more the $150 million in Cabo Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Senegal and in Sierra Leone. Cote d’Ivoire and Gambia have also requested to enter the program. In the first four countries, the program has secured new jobs in Cabo Verde and in Senegal and has increased public revenues in Liberia and in Sierra Leone. Because illegal fishing has been mostly halted in Liberia and in Sierra Leone, livelihoods and food security have improved for coastal fishing communities.
Because there is a recognition that private sector investment in the fisheries sector can only happen once fisheries are managed sustainably, the program was designed over several phases. Phase 1 is a foundational stage to increase national level capacity to better manage fisheries locally. While continuing to build national level capacity, phase 2 moves from near shore waters to intermediate waters towards regionally integrated fisheries management. In a third phase, the World bank and the IFC will be ready to support a greater engagement of the private sector, after the sustainability of the fisheries production can be secured via long-term policy reform implemented regionally – so that companies have harmonized conditions of access to neighboring fisheries, duplication of onshore investment is prevented, regional marketing strategies are utilized.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 2 year term appointment.
A Fisheries Management Specialist is needed to join the World Bank team, based in Dakar, Senegal. The primary duties are to provide ongoing support to the implementation of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Program in Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Senegal and Mauritania in order to help sustainably increase the wealth generated by the use of the region’s marine fish resources, and the proportion of that wealth captured within West Africa.
Under the supervision of the core task team, the key duties will include:
(a) providing ongoing support to the Governments of Cabo Verde, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal to implement the West Africa Regional Fisheries Program (WARFP);
(b) providing support to the WARFP team in the supervision of these investments to achieve their intended results while preparing the ground for the second SOP;
(c) continuing and expanding the World Bank’s collaboration with development partners in supporting the fisheries of Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Senegal and Mauritania;
(d) providing support to the WARFP team in the preparation of the new SOP in Gambia and the next phase in Cabo Verde and in Senegal; and
(e) providing occasional support to Bank teams on NRM policy issues, sector strategies, regulatory and institutional issues, and analytical work and other advisory services both at country and regional level.
Specific activities will include:
(i) Ongoing support to the Governments of Cabo Verde, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Senegal and Mauritania to achieve the intended results of the WARFP, as measured by the results indicators of these investments; and
(ii) Bi-annual supervision missions with written aide memoires and internal implementation supervision reports (ISRs) in Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal.
(iii) Contribution to project documents of the new SOP in Gambia and the next phase in Cabo Verde and in Senegal
The specialist will report to the Practice Manager of the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice AFR2.
• Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena: Understands policy making process; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients.
• Policy Dialogue Skills: Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders.
• Integrative Skills: Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of current sector.
• Environmental Policy, Strategy and Institutions: Familiarity with environmental policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.
• Fisheries Management: Applies a foundational knowledge of fisheries / aquaculture to operations and analytical work. Carries and maintains expertise in the field of public fisheries policy. Is familiar with Bank’s accumulated knowledge on fisheries, as well as that of other partners. Understands fisheries and aquaculture production systems, supply chains, fisheries management systems, fisheries governance and institutions, property rights/tenure/ownership of fisheries sources, data monitoring, surveillance and compliance mechanisms.
• Natural Resources Management: Direct experience in natural resources management, including deeper experience in at least one area, with ability to apply this knowledge to projects, analytical work, and other deliverables.
• Client Orientation: Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success.
• Drive for Results: Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results, and has the personal organization to do so.
• Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion: Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.
• Knowledge, Learning and Communication: Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner.
• Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making: Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work.
• At least 5 years of relevant experience in developing countries in natural resources management, with preference for fisheries management and community-based resource management in West Africa;
• Advanced degree in environmental and natural resource policy, management or economics; and
• Experience of natural resource management, with preference for experience in support of sustainable fisheries management in sub-Saharan countries, and particularly small-scale fisheries;
• Experience supporting implementation of development assistance projects, with preference for experience with World Bank projects in Africa.
• Fluency in English and in French;
• Strong writing skills in English;
• Proven interpersonal skills with Government officials, development partners;
• Exhibit trustworthiness, integrity, dedication, perseverance, and a “can-do” attitude;
• Demonstrated record of independent analytical and research support work;
• Very good time management skills and ability to multi-task and work under time pressure;
• Demonstrated attention to detail and quality assurance;
• Strong analytical and conceptual skills;
• Ability to work flexibly on a range of assignments, and adjust to and prioritize a variety of complex evolving tasks;
• Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented, multi-cultural environment; and
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop effective relations within and outside the Bank, and to promote collaboration within the team to meet Department and Regional objectives; Sound understanding of information technology, with experience in applying Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) as a minimum skill set.