Aquaculture Project Manager
Díli, Timor-Leste · National · 31 May 2016
WorldFish has recently established its Project Office in Dili, Timor-Leste in collaboration with the Timor-Leste Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF). Currently, WorldFish Timor-Leste has a number of ongoing projects in the area of aquaculture, fisheries & livelihoods with strong prospects for an expanded program in the near future. An interdisciplinary team of scientists and research support staff are actively involved in carrying out research and development activities in collaboration with a number of local and international partners. To ensure smooth management of the office and field operations, WorldFish is seeking for suitable candidates with multi-tasking skills to take up the position of Project Manager/Aquaculture Specialist for its Project Office in Timor-Leste.
Under the overall guidance of Project Leader, the Project Manager/Aquaculture specialist will be centrally involved in managing aquaculture project and serving as aquaculture specialist in WorldFish Timor-Leste. S/he will be actively involved in coordinating with MAF and other stakeholders, and also providing assistance to the project team in implementing project activities. The Project Manager/Aquaculture specialist will be based at WorldFish’s project office in Dili, Timor-Leste but s/he will be required to travel to field sites as/when necessary.
- Provide in-country coordination in order to embed WorldFish project activities with MAF programs and activities and support for the management and implementation of ongoing Aquaculture projects in Timor-Leste.
- Liaise with the MAF and other key partners, serve as WorldFish in-country Project Manager of New Zealand Aid funded ‘Partnership for Aquaculture Development in Timor-Leste’s project.
- Provide technical inputs on aquaculture planning and interventions and GIFT tilapia Hatchery Management on regular basis.
- Support Project Leader(s) and scientists in carrying out Research in Development (RinD) activities in aquaculture and producing key science outputs.
- Provide mentoring support to Aquaculture Working Group (AWG) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries on regular basis for strengthening their technical, planning and management capacities.
- Monitor and provide regular updates to project leaders and project scientists regarding the project activities and partner relations in-country, identify and alert potential risk factors.
- Assist project leaders in developing activity-level work plans and budgets, monitor progress against project objectives and milestones, and drafting project reports.
- Supervise the work of national administrative and Aquaculture project staff in Timor-Leste in support of WorldFish project activities.
- Assist project leaders in developing project concept notes and proposals for specific agreed priorities, and explore opportunities for future collaboration and partnership with GOs/NGOs and Private sectors engaged in aquaculture.
Candidates are sought with
- A completed university degree in aquaculture and/or agricultural systems or related field
- Knowledge of aquaculture systems in Asia (preferably tilapia grow out and hatchery management systems).
- Demonstrated experience in project management and team coordination, including budget planning and financial reporting.
- Good understanding on rural livelihood systems and development issues in Timor-Leste.
- Excellent communication skills with strong command of professional level writing in English.
- A good team player, having positive attitude with proven analytical ability, strong initiative, good judgment.
- Proven experience in the following areas:
- Management of aquaculture/rural livelihood systems projects in developing countries.
- Participatory planning and development techniques and livelihoods approaches.
- Collection, storage and analysis of both social and natural science research data.
- Organizing research teams and communications, dissemination, report writing, and presentations.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and guidance.
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently and provide technical support to the project team in the field sites.
DESIRED COMPETENCIES (nice to have):
- Project management certification.
- Good research skills in an area relevant to regional priorities in tropical aquaculture and/or farming systems.
- Working knowledge of Tetun, Portuguese, and/or Bahasa languages.
- High degree of cultural sensitivity and proven record of effective working relationships in developing countries.
- 3-5 years’ working experience in developing countries in the field of tropical aquaculture / farming systems.
Timeframe and location
This position will be based at WorldFish’s office in Dili, Timor Leste, and is open for qualified national or regional level applicants. Remuneration will be competitive with that offered by international organizations employing national or regional staff in Timor-Leste. Interviews are expected to be held in Dili, and short-listed candidates should be available to attend.
The successful candidate should be available to commence in July 2016 for an initial 2 years fixed term contract, with possibility of extension depending on performance of and funding situation. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.
WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity of thought, style, culture and experience is valued. We support individual performance and potential in achieving our organizational goals and mission. Qualified women and professionals from developing countries are encouraged to apply.
How to apply
Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information:
- A cover letter with description of why you are an ideal candidate and what you would bring to the role.
- A current curriculum vitae.
- Names and contacts (telephone, fax, and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications and work experience. Your nominated referees ideally should have persons from each of the following category: direct supervisor, internal peer and/or direct report.
Interested applicants should send their application to WorldFish-HR@CGIAR.ORG by 31st May, 2016.
Screening will start immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Only selected candidates will be contacted.