• Institutional Development and Knowledge Manager, Indonesia

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    Project Overview

    Rare is a fast-growing international conservation organization already making strides towards promoting widespread sustainable fishing practices in multiple countries. One of the countries is Indonesia with the goal of improving near shore fisheries. Most of the small-scale fisheries in Indonesia are inherently local: fishers from coastal communities fish their near-shore waters and sell their catch in the local market. These fisheries are anchors to the local economy – a key part of the social and cultural fabric of the archipelago and essential to the nation’s food security. To ensure sustainable coastal fisheries, effective management must focus at the same level as the activity: locally. But, devolution of fisheries management authority from the Indonesian national government to the district level and the subsequent re-absorption to the provincial level has left critical gaps in effective fisheries governance across coastal communities.


    Since 2014, Rare in Indonesia has used behavior-centered design to build a community’s agency and capacity to address coastal fishing challenges and adopt more responsible fishing behaviors. To develop this agency and capacity, we have created a suite of tools that enables fisheries data collection, fisheries management body development, fisher goal-setting and management plan development, and a process for Managed Access + Reserve (MA+R) implementation. Central to the Fish Forever model is the proven “TURF-R” system (Territorial Use Rights for Fishing + Reserve) with its eight elements of success components (Figure 1). This model combines spatial property rights for fishing areas with marine reserves (or No Take Zones - NTZs), protecting key habitats where fish stocks can rebuild. As fish populations recover in these reserves, a spillover effect can improve catch in the adjacent fishing zones. 


    To create country level movement that promotes change in marine conservation and fisheries management regimes, Rare Indonesia needs to change its approaches. The new law No 23/2014 on Regional Government withdraws district government’s authority and gives back the authority to provincial government. This power shifting advocates us to work more strategically, so for example, instead of working sporadically at the site level in many provinces, we shall focus on one or two selected provinces. Innovative approaches include allocate potential MA-R sites under existing marine areas management regime to support legal recognition. Shifting the capacity building strategy from individual focus to a collective team focus is another approach, this requires us to create incentive systems and training models that are more practical yet rewarding. Lastly, we also need to integrate sustainable financing mechanisms that will sustain MA-R and behavior change initiatives in the long run.            


    Position Overview

    The position will support the implementation of MA-R for changing coastal fisheries at project sites; focus area will be on SE Sulawesi Province but without limiting opportunities of sharing and backing-up similar program in other provinces. The Institutional Development and Knowledge (IDK) Manager works in close collaboration with and reports to the Program Director. The IDL Manager works with the Policy Department and Technical Department of Rare-Indonesia to ensure that elements of sustainability and institutional development of MA-R are well designed and implemented.  The IDL Manager develop simple yet applicable innovations and creative approaches to integrate organizational learning and funding mechanism into MA-R project. He/she will work closely with the Program Director to develop plans to advance MA-R, with special focus on finding all possible solutions to support MA-R in the long run and ensure that local organizations that are created through MA-R will sustain and flourish.


    Essential Functions

    The Institutional Development and Knowledge Manager will exercise independent judgment regarding the following 3 areas of significance, in consultation with the Program Director:


    Manage multiple interventions for MA-R in SE Sulawesi Province

    • Provide direct and indirect support of implementing MA-R to local implementing partners in the field, including creating mechanism to capitalize on lessons from existing or previous MA-R program strategies; 
    • Ensure Rare’s strategic pillars of community engagement, policy and governance, and sustainable finance are implemented through behavior adaption tactics;
    • Assist local implementing partners in overcoming barriers to implementation, including relationship management, training in technical skill gaps and time management;
    • Work closely with local implementing partners to manage and facilitate the production of required project deliverables in effective ways;
    • Design, organize and conduct site support visits and project quality control to assess deliverables and outputs;  
    • Conduct institutionalize analysis and formulate strategic options to integrate MA-R into implementing partner’s program that will ensure long term support for program continuation
    • Create an adaptable program integration model to effectively generate and allocate resources for MA-R implementation on a sustainable basis;  
    • Design a change process that will accommodate addressing resistance, wide participation and learning requirements of various stakeholders in implementing MA-R program.


    Develop an effective and strategic MAR program

    • Lead process of developing competence-based model to strengthen the existence of MA-R into government partner’s capacity building program;
    • Strengthen networks and develop collaborative efforts with other NGOs to ensure stronger government partner’s buy-in to MA-R program;
    • Encourage government partner to adopt MA-R program into their competence-based capacity building model;
    • Participate in teaching and other training activities, including improve and update course materials and promote cross-site learning and networks building.


    Assist effective project management activities

    • Assist team to manage time, cost and quality of MA-R project implementation including provision of innovative project management instruments;
    • Manage expenditures of the program, review implementing partner activity budgets and expense reports, and contribute to fundraising activities as needed.
    • Build and maintain networks and relationships with local implementing partners and capitalize these networks to increase Rare profiles or project’s bright spots;
    • Create communication plans with all related stakeholders to build project ownership and support throughout project time span; 
    • Manage and communicate activities and progress, towards final outcomes of each program element.

    Experience and Education

    • A minimum of 5 years of experience in applying institutional development strategies/sustainable fisheries/integrated coastal community development project;
    • Strong understanding of conservation, marine governance frameworks, environment and/or biodiversity issues especially those related to community engagement and community-based conservation;
    • Proven expertise in project planning, project management, and management skills and demonstrate people-oriented focus;
    • Proficient in English and Bahasa Indonesia language skills – both written and oral;
    • Experience in using MS Office suite, databases, graphics and willing to learn new software;
    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required, Master’s degree highly preferred;
    • Experience in solving problems and ability to apply conflict resolution and negotiation techniques to achieve results;
    • Proven success in being able to thrive in team environments, solution oriented, having a strong understanding of diversity and other cultures;
    • Ability to self-manage and to adjust to competing priorities and allocate time as necessary to get the job done.


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