• Program Implementation Manager, Micronesia

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    Employee (Full-Time)
  • Position Overview

    Rare is an international non-profit organization committed to scaling behavior-centered solutions for conservation.  It is implementing a global initiative called Fish Forever, which is focused on coastal fisheries reform. Rare is about to embark on a new four-year grant, called “Fishing for Climate Resilience: Empowering vulnerable, fisheries dependent communities adopt ecosystem-based-adaptation measures to secure food and livelihoods”, under the German Environment Ministry’s International Climate Initiative (BMUB-IKI), which will be implemented in three (3) geographies: Indonesia, Micronesia (covering Palau, FSM and Republic of the Marshall Islands), and the Philippines.


    The project, which will employ the Fish Forever approach, is designed to empower vulnerable fisheries dependent communities in Indonesia, the Philippines and Micronesia to identify and implement ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) measures to restore and sustain small scale fisheries (SSF), conserve critical ecosystems and sustain the ecosystem services needed to enhance adaptive capacity, coastal protection, food security and livelihoods.  Proven behavior adoption strategies and trainings will strengthen human, technical and institutional capacity needed to reduce risks to the small-scale fisheries sector, build resilience and food security, as well as secure livelihoods. The project will incorporate EbA and disaster risk into coastal fisheries management and thus, mainstream EbA into community practice and relevant national strategies; facilitate access to existing climate financing mechanisms; and share lessons at relevant national and international forums.


    Position Summary

    Rare is looking build a small team of passionate individuals who are committed to the resources and communities in the Micronesia region, who will have the opportunity to be trained in globally proven behavior adoption approaches and to be part of a comprehensive global coastal fisheries initiative, and who wish to build on and sustain the work beyond the life of the project. Therefore, individuals with citizenship, residency or relevant ties to the region are preferred.


    Rare is seeking to hire a Program Implementation Manager, who will be responsible for the delivery of the program in Palau. He/she will be reporting to a Sr. Program Implementation Manager based in FSM, and shall perform the following range of duties and responsibilities:


    Program Management

    The Program Implementation Manager for Palau shall ensure effective delivery of Fish Forever and Fishing for Resilience goals Palau. 

    • Work with local stakeholders on a national awareness campaign for ecosystem-based approaches to coastal fisheries management
    • With support from Rare’s central training and program teams, train local partners on social marketing, behavior adoption, and ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries
    • With support from Rare’s central training and program teams, as well as other staff in based in Micronesia, work with 1 site to implement these approaches at the community level
    • Partner with the national government and other players to highlight small scale fisheries in the Our Oceans 2020 conference

    Program Representation and Partner Engagement

    • As the primary representative of Rare in Palau, the Program Implementation Manager shall initiate, cultivate and manage key relationships with government, other NGOs, and key stakeholders, in coordination with the Sr. Program Implementation Manager based in FSM.


    Team Management, Monitoring and Reporting

    • The PIM shall be accountable for monitoring the timeliness and quality of outputs in accordance with donor commitments and working with country and Fish Forever leadership to adaptively manage issues.
    • He/she shall be responsible for reporting on progress and milestones according to the global reporting framework in a complete and timely manner

    Education, Work Experience, and Skills Requirement

    • A minimum of 4-6 years of program/project management experience in environment, marine/biodiversity conservation, fisheries or social development sectors. Experience working on behavior change, social marketing or communications preferred.
    • Proven application of program and project management processes, disciplines and tools
    • Experience working in Micronesia as well as issues related to the project (Ecosystems-based approach, Protected Areas, Marine/Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainable Fisheries Management, Climate Change/Resilience, Rights-based Fisheries) is preferred.
    • Proven ability to identify key resources and coordinate the sharing of information among stakeholders;
    • Effective in stakeholder management
    • Proficiency in the use of computers for: Word processing, basic accounting, managing databases, spreadsheets and familiarity on use of online project management tools;
    • Understand ethical behavior and business practices, and ensure that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization;
    • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization;
    • A good listener and strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
    • Work Environment and Physical Demands




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