• Director, Fish Forever Program, Mozambique

    Job Locations MZ
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    Employee (Full-Time)
  • Position Overview

    It’s never been a better time to join the Rare team!  Rare is growing and expanding our impact through a range of exciting programs, including Fish Forever – our global initiative to restore near-shore fisheries in the developing tropics.  Demand for fish has pushed the oceans to their limits. Coastal communities sit at the intersection of society and ecology, directly dependent on healthy ecosystems to provide fish for food and income. We believe that empowering communities to protect and manage coastal waters, and directly benefit from responsible behaviors will abate and reverse a pending crisis. Delivering community, rights-based management systems for coastal fisheries, connecting managed access of fisheries with protected marine reserves, will result in transformative impact for both people and nature. We envision a future in which 100% of coastal fisheries are sustainably managed with networks of reserves replenishing and sustaining fishing areas to support vibrant, prosperous communities. Fish Forever will improve fishery productivity, profitability and sustainability while also boosting livelihoods, protecting habitats and enhancing coastal resilience to climate change.


    Program Overview

    Rare’s Mozambique program is based in Maputo and is a team of 9 professionals.  Our Mozambique team is pursuing an ambitious marine program called Fish Forever which seeks to prove and then promulgate the combination of rights-based fisheries management and networks of marine reserves. This program uses behavior-centered design and social marketing to reach coastal communities and shift Mozambique’s nearshore fisheries toward sustainability while preserving the country’s extraordinary marine biodiversity. The Fish Forever program builds on Rare’s significant experience and success in helping communities achieve effective No Take Zone compliance in marine protected areas, seeking to achieve greater community benefits from their investments in fishery and marine biodiversity management by combining this with clear fishing rights. Fish Forever implementation in Mozambique is part of Rare’s global Fish Forever initiative which includes operation of this program in ten countries around the globe.


    Rare is seeking a passionate and experienced leader who will provide overall guidance, management and operational oversight for Rare Mozambique’s Fish Forever program and staff. The Director will be responsible for the exciting and challenging expansion of Fish Forever in accordance with Rare’s overall vision, mission and values and ensure alignment with our global strategic objectives. S/he will be an inspirational leader to facilitate team building and staff development.


    Reporting to Rare’s Mozambique Vice President, the Director will oversee key elements of the Fish Forever program implementation in Mozambique.  In close collaboration with the Mozambique and central Fish Forever teams, s/he will lead the development and implementation of projects that contribute to the program’s goal of scaling the program, achieving national-level adoption of the managed access and reserve network approach to coastal fisheries management. Working closely with departments in Rare’s U.S. headquarters, s/he will oversee Rare Mozambique’s growing portfolio of projects, ensuring timely and actuate reporting of programmatic progress to both internal stakeholders and donors. Major duties and responsibilities include:

    Program Leadership

    • Develop and oversee the management plan for Mozambique’s Fish Forever Program implementation and expansion, which includes the operations plan, technical support plan, training plan and program monitoring/evaluation plan;
    • Overall project management and operations oversight to ensure the timely completion of project-related initiatives and the availability of resources to facilitate a smooth and efficient implementation;
    • Effective alignment of Mozambique’s Fish Forever Program with the Fish Forever global in headquarters and in other countries;
    • Oversee the development and submission of annual program work plans and budgets, and report on program progress against deliverables;
    • Ensure strong integration among quality improvement, M&E, program learning and scale up strategies and activities;
    • Facilitate the creation of knowledge management tools to capture all lessons learned, document and integrate them into the refinement of the Fish Forever program;
    • Align the implementation approach with the Fish Forever 2.0 program; and
    • Disseminate best practices and lessons learned among all stakeholders, including the program team, local partners and donors.
    • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders, partners and donors;
    • Represent Rare externally, as needed, to strengthen existing relationships and generate new partnership opportunities;
    • Facilitate cooperative relationships between Rare staff and implementing partners, government partners, in-country technical partners, and consultants.

    Leadership and Management

    • Identify, develop & support new and current staff, provide coaching to improve individual and team performance and actively address group/team dynamics;
    • Engage with staff to identify clear goals and objectives, group strengths and needs to achieve goals and ensure success;
    • Encourage and facilitate a collaborative work environment that builds acceptance and commitment through engagement and open dialogue;
    • Communicate and solicit input when managing and promoting change and sharing in efforts that involve staff embracing change; and
    • Maintain and encourage a positive outlook especially during challenging times.
    • Supply timely program updates for the country web site and social media
    • In collaborations with the Vice President, Mozambique, and the Manager, Finance and Operations, develop and monitor the annual operational and budget plans;
    • Liaise with Headquarter staff in Arlington, Virginia, for programmatic grants reporting in compliance with Rare’s systems procedures and practices

    Education and Experience

    This position requires an experienced leader with demonstrated success building and growing an organization with complex programs. A successful candidate will be someone who is a well-rounded general manager with exemplary people, process, financial and project management skills. S/he will have wide ranging management experience within an international organization, including the oversight, development and growth of an ambitious program.  Fluency (written, reading and speaking) in both English and Portuguese is essential.  Other qualifications include:


    • A minimum of 10 years’ senior program/project management experience designing and implementing complex strategies with 5+ years in a staff management and leadership positions (experience in NGO and/or private sector business is highly desirable);
    • Extensive experience working in Mozambique is critical, with exposure to western (e.g. US, Europe or Australian) organizations;
    • A background in community-based engagements preferably within the conservation, international development, marine science or fisheries sectors; 
    • Experience in building and managing professional teams focused on achieving measurable results for people and nature and will be well-versed in global policy initiatives of relevance to Rare’s mission;
    • The ability to lead organizations through periods of high growth and building infrastructure and teams;
    • Proven ability to communicate, engage and manage relationships with partners, funders, and his/her own team; the ability to be communicative, directive and persuasive.
    • Demonstrated ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers, mentor and coach a team with diverse and varying levels of expertise;
    • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills, and the ability to effectively communicate across all levels within a culturally diverse the organization; 
    • The ability to operate as an effective tactical and strategic thinker;
    • The willingness and ability to travel up to 40% to site locations within Mozambique regularly, and to the United States and other countries periodically;
    • A Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably with additional proven record in senior management/leadership and/or a Masters’ Degree in business management or other related fields;
    • Enthusiasm for Rare’s mission and respect for its core values and culture.

    Rare is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply; EOE/M/F/D/V




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