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) which 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 complement work on socio-ecological systems an understanding of the economic problems faced by small scale fisheries enables Rare to set a comprehensive strategy for achieving sustainable fisheries. Financial inclusion helps fishers to manage irregular income from fishing into stable and sustainable household income. Building financial inclusion at the household level allows fisher families to have the opportunity to improve their income through various measures (eg. post-harvest value adding). Improvements in infrastructure and operations throughout supply chains of target fisheries can also reduce inefficiencies, leading to more equitable value and prices received by fishers for their products.
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. In addition, we include financial inclusion initiatives to enhance the current MA+R program. Lastly, we also need to mainstream gender issues and mechanisms that will sustain MA+R and behavior change initiatives in the long run.
The position will support the implementation of MA+R for changing coastal fisheries at project sites; focus area will be on South East Sulawesi. These Project Coordinators report to the Program Director and work in close collaboration with Senior Manager for Capacity Building and Manager for Financial Inclusion. They assist in creative approaches to mainstream gender issues and build financial inclusion approaches across the three pillars of RARE’s work; Community Engagement, Behavior Change, Financial Sustainability, and ensure gender and financial inclusion is integrated into organizational learning and monitoring and evaluation in the MA+R project. He/she will work closely with the Senior Manager for Capacity Building and Manager for Financial Inclusion to plan, conduct and deliver workshops, trainings, meetings and village based implementation of the approach, 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.
The Project Coordinators will be involved in work-planning in consultation with the Senior Manager for Capacity Building, Manager for Financial Inclusion and Program Directors:
Assist in effective project deliverables
Required Experience and Education