Rare

  • Coordinator, Gender, Financial Inclusion, and Value Chain

    Job Locations ID
    Job ID
    2019-1376
    Employment Type
    Employee (Full-Time)
  • Position Overview

    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) 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.  

              

    Position Overview

    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.

     

     

    Essential Functions

    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

    • Assist in implementing strategy to mainstream gender issues and financial inclusion approaches into project deliverables; 
    • Conduct Value Chain Analysis in MA+R potential areas;
    • Assist in training support for implementing gender inclusion and financial inclusion interventions in the MA+R program, i.e. Financial literacy, Savings clubs, Fisher Associations, Value Chain Analysis, business model canvas, to improve gender opportunities and financial sustainability in target communities; 
    • Assist in developing training materials and promoting cross-site learning and networks building, in promoting involvement of women in community management and financial sustainability and integrating with M&E methodologies;
    • Work with partners to organize fishers, fish buyers and women to set up saving clubs and small business supporting fishing and value-added activities;
    • Work closely with local implementing partners to help facilitate the production of required project deliverables;
    • Involve in Rare’s M&E model and methodologies and global data need using mobile technology, manage data and conduct data analyses as required;
    • Build and maintain networks and relationships with local implementing partners and communities and capitalize these networks to increase Rare profiles or project’s bright spots;
    • Assist in work-planning and communication plans with all related stakeholders to support relevant projects; 
    • Communicate and report on activities and progress to managers and directors, towards final outcomes of each program element.

     

    Required Experience and Education

    • Proven experience in working with women in natural resource management, livelihood, micro financing program and gender inclusion;
    • Proven skills working with communities, and in particular coastal communities;
    • Proficient in Bahasa Indonesia language skills – both written and oral;
    • Knowledge and experience with local cultural norms, languages, people of South East Sulawesi are an advantage;
    • Knowledge of English is an advantage;
    • Experience in using MS Office suite and willing to learn new software/ applications;
    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required (such as development studies, economics, finance, accounting, anthropology, sociology);
    • 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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