Kiribati Fisheries - Fleet Management Adviser

The New Zealand Government has partnered with the Government of Kiribati to support development and management of its domestic longline fleet and provide monitoring of the fleet management. The Adviser will be accountable to the Kiribati Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resource Development and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on technical delivery of the Programme.

The key objectives of this role are to assist with the management and operation of the fleets; facility training and capacity building of the fleet manager, officers and crews; contribute to the operation of the vessels; and advise on and support amendments to management and operation model as and when identified appropriate.

Some of the key functions of this role include:

  • Provide direct technical guidance and assistance to Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resource Development and the Chief Executive Officer of Central Pacific Producers Limited and the Board of Directors in relation to longline fishing operations with the objectives of strengthening company policies and strategies.
  • Provide daily technical guidance, organizational support and training to Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resource Development and the National Fleet Manager and the Assistant Fleet Managers of Officer of Central Pacific Producers Limited in the operationalisation of the fleet, including maintenance, safety and fishing strategy, sales of fish and maintaining high quality of tuna.
  • Assist the Fleet Manager and Assistant Fleet Managers of Officer of Central Pacific Producers Limited in the setting up a robust vessel operational monitoring and reporting system to measure and analyse fishing and financial performance of the vessels.
  • Train fleet personnel on the maintenance and safety strategies and plans and monitor their performance.
  • Provide input into a training workplan for the operation of the fleet and increased fleet management capability (considering crew, masters, and fleet operational support requirements). In this regard, the Adviser will work with Central Pacific Producers Limited to coordinate with Maritime Training Centre, Marine Division and Kiribati Fish Limited in the training and upgrading of crews in compliance with national regulations.
  • Work together with the National Fleet Manager to conduct analyses of the fishing operations in order to improve fishing strategies and efficiency of the fleet.

This opportunity will appeal if you have:

  • A fisheries certificate of competency and/or a diploma/degree in a relevant field.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in the fisheries sector with at least 3 years’ experience in a fleet development and management roles, including within small island developing states.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the plans, policies, standards and crewing requirements required to underpin the successful, robust and transparent management of a commercial fishing fleet, including in relation to the efficient and effective management of logistics, transportation, assets and reporting.
  • Familiarity with challenges and benefits of fleet development and ownership models, including collective ownership models and those previously adopted by other small island developing states and New Zealand iwi.
  • Experience in providing advice on fleet development, composition and ownership model options, and facilitating analysis of those options, including from the perspectives of economic benefit, commercial viability and sustainability and wealth distribution.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of domestic, sub regional and regional issues, fisheries law, and regulatory processes.
  • Ability to undertake feasibility analysis, including skills in financial, cost-benefit and risk analysis.
  • Strong relationship building skills, and proactively forms and maintains constructive working relationships with colleagues and other stakeholders.
  • Is politically sensitive and able to engage with stakeholders (including key public sector staff) and adjust approaches to obtain outcomes.

Working closely with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Developments key staff, Technical Advisors and other stakeholders you will be required to build positive and productive relationships. You will have the ability to be politically sensitive and recognise the importance of stakeholder engagement; be self-managing and work independently; be highly organised, have self-motivated structured programme and reporting work habits, and understand and respect the culture and diversity of the environment.

This role will appeal if you are interested in being part of a programme that directly contributes to the enhancement of local communities in Kiribati. The initial assignment will be for a period of one year, full time spent working with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development in Kiribati (potential second year, full time may be agreed subject to availability of funding). A possible extension of up to a further two years on a fly-in-fly-out basis may be considered following the initial two years

Closing date for applications: 5:00pm (NZ Time) on Wednesday 8th January 2020

Hudson Recruitment has been engaged to manage this procurement process. Please refer all correspondence, queries or requests for more information, instructions on how to apply (please note that I am unable to accept your application via email) and a copy of the full Role Description to:

Rebecca Wilson

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