Fisheries Partner Support Technician

We are currently recruiting a Partner Support Technician to support our efforts assisting local partner organisations in Indonesia, based in Makassar or Denpasar. The role will entail providing technical assistance to partner organisations involved in community-based fisheries management, and sharing technical and marine resource management experiences.
The successful candidate will provide bespoke training and technical support to local partners in all aspects of fisheries assessment and management, including monitoring and evaluation of landings − particularly in the design and use of mobile-based data collection systems − and supporting local partners in efforts to assist communities in the management of target small-scale fisheries.
Additional responsibilities will include identifying new potential partners, conducting scoping visits and working with partner organisations and colleagues in Blue Ventures’ conservation team to plan community exchanges to share learning and best practice in tropical small-scale fisheries management and locally-led marine conservation.
Provision of technical support to partners, and facilitation of grassroots learning through community exchanges, forms a key part of Blue Ventures’ outreach strategy across Indonesia. This role will include regular field visits to community-based marine and coastal conservation sites in Indonesia.
The successful candidate will be a motivated, proactive and highly organised individual, who enjoys independent working. She or he will have an excellent knowledge of the small-scale fisheries, marine conservation and development sectors in South East Asia, as well as a proven track record of project management and partnership building, and excellent communication skills. Practical experience of community-based conservation and development initiatives in Indonesia will be critical to the role.
We are looking for a new colleague who thrives in environments that are dynamic, fast-paced, collegiate and ambitious, and is able to demonstrate experience of working independently and solving complex problems in challenging situations.

The Partner Support Technician will report to Blue Ventures’ UK-based partner support team, and be based at field locations alongside local partner organisations, with regular national travel to work with partners and field teams. The Partner Support Technician will work alongside an existing team of Blue Ventures conservation and health technicians who will provide training, mentoring and support for the duration of the role.

Blue Ventures is a fast growing and mission-driven social enterprise, offering excellent opportunities for further professional development.
Responsibilities
Technical support and guidance for partner organisations
Providing direct support to partner organisations in Indonesia with fisheries monitoring and management, identifying key capacity gaps and partner needs for technical support, and developing and reviewing work plans
Coordinating monitoring plans and data collection systems using Blue Ventures’ fisheries monitoring framework, and adapting existing toolkits and methods to local contexts
Supporting local partners and community members in discussions around improving local fisheries management practices, providing best practice insights and recommendations from other fisheries in similar contexts
Facilitating learning and exchange, identifying new opportunities
Identifying opportunities for cross-learning and exchange within Indonesia and internationally, and facilitating dialogue and the exchange of best practices around community-based octopus fisheries management
Supporting the growth and development of a ‘community of practice’ around locally-led fisheries management and fishery improvement projects
Identifying further opportunities for partnership development regionally, through the identification of new potential partners or geographies of interest
Assisting with the organisation and coordination of scoping efforts to assess new potential partners
Documenting learning & communication
Gathering feedback from community partners to guide efforts to improve the performance and impact
Evaluating and documenting key learning, best practices and relevant fishery/country information, including broader contextual learning around management experiences
Working with partner organisations and Blue Ventures’ conservation team to plan and coordinate outreach and communication efforts around partnership activities, including blogs and news articles as required

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Blue Ventures is an award-winning marine conservation organisation working to rebuild tropical fisheries with coastal communities. We’re committed to protecting marine biodiversity in ways that benefit coastal people. We work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and where there is a fundamental unmet need to support human development.

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