Maritime Local Government Network (LGN) Program Development Specialist

The Maritime Local Governments Network (LGN) is a product of regional exchanges, planning meetings among local government peers in the region. The Regional Plan of Action (RPOA) of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) recognizes the importance of Local Governments (LG) and communities in coastal and marine management and protection. For this reason, there has been, from the outset, an ongoing effort to engage local governments in the CTI-CFF process. These LGs share the common challenge of facing the front lines of marine and coastal management with local constituents. They are critical stakeholders in the CTI-CFF process for they are expected, or mandated, to conduct community level planning, adopt and implement fisheries management strategy, establish and manage marine protected areas, and to implement climate change adaptation measures. Hence, the key to achieving the goals of CTI-CFF, in general, involves the Local Governments.

Members of CTI-CFF Maritime Local Governments have successfully advocated for environment policy in their respective countries and they have also supported and implemented various coastal and marine management programs. However, looking at the profile of the Local Governments across CTI, there is still much work to do in terms of expanding membership and participation. Currently, there are only a few members of the CTI-CFF Maritime Local Governments in CT-6. The local government have the potential to scale up and magnify CTI-CFF impacts if tapped, engaged and mobilized. But they can only do this if they have the knowledge and skills of how to develop and implement conservation plans, enforce policies, rules, and regulation, promote marine conservation and protection, and establish MPAs and other fisheries management programs.

In close cooperation with other staff, the local government network program development specialist supports Maritime Local Government Network Secretariat advancing its mission by assessing the local government capacity in aligning and implementing CTI CFF Goals and NPOA, developing programs and work plan for aligning CTI CFF NPOA and the local government program and budgetting. The specialist will support the coordination and communication between the Secretariat with CTI-CFF related institutions and agencies in the region and member countries and local government focal points. S/he is also the liaison with key CT government agencies on crosscutting issues such as sustainable fisheries, MPA networks, capacity building and international cooperation.

Duties and Responsibilities:
•Facilitate, strengthen and support marine conservation learning networks;
•Engage in relevant national and international policy dialogues and roundtable discussions;
•Coordinate with and support the local governments with policy and capacity development, and strengthen the learning networks including supporting and seconding Maritime Local Government Network Committee Chair in implementing the tasks and roles assigned under the project(s) implemented by CTC;
•Support the Learning Networks and take the lead in further developing the CTI broader support across and among CT local governments;
•Support development and delivery of Maritime LGN work plan; and
Support the facilitations and reporting of events, forums, meetings, conference calls related or initiated by the Marine Local Government Network.

Qualifications & required knowledge and skills:
1. Master’s degree and/or BSc with at least 5 years’ experience in the tropical resources management and marine policy;
2. Working knowledge of current trends in relevant discipline such as fisheries policy, coastal and MPA management, community based resilience;
3. Familiar with major marine government initiatives such as the Coral Triangle Initiative, COREMAP, IMACS, CTSP, MPAG a.o.
4. Understanding and extensive working experience with the Indonesian Government, international and Indonesian cooperation, treaties and legal framework, and learning networks in Indonesia;
5. Strong government and NGO network;
6. Ability to set objectives and manage performance;
7. Excellent communications in English;
8. Strong inter-personal and diplomatic skills.

The Specialist will report to CTC Senior Advisor and CTC Executive Director and report to the Maritime Local Government Network Committee Chair and will work and coordinate closely with other Maritime Local Government Network, The Regional Secretariat staffs, CTC Managers and staff as well as with CTC partners and consultants, especially US-DOI.

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The Coral Triangle Center is a foundation registered in Indonesia that trains marine resource managers and educates all groups that interact with coastlines and reefs within the Coral Triangle. With a focus on training and enabling local communities, the CTC supports marine protected areas, coordinates a learning network for MPA practitioners, connects the public and private sector on coastal issues, and is developing a learning center of excellence in tropical marine resources management. CTC continues to develop a unique and integrated learning program by doing based on the needs of professionals and stakeholders to manage their marine natural resources. The applied training and learning programs are adaptive, innovative and customized to abate threats, address contraints and promote sustainable practices.

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