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 governments 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.
Under the supervision and guidance from USAID-US-DOI and CTC, the Maritime LGN Secretariat will provide coordination support for National LGN within CT6, especially mobilise their membership, annual meetings, work plans, collaborative framework and capacity building in collaboration with the appointed partner(s). The Secretariat Coordinator will facilitate and improve coordination mechanisms among CTI-CFF Maritime LGN members and to a functional LGN Regional Secretariat as a resource center for the member local governments. The Coordinator will report to and be guided by the Maritime LGN Chairman and CTC to ensure the project achieves its goals and ensure cost effectiveness and sustainability.
The primary duties and responsibilities of the Maritime LGN Secretariat Coordinator will include:
•Ensure effective liaison and maintain good communication with national LGN within CT-6 and other stakeholders including Partners, including mobilizing membership annual meetings, work plans, and framework and capacity building collaboration;
•Maintain records and administrative work on technical and financial aspects of project operation;
•Organize Maritime LGN meetings, workshops and other inter-country activities with guidance of USDOI and CTC including workshops for sharing experiences in thematic areas and exchange visits among stakeholders, in accordance with the work plan;
•Disseminate relevant documentation and experiences to the National LGN across CT-6 and partners, building from experiences in other programs;
•Prepare timely and quality Secretariat activity reports for submission to Maritime LGN Chairman and CTC in accordance with reporting procedures;
•Support and coordinate the exploration of Maritime Local Government Secretariat toward an entity enable and accountable to receive and manage funding support such as from donors and memberships fee.
Qualifications & required knowledge and skills:
1. University degree in environmental management or other related fields;
2. Extensive experience in the coordination and administration of small projects in an international organization or non-governmental organization;
3. Developed skills in communication with different categories of people, including public officials, mass media and NGO representatives;
4. Excellent skills in organizing and coordinating diverse activities;
5. Ability to work in a team;
6. Initiative and resourcefulness;
7. Excellent computer skills;
8. Excellent communication in English;
9. Personal attitudes and qualities: responsibility/accountability, creativity, thoroughness, objectivity, flexibility and promptness.
The Coordinator will report to CTC Senior Advisor and CTC Executive Director and will work and coordinate closely with other CTC Managers and staff as well as with CTC partners especially US-DOI, will report to the Maritime LGN Committee Chair and coordinate closely with the Maritime LGN Committee as necessary.