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DAI, a global development consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC, USA seeks to fill an Aquaculture/Fisheries Specialist short-term technical assistance (STTA) consultancy position to support a five-year U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Climate Change Adaptation project on the Mekong River Basin, covering communities in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The project aims to strengthen human and institutional capacity to develop and implement climate change adaptation plans and strategies; strengthen policies, tools, methodologies, and practices for ecosystem services valuation and climate resiliency; demonstrate and scale-up model actions for integrated approaches to climate change adaptation, and sustain regional learning networks to share and replicate best practices. The position will be based in the Lower Mekong River Basin (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Vietnam) with an anticipated start date in late November. US-Citizenship is required.
Working under the Team Leader, the Aquaculture/Fisheries Specialist shall shoulder the following responsibilities
- Guide Riparian specialists in identifying data needs for climate change assessments of fisheries and aquaculture systems
- Develop with the GIS/spatial planner/modeller agro-ecological zones for the Lower Mekong Basin
- Develop fisheries baselines for agro-ecological zones
- Analyze baseline trends for Mekong fisheries and aquaculture systems and agro-ecological zones
- Identify climate and non-climate drivers of change to Mekong fisheries and aquaculture systems
- Undertake climate change vulnerability assessment, prioritizing vulnerable zones in the region
- Develop adaptation options for vulnerable fisheries and aquaculture systems and agro-ecological zones
- The Aquaculture/Fisheries Specialist will have at least 10 years of experience in: inland fisheries; aquaculture project development; and climate change, with a relevant masters or doctoral degree in marine sciences, fisheries management or similar.
- The specialist should have extensive experience working in and assisting government institutions of Mekong countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam); be familiar with the institutional arrangements and fisheries sector in these countries; and demonstrated experience working in data poor and institutionally weak environments.
- Also required is the ability to work effectively with riparian counterpart specialists and to report effectively in written reports.
- The specialist should have excellent analytical and inter-personal skills and a team-oriented work style.
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