Electronic Monitoring System (EMS) Advisor At Tetra Tech

Tetra Tech has a new job opening for an Electronic Monitoring System (EMS) Advisor.

Job Description

Title:Electronic Monitoring System (EMS) Advisor
Reports to:Chief of Party
Supervision of:MCS Specialist
Location:Accra, Ghana


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  • The Ghana Fisheries Recovery Activity (GFRA) aims to prevent the collapse of the small pelagic fishery sector in Ghana while improving the supplemental livelihoods, resilience, and food security. This Activity seeks to improve supplemental livelihoods and resilience measures for fishing communities, particularly for women and youth; facilitate private sector engagement and market linkages in the fishing sector; strengthen government capacity in policy making, regulation, and enforcement; strengthen improved science and research, including data for policy and management decisions; and empower key stakeholders to effect change.
  • A key fisheries management strategy that GFRA will undertake is to curb illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing at the national and local levels within Ghana’s artisanal and industrial marine fishing sector. This includes encouraging voluntary compliance with fishing laws and regulations as well as facilitating capacity building to enhance government effectiveness in monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS) operations, especially conducting consistent, fair and transparent enforcement operations at sea and at port.
  • The EMS Advisor will play a leadership role in overseeing the project’s MCS activities, particularly those related to piloting and scaling up the electronic monitoring system on all industrial vessels as per the Minister’s commitment at the 2023 Our Oceans Conference.
  • The EMS Advisor will also advise on other MCS activities including training provided to fisheries observers, MCS staff, and implementation of community level enforcement bodies.
  • The EMS Advisor must have a strong technical understanding of MCS and have hands on experience with electronic monitoring systems and their application in Ghanaian fisheries.
  • The Advisor must also have strong networks within the Fisheries Commission and in the industrial fisheries sector, particularly with boat owners.  Finally, the EMS Advisor must have a strong understanding of the Fisheries Law and its application.
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  • Lead national efforts to trial and scale up the Electronic Monitoring System (EMS) for all vessels, with a focus on the industrial trawl vessels.
  • Act as main liaison between the Fisheries Commission Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Division and GFRA
  • Lead the design and implementation of activities to strengthen the Fisheries Commission MCS functions, with a focus on MCS and addressing yellow card concerns.
  • Advise GFRA staff and sub-contract and grantee partners on the establishment of Landing Beach Enforcement Committees (LaBECS). Provide trainings as needed to support LaBEC establishment.
  • Supervise MCS specialist, including preparing annual performance plans and semi-annual evaluations.
  • Prepare technical and narrative progress reports on EMS, MCS and other related fisheries activities as often as directed by the COP.
  • Conduct timely review of communications products and materials, including those produced by project partners such as TV3 and Lintas.
  • Lead the development of annual and quarterly workplans related to EMS and MCS capacity building.
  • Oversee budget planning and spending related to MCS and EMS activities.
  • Support monitoring, evaluation, and learning of GFRA project performance and progress.
  • Other tasks as requested by Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party

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Required Skills or Experience

  • University degree (Master or higher) in fisheries science, aquatic science, ecosystem management, marine biology, coastal/marine resource management, or in relevant fields.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of relevant professional experience
  • Demonstrated professional experience leading MCS and EMS initiatives.
  • Preference for experience working with USAID and/or other donor-funded projects of similar size and complexity.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, stressful environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Integrity and ability to work with minimum supervision and under pressure.
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How To Apply For The Electronic Monitoring System (EMS) Advisor Position At Tetra Tech

Kindly apply through GFRA.Applications@tetratech.com with a cover letter and current curriculum vitae (CV).

The subject of the email should be Electronic Monitoring System (EMS) Advisor

  • Deadline July 14th, 2023
  • Applicants living in the coastal areas of Ghana are encouraged to apply.

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