10 Aug 2020

Director, Fisheries Management And Development at Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO)

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Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO)

Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) is an institution of the East African Community (EAC) charged with the management and development of fisheries and aquaculture. It was formed by a Convention in 1994 with major amendments in 2016. It is accommodated under Article 9.3 of EAC Treaty and registered as a Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMO) under the FAO UN Charter CAP 102. The overall objective of the LVFO is to promote sustainable management and development of the fisheries and aquaculture in order to contribute to food security and economic growth in the EAC region. The 2016 amendment to the Convention that established LVFO expanded her mandate and scope to cover among others issues of fish quality, trade, and marketing. In addition, as EAC Partner States submit their instruments of accession to the Repository (FAO) and join the Organization, the number of main stream and project staff increases. Against this background, LVFO Secretariat is seeking to recruit competent staff to fill position of Director, Fisheries Management and Development to strengthen the Organization, to deliver on her mandate.

Job Reference LVFO/HR/2020/01
Job Title Director, Fisheries Management and Development
EAC Grade: P4
Reports to: Deputy Executive Secretary
Duty station: Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization Secretariat; Plot 7B/E Bell Avenue, Jinja, Uganda


A. Major duties and responsibilities

  1. Coordinates the harmonization of fisheries management and development measures in the region;
  2. Coordinates the collection, collation, and dissemination of socio-economic information relating to fisheries communities;
  3. Formulates and coordinates implementation of strategies for the formation and strengthening of Co-management structures specifically, and for enhancing community participation in the fisheries sector generally;
  4. Coordinates the implementation of community awareness of fisheries  programmes in the LVFO partner states;
  5. Evaluates the effectiveness of the existing national policy instruments in achieving the desired goals in fishery management and administration and identifying areas of social and economic policy intervention that would enable viable strategies and programmes be implemented to sustainably manage the fisheries resources of the EAC on a regional basis;
  6. Assesses the social and economic impacts of existing policies and legislations in the region and suggest mechanism(s) of continuous monitoring of new regional policies and their impacts on fisheries management and development in the EAC region;
  7. Advises on the harmonization and inclusion of the fisheries issues within the existing policies of other related sectors within the region;
  8. Studies the impact of existing investment in fisheries both at national and regional level with a view to identifying possible areas for further public/private investment;
  9. Advises on the financial and economic viability of planned investment, integrating it with technical feasibility and environmental suitability;
  10. Formulates and coordinates implementation of programmes for the monitoring, control and surveillance of the EAC fisheries as per the internationally agreed best practices
  11. Participates in research and fisheries management projects undertaken by the organization focusing fisheries development approaches/methods and techniques.
  12. Liaise and collaborates with other specialists in the Organization in carrying out all the above responsibilities in the overall development and management of the fisheries resources in the EAC on a sustainable basis.
  13. Mobilizes resources to support fisheries management programmes of the organization
  14. Performs such other related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

B. Required qualifications, competences and experience

   1.  Academic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Fisheries Management or any related field
  • PhD in the same field is an added advantage

    2.  Work Experience

  • At least Ten (10) years of experience in Fisheries Management or any related field in the East African region, five (5) of which at senior level

    3.  Desirable

  • Specific experience in managing programmes/projects in an international or regional organization, national government, or other public or private organizations

    4. Other knowledge and competences

  • Very good working knowledge of ICT (MS Office, statistical software)
  • Very good written and oral knowledge of English
  • Track record of scientific publications in the respective field (4 publications minimum in reputable journals, books and book chapters, 2 of which as principal author)
  • Track record in resource mobilization (in terms of successful grant awards)
  • Very good in communication (email, tweeter, facebook, whatsapp and other communication tools)
  • General knowledge in Project Management; Monitoring and Evaluation; Proposal Writing; Managerial Skills

C.  Assessment method

Evaluation of qualified candidates will include a competency-based interview and any other assessments deemed necessary.

1. Education Qualifications

All candidates applying must have qualifications that are recognised by the relevant national accreditation body in their respective countries. This condition is applicable for locally and internationally attained qualifications.

2. Relevant Working Experience

Relevant working experience in this regard refers to post education work experience. Internship, training, apprenticeship and clerkship will not be considered as relevant work experience.

D. Terms and conditions of employment

The Contract period is for five (5) years renewable once upon satisfactory performance.  The initial contract is subject to a six (6) months’ probation, to be confirmed upon satisfactory performance.

1. Remuneration

An attractive Basic Salary package at EAC P4 scale including monthly Housing and Transport allowance.

  2. Fringe Benefits

In addition, this post offers attractive fringe benefits including an installation allowance paid once, plus gratuity paid monthly, a personal medical Insurance, and personal accident insurance cover.

E. Eligibility

Eligibility is restricted to candidates from EAC/LVFO Partner States (The Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania).

F. Age Requirement

Must be preferably not more than 55 years’ old

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      Method of Application

  • Interested candidates who meet the qualification and experience requirements for the above-mentioned position are advised to apply online through this system by clicking on the button labelled "Apply Now". Once you have created an account, you will be required to upload an application letter (pdf), detailed curriculum vitae (pdf), certified photocopies of academic certificates (pdf), names and contact details of three referees, and certified copy of National Identity Card (pdf), or Passport (pdf) and all the documents that suit most this position.
  • Please quote the respective reference number on the application letter
  • Should you encounter technical difficulties in submitting your application, please send an email with a precise description of the issue and/or a screenshot showing the problem to the email: [email protected]

Please note:

  • All applications must be submitted online through this system
  • Applications which do not: indicate nationality and age; the reference number; or have an application letter attached; have certified copies of their academic degrees and other professional Certificates; or fail to provide three referees will be disqualified.
  • Only qualified candidates will be contacted. All invitations for interviews will be done in writing.
  • LVFO Staff Rules and Regulations precludes consideration of applicants above fifty-five (55) years of age
  • Please note that LVFO does not require candidates to pay money for the recruitment process.

Applications should be submitted to the address below not later than Friday, 11th September  2020 at 17:00hrs local time (East Africa Time).

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The Executive Secretary

Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO)                                 

Busoga Square Plot No. 7B/E Bell Avenue                                   

P. O. Box 1625, Jinja – Uganda.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +256 434 125000

Website: www.lvfo.org

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