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4178 VEPA Snr Project Mgr 11-24 Oct 2017


Senior Project Manager for Marine Spatial Planning & Fisheries


The Government of Tonga (GoT), IUCN Oceania Regional Office (ORO) and the Vava’u Ocean Initiative (VOI)(Waitt Institute, Vava’u Environment Protection Association, (VEPA)) aim to support sustainable management of marine and coastal ecosystems in Tonga. In particular, they are supporting national efforts to implement an ocean-wide (whole EEZ) Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) that includes an ecologically representative network of marine protected areas. In Vava’u, the project is also focuses on the establishment of Special Management Areas (SMAs).

The Government is looking to engage a Senior Project Manager for Marine Spatial Planning & Fisheries to assist with progressing both the national MSP and the Vava’u SMAs to be supported by Waitt Foundation. The position will be funded jointly by IUCN-ORO with Oceans 5 funding and the Vava’u Ocean Initiative.

The consultancy position will be located in Nuku’alofa, and housed at the Department of Environment, to be reviewed and possibly renewed on an annual basis depending on the succession of project funding.

The position will have project reporting lines to the Vava’u Ocean Initiative (represented by VEPA) and the Ministry of Fisheries on the establishment of Waitt-funded SMAs in Vava’u; and IUCN-ORO and the Department of Environment (MEIDECC) on behalf of the Oceans 7 on the national MSP process. The position will be administered through VEPA.


The Senior Project Manager for Marine Spatial Planning will liaise with government institutions, academic institutions, non-governmental agencies, private sector groups and communities involved with marine and coastal resource management as requested by the Department of Environment (MEIDECC) (on behalf of the Oceans 7), Ministry of Fisheries, IUCN-ORO Marine team and the VOI. The Project Manager will:

  1. Raise awareness of the objectives and intended outputs of the work on the MSP and SMAs.
  2. Identify, where necessary, and liaise with government ministries and local partners.
  3. Coordinate and organize in-country activities and meetings related to integrated ocean 
governance and IUCN-ORO, including those of associated consultants.
  4. Understand the organization of government ministries involved with aspects of 
integrated ocean governance including relevant contact information.
  5. Prepare meeting papers, meeting minutes, research papers, and reports as specified, 
particularly for the Ocean 7 and other technical working groups, such as those 
established in Vava’u for the Vava’u Ocean Initiative.
  6. Collate information to help MSP and SMA processes.
  7. Identify, communicate and address project obstacles that may affect implementation.
  8. Coordinate and organize meetings and workshops for the Ocean 7 Technical Working 
Group, the Vava’u Ocean Initiative team, and ORO Marine team.
  9. Identify and access relevant data (e.g., spatial, fisheries, etc.).
  10. Liaise, as required, with government ministries, local partners and stakeholders.
  11. Provide quarterly reports to project partners on status of project and various efforts.
  12. Any other duties required by Ocean 7, Ministry of Fisheries or Dep.t of Environment with 
regards to MSP or SMA work.

Selection Criteria

  1. At least 3 years of relevant work experience as, or with, ocean stakeholders, including the government of Tonga thereby having good networks with relevant ocean stakeholders including government agencies.
  2. Experience in ecology, biodiversity, natural resource management, political science, and/or communications desirable.
  3. Demonstrated strong project coordination skills.
  4. Strong English and Tongan language communication and presentation skills, both 
written and verbal.
  5. High proficiency in the use of computers, especially with Microsoft Office package.
  6. Demonstrated ability to engage comfortably at all levels of government and civil society 
in the Tonga, including with the Government of Tonga (at regional and national levels).
  7. Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team.
  8. Displays initiative and good judgement.


Please submit a Curriculum Vita with full contact details of three referees together with a cover letter explaining why you are suitable for this position either electronically to leanne [dot] fernandes [at] iucn [dot] org or by mail to IUCN Oceania, 5 Ma’afu Street, Private Mail Bag, Suva, Fiji.

Please address each of the eight selection criteria individually in your cover letter. Closing date for applications is the 24th October. Only short-listed applicants will be informed. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

The Government of Tonga, IUCN and the Vava’u Ocean Initiative are equal opportunity employers.