West Africa is endowed with abundant fisheries resources, however due to political, economic and environmental factors, it has been identified as the most significant hotspot for illegal fishing. A global overcapacity of fishing effort and the growing demand of fish products has encouraged operators to relocate to distant waters specially in West Africa, where abundant resources and poor management measures are less enforced and sometimes non-existent.
The European Union-funded programme ‘Improved Regional Fisheries Governance in West Africa’ (PESCAO) aims at enhancing the contribution of fisheries resources to sustain development, ensure food security, and help alleviate poverty in West Africa by helping countries fighting IUU fishing. The programme is implemented over a period of 4 years from April 2018 – 2022 and involves partners including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union Delegation to Ghana (EUD), the member countries of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) and the Sub Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC), and the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA).
Under the Result Area 2 implemented by the FCWC, a Regional Centre for Monitoring Control and Surveillance (RCMCS) shall be established at the FCWC and equipped with a Regional Vessel Monitoring System (VMS). The Centre shall be located at the FCWC Headquarters in Tema, Ghana.
The position of RCMCS Coordinator will be based at the FCWC Secretariat in Tema, Ghana with occasional travel requirements. The position is introduced to support the PESCAO project in accordance with Article 3 of the FCWC ‘Protocol for the Establishment and Operation of a Regional Fisheries Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Centre’.
Position: Regional Centre for MCS Coordinator
Location: FCWC headquarters, Tema, Ghana
Duration: 24 months, renewable
The general scope of job
The RCMCS coordinator must be an official from the FCWC member States with strong fisheries resource management skills, well qualified in fisheries MCS, and equipped to oversee a Regional Fisheries Monitoring Centre (FMC)Fisheries Operations Centre.
The RCMCS Coordinator will be assisted in his/her duties:
As an intermediary and the top official of the centre, the RC MCS Coordinator will
Under the direct supervision of the FCWC Secretary General, the RCMCS Coordinator, is responsible for:
The centre’s activities will be agreed upon through suggestions made by the RCMCS Coordinator and existing project coordinators, through the FCWC Secretary- General based on an annual work plan. Broader RCMCS activities will be overseen by the RCMCS Coordinator, considering the outputs of the PESCAO project.
The RCMCS Coordinator acting as such entails close communication with all involved in the implementation of the PESCAO project: representatives from stakeholders including but not limited to ECOWAS, EFCA, Trygg Mat Tracking (TMT), Stop Illegal Fishing (SIF) and the SRFC.
Documents to be submitted
All applications should be sent to the following address either by post or email by midnight 10 April 2020 (0000hrs) to the following address:
Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC)
P.O. Box BT62, Tema, Ghana,
4th floor of Fisheries Research Institute Building
Community 2 Area, Tema, Ghana
Tel: +233 30 320 5323/ +233 20 758 63 21
E-mail : email@example.com, Website: www.fcwc-fish.org