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Drafting of National Collaborative Management Association (CMA) Policy

Project Title: Creating skilled, capable and effective community co-management associations to secure legal and sustainable fisheries in Liberia

Work Description: Consultancy on National CMA policy development

Duration: 45 days

Expected Start Date: 1 August 2022


1. Background/Project description

The Environmental Justice Foundation has received a grant from the European Union as part of the European Union-Liberia Agriculture Programme to implement the project “Creating skilled, capable and effective community co-management associations to secure legal and sustainable fisheries in Liberia”. The project seeks to reduce illegal fishing and improve the sustainability of fisheries by expanding and strengthening community co-management associations, creating effective capacity for community monitoring and reporting of illegal fishing.

The project is expected to deliver a set of targeted and interlinked economic, social and environmental benefits, as well as contribute to food security, and marine resource management. It will also promote a set of innovations, together with partner institutions and organisations that will help improve IUU monitoring and reporting by strengthening the capacity of CMAs.

Co-management, an emerging concept, is built on the notion that resource users are most affected by regulations and should therefore be involved in resource management. The benefits of collaboratively managing the fisheries range from the resource users themselves having a sense of ownership, the ability and authority to develop and implement a fisheries management plan, gaining the government’s support and recognition, stopping the use of destructive fishing methods, to monitoring and reporting all forms of illegal fishing. This is one arrangement which is a win-win for both the government and the governed. Recognising the benefits of co-management, NaFAA has legalised the concept of collaborative management through the establishment of CMA which recognizes, organises, and authorises fishers themselves to get directly involved in the management of fisheries resources.

National CMA Policy is an important part of NaFAA’s strategic approach to fisheries management as it is essential for developing sustainable and legal fisheries. A national CMA policy is a specific, deliberate course of action adopted by NaFAA to fulfil its mandate for the management of Liberia’s fisheries. The policy at the minimum includes the government’s commitment through NaFAA to implement a fisheries management system that incorporates best practices and involves resource users in management and decision-making processes. The national CMA policy document is intended to be a framework document to guide consultative stakeholder engagement and the management and development of CMAs operating in Liberia.

It is against this background that the Environmental Justice Foundation in collaboration with NaFAA and funding from the European Union would like to hire an individual national consultant to draft the national CMA Policy.


2. Purpose of the assignment

The purpose of the assignment is to engage the services of a national consultant to undertake a review of the institutional and policy frameworks for fisheries resource management, identify gaps and address these gaps through the implementation of tasks set out under Section 4 of the ToR “Scope of work”.


3. Objectives

The objectives of this consultancy are to:

i. Undertake the required reviews of existing fisheries management institutional and policy frameworks to identify key gaps that will inform and adapt recommended actions to inform the development of a National CMA policy

ii. Consult the views of national and county-level stakeholders on best practices and lessons learnt to inform and recommend national and county-level on institutional and policy strengthening

iii. Draft a National CMA policy that is practical and provides an effective enabling environment for CMA formation and development in Liberia


4. Proposed methodology

Drafting of the policy and programme will follow the methodology:

i. Conduct a desk review and analysis of relevant documentation on fisheries management in Liberia. The consultant will also conduct a systematic review of national legislations of Liberia relevant to fisheries management

ii. Participate in a national consultation workshop of stakeholders. The workshop will provide stakeholders with a forum for national dialogue and consensus on the essential elements and contents of the policy to be included in the draft document. The consultant may conduct fieldwork, in a feasible manner, to follow up on the national consultation workshop with NaFAA and other relevant national stakeholders as may be necessary to ensure responsiveness and adequate consideration of high-risk and vulnerable groups in the fisheries.

iii. Draft the National CMA Policy in accordance with the conclusions and recommendations of the national consultation.

iv. Convene a validation process with stakeholders and partners.

To be effective, national actors (NaFAA) will guide the development of the national CMA Policy on aspects such as:

i. Scope of the policy

ii. Timing requirements

iii. Government ideology/principles or aims to factor into the National CMA policy development exercise

iv. Ministerial direction/preferences or aims

v. Directives from the central government (NaFAA) that relate to the policy initiative

vi. Resources available for the policy exercise

vii. Underlying assumptions and

viii. Requirements with respect to consultations.


5. Scope of work

The selected consultant will undertake the following tasks:

i. gather and review existing policies, laws, and regulations of the fisheries sector in Liberia

ii. gather and review existing Co-management Associations (CMAs) by-laws, constitution, MOUs and other relevant documents of CMAs in Liberia

iii. Hold consultations with existing CMAs and engage relevant stakeholders at the local and national levels in the Liberian fishing industry to appreciate the key issues in the sector that are affecting the formation and development of CMAs in Liberia

iv. Advise EJF if there are any risks that are likely to prevent the achievement of your main tasks and consultancy output and make suggestions for corrective action

v. Work collaboratively with and consult NaFAA, CMAs in the small-scale fishing communities, EJF (fisheries technical officer) and complete consultations of key stakeholders and revision of key national fisheries literature of Liberia

vi. On this basis, develop and produce a long-term national CMA policy and strategy document for the marine and inland small-scale fisheries sub-sectors in Liberia, to guide consultative stakeholder engagement and decision making in terms of defining procedures for revitalising the Liberian fishing industry with active participation and specified roles for all key stakeholders

vii. Define the policy process, rationale, goal(s), objective(s) and guiding principles of the national CMA policy for the fishing industry in Liberia

viii. Describe the strategies necessary for realising the national CMA policy goals and objectives

ix. Develop the national CMA policy action plan for operationalization of the policy framework, describe how the plan will be implemented and estimated cost of implementation as well as the outcome indicators for monitoring the performance of the policy implementation

x. Submit draft national CMA policy document and tasks implemented for EJF and NaFAA´s review, and collaborate with EJF and organise a two-day workshop, to present and review the draft national CMA policy document to key stakeholders in the fishing industry in Liberia

xi. Accordingly address any feedback from EJF, NaFAA and other stakeholders in the draft national CMA policy document and submit a revised draft CMA policy document

xii. Address any other feedback on the revised CMA policy document from EJF and NaFAA and submit an end-of-assignment consultancy detail report to EJF for review

xiii. Perform any other related task that may be assigned by EJF necessary for the completion of the assignment

The deliverables must include the following:

  • Desktop Review Report
  • Stakeholder Consultation Reports
  • Draft National CMA policy


6. Timeline

The consultant will complete the activities listed below within 45 contract days and not later than July 2022

Activity Deliverables Number of days

  • Notification of successful consultant Signing of contract 1
  • Desk-based analysis: Review of documents and other sources of information Inception report 7
  • Stakeholder consultation: Plan, design, and coordinate the data collection process Technical report on the national consultation 10
  • Drafting the Policy First Draft of the National CMA policy 20
  • Validation of draft policy Draft Policy and Programme presented at Validation workshop 2
  • Consolidation of inputs Final National CMA policy 5
  • Total number of days 45


7. Qualification, experience, and skills

Functional Competencies:

  • Expert knowledge of human rights, legal framework, and the law
  • Experience in drafting policy documents
  • Ability to research and write at a high level
  • Expert knowledge of government processes
  • Ability to research and conduct interviews with key informants and
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.)

Core Competencies:

  • Ability to produce high-quality outputs in a timely manner while understanding and anticipating the evolving client needs
  • Strong organisational skill
  • Ability to work independently, and produce high-quality outputs
  • Sound judgement, strategic thinking, and the ability to manage competing priorities
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling EJF and NaFAA’s values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of EJF
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Advanced University degree in Law, Journalism, or any of the Social Sciences

Experience:

  • minimum of 7 years of relevant experience is required.

Language:

  • Excellent written and spoken English.


8. Application instruction

Please send your CV, cover letter and technical proposal (with budget) to: recruitment@ejfoundation.org

Deadline for submission of EOI: 25 July 2022. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis.

Candidates must have the legal right to work in Liberia.

EJF is an equal opportunities employer committed to diversity within the workplace. We encourage applications from females and marginalised groups.