Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) - FIJI IAS Project

Posted on Jan 19, 2019 by United Nations Development Programme

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Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) - FIJI IAS Project Location : Suva, FIJI Application Deadline : 04-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA) Time left : 13d 12h 6m Additional Category : Climate & Disaster Resilience Type of Contract : Individual Contract Post Level : International Consultant Languages Required : English Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 30-Jan-2019 Duration of Initial Contract : 1 year Expected Duration of Assignment : 120 days Refer a Friend Apply Now Background rief project description: Invasive alien species (IAS) are the greatest threat to biodiversity in the Pacific Islands. Numerous IAS have been introduced to Fiji, with significant impacts on natural landscapes and biodiversity, as well as impacting human health, economics, trade, sustainability, quality of life, etc. Preventing the establishment of additional IAS, preventing the further spread of already established IAS and improve the management of existing pests are all key elements which need to be further addressed. Protecting Fiji through improved pre-border, border and post-border systems for the prevention of IAS establishment is necessary. Additionally, improving similar biosecurity protections within Fiji at various levels including divisions, islands and island groups is also important. Reducing threats from IAS arrival and establishment as well as spread are all key elements to be addressed by this project. As a key part of the project, a four-island group in the northern division will be the focus for developing specific internal biosecurity and IAS management activities, which can then be (as needed) used as a model for improving biosecurity and management activities in other areas within the country. The introduction of Giant Invasive Iguana - GII (Iguana iguana) - to this four-island area within Fiji represents the first established population of this species in the Pacific and is a potential bridgehead to some of the world's most isolated island ecosystems. GII have already caused harm throughout the Caribbean where they are spreading fast and have significant detrimental effects, including on native biodiversity, agriculture and tourism. Management and possibly eradication of this species from its current established range in Fiji is a high priority in order to prevent the types of impacts seen in the Caribbean from occurring within the Pacific region. Although there are several national and local-level initiatives to address IAS in Fiji, these efforts, lack adequate capacity and an overall comprehensive strategy to ensure a systematic and effective protection of biodiversity-rich and important areas. An effective, systematic and comprehensive eradication effort against GII, before populations grow beyond the point where they can be controlled is currently lacking and urgently needed. The Building Capacities to Address Invasive Alien Species to Enhance the Chances of Long-term Survival of Terrestrial Endemic and Threatened Species on Taveuni Island, Surrounding Islets and Throughout Fiji project is a 5-year initiative executed in Fiji by the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF). It aims to improve the chances of the long-term survival of terrestrial endemic and threatened species on Taveuni Island, the surrounding islets and throughout Fiji by building national and local capacity to reduce the risk of new IAS establishment and to improve the management of existing IAS. Improving IAS prevention and management in Fiji will require a suite of preventative measures that will be introduced by this project, including: (i) Strengthened IAS policy, institutions and coordination at the national level to reduce the risk of IAS entering Fiji, including a comprehensive multi-sectorial coordination mechanism to ensure the best possible use of resources and capacities for prevention, management, eradication, awareness and engagement, restoration, and capacity building; (ii) Improved IAS prevention and surveillance operations at the island level on Taveuni, Qamea, Matagi and Laucala to reduce potential for pest species to enter and establish within the four-island group and move between these islands; (iii) Implementation of a comprehensive eradication plan for GII based on detailed survey work and public outreach on Taveuni and an increase in removal effort of GII on the islands of Qamea, Matagi, and Laucala (and other islands, such as Taveuni if they are found to be established); and (iv) Strengthened knowledge management and awareness raising that targets the general public, tour operations and visitors, so as to safeguard the nation from IAS. Duties and Responsibilities Under this Project a Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) is being recruited to provide technical support and coordination on Invasive Alien Species (IAS) management issues, especially on pathway analysis of IAS, risk assessment, prevention and quarantine. The expert will have knowledge and experience across the range of IAS management strategies, particularly prevention/restriction; inspection and quarantine and provide guidance and strategy on IAS assessment, management and prevention to the project team, the lead agency (Biosecurity Authority of Fiji) and an extensive array of other stakeholders at national, regional, island and community levels. The Expert will work alongside the Project Coordinator, other project consultants and ensure that the project and project tasks are on target throughout the duration of the project period. Scope of Work Key responsibilities include: * Give guidance and inputs and provide necessary top level coordination for the Fiji IAS Project, including all components, namely: (1) strengthened IAS policy, institutions and coordination at the national level, (2) improved IAS prevention and quarantine at the island level trialed for Taveuni, Qamea, Matagi and Laucala, (3) eradication of GII and (4) strengthened IAS knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation; * Work closely with other members of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF), the national coordination body, UNDP, component/project tasks managers and consultants, national and island level taskforce and working groups and various other stakeholders; * Conduct a tabletop exercise to develop an up to date report on IAS information for the country by the end of the 150-day contract period; * Lay ground work and initiate development process for the Fiji National Invasive Species Framework and Strategic Action Plan (NISFSAP) including supporting the development of a lead group or committee to complete this effort. The NISFSAP should include pathways and risks analysis and be completed within nine months of completion of the IAS information report. The NISFSAP will be developed through extensive stakeholder consultation and the final product to be endorsed by the national IAS coordination body; * Give guidance and inputs to BAF on the development of a multi-year strategy; * Support IAS awareness building activities at national and island levels including planning and oversight, materials and processes development and field operations; * Facilitate and guide the economic assessment study of IAS damage, monitoring of native branded iguana and community perception study; * Provide technical support and assistance to the GII eradication efforts including planning and oversight, logistics and coordination support and field operations including search, detection, acquisition and final disposition of organisms as well as the ability to support a large field effort including detection canine handling/training experience; * Travel throughout the country in support of the project, which includes extensive time on the ground in the 4- island biosecurity area of Taveuni, Qamea, Matagi and Laucala; * Support oversight, coordination and field operations and be able to spend extended periods in the field in remote settings involved in biosecurity tasks including IAS eradication efforts and outreach/awareness building; * Support development/integration of a national IAS coordination body and associated supporting IAS specialist committee/taskforce; * Support development/integration of a district (or sub-district) IAS taskforce for Taveuni, Qamea, Matagi and Laucala islands; * Participate in technical meetings and workshops to reach an agreement on project outcomes and activities and provide relevant expertise on IAS management to these discussions and to track project progress and effectiveness; * Produce first draft of National Early detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) strategy; * Facilitate awareness and capacity building on EDRR with BAF and other important stakeholders; Provide support and guidance with addressing project recommendations. It is critically important for the CTA to carry out these tasks while keeping key stakeholders (officers of the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture, Fisheries, Ministry of I Taukei Affairs, Rural Development, Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF), and, PIU staff and community members) fully involved but at the same time taking a technical (and sometimes managerial) lead. Competencies * At least seven years relevant professional experience in biosecurity and addressing Invasive Alien Species. Ideally, the expert will have knowledge and experience across the range of IAS assessment and management strategies, especially prevention (restriction; inspection; quarantine); * Experience working with government institutions, as well as..... click apply for full job details

Reference: 614623709

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