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The benefits derived from the fisheries resources of Africa by over 10 million people most of whom are the rural poor, include food and nutrition and increased livelihoods. These benefits are however currently under severe threat mainly as a result of weak and uncoordinated institutions and ineffective fisheries governance and policies. Poor governance has led to over-exploitation of some commercially important fish stocks, limiting resources sustainability and reducing prospects for increasing contribution to food security, poverty alleviation and wealth creation.
The needed reforms to reverse the current trend of decline and waste that have undermined the African fisheries to contribute sustainably to economic growth, food security, nutrition and healthy ecosystems are being recognized through various declarations at the highest political level of the African Union including the commitment to restore fisheries to their maximum sustainable yields by 2015 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the Abuja Declarations of African Heads of Government at the Fish for All Summit and the resolutions at the Conference of African Ministers of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CAMFA). These continental initiatives have culminated in establishment of the African Fisheries Reform Mechanism (AFRM) and the formulation of a Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa (PFRS).
In furtherance to the above AU-IBAR through series of interactive consultations had put together a document on ‘A Guide for the Implementation of the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa’. ‘The Guide’ was produced through consultative and participatory processes involving stakeholders that included African Union Member States (AU MS), Regional Economic Communities (RECs), specialized regional institutions in fisheries and aquaculture, NSAs, members of the AFRM, development partners, individual experts and key institutions. This document has been developed as a complementary document to the parent PFRS to provide guidance for the implementation of the PFRS.
As a follow up to FishGov1, the second phase, also with EU support, entitled “Enhancing sustainable fisheries management and aquaculture development in Africa: A programme for accelerated reform of the sector (FISHGOV2)’ is aimed at enhancing the contribution of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture to the achievement of the AU Agenda 2063’s objectives, notably in terms of food security, livelihoods and wealth creation. The goal is to implement activities that will address the objectives and principles of the above-mentioned declarations, recommendations and resolutions as well as those of the AFRM and PFRS.
One of the Strategic Objectives of the project is to Strengthen the Capacities of Member States, RECs and RFBs to develop realistic sustainable fisheries and aquaculture policies in coherence with the PFRS. Accordingly, one of the main specific activities to achieve the intents of this Strategic Objectives is to Facilitate national validation workshops for reviewed national policies and laws at Member State's level of 15 AU member states with the objective of aligning them with the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa for coherence in sector management. The Project identified the following AU Member States as fragile states to be the beneficiaries of this exercise: - Somali, South Sudan, DR Congo, Libya, Chad, Sudan, Central Africa Republic, Sahrawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Madagascar, Niger, Burkina Faso, Liberia.
In the above regard AU-IBAR is through due diligence seeking to identify and engage the services of relevant and competent national consultants to facilitate Alignment of national policies of African Union Member States in line with the Guide with a view of updating them for coherence and alignment to the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa.
Justification and Rationale
The policy framework and reform strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa formulated in response to the recommendations of the first Conference of African Ministers of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CMFA I) to promote policy coherence, reiterated by CAMFA II, was endorsed at the June 2014 Summit of the African Heads States and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea as a blue print for facilitating sustainable African fisheries development. The overall purpose of the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture is to facilitate transformation of Africa’s fisheries and aquaculture for food, livelihoods and wealth. Accordingly, the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy is intended to elaborate and make explicit essential guiding principles for good governance of Africa’s fisheries for increased coherence and coordination of the sector and provides appropriate guidance on how to implement reforms for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture development. The Policy Framework and Reform Strategy, developed in broader participatory manner, identified seven key pillars and cross-cutting issues as policy areas for reform in African fisheries and aquaculture sector.
It is against background that The Guide to PFRS was conceived and produced as an appropriate user-friendly strategy to facilitate alignment of national and regional fisheries and aquaculture policies to the provisions of the PFRS. The Guide has recently been endorsed by the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment as a companion document to facilitate the coherent and consistent implementation of the PFRS, strengthen, fast track and provide guidance for its strategic implementation.
In consistence with the foregoing the Fisheries Governance Project provided for the exercise to Facilitate national validation workshops for reviewed national policies and laws at Member State's level of 15 AU member states with the objective of aligning them with the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa for coherence in sector management.
The objective of this consultancy is to ensure national fisheries and aquaculture policies and strategies are coherent/aligned to/with the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa and relevant international instruments.
A consultant will be required for each of the identified AU member states i.e. Somali, South Sudan, DR Congo, Libya, Chad, Sudan, Central Africa Republic, Sahrawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Madagascar, Niger, Burkina Faso, Liberia.
Other specific objectives are to:
- Facilitate the analysis of national fisheries and aquaculture policies and strategies for coherence/alignment with the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa and relevant international instruments
- Produce a revised national fisheries and aquaculture policy/ strategy
- Facilitate national stakeholder’s validation workshops.
Each consultant will carry out the following specific activities to meet the expected outcomes and produce a comprehensive report:
- (a) Meeting with the relevant stakeholders at national level and where possible at regional level (e.g. RFOs, RECs, etc);
- (b) Analyze relevant documents (national policy, strategies and legislative/regulatory frameworks) using the Guide for implementation of the PFRS developed by AU-IBAR, with reference to the preliminary analysis that has been done by the ACECOR (University of Cape Coast) on policy alignment and also ensuring adoption of relevant international best practices;
- (c) Identify policy gaps and key issues for the reforms of the fisheries and aquaculture sector
- (d) Document best practices (including critical enablers) and lessons leant from the implementation of current or past policies and strategies
- (e) Propose policy intervention entry points and priority actions to fast track the reforms for coherence/alignment to the PFRS.
- (f) Prepare in close consultation with the National Departments of Fisheries, or the National Competent Authorities responsible for Fisheries the draft revised National Fisheries Policy/strategy that is coherent with PFRS.
- (g) Facilitate a stakeholder’s consultation to validate the draft document, ensuring uptake and ownership by national stakeholders.
- (a) Consultancy reports:
- Progress report at midterm of not more than 10 pages
- Final consultancy report highlighting the outcomes of the policy review, the policy gaps and issues for the reforms of the fisheries and aquaculture, the best practices and lessons learnt and the policy intervention entry points.
- (b) Revised national policy/strategy
- Draft revised policy to be shared with stakeholders 10 days before the validation workshop
- Final Draft Policy incorporating inputs from stakeholder’s validation workshop to be produced 10 days maximum after the workshop
- Each national Consultant will be paid a lump sum of US$ 3,000 (Three Thousand US Dollars)
- The final Payment should be subject to delivery and clearance by IBAR.
Duration of Assignment
The Final reports should be submitted latest 10 days after the stakeholders validation workshop.
The consultants will work under the supervision of the Fisheries Management Expert at AU-IBAR.
The successful candidates shall have an advanced degree in fisheries, aquaculture or related disciplines. Qualifications in natural resources management, social sciences or legal studies and background knowledge of Fisheries Policy and planning, Acts, Legislation and Regulations profile and documentation in Africa would be an advantage.
The candidate should have:
- At least five years’ experience in sector strategy development, policy, legislative and institutional frameworks, formulation, reforms and implementation in the Africa’s fisheries and aquaculture development matters;
- Knowledge of regional organizations with mandates in fisheries and aquaculture development;
- Previous experience in developing, reviewing and updating fisheries guidelines, action plans and/or policy implementation plans and strategies at national and regional levels;
- Specific working experience, sound knowledge and familiarization with fisheries policy reforms and development issues in Africa
- Proven knowledge on the major high level continental initiative and global instruments for fisheries and aquaculture
- Practical experience of carrying out assignments for the AU or other international development agencies;
- A high level of proficiency in spoken and written of the national official language and knowledge of one or more main local languages of the MS;
- Proven experience in participating in the local national fisheries activities or operations in the existing national fisheries administration;
- Good understanding of fisheries-related issues and demonstrated knowledge of The PFRS, The Guide and relevant international fisheries policy instruments;
- Proven skills and ability to facilitate consultation process;
- Good knowledge and experience in the specific AU MS in consideration;
Submission of Application
- A Profile and CVs of the Consultant (s) undertaking the work indicating relevant experience and contribution of each one of them in the study
- Other relevant information showing experience in related field, demonstration of expertise by showing the experience, academic background, an inventory of past and current assignments of similar nature
- Contact addresses (Postal, Email and Telephone) of at least three referees or any other information that may show the consultants ability to carry out the assignment to satisfaction
A consultant is required for each of the following AU member states: Somali, South Sudan, DR Congo, Libya, Chad, Sudan, Central Africa Republic, Sahrawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Madagascar, Niger, Burkina Faso, Liberia.
Interested national consultants, preferably from the concerned AU Member States, are required to submit their application to firstname.lastname@example.org with the mention: “Facilitation of Alignment of National and Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Policies for Coherence with the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa”.
Applications in Electronic format should reach the undersigned by midnight 30th January, 2023 (East African Time).
Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below from 09:30-16:30 hours from Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.
Clarifications should be addressed to: e-mail: email@example.com