Micronesia ECOP Facilitator for OurFish OurFuture Project

University of Rhode Island/Coastal Resources Center Published: January 17, 2023
FSM or RMI, Micronesia, Federated States of
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OurFish Our Future Project ECOP Facilitator - Micronesia


The five-year OurFish OurFuture Project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries Management Community of Practice (ECOP) Facilitator - Micronesia is responsible for establishing, coordinating, and growing the Community of Practice (COP) in Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). The path to an Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) requires transformation throughout the entire social-ecological and governance system, which the OurFish OurFuture project aims to accelerate through peer-to-peer learning, information sharing, and collaboration through a COP.

The Facilitator will be tasked with identifying, recruiting, and engaging target coastal fisheries stakeholders and practitioners from the regional to community level, coordinating network-wide communication over the life of the project with the assistance of partner staff and ECOP focal points across the three countries of interest in Micronesia. The Facilitator will ensure that the ECOP in Micronesia is an interactive peer-to-peer network designed to accelerate social learning about why and how to advance EAFM in the region, as well as a forum for collaborating and innovating. The Facilitator will focus on community-level engagement and learning, and will collaborate with stakeholders to illustrate how historical, sociocultural, and traditional forms of management are incorporated into EAFM. The Facilitator will be responsible for disseminating and facilitating feedback on activity materials and tools, gathering, and monitoring data, organizing events, and implementing other activities. The Facilitator will coordinate closely with OurFish OurFuture partner offices of the Locally-Managed Marine Areas (LMMA) Network, and The University of the South Pacific (USP), as well as a counterpart ECOP Facilitator focused on three countries of interest in Melanesia. The position reports directly to the OurFish OurFuture Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) and works closely with all OurFish OurFuture program staff located at both the University of Rhode Island (URI) Coastal Resources Center (CRC) office and the in-country Fiji office.

Reports to:

Deputy Chief of Party

Coordinates with:

Chief of Party (CoP), partners, project communities, ECOP Facilitator – Melanesia, and various Specialists of the OurFish OurFuture project


  • Identify Micronesia ECOP Planning Committee in collaboration with local partners, local community and fishery leaders, and national advisory committees.
  • Determine need and desire to form ECOP with Planning Committee.
  • Create an ECOP community charter.
  • Identify the most appropriate platform(s) and fora for engaging and connecting ECOP members from the government to community level.
  • Develop and monitor growth, outcome, and activity targets and indicators to measure the performance and impact of the ECOP.
  • Facilitate continuous communication and feedback with communities and stakeholders to ensure networks are strong and effective.
  • Learn, adapt, and improve alignment of ECOP with objectives of members.
  • Transition leadership of ECOP to local champions to ensure sustainability post project.
  • Formulate ECOP Micronesia strategy and quarterly work and financial plans, with the assistance of implementing partners in the field and program specialists.
  • Establish cooperation, partnership and networking agreements with fishery resource users, stakeholder groups, and local government units to solicit their involvement in ECOP.
  • Assist the fisheries management, marine habitat, and socioeconomic specialists in the baseline assessment and monitoring events, including specific data collections in the area.
  • Coordinate with the Regional Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Advisor in the collection, update, and maintenance of data for the project’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning database and the performance monitoring system for ECOP.
  • Undertake other activities required to achieve ECOP targets set out in the OurFish OurFuture Program Results Framework.
  • Prepare and submit progress reports as prescribed by the OurFish OurFuture Program reporting system.
  • Perform other project-related duties as required from time to time by the Deputy Chief of Party and/or the Chief of Party.


  • A minimum of five years’ progressively responsible, professional experience in fisheries project coordination and management (coastal fisheries preferred).
  • Experience in facilitating field and office activities with fisher communities in Micronesia including data collection, data capture, and improving communications among fishery stakeholders.
  • Excellent facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Fluency and excellent written and oral communication skills in English and knowledge of Yapese, Pohnpeian, or Marshallese.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and establish partnerships and networks, maintaining effective relationships and influencing key partners and stakeholders.
  • Experience and ability to collaborate with people from different ethnic, cultural, and educational backgrounds.
  • Outcome driven focus, with the ability to coordinate multiple activities.
  • The capacity to exercise sound judgement and to execute operational planning.
  • High level capacity for self-management and initiative while operating with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated understanding of ecosystems approach to fisheries management at the community level.
  • Willing to be assigned in the FSM or the RMI, and travel to project sites in Palau, the FSM, and the RMI.
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of spreadsheets, and word processing software including Microsoft Word and Excel. Interest in and capacity to train on other specialized software for content analysis, social network analysis, etc.


  • BSc degree in Marine Biology, Fisheries, Marine Ecology, or equivalent.

How to Apply:

To apply please email all of the following, in order, in one single PDF file to rjimmy@ourfish.crcuri.org, robert@ourfish.crcuri.org and pfreeman@uri.edu:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • Three professional references with contact details

To the attention of:

Peter Freeman
Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography
University of Rhode Island
220 South Ferry Road
Narragansett, RI 02882

This search is open to citizens and/or residents of the FSM and the RMI until filled.

This Project follows US Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity laws and does not discriminate in consideration or hiring of individuals.

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