[Coral-List] Position opening: Project Assistant - the Beqa Lagoon Initiative, Fiji

Sefano M Katz sefamoon at gmail.com
Sun Feb 18 03:52:45 EST 2018

Bula Coral-Listers;

I would like to draw your attention to an opening based in Fiji with the
non-profit Pacific Blue Foundation.
The Project Assistant will join a newly evolving project - Beqa lagoon
Initiative - based on Beqa Island, Fiji, with its main goal of preserving
and promoting the biological and cultural diversity of the area through
basic research, education, encouragement and dissemination of sustainable

*Title: *Project Assistant

*Organization:* Pacific Blue Foundation.

*Location:* Beqa Lagoon, Fiji.

*Status:* Full time, voluntary position.

*Closing date for applications:*  February 28th, 2018.

*Start date:* March 2018.

*Position duration:* Initial 3 months, with extension possibility for right


The Pacific Blue Foundation (PBF) is seeking an experienced and qualified
applicant to assist the programs of the Beqa Lagoon Initiative (BLI) in
Fiji; with a particular focus on strengthening capacity to conserve marine
and coastal biodiversity, local communities’ sustainable development,
integrated ecotourism activities, and support the sustainable use and
adequate management of natural resources.

To accommodate the evolving and growing needs of the project, we are
recruiting for an exciting new role to support our Fiji-based team and
ensure effective delivery of a growing number of programmes.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual, who will be pragmatic and
resourceful, entrepreneurial, and sensitive to the needs and interests of
the BLI’s partner communities, agencies, organisations and business

We are looking for a creative, open minded and discerning individual, with
excellent communications skills, attention to detail and a technical

The role offers the opportunity to gain experience working on a wide range
of programmes, working as part of an interdisciplinary team in the fields
of coastal and marine ecology, conservation and restoration, natural
resource management, remote island sustainable development, healthy
livelihoods, education and ecotourism.


Provide logistical, administrative and communications support as required
to the BLI team to support effective programs delivery.

Provide administrative and logistical support for field-based activities,
in particular in training, guiding and teaching activities; and conducting
marine, coastal and socio-economic surveys, data entry and analysis along
the BLI programs.

Provide administrative and logistical support in particular in preparing
relevant documents, reports, teaching and communications material.

The position holder will report to BLI’s Project Manager, and will be based
in Beqa Island.



·       A relevant Bachelor’s degree in marine biology and ecology,
environmental sciences, conservation ecology, fisheries, marine natural
resource management, or similar.

·       Strong practical experience exploring and understanding of tropical
coastal ecosystems, particularly coral reefs.

·       Competent SCUBA Dive Master with guiding experience.

·       Strong free-diver and swimmer, capable of diving to at least 5

·       Healthy, fit and does not suffer from sea sickness.

·       Capable of living in a remote island with basic living conditions.

·       Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

·       Excellent knowledge of MS Office.

·       Current personal full medical and diving insurance.

·       Current first-aid and O2 resuscitation certificate.

·       Excellent organizational and time management skills.

·       Excellent technical and analytical skills, with an eye for detail.

·       A demonstrable passion for the natural environment.

·       A strong desire to work in the marine conservation and sustainable
development sector.

·       Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and multitask.

·       Flexible and results-oriented with a high level of resourcefulness
to deal with changes.

·       Confident, strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate to and
work effectively with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and

·       Demonstrated ability to achieve goals with a high level of
creativity and strategic thinking.


·       Proven leadership skills and success in effectively inspiring and
engaging diverse working groups in a multicultural environment.

·       Efficiently manage and build local capacity within complex,
challenging environments.

·       Previous experience in the global conservation, NGO, advocacy or
related non-for-profit arena; preferably related to marine resource
management and marine protected areas.

·       Strong practical experience in and understanding of tropical
coastal ecosystems in Oceania.

·       Previous experience in research surveys of tropical coastal
ecosystems, particularly coral reefs, preferably in Oceania.

·       Classroom teaching experience.

·       Communications and promotion skills.

·       Dive Instructor certificate.

·       Motor boat license.

·       Previous experience with coral restoration.

·       Previous experience with small-scale fisheries research.

·       Experience in permaculture and agriculture.

·       Experience in community sustainable development.

·       Experience in trades such as carpentry, plumbing, construction,
mechanics, etc.


*Contract duration*: 3 months, with extension possibility of up to a
further 6 months for right person.

*Salary:* None. This is a voluntary, non-paid position.

*Accommodation:* Shared accommodation with project staff in village house
on Beqa Island is provided.

*Food:* Shared food and meals with village family is provided.

*Travel:*  All project-related in-country expenses are covered;

*Visa:* All visa application fees are covered.

·       Suitable candidates which would extend the initial 3 month contract
would be offered additional benefits, such as a capped reimbursement for
international flights.


The Beqa Lagoon initiative (BLI) is founded on ecosystem-based management
of marine and coastal environments, and sustainable development of
communities in remote islands; using a multidisciplinary integrated
approach considering key anthropogenic elements.

The BLI is in its initial stages of operation, thus there is a strong
emphasis The BLI operates through practical applications for
social-ecological sustainability directing efforts through the different
programs, which are: 1) Conserving the Lagoon, Healthy Vanua, and
Sustainable Schools. The programs include aspects such as mitigating
immediate threats to environmental and human wellbeing, such as mounting
solid waste and pollution, and outbreaks of coral-eating Crown of Thorns
Starfish; restoration of damaged ecosystems, namely coral
reefs and mangrove forests; conservation of key species through awareness
building and ecotourism; creating strategies for local sustainable
revenues, nutritional and organic farming, improving livelihoods and
reducing the impact of overfishing; and capacity building towards
implementation of integrated management plans of marine protected areas.

These programs operate with cooperation and partnerships among and between
local communities, business stakeholders, NGOs, government departments,
provincial offices, and academia, towards common goals and a sustainable


Pacific Blue Foundation (PBF) is a non-for-profit public benefit
non-governmental-organization, registered 501(c)3 and charitable trust.

Pacific Blue Foundation provides basic research, education, encouragement
and dissemination of sustainable practices in coastal regions with the
ultimate goal of preserving and promoting the biological and cultural
diversity of the region.

For more information please visit our website:


And our Facebook page:



Please submit a Curriculum Vitae (up to three pages), a cover letter (one
page), and contacts of two referees to: beqalagooninitiative at gmail.com by
Wednesday, February 28th 2018.


*-----------------------Sefano M Katz*

*Project Manager*

*The Beqa Lagoon Initiative; Pacific Blue Foundation*

*Sustaining Reef Communities*Ph: (+679) 8390473 | Skype: sefano.m.katz | Mail:
P.O.Box 13306, Suva, Fiji
Web: www.PacificBlueFoundation.org <http://WWW.PacificBlueFoundation.org> |
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/PacificBlueFoundation/

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