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Coral Reef Nursery Maintenance staff (2 Posts) at Mwambao Coastal Community Network

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Coral Reef Nursery Maintenance staff (2 people)
Coral Reef Nursery Maintenance staff (2 people) at Mwambao Coastal Community Network April, 2024
Job title: Coral Reef Nursery Maintenance staff (2 people)
Supervisor: Reef Restoration Manager
Duty Station: Tanga, Tanzania.
Start Date: June 2024
Time 100% y1-y3; 50% y4

Background to Mwambao
Mwambao Coastal Community Network was established in 2010 to help communities in Tanzania’s coastal areas develop strong and effective local resource management systems that support livelihoods and sustain marine ecosystems. Mwambao employs a human-rights based approach and works to empower local communities and enable them to learn from each other through a community-based network spanning different coastal areas and communities. The network structure fosters learning as well as collective action on shared interests such as influencing policy.

Mwambao has emerged as a leading actor in facilitating community-based marine management in Zanzibar as well as in north-eastern Tanzania working with a number of key international partners whose relationships need confident and sensitive mentoring. The team has expanded significantly in recent years in terms of funding, geographical spread, and diversity of approaches. Mwambao currently has 63 full-time staff and established offices in Tanga, Pangani, Pemba Island and Unguja Island Zanzibar.

Mwambao is seeking two (2) full-time Coral Reef Nursery Maintenance staff to take care of the corals to be farmed and nursed during the project under the direct supervision of Mwambao’s Reef Restoration and project manager. The work will be carried out in the Tanga region (Boma and Chongoleani peninsula) under the project entitled ‘Biodiversity Offsetting and Livelihood Restoration for communities of the MCHOMAPUNDA Community Fisheries Management Area’ with majority funding by the East African Crude Oil Pipeline Project.

Overview of the role
Mwambao and their local partners are implementing a 5-year project entitled ‘Biodiversity Offsetting and Livelihood Restoration for communities of the MCHOMAPUNDA Community Fisheries Management Area’ with majority funding by the East African Crude Oil Pipeline Project near Tanga, coastal Tanzania.
The Coral Reef Nursery Maintenance staff will be responsible of daily coral farm and nursery maintenance under the direct supervision of the project’s Restoration field officer, and Project manager.

They will actively manage the husbandry and maintenance of coral nurseries, and assist with coral reef restoration fieldwork including outplanting, monitoring, and research activities as needed. They will operate and expand in-water coral nursery (farm, genetic pool), nursed coral species inventory, weekly monitoring of survival and growth to viable outplanting sizes for restoration purposes.

They will construct and deploy with the project core team and communities artificial reef structures. They will be in charge of the weekly cleaning, coral classification and inventory ( numbers , genus), propagation of corals using asexual (micro-fragmentation) methods, regular health assessments of nursery-reared corals, and in-water nursery structure maintenance, and coral outplanting as needed.

Other Mwambao staff will assist in all required data collection training methods, data entry and cleaning, analysis so as to report back to the communities. They will also be in charge of the coral nursery gear and equipment maintenance including evaluation of nets and other structures/gear condition so as to track equipment and replacement needs in a timely manner.

The new hires will be trained on coral nursing techniques, ecology, troubleshooting as well as new and alternative restoration techniques
Those are 3.5 year positions based in Tanga, Tanzania.

Key Relationships
Reporting to: Restoration Field Officer, and Project manager.
Key relationships within Mwambao-MCCC: Tanga programme coordinator, Scientific
Restoration Advisor and Chief Technical
Others : Consultants (trainers) and snorkeling/dive base and landing sites staff Roles and Responsibilities

The key roles and responsibilities are as outlined below:
  • Perform all coral husbandry and nursery daily maintenance tasks as dictated by the Project manager and Restoration Field Officer
  • Perform daily maintenance of coral tables/trees and coral fragments (removing algae from corals and crustaceans from supports)
  • Conduct regular coral health assessments (survival, bleaching) of all corals in the nursery and as required of the outplanted corals on artificial structures and home reef
  • Ensure to meet coral propagation quotas as established by Marine Cultures and
  • Mwambao’s scientific advisors (daily, weekly, monthly)
  • Perform routine repairs of coral tables, trees, and other structures in the in-water nursery
  • Produce coral cement discs or pins as needed for coral nursing
  • Construct, install, and maintain in-water nursery structures
  • Conduct inventory of coral and mangrove nursery stock
  • Participate in ex-situ coral monitoring and collection activities as needed
  • Keep records of COO nursing including collection site (GIS), time and genus/species collected using a reference manual
  • Participate in nursery-reared coral outplanting efforts as needed
  • Fill the daily activities and data collection forms using a mobile app
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Qualification and Experience Required:
  • S. or B.A. degree in fisheries, ecology, or natural resources management or related field OR those with a high school diploma who have substantial experience working in the diving industry and in coral/mangrove restoration
  • At least 1 year of relevant professional working experience in the WIO region in marine ecosystems and ideally in coral restoration activities
  • Understanding of, and sensitivity towards, the culture and livelihoods context of rural/local coastal communities in Pemba
  • Very good in oral and verbal communication skills in both Kiswahili and English
  • A computer literacy (especially MS Word, Excel, and using the internet) and technical report writing in English
  • Ability to learn new skills quickly and accomplish tasks in buddy pairs after initial oversight from the project manager and scientific restoration advisor and consulting partners
  • Ability to meet daily requirements and deadlines set by the supervisors
  • Ability to lift at least 60 pounds
  • Excellent swimming and snorkeling skills
  • Possession of a PADI (or equivalent) Open Water Certification

  • Experience in coral restoration and nursing (coral collection, transportation, fragmentation, outplanting) procedures
  • Ability to identify WIO coral species to the scientific name at least genus : coral ecology basic knowledge
  • Boating experience is an advantage
  • Advanced dive certifications (minimum 50 validated logged dives)
  • Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.
  • Ability to see and hear; use arms and hands; handle objects, tools, and controls; and sit.
  • Ability to lift and move 60 pounds. Ability to dive safely if working in open water.

How to Apply:
To apply for this position, please upload a cover letter (max. 2 pages) and CV, and complete this form by 2nd May 2024.
The cover letter should explain in detail why you are interested in this position with MWAMBAO and emphasize how your skills and experience match those required for the job and name two persons who can be contacted for references.
This position is only open to Tanzanian nationals.
Only candidates who meet the requir;ements for this position will be contacted for an interview. The successful candidate must be available to start work by June 2024.

Our Mwambao Values
Employees of Mwambao are expected to subscribe to Mwambao values:
Being a Change pioneer: Provide new and constructive outlooks and solutions
o Mwambao leads in pioneering creative new approaches and interventions.
Promoting Community stewardship of the environment
o Bottom-up approach
o Community-based planning and implementation
o Responsible caretaker of the environment.
Upholding the values of Accountability and Responsibility: Responsible for carrying out what you commit to, to the best of your ability
o Demonstrate accountability and integrity in funds management while encouraging accountability in others.
Promoting Fairness and Equity in all our work:
o Declare any conflict of interest o Transparency and shared decision making
o Observe the rule of law o Observe ethics
o Promote Equality and respect Equal treatment at all levels, all gender, all ages. Fair decision-making – Fair recognition and respect of commitments at all levels.
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