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Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape Program - Economic Advisor

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Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Salary Range Dependent on Experience
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 02/02/2009
Company Name Conservation International
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Directory Entry : Every person on Earth deserves a healthy environment and the fundamental benefits that nature provides. But our planet is experiencing an unprecedented drawdown of these resources, and it is only by protecting nature and its gifts; a stable climate, fresh water, healthy oceans and reliable food; that we can ensure a better life for everyone, everywhere.
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The ETPS is an initiative under which government agencies of Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador, CI and many other non-governmental partners collaborate on the conservation and sustainable use of the marine ecosystem shared by these countries. It includes work in priority sites (Galapagos, Cocos, Las Baulas, Coiba, Malpelo, Gorgona and others), as well as work at national level and seascape-wide. The purpose of this position is to provide guidance and support to the ETPS program in all matters relating to economics, markets and financial sustainability of marine ecosystem use and management. The work includes economic analysis of marine management areas, design of incentives for conservation and planning financial sustainability of marine management from site scale up to region-wide collaborative programs. A key objective of the position is to work with partner organizations with specialist expertise in the field of economics, so that within 18-24 months those partners are leading the economic aspects of the ETPS program. Thus, this position is initally for 18-months, with the possibility of extension for a further 6-12 months, but is not envisaged to be a long-term position.

Provide, directly and by working with partners, specialist expertise to the ETPS program in economics of marine/coastal activities (fishing, tourism, transport etc), market-based mechanisms for influencing marine management, and financing mechanisms for marine resource management. Key tasks include:

  • Analyse the costs and benefits of establishing conservation areas in Costa Rica’s Pacific Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and hence provide guidance for implementation of the commitment to protect up to 25% of the EEZ.
  • Conduct similar economic analyses and advice for national marine management initiatives in the EEZ’s of Colombia, Panama and Ecuador.
  • Support the CI-Ecuador team in following up the analyses of the Galapagos economy by CI and Charles Darwin Research Station.
  • Support the work of the ETPS fisheries expert and CI’s Center for Environmental Leadership and Business on the investigation of markets for ETPS fisheries and the development of incentives for better conservation practices.
  • Liaise with Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute to provide guidance, where necessary, on economic considerations within the Coiba management planning process.
  • Participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the Marine Management Area Science project in Coiba NP, which is an integrated, multi-disciplinary project involving economic, social, governance and ecological research. Implement the economics component, and liaise with the individual responsible for MMAS economic analysis at the global level.
  • Lead the planning, implementation and monitoring of activities under the ETPS-wide component on sustainable financing, which is part of the ETPS program. Plans require approval by the ETPS coordinator, and implementation requires coordination with country program staff in each country.
  • Support the implementation of conservation incentive agreements in Galapagos and lead the planning, implementation and follow-up of the feasibility studies for conservation incentive agreements elsewhere in the ETPS. Plans require approval by the ETPS coordinator, and implementation requires coordination with country program staff in each country.
  • Build a small but effective network of partners with relevant economic expertise in the region, who can in due course lead this aspect of the ETPS program and sustain it long term.


EDUCATION: Degree and postgraduate qualifications in economics


  • Thorough knowledge of the economics of marine and coastal resource management.
  • Project management skills.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English, including excellent writing/editing abilities.
  • Knowledge of coastal and marine institutions and stakeholders in the ETPS region.

PREFERRED SKILLS & CAPABILITIES: Experience of collaborating with economic interest groups (fisheries, tourism etc) and local communities in coastal and marine areas of the ETPS region, especially Panama and Costa Rica.

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: At least 6 years experience in economic aspects of marine or coastal zone management, with a track record of achievements, including both publications and practical implementation of projects in the field.

APPLICANTS SHOULD SEND: Resume/CV and cover letter
Application Procedure:

Conservation International is committed to saving our environment. If you are able, please submit your application electronically! To apply,
click here to submit your cover letter and resume. You may also send your application to: Conservation International Human Resources 2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 500 Arlington, VA 22202 No phone calls please. Conservation International is an equal opportunity employer.


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