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Fishery OfficerStock Assessment Expert

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Salary Range Dependent on Experience
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 30/09/2008
Company Name Food and Agriculture Organisation
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Professional Vacancy Announcement No: FIEL-258-08-PRJ
Deadline For Application: 30 September 2008
Position TitleFishery OfficerStock Assessment Expert
Duty StationVictoria, Seychelles
Grade LevelP-4
DurationFixed Term: Two-years (renewable)*
CCOG Code:1H05
Organizational Unit Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC)
International Institutions and Liaison Service, FIEL


Under the direct supervision of the Executive Secretary and following the guidelines of the Scientific Committee, the incumbent will undertake the scientific work allocated to the Secretariat. In particular to:

  • Provide scientific advice and analyses to IOTC members in support of their scientific and fisheries management activities;
  • Support capacity building initiatives taken by IOTC members in the area of fisheries science;
  • Undertake analyses to quantify the effects of fisheries on non-target species and overall on marine ecosystems;
  • Develop and test population models to provide the best possible analytical tools for stock assessment, including the use of operating models in management strategy evaluation;
  • Report on model developments in the scientific literature, user manuals and websites, as appropriate;
  • Update the IOTC Executive Summaries for the various species;
  • Undertake stock assessments for skipjack, yellowfin, bigeye, albacore and other species as required, in order to estimate the current status of these stocks and the impact of fishing upon them;
  • Document assessments and other scientific research for presentation to working party meetings and the annual meeting of the Scientific Committee;
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Candidates should meet the following:

  • Advanced University degree in fisheries biology or mathematical statistics
  • Seven years of relevant experience in research or teaching, of which at least two years’ experience in fisheries research and stock assessment, ideally in tuna fisheries, including: experience in the planning and implementation of fisheries research projects, and the analysis and interpretation of the results; experience in the formulation of scientific advice for fisheries management purposes
  • Working knowledge of English or French and limited knowledge of one of the other


Candidates will be assessed against the following:

  • Broad knowledge of mathematical statistics and modeling techniques, fisheries science, and a general knowledge of ecosystem dynamics, including demonstrated programming skills in high-level statistical languages such as R or S-Plus.
  • Detailed knowledge of current methods used in fisheries stock assessment and the use of scientific information in fisheries management, in particular, integrated catch-at-age stock assessment techniques such as CASAL, MULTIFAN-CL and SS2.
  • Excellent time and project management skills
  • Communication skills in English of a high order, particularly in written and oral presentation of scientific results to diverse audiences;
  • Interpersonal skills of a high order, including the ability to manage scientific and support staff in a team environment and to manage relationships critical for collaborative research projects.

Please note that all candidates should possess computer/word processing skills and should be capable of working with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
* The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments.

TO APPLY: Carefully read and follow the Guidelines to applicants

Send your application to:

V.A FIEL-258-08-PRJ
Executive Secretary Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, P.O. Box 1011, Victoria, Seychelles Fax No: +248 224364

This vacancy is open to male and female candidates. Applications from qualified women candidates and applications from qualified candidates from non/under-represented member states are encouraged. Please note that FAO staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Director-General and may be assigned to any activities or office of the organization.


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