Consultancy: Conducting Research and Assessment On Marine Fisheries Governance Issues

Call for short-term technical facilitation services under the USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Capacity Building Support Project

Duration of assignment: 1st January – 31st August 2019 (8 Months)


In support of the Government of Ghana’s (GoG) initiatives on food security, the United States Government (USG) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting a five-year capacity building program for fisheries and coastal management in Ghana. The project contributes to GoG’s overall grand fisheries and coastal development objectives and USAID’s Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative, the USG led global hunger and food security project designed to enhance economic growth in beneficiary countries. In this context, the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (DFAS) at the University of Cape Coast is leading the USAID Capacity Building Support Program for the Fisheries and Coastal Development sub-component. The extension activities under the project are earmarked towards operationalising the Centre for Coastal Management at the University of Cape Coast.

In respect of these initiatives, the project is seeking experts, organizations or practitioners having relevant professional backgrounds with proven track records from universities, research institutions, NGOs and the private sector in Ghana for collaborative work with the project in the following five (6) thematic areas:

I. Activity 1:Engage policy makers to address coastal and fisheries issues

II. Activity 2:Conduct research and assessment on marine fisheries governance issues

III. Activity 3: Run short-term professional training courses on integrated coastal zone management, fisheries management, climate change adaptation and geographic information systems

IV. Activity 4:Undertake activities towards operationalization of the Centre for Coastal Management

V.Activity 5:Monitor the biodiversity and health of coastal ecosystems

VI. Activity 6: Developing Marine and Coastal Fisheries Database


To facilitate the decentralization of Ghana’s fisheries management processes based on documented scientific information for advocacy to improve fisheries governance practices. This is expected to be achieved by working closely with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD), and the Fisheries Commission (FC), fishing communities, traditional authority, District Assemblies and other stakeholders.


  • Identify district and community level constraints and opportunities in the governance and management of fisheries and coastal resources. Currently district assemblies are not directly involved in fisheries governance.
  • Strengthen the advocacy capacity of journalists, research institutions, think-tanks and civil society groups for sustainable management of fisheries and coastal resources. The facilitator will strengthen the capacity of these groups to monitor and dialogue with relevant government agencies on the enforcement of policies, laws and reforms.
  • Create a platform for stakeholders that include journalists, MoFAD, FC, MMDAs, NDPC, etc. to advocate for the inclusion of fisheries and coastal issues into government policy/initiatives such as the Coastal Development Authority, the Fisheries Act currently under review, NDPC medium term development plan, and the involvement of District Assemblies in fisheries governance. Focus on supporting and identifying strategic partnerships with national organisations with the desire and ability to influence national reform agendas.


  • District and community level constraints in fisheries and coastal management identified and addressed through advocacy actions
  • Capacity of journalists, research institutions, think-tanks and civil society groups to undertake advocacy activities significantly increased
  • Management strategies identified, evaluated and disseminated among stakeholders
  • Roles and responsibilities at the community, district, region and national levels clarified in fisheries management
  • Proposals for district bye-laws in fisheries for landing sites developed
  • Collaborations with media strengthened
  • Research assessments completed



Quality of Technical Approach:

  • Technical details: Content and methodical approaches must be clearly articulated. Present a thorough understanding of the activity and how to operationalize the work.
  • Long-term Sustainability: The extent to which the activity will be sustainable over the long term without continued external support will be required to be known.
  • Innovative Concept: The degree of innovation must be evident in the proposal and the prospect of adoption of the innovation by stakeholders.

Past Performance and Management Capacity:

  • Evidence of the capability to undertake and accomplish the proposed activities. The proposal should demonstrate the applicant’s effectiveness in previous projects including technical capacity, and key personnel, in meeting activity goals.
  • Have experience working with universities in the implementation of programs.
  • Have demonstrated capacity to monitor and implement activities and fulfill reporting and documentation requirements

Cost Management:

  • Prospective applicants should demonstrate ability to manage funding and capacity for accountability and program implementation.
  • Appropriateness and reasonability of stated costs, compared with the approach laid out in the technical proposal.
  • Establish understanding of current costs in Ghana, reflected in the budget narrative by a description of how costs were calculated.


Interested applicants must submit a technical proposal and budget, in English, not exceeding 15 pages in length. Application may be submitted in electronic format (via email: or hard copy by EXPRESS MAIL to the address below and should reference Activity Number,

Addressed to:
The Project Manager,
USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal management Capacity Building Support Project,
Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences,
School of Biological Sciences,
College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast.


Closing Date: Friday 8th December, 2017. Applications must be submitted no later than 11pm local time. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for further interaction soon after the closing date.
Notification or award: 20th December, 2017.
Appointment Date: January, 2018.




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