Consultancy: Engaging Policy Makers To Address Coastal and Fisheries 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


Strengthen inter-agency collaboration for the sustainable management of fisheries and other coastal resources by working closely with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD), Fisheries Commission (FC) and other relevant government agencies.


  • Engage government, development partners, civil society organizations and private sector institutions with the goal of establishing a fisheries and coastal management sector working group. The working group will advise government on the development and implementation of policies, strategies and programmes to address the challenges of the sector. For a start, the group will advise government on the implementation of the recommendations outlined in the communique from the Conference on Fisheries and Coastal Environment (2017) and use the issuance of government’s red alert on all forms of illegal fishing in Ghana as a basis.
  • Engage with government to establish an inter-ministerial/agency coordination platform to support the design and implementation of broad programmes for fisheries and coastal management reforms.
  • Set up governance, management and membership structures for the Fisheries and Aquaculture Society of Ghana. The facilitator should convene meetings of the interim management commitee of the society. The facilitator should also ensure the establishment of permanent board and management committee. The facilitator should set up formal structures for the registration of members and engage stakeholders to promote membership of the society. Again, the facilitator will be expected to review and ensure the adoption of the draft Constitution of the Society
  • Plan towards the second conference on Fisheries and Coastal Environment in 2019.
  • Set up an editorial board and review processes for the Society’s journal in line with requirements of African Journal Online (AJOL)
  • Establish the structures for the Journal of the Society in collaboration with the Society.
  • Facilitate the publication of the maiden edition of the journal based on proceedings of the Accra Conference, 2017.


  • Fisheries and Coastal Management Sector working group established
  • Inter-ministerial and agency platform for fisheries and coastal management established
  • Governance, management and membership structures for the Fisheries and Aquaculture Society established
  • Meeting of interim commitee of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Society convened
  • Draft Constitution of the Society reviewed and adopted
  • Members of the Society registered
  • Inter-agency platform strengthened
  • Second conference on fisheries and coastal conference for 2019 planned
  • Editorial board for the journal established in line with requirements of AJOL
  • Maiden edition of the journal based on proceedings of the Accra Conference published.



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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