• Sustainability Facilitator (Lombok Timur)

    13 Aug 2018
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    Yayasan Masyarakat Dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) – www.mdpi.or.id  sebuah yayasan yang bergerak dalam pengembangan kehidupan komunitas nelayan melalui penerapan perikanan berkelanjutan, membuka:

    LOWONGAN PEKERJAAN

    sebagai

    SUSTAINABILITY FACILITATOR

    Wilayah: Labuhan Lombok, Lombok Timur

    Kualifikasi:

    • Tamatan S1 Perikanan/Kelautan atau SMU Sederajat atau dengan pengalaman kerja minimal 1 tahun
    • Diutamakan berasal dari Lombok Timur dan sekitarnya
    • Menguasai skill komputer – Microsoft Office khususnya word dan excel
    • Pekerja keras, sigap, disiplin, jujur dan mampu berkomunikasi dengan baik
    • Tertarik terhadap dunia perikanan khususnya pendataan hasil tangkapan dan kegiatan sosial kemasyarakatan komunitas pesisir
    • Sehat jasmani dan rohani.

    Yang tertarik agar mengirimkan CV ke career@mdpi.or.id secepatnya dengan judul email SF LOMBOK atau dikirimkan langsung ke Sdra. Hairul Hadi di kantor MDPI di Labuhan Lombok, Lombok Timur.

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  • Call for Consultancy Service ToR: Interoperability assessment of traceability technologies for small-scale fisheries

    13 Aug 2018
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    MDPI has experience in developing and trialing traceability initiatives for small-scale fisheries in recent years. This work was predominantly under two traceability projects IFITT and NWO, as well as a smaller project focused on supporting Indonesian industry to meet MSC chain of custody requirements. More recently, MDPI has been working with USAID Oceans to support the development of electronic Catch Documentation and Traceability systems for small-scale fisheries. Much work is being done on developing technology solutions for large-scale fisheries and the small-scale sector is often left behind in these developments. However, often the same requirement for compliance is applied to these small-scale fisheries, either for export requirements or for national level regulations. MDPI is specifically aiming to develop systems and support technology aimed at the small-scale sector and that are either OpenSource or low cost to be accessible to as many small-scale actors as possible. Through this approach, MDPI aims to support compliance with Legal, Regulated and Reported (LLR) activities, rather than allowing the small-scale sector to be excused or to fall under the radar. The initiatives trialed to date by MDPI include:

    • Spot Trace devices: a basic VMS device placed on vessels for one month, with a signal being emitted every hour. The aim of the Spot Trace deployment is to verify actual fishing ground location with that reported by the fishermen to enumerators
    • Time-lapse cameras: a basic time-lapse camera is deployed on vessels for one month, with a photo being recorded every five seconds (or more depending on the size of vessel). The aim of the time-lapse cameras is to verify the interactions with Endangered, Threatened and Protected species recorded by the fishermen to enumerators
    • FlyWire camera: combining the features of GPS and continuous video recording, with the same aims as Spot Trace devices and cameras
    • Supplier app: an app developed for suppliers to record all transactions they have with fishermen, from delivery of fish to the supplier to provision of ice and fuel from the supplier (Our Fish and Trafiz)
    • Pelagic Data System: similar to the Spot Trace device
    • IFISH apps: an app to replace paper-based data collection in the ports and landing sites
    • TraceTales: a processor-based digital tally system, tracing fish from receiving to packing and the treatment it has received

     

    To date, the information recorded from these technology pilots is connected with the I-Fish port sampling database (Spot Trace and PDS) or else stored in the most suitable device (time-lapse camera footage is too large for the I-Fish database).

     

    The TraceTales system developed by MDPI is currently in full implementation in one processor, with plans to install the system in three other locations by the end of the year. There has been much interest from other processors, wishing to install TraceTales in their plants in order to comply with national and international traceability requirements. Each new installation requires further customization of the system, to account for the different size of processor plants and the different treatments received by product in each location. MDPI currently has one developer working on the TraceTales system but is looking for how to ensure long-term development of the system through making the system OpenSource.

     

    The next step in MDPI’s work is to integrate the data from various technologies and various chain nodes to provide complete information and data on the journey of a fish once caught in a small-scale fishery. Initial thoughts on how to achieve and implement this include blockchain technology, connecting existing technologies by API’s or using the Data Exchange (DEX) model proposed by USAID Oceans. The final system needs to take into account:

    • Data sharing agreements
    • Data security and privacy
    • Key Data Elements (KDEs)
    • Costs
    • Industry and government preferences
    • Interoperability capacity

     

    MDPI does not propose to build a platform itself but rather to identify alternative ideas and identify appropriate way to link technologies. This may be done by creating partnerships with other organizations, learning and adopting from existing systems and or creating simple in-house solutions that allow for simple data transfer by industry users to existing systems (such as in-house ERP systems). The technologies and systems currently in use or in development were developed specifically for tuna supply chains and actors. To make these solutions applicable and scalable to other small-scale fisheries in Indonesia, some customization and development will be required.

     

    Additionally, to ensure that the TraceTales system can be scaled efficiently across various size processors, the customization platform and long term development options for TraceTales need to be formalized. To advance the work, MDPI seeks a consultant to conduct an interoperability assessment of traceability technologies for small-scale fisheries, in addition to assessing the long-term development of the TraceTales system. The consultant will work with MDPI and its partners on the following three activities:

     

    • Assess current technology solutions and data collection initiatives underway within MDPI-supported company supply chains and pilot projects
    • Assess what adjustments need to be made to existing traceability pilots for them to be scaled up across fisheries
    • Make recommendations on the best approach for creating integration of data, interoperability, between supply chain nodes, including financing options for industry to engage in using these solutions. The technology options and the financing of these need to take the limitations of the small-scale sector into account
    • Assess the TraceTales system and determine what basic platform is required to allow easy customization in interested processor plants.
    • Assess the long-term development options and requirements for TraceTales, be it an OpenSource system or another option
    • Attend and contribute to the Data Exchange workshop organized by USAID OCEANS

     

    The outcome of this consultancy work is a report providing recommendations on the best approaches for integrating data across supply chain nodes and between technology pilots, including financing options for industry to engage in these recommendations.

     

    The consultant will have the following qualifications:

    • Knowledge of fisheries supply chains, preferably tuna
    • Experience in process analysis
    • Previous IT work in system interoperability, data exchange and system integration
    • Experience in OpenSource systems and platform customisations

     

    The consultant will work over a three month period to complete the aims and deliver the report and recommendations. Remuneration will be based on experience. Travel to the field, if required, will be covered according to MDPI’s travel procedures.

     

    Please submit proposal to support@mdpi.or.id prior 21 August 2018

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  • Visual Database Internship

    9 Aug 2018
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    INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

    Visual Database Internship

    Background

    Photography that has a reasonable probability to be considered for use as legal evidence, historic record or other value to MDPI must be protected from loss or destruction. The use of digital photography for documentation has resulted in a proliferation of data files that can be lost or easily destroyed, since unlike traditional printed-paper, they may not physically exist except in the form of magnetic or optically read media.

    There are online and offline storage platform used by MDPI, however we need a person to assist in preservation of these records for easy retrieval and future use, using the newly installed ACDSee software.

    Objectives 

    • To organize visual database of MDPI from online and offline storage platform to ACDSee software Output
    • Organized visual database of MDPI Schedule
    • The internship period is three months (August/September – October/November 2018)
    • MDPI working hours: Monday to Friday (8 AM – 5 PM)

    Requirements

    1. Enrolled in a third level education program (i.e. Diploma 1, 2, 3, Strata 1 graduates)

    2. At least 20 years old.

    3. Be computer literate.

    Remuneration: Monthly Intern Fee

    Please send application to career@mdpi.or.id Subject: Visual Database Internship

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  • MDPI facilitated the 2nd Data Management Committee (DMC) in the province of North Maluku

    7 Aug 2018
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    MDPI, under the USAID Sustainable Ecosystems Advanced (USAID SEA) Project, facilitated the 2nd Data Management Committee (DMC) for the province of North Maluku in May 2018.

    This meeting was attended by the members of the DMC: representatives of the provincial government, national government, industry, fishermen, NGOs and university.

    The meeting aimed to give the DMC members the opportunity to discuss how they want to develop the data and fisheries management for their province; the desired reporting format from the data according to the needs of each stakeholder; the shared six-month workplan based on issues raised during the meeting and to discuss implications of newly introduced regulations for the provincial fisheries.

    Pak Abdullah Assegaf, the head of Capture Fisheries in North Maluku, who is also the chairman of DMC North Maluku, explained that the development of fisheries management in North Maluku focuses on the development of five fishery commodities, two of which are tuna and skipjack.

    In this meeting, MDPI team presented about the progress of the data collection conducted by MDPI in North Maluku. MDPI also gave I-Fish accounts to the members of DMC so that they can access the result of the data collection. I-Fish is a fishery database system for data collection of from small-scale tuna and skipjack fisheries in Indonesia. I-Fish data is accessible to fishermen and stakeholders such as government, and industry (other parties interested in the data must submit a data request form to the DMC). The data entry process is conducted by enumerators of MDPI.

    At the end of the meeting, the DMC prepared a work plan for the next six months for fisheries improvement efforts, such as fighting illegal fishing, strengthening the data collection, FAD (Fish Aggregating Device) data collection, and good onboard fish handling training for fisherman. It is expected that the work plan can be well implemented for the fishery improvement in North Maluku Province and reported on during the next DMC meeting in North Maluku later this year.

    Writer: A. Riza Baroqy

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  • Communication Officer (Bali)

    1 Aug 2018
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    JOB VACANCY

    Yayasan MDPI – www.mdpi.or.id is seeking a full time employee as Communication Officer based in Denpasar, Bali.

    JOB FUNCTION: To support and maintain MDPI’s internal and external communication with MDPI beneficiaries, implement MDPI communications strategy and keep records of project documentations.
    The primary responsibility for the Communication officer is to support the management implementing MDPI’s communication policy, strategy and guidelines, and promote the activities implemented by the organization. The Communications Officer will collaborate with all MDPI staffs to produce various information materials, such as videos, web articles, photos and interactive social media.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Theimportance of a given responsibility may alter throughout time as the programs of MDPI develop, change and grow and the employee is expected to adapt and contribute to the emerging projects of MDPI.

    • Assist in developing and implementing a communication strategy document
    • Ensure compliance of project communication strategy following MDPI and donors’ guidelines.
      Maintain MDPI’s social media and increase engagement including updating MDPI website.
    • Develop key promotional messages in consultation with the program team
    • Assist in developing and evaluating the quality of EIC materials
      Coordinating communication activities and events of MDPI’s program
    • Take lead or assist in creating an awareness raising campaign and disseminating organization’s information and communication materials to relevant stakeholders
    • Draft articles for MDPI communication activities.
    • Keep record of MDPI documentation management system
    • The officer should report directly to the Operations Director and to relevant staffs necessary for particular task.

    BASIC RESULTS:

    The officer is responsible for ensuring the efficiency and accuracy of the works and particular task assigned to, and ensure that MDPI’s interest should be the utmost priority. He/she may also be required to perform duties that are beyond the scope of the job description in mutual discussion and agreement with the line manager.

    KEY RELATIONSHIPS:

    • Internally with all MDPI personnel
    • External Stakeholders: Government (national, provincial and district), academia, project partners, private sectors (processor, suppliers, distributors), fisher community, fisherman, other NGOs, influencer/endorser, etc
    • Media (social and conventional media) or other similar.

    SPECIFICATIONS:

    • Bachelor degree in Communication with interest in fisheries and environmental issues is preferred
    • Minimum 2-year of professional work experience in the similar position
    • Experienced in journalism, Public Relation, marketing or a related field
    • Intermediate level in multimediaa pplications e.g. Corel, Photoshop, Illustrator, photography, videography, editing raw media material
    • Excellent presentation skills and strong computer literacy
    • Experience of working in fisheries NGOs or government bodies would be an advantage
    • Social Media enthusiast with good knowledge of social media marketing and communication campaign; familiarity with social media and web content e.g. Twitter, Facebook Page, LinkedIn, Youtube, Instagram.
    • Experience with media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods to printings and visual media and liaise regularly with various media
    • Ability to create new ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including creative contributions
    • Excellent team player and communicator both internally and externally
    • Ability to work under tight time pressures and produce quality content
      Indonesian nationals and preferably domicile in Bali
    • Mastering verbal and written English
    • Willing to frequently travel to implementing areas in Indonesia with basic living condition or abroad and willing to work overtime when needed.

    Please send application to career@mdpi.or.id Subject: Communication Officer at the latest Friday, 10 August 2018.

    MDPI is an equal opportunity employer, promote anti-discrimination and reject narcotics use and human trafficking.

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  • Our Story as Interns in Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI)

    3 Jul 2018
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    MDPI interns Yuan Ratmilya Lena and Novri Elizabeth Nomleni shared their story…

    We are studying Water Resources Management in Universitas Nusa Cendana Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT). One of the compulsory subjects in university is to attend a Praktek Kerja Lapangan (PKL, field work practice). I did my PKL in MDPI site in PPI Oeba Fishing Port, focusing on data collection of from yellowfin tuna fisheries activities.

    The purpose of the PKL experience is to give the student a work experience before entering the real work world, to increase knowledge and to compare the theories learned during the lecture with the reality in the field so that the student will have a more comprehensive idea about a particular topic.

    During the first week of my PKL, MDPI field team gave me a training about the process of the data collection, fish identification, port sampling forms and the I-Fish platform.

    During my internship, I helped the Sustainability Facilitator of MDPI conduct the data collection using the following workflow:

    • Check the unloading of handline tuna vessels
    • Prepare the port sampling tools: pen, caliper, sampling form, measurement board, fish identification booklet, ETP (Endangered, Threatened and Protected) Species identification booklet, gloves, and boots.
    • Conduct port sampling of fishermen’s catch with a target of sampling at least 20% of the total vessels unloading per month. The data collection process follows the steps in the I-Fish data collection protocol, available from the I-Fish website.
    • Complete and note the total catch production from suppliers or obtain from company based on the determined code quality.
    • The collected data will be inputted to an excel template and will be checked by the staff or supervisor to make sure the data is valid.
    • The data then will be uploaded into the I-Fish database

    We also helped the Communication and Development team, Indah and Nuri, to hold a short lecture on Fisheries Sustainability in SUPM (Sekolah Usaha Perikanan Menengah) and Politeknik Kelautan dan Perikanan (Poltek KP) Kupang.  At this event, 40 students from SUPM and 36 students from Poltek KP attended, as well as four lecturers/teachers. The director of Politeknik Kelautan dan Perikanan Kupang, Pak Suseno, gave a short speech to open the activity. The presentations covered topics such as MDPI’s work, the I-Fish system, examples of data collected by MDPI, fisheries sustainability and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs).  The discussion was closed with quizzes for the participants and those who gave the correct answers got the spot prize provided by MDPI. We are so delighted to see the enthusiasm of the participants! We also supported with the screening of a movie about the ocean ecosystem and ETP species in the port, which was attended by 30 people, mainly children.

    Short Lecture participants in Kupang. Photo credit: Indah Rufiati/MDPI

    Movie Night at Oeba Port, Kupang. Photo credit: Indah Rufiati/MDPI

    We enjoyed our experience with MDPI in the field, seeing the true conditions of data collection and community engagement. We are grateful to MDPI for providing us with this opportunity. We believe that our experience will be very helpful in the future.

    Writers: Yuan Ratmilya Lena and Novri Elizabeth Nomleni

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  • Co-management in Tolitoli: First Step towards Sustainable Fishery through Active Participation of Stakeholders

    2 Jul 2018
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    MDPI facilitated a meeting in Hotel Bumi Harapan, Tolitoli, Central Sulawesi on March 1st. The agenda was to introduce the co-management concept as one of the steps towards collaborative fisheries resource management. The meeting was attended by government representatives: Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan Tolitoli Regency, Balai Karantina Ikan Tolitoli Regency, Dinas Perhubungan Tolitoli Regency, BAPPEDA (Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Daerah) Tolitoli, PSDKP (Pengawasan Sumber Daya Kelautan dan Perikanan), the Head of District from North Tolitoli, Dakopamean and Ogotua; Universitas Madako, Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan Negri 1 Galang and representatives from industry: PT. Tritoba Samudra Indonesia CV. Mina Jaya Bahari, fishermen and suppliers.

    The meeting was opened by the Head of DKP Tolitoli Regency, Ir. Gusman. He explained the enormous fisheries potential of Toli-toli Regency with 454 km coastline and 103 tons of tuna production in 2018. He also informed us that the lack of data availability creates challenges in the development of fishery infrastructure in Tolitoli Regency. He expected that through this collaboration, there will be transparency of data both from the government and the industry.

    The next session was a presentation by Pak Saut Tampubolon from MDPI. He emphasized that one of the elements to be fulfilled in co-management is the data availability from all stakeholders. Lack of data will hinder good fisheries management development and poor data will generate uncertainties. For that reason we need good data in order to get a good and informative analysis for the fisheries management. At the end of his session, Pak Saut reminded us not to focus only on terrestrial development, but also to make the sea a priority.

    Hendri and Wildan from MDPI also explained about the progress of MDPI activities in Tolitoli, including the assistance for establishing Fair Trade Fisher Associations and handline tuna data collection, small-scale (1 – 3 GT) vessel registration, the amount of Fair Trade premium fund received by the community, etc.

    The final sessions were Discussion and Question & Answer. Stakeholders were very enthusiastic about the progress of Fair Trade in Salumpaga Village and wanted to adopt it to other fishing villages. All of the stakeholders agreed to have another meeting as a follow-up towards the existence of co-management in Tolitoli.

    Writer: Putra Satria Timur

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  • The Fair Trade Program for Yellowfin Tuna Starts its New Chapter in Mandioli Island, North Maluku

    3 May 2018
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    In April, with the support from USAID Sustainable Ecosystems Advanced (USAID SEA) Project, MDPI officially launched the Fair Trade program for yellowfin tuna in Mandioli Island, South Halmahera Regency, Maluku Utara Province. To start the program, two Fair Trade Fisher Associations were formed in in Lele Village involving 25 fishers, followed by 13 fishers from Bahu Village.

    MDPI is an experienced Fair Trade implementer that has successfully implemented the world’s first Fair Trade USA seafood certification in Maluku in 2014 in collaboration with Coral Triangle Processors — a processor and also exporter of yellowfin tuna, the client/certificate holder.

    Fair Trade certification is a six-year process, with continuous improvements and third party audits required on an annual basis. The world’s first Fair Trade certified seafood, Maluku yellowfin tuna, is now available in >1000 Safeway and Hy-Vee stores as well as in a number of well-known restaurants across the U.S, recognizable with the Fair Trade USA logo.

    Fair Trade empowers people to make choices for the good of themselves and their community. By choosing Fair Trade certified seafood, consumers realize that they make a conscious and ethical purchase by supporting small-scale fishermen through the incentive called Fair Trade Premium Fund, a proportion of the sales returned to the community. The Fair Trade Premium Fund is given to the Fishers Association and can be used for community development projects, such as building public restroom, improving mosque facility, and road infrastructure. 30% of Fair Trade Premium Fund must be allocated for environmental projects such as trash bin development or sea turtle nursery project.

    The new Fair Trade Fishers Association in Lele Village, North Maluku. Photo credit: Indah Rufiati/MDPI

    Writer: Indah Rufiati

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  • Enhancing Industry Data

    21 Feb 2018
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    Following the Data Management Committee (DMC) meeting in Manado, a meeting focused on enhancing industry data was held on December 8, 2017.

    Ibu Riana from Direktorat Pengelolaan Sumber Daya Ikan (PSDI) opened the meeting with a presentation on ‘Logbook and Observer Data Collection in Support of Sustainable Fisheries.’ She emphasized that collaborative management requires that all stakeholders collect fisheries information in order to create better fisheries management. She discussed the legal basis for using logbooks and the issues associated with logbooks including compliance, incomplete data, difficulty filling them out, and more. There are plans to redesign the logbook system, especially with regards to the e-logbook system. Finally, Ibu Riana presented on the observer program, with updates on national numbers.

    An active discussion about logbooks followed her presentation, including those companies that are able to comply and others that find it difficult to implement logbooks, especially with small-scale vessels in remote areas. A recommendation to have Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan (DKP) review logbook implementation with fishermen was suggested.

    Allison from MDPI presented about eco-certifications, specifically the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). She outlined the three main principles behind the MSC certification, along with the 28 indicators of fishery performance. Until now, no capture fisheries in Indonesia have the MSC certificate, but lots of work is being done to achieve it. Reaching MSC is one way to help ensure that fisheries are sustainable. Heri from Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline Indonesia (AP2HI) gave a follow-up presentation that went into greater detail about the preparation for MSC certification, highlighting the need for members to comply to effective management measures.

    Finally, MDPI’s Stephani Mangunsong presented about the new Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) in the United states and how this might affect Indonesia’s exports to the US. Monitoring tuna imports is one of the priorities of SIMP, though the regulation applies to all seafood species entering the US. All fish entering the US as of January 1, 2018 must participate in the program, submitting data about fishing activities, vessel identification, fishing gear, fish species, landing data and catch area.

    There was a positive and enthusiastic response from the suppliers that attended the meeting, with one emphasizing that fishermen and suppliers need to participate in data collection. The supplier said that the important thing is to be proactive, and if there is a need for data, it will be given.

    Writer: Allison Stocks

     

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  • Indonesian Data Collaboration Takes Another Step Forward

    21 Feb 2018
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    In January 2018, NGOs and industry members gathered together in Bali to continue working towards a more cohesive approach to sharing fisheries data with the Indonesian government. Twenty-two people from thirteen different organizations participated in the meeting.

    This collaboration was initiated in August 2017, and there has been significant progress in advancing the goal of a coordinated approach to fisheries data collection and sharing. Momo from MDPI updated the group on the work that had been done so far, along with the goals of the initiative. Pak Lutfi from MDPI updated the participants on the progress and developments in the online data portal system. Feedback was given on the system and the overall initiative, and participants committed to concrete steps to move the initiative forward.

    Three working groups were formed: Government Coordination, Technical Development, and Administration. These working groups will help advance specific aspects of the NGO alignment group, like introducing the concept to some government departments and gathering input on the system.

    The working groups will continue to work towards their goals and the next meeting of the group will be in six months or so. It is a very exciting initiative and we are looking forward to the impacts it might have for Indonesian fisheries management in the future. Sustainable fisheries are the ultimate goal!

    Writer: Allison Stocks

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