Marine Biologist at Blue Alliance Pemba | March 2024

March 8, 2024
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Job Description

Blue Alliance is looking for a passionate Marine Biologist to lead our science and conservation efforts in Pemba, Zanzibar. This is a unique opportunity to work on coral reef health, marine wildlife conservation, and community development.


Pemba Island, Zanzibar. Preference will be given to candidates residing in Pemba, though remote work with a requirement of 2 consecutive weeks in Pemba per month will also be considered.


Full-time position


Commensurate with the role, responsibilities, and previous experience.

About Blue Alliance Pemba Channel Conservation Area (PECCA)

The Blue Alliance (BA) is charged with co-managing the Blue Corridor of the Pemba Channel Conservation Area (PeCCA) with the Ministry of Blue Economy and Fisheries.

BA has four fundamental fields of operation:

• Marine Science: Coral reef and marine wildlife monitoring, fisheries and conservation

• Community development through inter alia employment, micro-enterprise development and eco-loan programmes;

• Revenue stream development through sustainable tourism, sustainable fisheries, and responsible aquaculture; and

• Compliance through supporting patrols, community engagement, and awareness campaigns.

The applicant will be required to lead the science programme in Pemba. Our aim is to improve the health of marine ecosystems with a special focus on coral reefs, using robust science. Outputs from the science programme will not only be used to assess temporal health of marine ecosystems, but in the crafting of BA’s conservation measures and monitoring their impact.

Roles and Responsibilities


The Marine Biologist will lead all science and conservation activities. Some key activities are outlined below, however s/he will also be required to work with the other sectors, such as aquaculture and community engagement.

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Manager of BA PeCCA and working under the supervision of the Director of Science, the Marine Lead will be responsible for the following and any other Science responsibilities throughout the Blue Corridor:

• Biophysical monitoring of reef health

• Commercial fish monitoring

• Turtle and Marine Mammal Monitoring, Rescue, Conservation

• Fish landing sites surveys

• eCPUE fisher campaigns

• Fisheries bycatch reduction and management

• Crown of Thorn Starfish (CoTS) monitoring and when required collections

• Water quality monitoring

• Organisation and management of databases

• Field-based assistance to visiting interns & scientists

• Marine science information where required – public awareness, social media campaigns

Required Qualifications

• MSc in Marine Biology/Ecology

• Fluency in Swahili and English

• Computer literacy – Microsoft Suite

• Diving certification (>50 dives)

• Good communication skills – written and oral

Desired Qualifications

• 2 years of experience in similar roles

• Knowledge of both fishery and coral reef health monitoring protocols

• Task-oriented


• Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

• Opportunity to play a key role in a social enterprise dedicated to marine conservation.

• Being part of a passionate team committed to making a positive impact on the environment and local communities.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter along with a resume/CV to

Deadline for Applications: 30 April 2024

Note: This job description is a general outline of the key responsibilities and requirements for the position of Marine Biologist at Blue Alliance PECCA. The specific responsibilities and tasks may evolve to meet the changing needs of the organisation.