EAF-Nansen Programme

Call for expression of interest: MENTORING PROGRAMME 2021/2022


The mentoring programme of the EAF-Nansen Programme supports fisheries scientists and employees of fisheries management administrations in further developing their skills and sharing experiences with colleagues in research and management institutions in the partner countries. Successful candidate will receive financial support for a mentoring training for a period of maximum three months. Applications can be submitted until 15 November 2021.

Suggested areas of work

Relevant areas for support are related to the objectives of the EAF-Nansen Programme and include:

  • Activities aimed at strengthening functions within fisheries management administration, including, for example:
    • Fisheries monitoring, along with socio-economic aspects (data collection, storage, analysis);
    • Analysis and use of scientific advice for decision-making;
    • Setting up fisheries regulations and monitoring their implementation;
    • Fisheries management in line with EAF, together with preparation and operationalisation of a fishery management plan and establishment of a Fishery Management Cycle;
  • Survey data analysis. Priority will be given to projects that make use of the survey data from the R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen or national research vessels, or the data that support the objectives of the projects identified as part of the EAF-Nansen Science Plan;
    • Resource assessments, environmental monitoring, ecosystem assessment (design, implementation, analysis and reporting), or related areas.
    • Trawl and/or acoustic survey data analysis and management.
  • Stock assessment, including compilation and analysis of information on the resources for the Working Groups of Regional (and Sub-regional) Fishery Bodies that the EAF-Nansen Programme is collaborating with (e.g. CECAF, SWIOFC, BCC etc);
  • Fisheries biology, as well as biological data collection and analysis
  • Other topics related to the implementation of the Science Plan under EAF

Selected candidate will be requested to submit a concept note defining learning objectives and output(s) to be achieved by the end of the training (see details below).

Financial support

Necessary financial support will be determined on a case-by-case basis, though it might cover travels to and from home station, expenses if away from home station, bench fees to host institution and facilitation, among others.

Application (submission and evaluation)

Interested candidates should send their application to the EAF-Nansen Programme Coordination Unit: [email protected] Additional documents should be attached when submitting the application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Project concept note
  • A letter of support issued by the head of institution
  • Required budget and a letter of support by the hosting institution (if already identified)

Applications should be submitted either in English or in French, though mentoring training could also be provided in one of the official UN languages, as well as in Portuguese. The concept note should clearly describe the subject area, objectives, expected output(s) and include a suggested timeline.

Applications will be accepted throughout the year, though they will be assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will only be accepted from the candidates already working in institutions that collaborate with the EAF-Nansen Programme.

The successful candidate will be assessed again the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the study area
  • Content of the concept note
  • Availability of mentors.


Merete Tandstad
The EAF-Nansen Programme Coordinator
Marine and Inland Fisheries Branch (NFIF)
Fisheries – Natural Resources and Sustainable Production
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome, Italy

“COVID-19 Disclaimer: The EAF-Nansen Programme reserves the right to make changes to travel and other arrangements at short notice in response to national and international measures related to COVID-19 pandemic.”