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    Expression of Interest from amongst Public Officers to be assigned duties as: Data Collectors/Interviewers for the Catch Assessment Surveys (CAS) in the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture within the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights

     Reference No. Circular No. MAFA/HR 15/2023

    Public Service and Sector Employees  

    Expression of Interest  

    Published Date: 24/03/2023 12:00
    Closing Date: 11/04/2023 17:15
    Ministry: Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights
    Department: Fisheries and Aquaculture Department

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1. In line with the concept of job mobility, which enhances the learning experience of the individual whilst addressing the exigencies of the Public Service, the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture within the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights isseeking to identify suitable Public Officers to perform duties as cited above, for a period of five (5) years, which may be renewed for further periods. 

2. Selected candidates shall, for the period during which they are assigned such duties, be accountable to the Head of Department where they are assigned. Selected candidates must attend appropriate training. This training, as well as the interviews, will be held during working hours in the morning. 

3. The period of assignment shall be reckonable as ‘service in the grade’ for the purpose of computation of length of service, seniority, salary, progression and, where applicable, for Treasury pension purposes. The performance of such duties will also be acknowledged in the Service and Leave Record Form (GP47).

3.1. Catch Assessment Surveys (CAS) are conducted by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture in line with Commission Delegated Decision (EU) 2021/1167, establishing the multiannual Union programme for the collection and management of biological, environmental, technical and socioeconomic data in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. CAS are carried out for every month within a calendar year. 

4. Interviewers will be remunerated at the rate of €20.00 per completed questionnaire. This rate includes interalia, all taxes and costs incurred by the interviewer in contacting interviewees as well as transport costs. Payment will take place upon successful completion of the assigned surveys and may be withheld, in part or in full, if the assignment is terminated prior to the successful completion of the assigned surveys.  

4.1. Interviewers will report to the Director General (Fisheries and Aquaculture), or his delegated representative, and the selected applicant will be required to sign an undertaking signifying their commitment to the assignment. Failure to abide by the directions and/or timeframes set by the Director General (Fisheries and Aquaculture) and/or his representative, without proper justification, may lead to the immediate termination of the assignment. 

4.2. Interviewers will be requested to attend for training and briefing sesssions. These may take place during office hours and for this purpose selected applicants will be expected to make their own arrangements to be released from their place of work. No additional remuneration is applicable for attendance to these sessions. 

4.3. The Data Collectors/Interviewers shall form part of the Fisheries Research Unit within the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and shall be working on a part-time basis. 


5. Eligible Officers are thus invited to submit their expression of interest in being assigned duties related to one or more of the above-captioned designations. The duties and eligibility requisites are outlined at Annex 'A'. Officers on secondment/on loan/detailed with/deployed with/on attachment to Public Sector Organisations, who satisfy the necessary eligibility requisites, may also apply.


6. Eligible applicants will be requested to attend for an interview to assess their suitability for those duties in which they expressed an interest. Selected candidates will be deployed according to both the outcome of such assessment and Public Service exigencies. 

6.1. Public Officers in a Scale not below Scale 16, or Public Sector employees in a comparable Salary Scale are invited to submit their expression of interest, to perform duties as Data Collectors/Interviewers, in the collection of CAS data for reference years from 2023 onwards. Due consideration will be given to applicants who have proven relevant work experience and who: 

a) have an understanding of the Maltese Fisheries Industry, including the various types of fish caught, fishing vessels and gears used and what species they target in general;

b) have knowledge on the catch and variables (ex. days at sea, fishing trips, target species according to gear used, etc.) and their implications on a fishing operation;

c) have an understanding of recognising outliners when collecting data (ex. exaggerated figures, etc) to then follow up with interviewee to adjust figures to accurate amounts;

d) have good communication skills, both verbal and written and the ability to take different approaches and adapt for each interviewer to deliver complete and good quality data; 

e) comfortable using technology such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, and applications/software (such as Excel or other spreadsheet software) to collect, input and manage data collected; 

f) fluent in the Maltese and English languages, to facilitate communication with interviewers; 

g) able to manage time effectively to meet deadlines and ensure that the data is collected in a timely manner; 

h) hold experience in data collection within the fisheries industry and/or experience in collecting other data through surveys, interviews and/or observations in other sectors. 

7. Any qualifications and experience claimed must be supported by certificates and/or testimonials, copies of which should be attached to the Officer’s submission. Scanned copies sent electronically are acceptable.

7.1. Original certificates and/or testimonials are to be invariably produced for verification at the interview.

8. The result of the selection process will be published by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and exhibited on the noticeboard of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture at the Agriculture Research and Innovation Hub, Ingiered Road, Luqa.

8.1. Petitions objecting to the result of the selection process should reach the Director General (Fisheries and Aquaculture) within ten (10) working days from the date of publication of the result.

Ministry / Department :

Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights

Contact Persons :

Andrew Sciberras

Address :

Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Agriculture Research and Innovation Hub, Ingiered Road, Luqa, LQA 3300

Telephone :

2339 7244

Email address :

[email protected]

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