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12 Oct 2017

Full-Time Officer, Global Campaign to End Illegal Fishing (International Fisheries Policy)

The Pew Charitable Trusts – Posted by Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job Description

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.

We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.

With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.

For the past two decades, Pew has been a major force in educating the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Our work is focused on reducing the scope and severity of three major global environmental problems:

  • Dramatic changes to the Earth’s climate brought about by the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the planet’s atmosphere;
  • The erosion of large terrestrial wilderness ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity; and,
  • The destruction of the world’s marine environment.

Project Overview
At least one fifth of all fish taken from the sea are caught illegally or beyond the reach of regulators. This significantly threatens the health of the global ocean ecosystem and undermines the economies of countless fishing communities around the world. Fishing grounds in developing countries and on the high seas are especially vulnerable to exploitation by companies that engage in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. International crime in fisheries flourishes because flag states do not fulfill their legal obligations to control the fishing operations of their vessels, and port states do not have the tools or incentives to identify and prosecute these crimes in port.

There is no silver bullet capable of addressing IUU fishing. Many tools must be marshaled to close down the avenues for illegally caught and unregulated fish. The campaign is working to lay the foundations for a global system of enforcement to combat illegal fishing through the adoption and effective implementation of policy measures that enable the identification and tracking of industrial-scale fishing vessels, the development of practical tools to improve information-sharing among enforcement authorities, and the building of the necessary human and technical resources to sanction such vessels if they have engaged in illicit activities.

Position Overview
To accomplish this, the Ending Illegal Fishing Project (EIFP) will focus on securing the ratification and implementation of the UN Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing, ensuring Flag State obligations are better adhered to and to properly track and identify vessels involved in fishing activities. The EIFP will also focus on putting in place ways for countries and international and regional fisheries management organizations to share information, increase transparency and accountability and ensure flag States meet their obligations to ensure high levels of compliance with agreed fisheries conservation and management measures, all of which are prerequisites for an effective Global System of Enforcement. This position will be responsible for managing these elements of the campaign and, more specifically, the delivery of our ambition to drive change in the performance of flag states in meeting their international obligations.

The position is located in our London office and will report to the Senior Manager, Global Campaign to End Illegal Fishing in Washington, DC.



  • Providing advice and assistance to the campaign director and campaign senior manager in identifying and setting highly measurable goals and targets as well as developing timelines and operational plans;
  • Developing and implementing workplans with the campaign director and campaign senior manager to develop proactive advocacy campaigns to achieve the agreed strategic objectives;
  • Consulting with experts from a variety of fields who can help inform project development and implementation;
  • Organizing and hosting strategy sessions with NGOs, scientists, and other stakeholders;
  • Forging partnerships with key organizations, that can advance project goals;
  • Monitoring project budget and overseeing project consultants;
  • Pulling together the results of various research, investigations and partnerships into a coherent, multi-tiered, multi-year plan for building a Global System of Enforcement;
  • Working with the campaign director, campaign senior manager and other international ocean conservation program campaigns to integrate thinking on fisheries management and enforcement and policies across the program; and
  • Collaborating with the campaign director and senior manager to provide project partners/donors with regular updates on project advancements.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in a relevant area or equivalent experience preferred;
  • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience required. Experience in international fisheries policy development and implementation and/or international maritime law is vital. Some experience with marine conservation and maritime enforcement issues is a plus;
  • Some experience with marine conservation and operational maritime law enforcement issues is desirable;
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and strategic skills. Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem, determine whether it is ripe for intervention and identify the means to address it. A strong commitment to producing measurable results;
  • A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy;
  • Politically astute; able to understand the needs and motivations of different individuals and international institutions and conceptualize win-win scenarios to satisfy multiple agendas and stakeholders;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of issues and means to address them. Strong oral, presentation, facilitation and written communication skills. Clear, effective writing style;
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes. Excellent listening skills. Highly articulate;
  • Exhibits skills of diplomacy. Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and international institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another;
  • Seasoned judgment, able to justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.

Anticipate up to 25% domestic and international travel will be required.

Compensation and Benefits:
As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and benefit program.

The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.



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