Full-Time Ending Illegal Fishing Program Officer
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The officer, ending illegal fishing, international fisheries is responsible for delivering a campaign outcome within the ending illegal fishing portion of the international fisheries project, specifically in relation to improving implementation of and compliance with the port state measures. The position is based in London and reports to the manager, ending illegal fishing, international fisheries based in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office.
- Collaborate with the manager in the design and implementation of strategy and tactics related to the implementation of the port state measures, including in close coordination with key programmatic leads, liaisons in government relations, communications, and conservation science, and relevant consultants. In addition, help to identify new opportunities and strategies to support achievement of these objectives.
- Collaborate with the broader international fisheries team in the planning and execution of plans in relation to the adoption of, and compliance with, port state measures within regional fisheries management organizations.
- Support the development of the International Maritime Organisation, the International Labour Organisation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation joint working group on fisheries in order to promote the links between them to help improve fisheries governance.
- Maintain an active and thorough understanding of relevant issues and any evolution in the related science, technology, policies, and laws.
- Communicate with, and in some cases, manage consultants engaged by the campaign to advance its objectives.
- Forge and maintain relationships with important policymakers, conservation groups, expert bodies, and other constituencies to advance campaign objectives. Collaborate with other allies in the field to maximize the likelihood of achieving identified objectives.
- Serve as spokesperson on the Port State Measures Agreement to cultivate and engage the public and key constituencies on core issues. This includes representing the Trusts at meetings, conferences, and/or on expert panels/groups, authoring articles and other communications, and providing interviews to outside sources.
- Develop policy and/or scientific papers, reports, and other communications materials on these topics, as needed. Review and provide comments on external policy proposals, regulations, and white papers, as needed.
- Contribute to and participate in the tasks of the environment portfolio as assigned, as well as broad Trusts-related projects and activities, as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.
- At least eight years of applicable experience. Expertise in international fisheries policy, and the Port State Measures Agreement in particular, is important.
- Excellent analytic and problem-solving skills, and highly results-oriented. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines by maintaining high level of organization.
- Superior oral and written communication skills. Able to synthesize large amounts of information, presents ideas clearly and persuasively, and communicate complex ideas to the general public.
- Strong interpersonal skills. Able to develop and manage productive relationships with colleagues, consultants, partners and others who contribute to the campaign. Highly diplomatic; able to work productively with a wide array of people and institutions.
- Fluency in English required. Favorable consideration for applicants with additional competency in one or more of the following languages: French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, and Spanish.
Frequent international travel anticipated. Travel may cross weekends and, on occasion, holidays to accommodate meeting schedules.
We offer a competitive salary and benefit program.
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