Consulting Position Description and Responsibilities:  Reporting to the FishSource Director, the consultant will conduct analyses of stock assessments, management and ecological impacts of wild fisheries around the world. Analyses will be published on SFP’s global database of fishery status and environmental performance, FishSource. The information compiled is then used by seafood companies and major buyers to influence improvements in fisheries where needed. 

Specific responsibilities for the contract will include:

Research

  • Gathering information for fisheries analyses is a “desktop” exercise. The consultant will rely primarily on internet searches to collect information.
  • However, information is often difficult to obtain through internet searches (particularly in smaller-scale fisheries and countries with poor transparency). The consultant will rely on existing relationships (or establish new relationships) with fisheries researchers, scientists, and managers at universities, non-profits, and government agencies to collect the necessary information.

Data analysis

  • The consultant will adopt and use the standards and methodologies in the FishSource guidance to conduct analyses.
  • Analyses require good judgment. The consultant will be expected to make fair and unbiased decisions based on the information available.

Other possible duties

  • Implement quality assurance processes and quality control checks.
  • Provide technical support within SFP and to external stakeholders.

Essential Qualifications and Skills:

  • At a minimum, Bachelor of Science in a fisheries, marine or ocean science field.
  • Knowledge of fisheries stock assessments, management plans, and ecological impacts of fisheries.
  • Ability to synthesize and condense highly technical information into concise and easy-to-understand language.
  • Ability to comfortably read, write, and speak in English.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills.
  • Good judgment.
  • Strong work ethic and scheduling flexibility suitable to working in a virtual organization with colleagues based around the globe.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a variety of staff from various cultures and countries.
  • Ability to maintain information in strict confidentiality.
  • Ability to work from a home office and an internet connection that allows for regular video calls and use of online tools and platforms.
  • Ability to work productively and independently to output-oriented deadlines. 

Desirable Qualifications and Skills:

  • Knowledge of additional languages.
  • Professional or academic experience working on tuna species or tuna fisheries.
  • Connections with a university, government agency, and/or non-profit organization involved in fisheries. 

Duration/Level of Effort: This is a short-term consulting position from 17 August through 31 December 2020.  Level of Effort is estimated to be 40 hours per week.  Renewal may be possible, but is not guaranteed. 

Compensation: Competitive and based on experience. 

Application:  The deadline is 31 July 2020; all inquiries will be kept in the strictest confidence.  Qualified candidates should submit the following to [email protected] with the subject line “Fisheries Analysis Consultant”:

  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of interest (no more than 1 page)
  • Consulting rate/fee expectation

Background on SFP: The mission of Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is to work toward rebuilding depleted fish stocks, reducing the environmental impacts of fishing and fish farming, and ensuring sustained economic opportunities for fishing communities worldwide. SFP improves access to information that can guide responsible seafood sourcing, and enhances the ability of seafood companies and partners to work with governments to improve policies and management practices in support of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Visit www.sustainablefish.org to learn more. 

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