Contract: Fisheries Analyst
Background of SFP:
The mission of Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is to maintain healthy ocean ecosystems, enhance livelihoods and secure food supplies. 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. To learn more, visit www.sustainablefish.org.
Contract Description and Responsibilities: Reporting to the SFP FishSource Director, 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 include:
- Gathering information for fisheries analyses is a ‘desktop’ exercise. 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). 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 necessary information.
- Consultant will adopt and use the standards and methodology in the FishSource Author’s Guide to conduct analyses
- Analyses require good judgment. 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
- Review content and analyses conducted by contributors to FishSource who are external to SFP
- Provide technical support and training within SFP and to external stakeholders
- Track and report fishery improvement project (FIP) progress on FishSource
Essential Qualifications & Skills:
- At a minimum, Bachelor of Science degree in a fisheries, marine, or ocean field
- Knowledge of fisheries stock assessments, management plans, and ecological impacts of fishing
- 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
- 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 work productively primarily via Skype/Google Hangout, email, webinars, etc.
Desirable Qualifications & Skills:
- Knowledge of additional languages, preferably Southeast Asian languages
- Connections with a university, government agency, and/or non-profit organization involved in fisheries
- Good judgment
- Scheduling flexibility to accommodate a virtual organization with globally-based staff
Duration/Level of Effort: This is a short-term consulting contact from 2 May 2017 through 31 December 2017, and effort is expected to be around 40 hours per week. Renewal and expansion of effort is not guaranteed but may be possible, depending on outcomes of the work and strategic needs.
Compensation: Competitive and based on experience.
Application: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting a resume/CV, letter of interest (no more than 1 page) including consulting rate/expectation and availability to [email protected] by 20 April 2017 with the subject line “Fisheries Analyst”. All inquiries will be kept in the strictest confidence.