Contract Announcement


Date:               May 2020

Position:         Fisheries Improvement Advisor – Philippines (based in the Philippines)

Type:               Consultancy/contract

Term:              6 months with possibility of extension

Division:          Programs 

Background on SFP:

The mission of Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is to maintain healthy ocean ecosystems, enhance livelihoods, and secure food supplies. SFP provides supply chains with access to information in order to 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 to learn more.

Project needs:

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is recruiting a Fisheries Improvement Advisor in the Philippines under the GEF-funded Global Sustainable Supply Chains for Marine Commodities (GMC) Project and the USAID-funded Fish Right (FR) Program.

The GMC project aims to contribute to the transformation of seafood markets by promoting sustainability in the value chain of important commodities from the Philippines, introducing tools such as sustainable purchasing policies for business, and supporting sustainable marine commodities platforms. The project will also promote fishery improvement projects (FIPs), assist in building national capacities for fishery management, and promote lessons that have been learned from the activities of the GMC.

The main objective of USAID’s FR program is to obtain an average of 10-percent increase in fish biomass across the three project sites: Visayan Seas, South Negros, and Calamianes Island Group. This is to be accomplished by reducing overfishing, destructive and illegal fishing, and degradation of marine ecosystems.

Consultant activities/deliverables:

The consultant will report to the SFP Global Marine Commodities (GMC) Project Coordinator, as well as to the SFP Fish Right Program Coordinator.

GMC & FR management

  • Coordinate SFP work with GMC and FR stakeholders.
  • Facilitate and support work of industry-led fishery improvement projects (FIPs) supported under GMC and FR.
  • Provide support for the initiation of FIPs, as required.
  • Take and disseminate minutes of FIP working group meetings.
  • Provide training sessions and regular mentoring to relevant stakeholders regarding FIP planning, development, and implementation.
  • Coordinate with and provide technical advice to FIP implementers in-country, when required.
  • Provide technical assistance and oversee the implementation of specific fishery improvement activities under the responsibility of SFP.
  • Monitor performance of relevant FIPs and contribute to FIP evaluations.
  • Gather relevant information related to the science and management of specific fisheries and provide input to fishery sustainability assessments.
  • Gather intel as required to ensure the effectiveness of project interventions and the development of new FIPs.
  • Generate relevant analysis on fisheries sustainability performance and brief relevant stakeholders, including participants in Supply Chain Roundtables (SRs) and FIP implementers.
  • Provide input to regular work planning, monitoring, and reporting of the GMC and FR projects.
  • Organize events and meetings as required, and provide logistical support in country to SFP activities.
  • Support SFP’s Philippines Seafood Market Specialist on supply chain analysis and implementation of a domestic buyer engagement program.
  • Support the project by performing other duties as requested by SFP.

SFP internal coordination/support:

  • Work closely with teams in SFP’s Programs Division to understand existing projects, in order to facilitate improvement efforts as needed.
  • Work with technical teams to provide information on improvement needs in marine conservation, fisheries management, and fisheries policy.
  • Work with relevant teams to capture lessons learned and make them public, and contribute to grant reporting when necessary.
  • Work with Communications team to ensure key stakeholders, such as NGOs and the catch sector, are regularly and accurately updated on SFP's Philippines work.
  • Give presentations as needed, and assist with organizing meetings at industry events, seafood shows, sustainability conferences, and other events as necessary, to engage buyers, explain SFP’s work to stakeholders, and share lessons learned.

Qualifications and skills

  • Must be based in the Philippines (no relocation), preferably in Manila
  • Advanced university degree in a fisheries-related field
  • At least five years of relevant experience in fisheries, ocean conservation, and management, or a related field
  • Fluency in written and oral English and knowledge of Filipino
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated capacity to work under minimal supervision and under tight deadlines
  • Familiarity with the advanced use of information systems for remote working
  • Possession of a strong professional network in the Philippines in relevant areas, as related to the responsibilities of the position
  • Capacity to build positive relationships with fisheries stakeholders at all levels, including industry, governments, and NGOs
  • Willingness to travel to the project sites on a regular basis.

Duration/level of effort: 

Initially, this is a six-month consulting contract, with the possibility of extension as funding allows.


Competitive and based on experience; terms of pay to be based on a daily contract rate or fixed-rate basis.


The deadline is 20 June 2020; all inquiries will be kept in the strictest confidence.  Qualified candidates should submit the following to [email protected] with the subject line “Fishery Improvement Advisor - Philippines ":

  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of interest (no more than 1 page).