Position Description and Responsibilities:  The anticipated start date for this consultancy is Jan 1st 2019.  This consulting position is based in Mexico (no relocation) with a duration of eighteen months. Some travel will be required to specific events in the United States, Chile and Peru. 

The primary role of the position is to work with Mexican stakeholders, including the seafood industry and NGOs, to build consensus around potential improvements in fisheries management.  The Mexican Fisheries Policy Consultant provides technical support to SFP staff in developing industry leverage in supply chain roundtables (SRs) - voluntary groups of seafood companies who are dedicated to the improvement of the fisheries which they source from. The consultant is also required to gather scientific and commercial information about relevant fisheries and seafood supply chains and provide technical advice with regard to fisheries policy. 

Outreach, engagement and coordination

  • Analyze fishery improvement efforts and identify common policy asks between different projects, including key policy improvements to enable more fisheries in Mexico to improve their sustainability performance.
  • Build effective relationships with the seafood industry and with key non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in order to understand their priorities for improvements in fishery policy.
  • Engage with ongoing initiatives aiming to enhance the sustainability of Mexican fisheries and facilitate increased participation of the private sector.
  • Educate key vendors on policy requirements leading to enhanced sustainability of relevant fisheries.
  • Support the seafood industry and NGO community in understanding fishery policy issues through the provision of advice and educational materials.
  • Promote support of fishery improvement activities among SR participants and assist SR lead and participants in identifying potential SR support to improvement efforts, including assistance in developing their own corporate engagement strategies as well as specific actions for improved policies around sustainability.

Research, analysis, advice

  • Facilitate alignment of policy goals for fishery improvement projects (FIPs) and implement strategies that create greater impacts.
  • Develop influence maps to identify key vendors in Mexico to engage in actions for improved policies leading to increased fishery sustainability.
  • Provide technical advice to SR leadership and SR participants, FIP implementers, and fishery stakeholders based on consultant’s expert knowledge of national fisheries in order to increase their support and involvement in FIP catalyzation and implementation
  • Gather relevant information related to science and management of specific fisheries in Mexico and provide input to fisheries evaluations and the SR lead.
  • Develop supply chain analyses of Mexico’s relevant seafood products and identify companies in Mexico’s supply chain 

Support and logistics

  • Provide input and support in work planning, monitoring, and reporting of various grant deliverables

Essential Qualifications & Skills:

  • Based in Mexico (no relocation)
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in the seafood industry or marine conservation field
  • Experience engaging with management policy issues
  • Familiarity with fisheries management issues in Mexico
  • Ability to travel to specific events in the United States, Chile, and Peru
  • Good oral and written Spanish and English
  • Excellent organization and negotiation skills
  • Ability to be tactful, diplomatic and execute good judgement at all times
  • Ability to handle sensitive information with absolute confidentiality
  • Good IT skills, and experience with computer systems beyond email and Microsoft Office (e.g., Salesforce) 

Duration/Level of Effort: This is an 18-month consultancy.  Estimated level of effort required is not to exceed 20 hours per week. 

Compensation: Rate will be negotiated based on qualifications and experience 

Application:  The deadline is 23 November 2018; all inquiries will be kept in the strictest confidence.  Qualified candidates should submit the following to [email protected] with the subject line “Mexican Fisheries Policy Consultant”:

  • resume/CV
  • letter of interest (no more than 1 page)
  • consulting rate

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. Visit www.sustainablefish.org to learn more.

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