Consulting Position Description and Responsibilities: 

The consultant will work for SFP as a Seafood Market Specialist, with funding provided through USAID’s Fish Right Program (FR). The consultant is expected to be based in the Philippines, where the majority of the work will be performed. The main objective of USAID’s FR program is to obtain an average 10 percent increase in fish biomass across three sites: Visayan Sea, South Negros, and Calamianes Island Group. This is to be accomplished by reducing overfishing, destructive and illegal fishing, and the degradation of marine ecosystems.

SFP works to mobilize stakeholders in the seafood value chain to become a powerful force for positive change in fisheries management. Consequently, SFP supports a domestic buyer engagement program (BE) in the Philippines as part of USAID’s FR program. The goal of SFP’s BE program is to promote responsible sourcing of the project’s targeted species by creating demand for their consumption and by promoting public commitments to source from project sites and other fisheries that demonstrate ongoing improvement efforts. The domestic BE program will target key influential seafood buyers in the country, such as retailers, hotels, celebrity chefs, canteens from well-known and respected institutions, and others, to promote responsible seafood sourcing. 

The consultant will report to SFP’s coordinator for the FR program, Pedro Ferreiro, Fisheries and Markets Director. The consultant’s responsibilities will include: 

Seafood value chain stakeholders management:

  • Identify key influential domestic buyers in the areas most important in the domestic market for targeted species in Manila, Calamianes, Visayan Sea, and South Negros and educate them about fishery issues through meetings or workshops.
  • Design a national buyer engagement strategy based on knowledge of domestic supply chains and key influential market players.
  • Work with local partners (e.g., local NGOs) to engage key influential domestic seafood buyers in sourcing responsible seafood products from the project sites and other fisheries with ongoing improvement efforts.
  • Engage key buyers in SFP’s Seafood Sustainability program. Develop and provide reports and presentations to executive suite staff and monitor progress toward commitment over time.
  • Identify new partners and develop proposals describing the options and benefits of partnering with SFP to secure sponsorship of SFP programs.
  • Work with partners and their suppliers to analyze improvement priorities, identifying other supply chain participants and stakeholders.
  • Train potential local partners (e.g., local NGOs) on SFP’s markets approach and tools, if needed.
  • Facilitate public commitments by key influential domestic seafood buyers to source caught fish from project sites and other fisheries with ongoing improvement efforts.
  • Support project fisheries and Philippine fisheries with ongoing improvement efforts to increase recognition and awareness of sustainability issues on a national and international level.
  • Work and liaise with the environmental community and other relevant stakeholders to move the sustainable seafood movement forward.

Blue swimming crab fishery:

  • Identify blue swimming crab supply chain actors to participate in roundtable discussions or other fora and facilitate improvements in compliance with best practices through self-regulation measures.
  • Hold roundtable discussions and any other events to discuss self-regulation solutions that industry can provide in response to key sustainability challenges.
  • Facilitate agreements among supply chain actors that are aligned with management measures.

Coordination/Support:

  • Work closely with teams in SFP’s Programs Division to understand existing projects, in order to facilitate 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 SFP’s Communications team to ensure key stakeholders, such as NGOs and the catch sector, are regularly and accurately updated on SFP's buyer engagement 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. 

Essential Qualifications and Skills:

  • Based in the Philippines
  • Five years’ experience working in the seafood industry or marine conservation field
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in marine biology/fisheries
  • Relevant knowledge of the main seafood supply chains and key influential seafood buyers in the Philippines
  • Knowledge of seafood sustainability issues
  • Understanding of motivations that can support responsible seafood sourcing commitments within Philippines supply chains
  • Possession of a strong professional network in the Philippines in relevant areas, as related to the responsibilities of the position
  • Demonstrable ability to build positive relationships with fisheries stakeholders at all levels, including industry, governments, and NGOs 
  • Excellent oral and written English, with preference given for bilingual skills
  • Familiarity with the advanced use of information systems for remote working
  • Excellent organization and negotiation skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to work in a flexible, informal environment, and to take the initiative and work as part of a team, as well as independently
  • Ability and willingness to spend approximately 40 percent of his/her time traveling, including internationally; frequency of travel will vary throughout the project.

Desirable Qualifications and Skills:

  • Based in Manila.

Duration/Level of Effort: This is a part-time consulting contract, from 1 March to 30 September 2020. Extension might be possible, depending upon project needs.

Compensation: Fixed-rate contract to be negotiated based on qualifications.

Application: The deadline for application is 31 January 2020; all inquiries will be kept in the strictest confidence. Qualified candidates should submit the following to [email protected] with the subject line “Seafood Market Specialist - Philippines":

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

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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