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Fishery Improvement Projects Evaluation Program Director, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

Organization: Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

Position Title: Program Director – Fishery Improvement Projects Evaluation

Location: Remote, any

Dates: An initial contract will be awarded for 96 days’ effort (i.e., full time) from August through December 2015. However, SFP views this as a long term position within the organization. Our goal is find a candidate that will continue in the role for the foreseeable future.

Application Deadline: July 10, 2015 or until filled

Description: This newly-created position reports to the Systems Division Director of SFP, a dynamic and constantly evolving global nonprofit. The successful candidate will lead external collaborations and negotiations to design and maintain an evolving suite of tools used by the seafood industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and others to track and measure progress of fishery improvement projects (FIPs) globally. In addition to this ‘outward-looking’ role, the Program Director will develop internal strategies and work across SFP divisions and programs to establish standards and processes for evaluating FIPs. This position will also be responsible for conducting FIP evaluations and uploading results to SFP’s FishSource. Initially, the position will focus on capture fisheries, though there may be opportunity to expand into aquaculture. The position has no direct reports at the current time, but fills a central role in SFP and the sustainable seafood movement around defining FIP measurement and tracking progress.


 FIP tracking on FishSource

  • Coordinate and oversee FIP evaluation activities to ensure FIP trackers on FishSource are regularly updated
  • As part of a team, complete FIP trackers and progress ratings on FishSource based on desktop analyses using FIP public reports
  • Ensure standards set by SFP for FIP tracking, evaluation, and ratings are maintained as state-of-the-art
  • Liaise with FIP implementers globally to explain SFP’s FIP tracking, evaluation, and rating methods and to encourage continuous improvement in performance and reporting

FIP standard and ratings development

  • Lead the continued evolution of SFP’s FIP progress ratings methodology, including stakeholder liaising and negotiation
  • Promote SFP’s position on FIP standards and ratings at seafood industry and NGO events, includingConservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions
  • Upon initiation of a standard development process, assist senior staff (Systems Director, Communications/Strategy Director, CEO) in developing and communicating SFP’s position


  • Develop strategies for advancing the sustainable seafood movement to further improve fishery and aquaculture sources
  • Conduct analyses and draft reports on performance trends of FIPs over time
  • Liaise with other NGOs and other stakeholders (eg, donors) to ensure SFP FIP ratings and tools are linked to others’ systems (eg,, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions’ FIP tracking website)
  • Report on tasks performed, using the relevant tools and platforms, for both administrative and project management purposes



  • Master’s degree in a fisheries, marine, ocean, or related field
  • Knowledge of the sustainable seafood landscape, including key players and issues
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Excellent judgment
  • Ability to collaborate with individuals from various cultures and countries
  • Ability to comfortably read, write, and speak in English
  • Ability to maintain information in strict confidentiality
  • Ability to work from home and travel (including long-distance) at least five times per year
  • Scheduling flexibility to accommodate a virtual organization with staff based around the globe, as well as ability to work productively primarily via Skype/Google Hangout, email, webinars, and other electronic means

Highly desirable qualities

  • Experience with project evaluation
  • A network of contacts that include seafood companies, producers, NGOs, and governments involved in fisheries and aquaculture

Special skills and strengths

  • Ability to dig into systems and technical details, while maintaining a broad strategic view
  • Ability to establish and maintain open communication, culture, and cohesiveness in a virtual organization

How to Apply: SFP highly encourages applicants from around the world.  Email a cover letter and resume/CV in English to [email protected] by 10 July 2015.  Subject line should be “Program Director-FIP Evaluation”.

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