The Pew Charitable Trusts

  • Officer, International Fisheries Compliance (Fisheries Management MCS)

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 6 days ago(5/18/2018 10:18 AM)
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    The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Overview


    The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.


    We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.


    Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.


    With offices in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.


    The Environmental Portfolio at the Pew Charitable Trusts
    For the past twenty-five years, Pew has been a major force in educating the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences, and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Our environment work spans all seven continents with close to 250 professionals working full-time at the local, national, and international levels to reduce the scope and severity of global environmental problems, such as the erosion of large wilderness ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity and the destruction of the marine environment.
    Pew has worked in the United States and Canada since 1990 to protect vast stretches of unspoiled wilderness and more recently expanded our land conservation efforts to Australia’s Outback and Chilean Patagonia. Preserving these places offers an opportunity to conserve wildlife habitat, shorelines and pristine landscapes for future generations. Our work relies on the sciences of conservation, biology, and economics to advocate for sound solutions to the loss of biodiversity.

    In the sea, reforms to how our oceans are managed are essential to address overfishing, pollution, and loss of habitat. Pew began its oceans program in the United States, focusing on ending overfishing and protecting fragile marine habitat. Since 2005, Pew’s ocean conservation program has expanded around the world and has played a significant role in reforming marine fisheries management in the European Union and on the high seas. Our work is grounded in the best available science and our goal is to reverse the decline of ocean life ranging from sharks and tunas to penguins and whales, and the habitat on which they depend.

    Project Overview
    At least one fifth of all fish taken from the sea are caught illegally or beyond the reach of regulators. This significantly threatens the health of the global ocean ecosystem and undermines the economies of countless fishing communities around the world. Fishing grounds in developing countries and on the high seas are especially vulnerable to exploitation by companies that engage in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. International crime in fisheries flourishes because flag states do not fulfill their legal obligations to control the fishing operations of their vessels, and port states do not have the tools or incentives to identify and prosecute these crimes in port.


    There is no silver bullet capable of addressing IUU fishing. Many tools must be marshaled to close down the avenues for illegally caught and unregulated fish. The campaign is working to implement a global system of enforcement to combat illegal fishing through the adoption and effective implementation of policy and market measures that enable the identification and tracking of industrial-scale fishing vessels, the development of practical tools to improve information-sharing among enforcement authorities, and the building of the necessary human and technical resources to sanction such vessels if they have engaged in illicit activities.


    Position Overview
    The officer, international fisheries compliance, will report to the project director, conservation enforcement and technology, and work in close coordination with the senior officer, enforcement and technology, to deliver on the breadth of compliance, enforcement and technology goals of the ending illegal fishing project (EIFP). The officer will assist the project director and other staff in project areas designed to improve fisheries compliance behavior that will reduce IUU fishing.  Issue areas of focus will include research and analysis to support global transshipment reform, use of vessel tracking tools to generate historical analyses of areas of interest, and manage and analyze data associated with fishing fleet dynamics that will serve to inform the EIFP with efforts to detect, deter and eliminate IUU fishing and improve industry compliance with international, regional and national fisheries rules and regulations.  The officer will assist with the technology and enforcement aspects of Pew’s advocacy for the development and implementation of a global system of enforcement and work to increase regional partnerships that incorporate the use of technology and enforcement mechanisms, which may also include engagement in the market and policy aspects of the project. In addition, the officer will assist with efforts to assess and improve flag State performance through adherence to, and compliance with, international obligations associated with preventing and deterring IUU.  The officer will also assist with enhancing campaign goals by researching advancements in technologies used for fisheries monitoring and data analytics.


    The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.




    • Support the ending illegal fishing project under the guidance of the project director, conservation enforcement and technology, to advance transshipping reform at the global (FAO and COFI) and regional (RFMO) level;
    • Research and facilitate information sharing mechanisms between countries and international and regional fisheries management organizations to increase transparency and accountability;
    • Conduct historical analysis of selected global maritime areas and data associated with fishing fleet movements and dynamics;
    • Develop reports, memorandums and other documents, recommendations and assessments as required based upon observed historical analysis of fishing fleet movements and dynamics;
    • Provide assistance, support and advice to the project director, conservation enforcement and technology, in areas of fisheries compliance, enforcement and technology as to how these components fit into the EIFP vision of a global system of enforcement;
    • Identify communications opportunities along with the communications embed to support EIFP’s goals on compliance, enforcement and technology, draft and edit communications materials, and identify synergies with other EIFP goals;
    • Establish, develop and maintain close engagement with a network of compliance, enforcement and surveillance counterparts and officials, including industry and government;
    • Develop and facilitate regional coordination among fisheries authorities, providing training and coordination support;
    • Maintain an active understanding of changes in technology for fisheries monitoring and data analytics, as well as data analysis methodologies that will serve to aid monitoring, surveillance, compliance and enforcement;
    • Develop and maintain working relationships with government officials and national and international institutions, as well as relevant NGOs in the field primarily directed at fisheries compliance and enforcement. Participate in strategy sessions with government officials, regional management authorities, NGOs, scientists and other stakeholders related to fisheries compliance and enforcement as needed;
    • Represent the EIFP in internal and external engagements and speaking and events as needed; and
    • Draft, summarize and edit documents in coordination with the Senior Manager, EIFP, for grant makers and internal decision makers as needed.




    • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree in a relevant area or equivalent experience preferred;
    • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience required. Experience in international fisheries compliance and enforcement and/or international maritime policies are vital. Some experience with marine conservation and maritime law issues is a plus;
    • Some experience with marine conservation and operational maritime law enforcement issues is desirable;
    • Demonstrated analytical and strategic skills. Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem, determine whether it is ripe for intervention and identify the means to address it. A strong commitment to producing measurable results;
    • A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy;
    • Politically astute; able to understand the needs and motivations of different individuals and international institutions and conceptualize win-win scenarios to satisfy multiple agendas and stakeholders;
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of issues and means to address them. Strong oral, presentation, facilitation and written communication skills. Clear, effective writing style;
    • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes. Excellent listening skills. Highly articulate;
    • Exhibits skills of diplomacy. Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and international institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another; and
    • Seasoned judgment, able to justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.


    Anticipate up to 20% domestic and international travel will be required.
    Compensation and Benefits
    We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance. 



    The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.




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