Blue Ventures Conservation
Level 2 Annex, Omnibus Business Centre,
39-41 North Road, London N7 9DP
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7697 8598
Fax: +44 (0) 800 066 4032
Registered charity #1098893

Global Fisheries Improvement Lead

Location: London or Bristol, UK, with travel to field sites as required.
Closing date for applications: Friday 20th October 2017
Start date: Immediate
Contract duration: Two year contract, with opportunities for renewal
Remuneration: Competitive salary based on experience

Organisation overview

Blue Ventures is an award-winning marine conservation organisation working to rebuild tropical fisheries with coastal communities. We’re committed to protecting marine biodiversity in ways that benefit coastal people. We work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and where there is a fundamental unmet need to support human development.

Summary Job Description

We are currently recruiting a fisheries professional to lead Blue Ventures’ small-scale fisheries improvement efforts worldwide. This position will play a driving role in developing and implementing a strategy that harnesses global seafood supply chains in order to incentivise and reward sustainable management in one of the western Indian Ocean’s largest small-scale fisheries. Our vision is to create a replicable model for small-scale fishery improvement that can be scaled up through other tropical small-scale fisheries in coastal developing states.

The position will have a particular emphasis on coordinating Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) activities in Madagascar through Blue Ventures’ in-country project management team, while also developing and supporting evolving fishery improvement initiatives through partnerships in other territories.

We’re looking for someone with a strong understanding of tropical small-scale fishery supply chains and the seafood business, and familiarity with fishery improvement projects and their role in the sustainable seafood movement. The successful candidate will have a deep and sensitive appreciation of the complex challenges facing coastal African and southeast Asian fisheries; including severe coastal poverty, and an overwhelming reliance on fishing for food and income.

This role requires a dynamic self motivated individual capable of working effectively with diverse actors, from communities and field-based colleagues, to government agencies, research institutions, seafood businesses, and fishery certification organisations. We’re looking for an adept communicator and strategic thinker, capable of translating an ambitious vision for fishery improvement into practical and achievable actions on the ground, underpinned by a strong degree of local understanding, engagement and buy-in. The successful candidate will be capable of building strategic alliances and partnerships, capable of convincing seafood exporters of the business case for investing in fisheries improvement; and of building partnerships with companies in the supply chain who can drive sustainable practice and pay fishers a fair price.

The Global Fisheries Improvement Lead will have responsibility for shaping Blue Ventures’ fishery improvement strategies, including exploring and evaluating new approaches in managing small-scale fisheries in a developing world context, and building socio-economic considerations into the fisheries improvement process to maximise practical benefits to coastal communities, while securing the long-term sustainability of target fisheries . The position will provide close guidance and technical support to Blue Ventures’ field-based teams to deliver fisheries improvement efforts.

We are looking for a creative, open minded and discerning individual, with first rate partnership development, leadership and communications skills, and a strong technical background in small-scale fisheries management. The successful candidate will thrive in environments that are dynamic, fast-paced, collegiate and ambitious, and have a proven track record in delivering high quality written work, and in communicating effectively and professionally with diverse audiences, ranging from fishing communities to conservationists and technical specialists.

The role entails working as part of an interdisciplinary and international team, with excellent opportunities for professional development. The successful candidate will report to Blue Ventures’ Conservation Programmes Manager, and will be based in one of our UK offices in London or Bristol, with regular overseas travel to work with partners and field teams.

Skills and Experience required


  • A graduate-level qualification in fisheries science, marine ecology/biology, or conservation or a relevant business related field
  • At least five years experience working in a field relating to fisheries management
  • Good knowledge of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification processes and Fisheries Improvement Projects (FIPs)
  • Experience of developing partnerships with government agencies, non-governmental organisations and the private sector
  • Demonstrable research and analytical skills
  • Experience of small scale fisheries monitoring, ideally community-based
  • Highly organised with an eye for detail
  • Ability to take initiative and solve problems quickly
  • Ability to work well as part of a multicultural team
  • Fluency in English
  • Good communication and diplomacy skills
  • Willingness to travel and spend time in remote and challenging environments for work


  • Experience working within fisheries private sector
  • Experience of traceability in small-scale fisheries / working with fisheries supply chain actors to drive sustainable practice / developing storied seafood and gaining better prices for fishers
  • High level of spoken French
  • Experience of financial and budget management
  • Work experience in Western Indian Ocean region, including knowledge of marine environmental issues and cultural context

Application process

Applicants should apply using the online form via the Blue Ventures website, by Friday 20th October.

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and first-round interviews may be conducted with short-listed candidates before the application deadline.

All shortlisted candidates will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date.

posted: 22 September 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.