Asia Tuna Improvement Manager
Ocean Outcomes (O2) is launching an exciting, new initiative engaging the owners, operators and managers of Northeast Asian tuna longline and purse seine fleets to incentivize sustainable fishing practices to ensure that the resource, and the people who depend on healthy tuna stocks, can thrive.
Ocean Outcomes will work directly with both the Northeast Asian longline and purse seine tuna fleets and their industry associations to encourage them to adopt and implement better fishing standards, and to use their leverage to argue for better Harvest Control Rules at relevant RFMOs. The point is to align, as best as possible, business incentives and interests with clearly defined policy reform goals and the adoption and implementation of sustainable practices at a large-scale, regional or even global level.
If we effectively engage purse seine and longline catching sectors in Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and fishery improvement models, this will lead to 1) better industry practices at sea; and 2) fishing industry support for working with Northeast Asian government agencies and representatives towards RFMO reform.
Deliverables and Responsibilities
O2 is seeking a qualified candidate to fulfill a dedicated full time contract role which provides a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of sustainable tuna management and to help improve Northeast Asian fishing practices so that vessels harvesting tuna can ultimately meet MSC standards for sustainability. Working closely with O2 leadership and partners in Northeast Asia, the Asian Tuna Improvement Manager will lead and coordinate outreach efforts with commercial fisheries and key NGOs in the region, with a particular emphasis on tuna catching vessels owned by companies based both in Taiwan, Province of China and in China and WWF offices. Specific responsibilities include:
- Build/maintain relationships with key local stakeholders e.g. fishing companies, cooperatives, local processors, government officials, and other community stakeholders to develop and implement improvement projects.
- Hold stakeholder outreach and co-design meetings to facilitate development of improvement work plans which have buy-in from key supply chain participants.
- Support implementation and manage the improvement projects in line work plans, ensuring timely delivery of project deliverables.
- Conduct research and analysis in collaboration with program teams and science/analytic teams.
- Work directly with both the Northeast Asian longline and purse seine tuna fleets and their industry associations to encourage them to adopt and implement better fishing standards, and to use their leverage to argue for better Harvest Control Rules at relevant RFMOs.
- An advanced degree, 5+ years of experience in relevant fields e.g. conservation, seafood business, fisheries, etc., and demonstrable experience in engaging or working in the seafood industry and NGOs sectors related to fisheries, preferably in Northeast Asia
- Fluent in both Mandarin and English. A working knowledge of Taiwanese Hokkien, Korean and/or Japanese preferred
- Located ideally in Taiwan, Province of China—although O2 will consider other locations—and ability to travel extensively, both domestically and internationally
- Strong written and verbal communications skills
- Coordination and networking skills
- Ability to work independently and remotely using modern cloud computing tools, including excellent computer skills appropriate to an evolving cloud-based IT environment, including experience with Google Apps, CRM databases, and online task management platforms such as Asana
Applications and letters of interest accepted until December 31, 2018.