Officer, Ending Illegal Fishing Project, International Fisheries

The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Location
    London UK or Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 03

Position description

The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on today's big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town and the majority of our staff located in Washington, DC, our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.


Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our philanthropic mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution's reputation.


The Environment Portfolio at The Pew Charitable Trusts

For more than 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 nearly 200 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 natural 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 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 current and future generations. Our work relies on the sciences of conservation, biology, and economy 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, and creating marine reserves around the world. Our work is grounded in the best available science and our goals include reversing the decline of ocean life ranging from sharks and tunas to penguins and whales, and the habitat and conditions on which they depend.


International Fisheries
Pew's international fisheries project aims to secure an enduring system of rules and consequences for international fisheries that ensures the sustainability of fish populations over the long term and supports the health and resilience of the marine ecosystem more broadly. Our main areas of work include: the advancement of precautionary harvest strategies and effective compliance regimes for international fisheries; improved protection of vulnerable marine species and their nursery and spawning habitats affected by international fisheries; and improved policies and actions aimed at ending illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.


Position Overview
The officer, ending illegal fishing, international fisheries is responsible for delivering campaign outcomes within the ending illegal fishing portfolio specifically related to regional coordination and cooperation among enforcement officials. The position is based in London or Washington, DC and reports to the project director, ending illegal fishing, international fisheries in London. 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.


  • In close coordination with the project director, ending illegal fishing, international fisheries and with input of other international fisheries colleagues, lead the development and implementation of a detailed workplan, particularly in relation to the development of regional coordination among enforcement officials to improve information sharing and cooperation and enhance their collective ability to address IUU fishing in the region, as outlined in the board-approved project write up. Engage key programmatic leads and liaisons in government relations, communications, and conservation science. In addition, help to identify new opportunities and strategies to support achievement of these objectives.
  • Maintain an active and thorough understanding of relevant regional politics, issues, related initiatives and any evolution in the related science, technology, policies and laws.
  • Communicate with, and in some cases, manage consultants engaged by the campaign to advance its objectives.
  • Forge and maintain relationships with important policymakers, conservation groups, expert bodies, and other constituencies to advance campaign objectives. Collaborate with other allies in the field to maximize the likelihood of achieving identified objectives.
  • Serve as spokesperson on regional coordination and cooperation among enforcement officials to cultivate and engage the public and key constituencies on core issues. This includes representing the Trusts at meetings, conferences, and/or on expert panels/groups, authoring articles and other communications, and providing interviews to outside sources.
  • Develop policy and/or academic papers, reports and other communications materials on these topics, as needed. Review and provide comments on external policy proposals, regulations and white papers, as needed.
  • Contribute to and participate in the tasks of the international environment department as assigned, as well as broad Trusts-related projects and activities, as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree required, and advanced degree in relevant area preferred.
  • At least eight years of specialized experience in the field gained through training and professional experience. Expertise in international fisheries policy, and regional enforcement initiatives in particular, is important.
  • Minimum of two plus years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
  • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
  • Excellent analytic and problem-solving skills, and highly results-oriented. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines by maintaining high level of organization.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills. Able to synthesize large amounts of information, present ideas clearly and persuasively, and communicate complex ideas to the general public.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Able to develop and manage productive relationships with colleagues, consultants, partners and others who contribute to the campaign. Highly diplomatic; able to work productively with a wide array of people and institutions.
  • Fluency in English required. Favorable consideration for applicants with additional competency in one or more of the following languages: Spanish, French and Japanese.

Frequent international travel anticipated. Travel may cross weekends and, on occasion, holidays to accommodate meeting schedules.


Total Rewards

We offer a competitive salary and benefit program.


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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