Fisheries compliance training manager (Global)

Global Fishing Watch

Global Fishing Watch

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2023

Background: Global Fishing Watch is an international, non-profit organization committed to advancing ocean governance through increased transparency. We create, transform and distribute data to increase the transparency of human activities in the global ocean. We believe the application of this knowledge will lead to greater accountability, improved governance and a reduction in threats to the sustainability of marine resources and biodiversity. Founded in 2015 through a collaboration between Oceana, SkyTruth, and Google, Global Fishing Watch became an independent, international nonprofit organization in June 2017. Using cutting-edge technology, we create and publicly share map visualizations, data, and analysis tools to enable scientific research and drive a transformation in how we manage our ocean. To pursue our unified organisational strategy, by 2030 across 30 countries we aim to empower institutions and people to 1) support the reduction of illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and destructive fishing practices 2) better enforce and protect the rights of 1 million small scale fishers and 3) improve the effective designation and management of area based conservation measures. A key part of our work involves partnering with national governments, regional institutes and other actors to increase the uptake of Global Fishing Watch technologies to strengthen monitoring control and surveillance to improve fisheries compliance.

The position

The Fisheries Compliance training manager will play a key role in ensuring Global Fishing Watch delivers on its impact driven goals to support the reduction of IUU fishing across multiple countries. The new hire will join the Global Practice Unit within Program, in order to support the Analysis and Capacity Development team. They will lead the technical inputs to the IUU fishing-related training elements of the Program team work.

Reporting to the xxx and working closely with the regional team staff who will be responsible for delivering training related activities in order to build the capacity of our partners to integrate novel and innovative tools into the workflows and practices for fisheries compliance. They will take a leading role in writing the technical content and bringing their practical expertise to ensure that our training efforts are of high quality and tightly connected to the on the ground best practice for fisheries compliance.

Qualified candidates will have significant experience in fisheries monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement (MCS & E), an appetite to learn and situate new technological developments within a wider context, and innate interest in mentoring and coaching others. This role requires exceptional communication skills, the ability to adapt to work effectively across multiple work cultures and the ability to create high quality outputs.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leading role in writing and revising existing training material to create a globally standardised training package that can be adapted and updated for regional implementation
  • Support regional teams in delivering training programs with core countries and regional institutes (preparation, delivery and evaluation). Training programs will include a variety of engagements - from classroom based teaching, mentoring, coaching of trainees and creating institutional level support like standard operating protocols
  • Support the drafting and development of training content for remote and in-person events, as well as mass online learning courses (MOOC) and webinars
  • Keep up-to-date with practical operational developments and regulatory changes within core country and international fisheries bodies (RFMOs) in order to inform training content revision
  • Assist the capacity development team in aligning Global Fishing Watch work with best practices within fisheries compliance
  • Monitor and contribute expert knowledge into Global Fishing Watch dataset and product development and advise on compliance training related opportunities
  • Keep up to date with developments in the area of fisheries monitoring control and surveillance and issues related to illegal unregulated and unreported fishing. Conduct internal training or coaching on these topics.
  • Assist Head of Division in reviewing common compliance analysis report types to create standardised approaches to guide regional analysts

Candidate description

The role would suit a seasoned Fisheries Compliance officer willing to mentor and coach internal Global Fishing Watch employees in fisheries compliance domain knowledge.


  • University degree in marine sciences, fisheries science or management
  • At least 5 years of experience in fisheries compliance, including monitoring, control and surveillance of domestic and international fisheries and knowledge of associated regulatory frameworks
  • Expert level knowledge of traditional vessel tracking data for fisheries compliance
  • Working knowledge of English


  • Experience of conducting training, facilitation and participatory workshops for adult learning
  • Familiarity with Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven tools and datasets for fisheries compliance
  • Working knowledge of Spanish, French

The successful candidate will meet most, but not necessarily all, of the criteria above. If you don’t think you check all the boxes, but believe you have unique skills that make you a great fit for the role, we want to hear from you!

Please submit a CV with your relevant experiences and a cover letter conveying your interest in the position and how your previous experiences would support you to be successful in this role by Sep 30, 2023

Additional Information on the recruitment process

Reporting to: Head of Analysis and Capacity Development

Location: Remote with international travel

FT/PT: consultant, contractors agreement for 1 year with possibility of extension.

Expected start date: Nov 5, 2023

Recruiting process: Please submit a resume or CV with your relevant experiences and a cover letter conveying your interest in the position and how your previous experiences would support you to be successful in this role. We look forward to getting to know more about you. Select candidates will be invited for a short screening call, to confirm adequacy between their skills and the needs of the role. This will be followed by an administrative call, when compensation information will be provided. A short list of candidates will then be invited to a longer interview, with 2-3 team members. Finally, the preferred candidate will be invited to an informal group discussion, to present Global Fishing Watch’s culture and answer any remaining questions.

Working Hours: Global Fishing Watch supports flexible working, so the pattern of hours may vary according to operational and personal needs. The position will be part of a global team spanning many different time zones and so the candidate must be able to accommodate regular early/late meetings to be able to work effectively. Weekend work may be required on occasion. The post holder may be required to undertake regional and international travel. No overtime is payable.

Compensation: Compensation is commensurate with experience and will vary depending on the hired candidate’s country of residence, in accordance with local laws and regulations. The position may be a Global Fishing Watch employee or consultant, depending on the country of residence. While we are unable to provide a compensation range here, we will be happy to discuss a range when we know the desired location of our active candidates. Global Fishing Watch offers pension/retirement, health and other benefits commensurate with similar level Global Fishing Watch employees in the country of employment.

Equal opportunities: Global Fishing Watch is an equal opportunities employer. We believe that our mission is best advanced when welcoming the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures and are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees of Global Fishing Watch and our partners, vendors, suppliers, and contractors. We welcome the application of all qualified professionals and especially encourage those that have been historically marginalized or underrepresented because of their actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.