International Policy Officer, Global Processes

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 and publicly share knowledge about human activity at sea to enable fair and sustainable use of our ocean. Founded in 2015 through a collaboration between Oceana, SkyTruth, and Google, Global Fishing Watch became an independent non-profit 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. Our major focus is on commercial fishing because it is the most widespread human activity at sea, the most impactful on ocean health, and the most crucial for global livelihoods and food security. By 2030, we aim to monitor and visualize the impact of ocean-going vessels, both industrial and small-scale, that are responsible for the vast majority of the global seafood catch. We believe human activity at sea should be common knowledge in order to safeguard the global ocean commons for the common good of all.

Responsible for conducting assessments of registration and tracking policy implementation gaps with key countries and international/ regional bodies, the Officer, Global Processes will inform the co-development of our fishing vessel data interoperability tool, ensuring the needs and requirements of country partners are understood and accounted for. They will bring expertise in assessment of country needs as well as the delivery of projects in the field. Reporting to the International Policy Director and working closely with the Regional Managers to align our international and national efforts, they will ensure the countries prioritized by Global Fishing Watch have the technical capacity and political will needed to successfully implement best practice policy and adopt transparency as a governance principle.

The Position

This is a unique position that will focus on co-developing fisheries registration and tracking data collection, maintenance and interoperability solutions that align with the policy needs of key fisheries nations. The Officer will work closely with our innovation, product and engineering teams to communicate stakeholder needs, and with our international policy and programme delivery teams to ensure functionalities align with country requirements and our policy goals. The post-holder will be part of a multidisciplinary team that assesses the fisheries and monitoring, control and surveillance needs of key stakeholders and collaborates to find innovative solutions to data challenges.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead engagement with key fisheries nations on their challenges and gaps related to the collection, maintenance, interoperability and use of fisheries registration and tracking data
  • Consider policy, data and platform needs of key fisheries nations, coordinating with our experts to find solutions
  • Engage with national, regional and international stakeholders to oversee the deployment, testing, refinement and use of our interoperability tool as part of existing national fisheries management processes
  • Measure progress across five key fisheries nations relating to their fishing vessel data collection, maintenance and exchange practices and procedures - understanding ongoing challenges with use of the interoperability tool and making recommendations to address concerns

Leadership and Management

  • Establish strategic and cross-departmental goals, objectives and key results to achieve our goals with key country partners
  • Maintain a budget
  • Develop, coordinate, and enforce systems, policies, and procedures
  • Ensure a safe, secure, welcoming, and legal work environment

Candidate description


  • Undergraduate degree in environmental/marine sciences with a focus on data analysis, or equivalent professional experience
  • Advanced French and/or Spanish speaker
  • Five plus years of experience working with governments and/or community organizations to understand and assist with their policy and/or technology needs
  • Proven experience in implementing environmental/fisheries projects that support government and community management in the field
  • Knowledge of fishing vessel registration and tracking systems and their role in fisheries management
  • An understanding of the use of data to support policy and decision making, ideally in environmental/fisheries contexts
  • Confidence in communicating with a diverse set of stakeholders with differing perspectives
  • Highly organized, analytical, detail oriented and self-motivated
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently to a very high standard of detail
  • Ability to take ownership of projects and communicate project updates to stakeholders in a transparent and proactive manner
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities under tight deadlines while performing in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • An understanding of the complexities and internal communications surrounding collaboration in a global matrix and remote organization


  • An understanding of other languages
  • Experience in the field of fisheries data and statistical analysis
  • An understanding of digital product consultation, design and development processes
  • An understanding of about sustainable fisheries and biodiversity

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: International Policy Director

Location: We have a preference for Europe, Latin America or Southern Africa, but ​​all locations will be considered.

Travel requirement: This role will require significant regional and international travel (expected around 25 - 50%, or about 1 - 2 weeks per month )

FT/PT: Full-time role

Recruiting process: Selected candidates will be invited for a screening call with 2-3 team members, 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 pre-work exercise will be required, for presentation and discussion during that interview. The amount of time needed to complete this exercise should be no more than 45-60 mins. Final candidates will have an interview with the Senior Manager, Product Development and International Policy Director. Finally, the preferred candidate may be invited to an informal discussion, to present Global Fishing Watch’s culture and answer any remaining questions.

Working Hours: Full time position. 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. 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. The position may be an employee or contractor, depending on the country of residence.

Equal opportunities: Global Fishing Watch is an equal opportunities employer. Global Fishing Watch is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within our organization and in the greater ocean management and conservation community. We believe that diverse backgrounds, skills, knowledge and viewpoints make us a stronger organization. Bringing together professionals who possess broad experiences and a spectrum of perspectives will enable us to reach our goal of improved ocean governance faster. We hire and promote qualified professionals without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or parental status, national origin, age, physical or mental disability or medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Our organizational goals match the urgent challenges facing our global ocean, and our mission is designed to help secure a healthy ocean for all. We are committed to building a workforce that is representative of humanity’s diversity, by providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees of Global Fishing Watch and for our partners, vendors, suppliers and contractors.