Fisheries Standard Manager

Marine Stewardship Council

Marine Stewardship Council

Cape Town, South Africa
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2023

Please note this role can be based from the MSC offices in Madrid, Cape Town or Paris. Other MSC offices in Europe may be considered.

The Vacancy

Is your background in sustainable fisheries management and marine protection?

Do you want to work at the interface of science and management to help protect the oceans and safeguard seafood supplies?

If so, this could be the opportunity for you: developing and implementing a standard for well-managed, sustainable fisheries.

The MSC is currently recruiting for a Fisheries Standard Manager.

You’ll have the opportunity to contribute to the running of the MSC’s Fisheries Standard and oversee the certification of fisheries by third-party auditors.

You will join a close-knit team who develop the Fisheries Standard and are responsible for more than 400 fisheries in the MSC Program, ensuring that our requirements are applied correctly and consistently.

This post has a particular focus on the MSC’s tuna strategy and technical work related to Principle 1 of the Fisheries Standard. As such, the ideal candidate will have professional experience with fisheries management, assessment or monitoring, as well as a good knowledge of current issues in tuna fisheries.

In this role you will:

  • have oversight of a portfolio of fisheries that are undergoing assessment or annual review by third-party auditors
  • carry out technical review of assessment reports, ensuring that MSC’s requirements and processes are being applied correctly
  • be involved in the development of the MSC Fisheries Standard and related certification processes, in line with global best practice
  • support colleagues and stakeholders in understanding and communicating the MSC’s requirements to a range of audiences

train auditors in the correct application of the MSC’s requirements and assessment processes.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • a degree, or equivalent experience, in a sustainability or environmental discipline;
  • demonstrable knowledge and experience in fisheries science and management of tuna fisheries (this includes a good working knowledge of the development or implementation of harvest strategies, harvest control rules, stock assessment or fisheries monitoring);
  • a strong teamwork ethic, excellent project planning, organisation, and time management skills;
  • experience working with stakeholders and other external parties to develop policy;
  • a track record of successfully managing relationships with stakeholders, collaborators, and colleagues.

Further details about required qualifications and skills are included in the job description.

Application closing date : 18 September 2023, 09:00 (BST)

We’re an international organisation and our employees all demonstrate a level of cultural awareness, and value the diverse views and approaches relevant to the MSC program.

The MSC is committed to flexible working. The successful candidate will need to work from an MSC office for a minimum of 50% of their working time each month The remaining time can be worked from home.