Program Officer, Seafood Sustainability Initiatives and Auditing Division

MRAG

MRAG

Full-time
St. Petersburg, FL, USA · Remote
40,000 – 40,000 USD per year
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

MRAG Americas, Inc. is seeking to hire a Program Officer (PO) in its Seafood Sustainability Initiatives and Auditing Division (SSIAD), beginning July 2024 (or sooner, if mutually agreeable).

MRAG Americas Job Description

Job Title: Program Officer, Seafood Sustainability Initiatives and Auditing Division Employment: Full-time (based on 40 hours a week)

Office Location: St Petersburg, FL / Remote

The Program Officer (PO) in the Seafood Sustainability Initiatives and Auditing Division (SSIAD) works with the Audit Manager (AM) and the Program Lead (PL) to deliver independent audit services to the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). Presently, this includes three primary work streams – (i) the annual Participating Company (PC) audits, (ii) the Proactive Vessel Registry (PVR) Level 1, 2 & 3 audits, and (iii) the Vessels in Other Sustainability Initiatives (VOSI) audits.

The PO will also assist in the development of new Conservation Measures (CMs) and how those might be audited, as well as support and participate in discussions with various stakeholders, including the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), Global Tuna Alliance (GTA), NGO Tuna Forum (NTF), Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), and the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST). As time and opportunity allows, the PO will participate in other MRAG Americas workstreams, allowing the opportunity for cross-training and advancement.

Specific responsibilities and tasks include:

• Developing and maintaining a solid understanding of the ISSF Conservation Measures, the PC audit protocol, the 3 PVR audit protocols, and the VOSI audit protocol.

• In collaboration with the AM and PL, planning and running the annual PC audits. • Reviewing quarterly RFMO data submitted by ISSF Participating Companies, to determine if they are in compliance with the ISSF conservation measures.

o Ensure timely communications with the PL and AM if a PC fails to send in a report and/or if a report is found to be incomplete/incorrect.

• In collaboration with the AM, planning and running the PVR audits, which includes: o Issuing lists of vessels eligible for Level 1, 2 and 3 audits based on when the last audit was performed and/or when the vessel joined the PVR.

o Reviewing draft audit reports from field auditors;

• Maintaining audit files and tracking spreadsheets for the ISSF Program, which includes: o The PVR audit tracking spreadsheet; and

o Vessel folders containing the evidence collected during audits as well as the audit reports.

• Communicating effectively with the AM regarding planned and on-going audits. • Issuing lists of vessels eligible for Level 1, 2 and 3 audits based on when last audit was performed and/or when the vessel joined the PVR.

o Review draft audit reports from field auditors;

o Send preliminary audit report(s) to vessel contact, collect feedback (remediation) if any, and finalize report(s); and

o Communicate frequently with ISSF staff regarding non-responses, so those vessels may be switched to red Xs on the public PVR Tables.

• In collaboration with the AM, maintain program databases and tracking spreadsheets for the ISSF Program.

o This includes the PVR audit spreadsheet;

o The Annual PC audit tracking sheet; and

o Organizing information submitted by clients/stakeholders into electronic in-house and cloud-based files and directories.

Qualifications

  1. B.A. or B.S. with experience, knowledge, and interest in biology, marine biology, environmental science, fisheries, compliance, or a related field.

  2. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work remotely and asynchronously with Team members, as well as clients globally. The hours of this position are flexible, but timely, effective, and professional communication is critical for job success.

  3. Excellent attention to detail, including proven copy-editing skills. Note that a significant amount of time will be spent reviewing and editing reports.

  4. The ability to remain effective and engaged while performing repetitive tasks. 5. Previous job experience in biology, marine biology, environmental science, fisheries, or a related field is a plus.

Compensation and Assigned Hours

The compensation for this position is $1,538.46 every two weeks, based on an annual rate of $40,000.

Benefits

This position includes health coverage consisting of company-paid base health insurance, long term disability, and life insurance. There are also optional employee-paid health insurance add-ons to cover family members, vision, and dental insurance, and an optional 401(k) retirement plan. The position also includes paid vacation, sick and personal time, as well as 12 paid federal holidays each year.

To Apply

Please email your CV to Program Manager Clara Robison at clara.robison@mragamericas.com.

MRAG is an equal opportunity employer.

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