Job Opportunity: International Fisheries Program Officer with The Pew Charitable Trusts


The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, they 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, they inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. The Pew Charitable Trusts are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on some of today's big challenges. With Philadelphia as their hometown and the majority of staff located in Washington, D.C., their 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 their mission in significant and measurable ways. They collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share their interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven initiatives to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. They 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.

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. The 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 a campaign outcome within the ending illegal fishing portion of the international fisheries project, specifically in relation to improving implementation of and compliance with the port state measures. The position is based in London and reports to the manager, ending illegal fishing, international fisheries based in Pew's Washington, D.C. office.


  • Collaborate with the manager in the design and implementation of strategy and tactics related to the implementation of the port state measures, including in close coordination with key programmatic leads, liaisons in government relations, communications, and conservation science, and relevant consultants. In addition, help to identify new opportunities and strategies to support achievement of these objectives.
  • Collaborate with the broader international fisheries team in the planning and execution of plans in relation to the adoption of, and compliance with, port state measures within regional fisheries management organizations.
  • Support the development of the International Maritime Organisation, the International Labour Organisation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation joint working group on fisheries in order to promote the links between them to help improve fisheries governance.
  • Maintain an active and thorough understanding of relevant issues 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 the Port State Measures Agreement 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 scientific 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 environment portfolio as assigned, as well as broad Trusts-related projects and activities, as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • At least eight years of applicable experience. Expertise in international fisheries policy, and the Port State Measures Agreement in particular, is important.
  • 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, presents 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: French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, and Spanish.

Application Deadline: 11th December 2020
For more information and how to apply, click here.

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