Job Opportunity: Senior Associate in Ending Illegal Fishing with Pew Charitable Trusts

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. Our 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 senior associate, ending illegal fishing, international fisheries supports the development and implementation of a strategy to ensure that the Cape Town Agreement is brought into force, liaising closely with the United Nation’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to do so. The position is based in Pew’s London office, and reports to the manager, ending illegal fishing, international fisheries based in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.


  • Provide support to ensure the effective development and implementation of strategy and tactics related to Cape Town Agreement project deliverables, including through regular liaison with the IMO and in coordination with programmatic colleagues and colleagues in communications, research review services, conservation science, and government relations.
  • Maintain an active and thorough understanding of relevant issues and any evolution in the related science, technology, policies, and laws.
  • Research, draft and/or proof policy briefs, fact sheets, web content, and other internal and external project materials. Support the team in reviewing and external policy proposals, regulations, and white papers, as needed.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with decision makers, officials, scientists, fishing and food industry members, conservation groups, and other constituencies to advance project objectives. Collaborate with other allies in the field to maximize the likelihood of achieving identified objectives.
  • Manage special projects ranging from development of new communications content to conducting outreach to stakeholders or partner organizations.
  • Respond to general project inquiries.
  • Communicate with and, where necessary, assist in drafting contract documents for consultants working in support of the project, as needed.
  • Represent Pew and the project at meetings, multilateral forums, conferences, and other events, as needed and as determined by position’s supervisor.
  • Ensure all project work is carried out consistent with Pew policies, guidelines, and protocols.
  • Contribute to and participate in the tasks of the international environment department as assigned, as well as broad Trusts-related projects and activities, as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree in relevant area preferred. Demonstrable equivalent experience in place of degree(s) may be considered.
  • At least four years of applicable experience.
  • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, including communicating complex ideas to the public.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to develop and manage productive relationships with colleagues, consultants, partners, and others.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, and highly results-oriented.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, GIS and/or research databases a plus.
  • Fluency in English required. Favorable consideration for applicants with additional competency in one or more of the following languages: Spanish, French, and Japanese.


Frequent domestic and international travel anticipated. Travel may cross weekends and, on occasion, holidays to accommodate meeting schedules.  

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