Fisheries ScientistIn order to achieve its goal of moving fisheries towards responsible and sustainable practices, WWF South Africa is seeking to appoint a Fisheries Scientist. The successful candidate will play a key role in the development of WWF’s Seafood Market Transformation Programme fisheries work and will report to the Seafood Market Transformation Manager.
The WWF-SA Fisheries Scientist will be responsible for the following actions:
1. Oversee and co-ordinate the WWF-SASSI assessment process including the following:
- Identify annual list of priority species to be assessed;
- Conduct key research to underpin WWF-SASSI assessments;
- Develop draft WWF-SASSI assessments using the WWF Common Assessment Methodology;
- Co-ordinate the subsequent WWF-SASSI assessment process, which includes public participation and external review processes;
- Ensure electronic database of WWF-SASSI assessments is kept up to date; and
- Engage with the WWF Global Network on species assessment-related matters.
- Lead on the technical input during the development of WWF-SA fishery conservation and improvement project work plans;
- Provide ongoing technical guidance on the implementation of WWF-SA fishery conservation and improvement projects; and
- Implement and maintain an effective monitoring and reporting system for the technical components of WWF-SA fishery conservation and improvement projects.
- Develop fisheries management decision support tools and environmental impact mitigation experiments; and
- Provide technical input on fisheries related issues with regards to the Responsible Fisheries/ Small Scale Responsible Fisheries training programme’s content, WWF-SASSI consumer queries and campaigns, WWF-SASSI Retailer/ Supplier Participation Scheme assessments, etc.
- Keep abreast of emerging marine scientific knowledge, issues and policies relating to fisheries, and market-related marine conservation initiatives;
- Represent WWF-SA Marine Programme on industry bodies such as the Responsible Fisheries Alliance, government Scientific Working Groups, relevant scientific forums and relevant marine related symposia;
- Ensure effective linkages with other WWF-SA Programmes and other relevant organisations working in the marine conservation field; and
- Contribute to WWF Global Network marine working groups to develop position papers, input into the scientific rigour of the MSC, and collaborate on guidelines for fisheries-related projects.
- Work with WWF-SASSI Manager and WWF-SA Communications team on fisheries related communications activities including events, awareness materials, newsletters, websites, media content, etc.;
- When appropriate, act as a representative spokesperson for WWF-SA’s fisheries-related work; and
- Contribute to fund-raising efforts to develop WWF-SA’s Marine Programme work.
- A tertiary post-graduate qualification in a marine and/or conservation related field (specific knowledge around fisheries management and conservation will be advantageous).
- At least 2 years of work experience in multi-disciplinary project management and multi-stakeholder initiatives natural resource management, experience and/or knowledge of Southern African fisheries legislation and stakeholders would be advantageous.
- The successful candidate must be skilled in communications (written and verbal) with strong scientific report writing skills.
- Self-motivated, with strong administrative and project management skills.
- Passion for the conservation of nature and the involvement of people and businesses in the implementation of practical solutions to the challenges facing the marine environment.
- Collaborative spirit and ability to work in team settings across cultures and internally within a diverse institution.
- Computer literacy, including proficiency in MS Office (MS Word), spread sheets (MS Excel), email (MS Outlook), and presentations (MS PowerPoint).
- Excellent communication skills in English and proficient in at least one other language, Afrikaans or Xhosa.
- Valid driver’s license and own transportation essential.
To apply for the position, please click here and create or update your profile, please provide a detailed CV and covering letter fully motivating why you should be appointed, together with the names, current e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three relevant references. Applications close on 6 October 2017. Applicants who previously have applied for this position need not re-apply.
WWF seeks to promote diversity among its staff. Candidates who have not received a response within three weeks of the closing date are kindly requested to assume that their application has not been successful in this instance. WWF-SA reserves the right not to fill this position.