Fisheries Scientist | WWF South Africa

Fisheries Scientist

Posted on 26 September 2017
In 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.
Key Responsibilities
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.
2.    Provide strategic leadership on the scientific component of WWF-SA fishery conservation and improvement projects:
  • 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.
3.    Contribute to a strong partner-based approach to addressing marine conservation and development issues in South African fisheries:
  • 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.
4.    Ensure that the WWF-SA Marine Programme fisheries-related work is underpinned by credible and up-to-date science:
  • 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.
5.    Perform further duties as specified by the WWF-SA Seafood Market Transformation Manager including inter alia:
  • 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.
Further Information:
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.