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Responsible seafood programme officer

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World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore Ltd (WWF)

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Position Title: Responsible seafood programme officer

Reports to: Head of Market Transformation

Location: Singapore

Mission of WWF Singapore

One of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations. We protect critical resources for people in Singapore by driving change across government, business, civil society and local communities.

As one of WWF’s global hubs, WWF-Singapore supports global conservation goals, we address issues such as deforestation, haze pollution, seafood sustainability and illegal wildlife trade in a network that spans over 100 countries.

Major functions

The Responsible Seafood Programme Officer plays a critical role in ensuring the production, processing and procurement of seafood is legal, responsible and traceable. The person in the role provides technical expertise relating to aquaculture science and aquaculture management and works with: corporate buyers to influence responsible procurement; producers to encourage responsible production practices; and government to motivate them to enact sustainable laws and policies. Additionally, the person in the role has to project manage Aquaculture Improvement Projects in Singapore.

Role and responsibilities

  • Set up and subsequently manage Aquaculture Improvement Projects in Singapore, including the conduct of assessments and technical training as required, and monitor progress and the successful implementation of projects.
  • To produce assessment reports on the conservation status of target species in Singapore.
  • Facilitate capacity building for relevant stakeholders in Singapore’s aquaculture industry.
  • Inform the strategic planning to influence responsible seafood procurement, through the appropriate use of business engagement platforms or innovative technologies.
  • Prepare and engage with relevant government authorities on seafood policy and legislation.
  • Be the go to person for questions on sustainable seafood and aquaculture for the SEA region.
  • Act as the representative for WWF in events and other public speaking occasions relating to sustainable seafood and related topics.
  • Work with global and national office teams on WWF position development on related subject matter.

Expected experience and qualifications

  • Comprehensive understanding of the aquaculture supply-chain and the sustainability issues within, from feed to table. Experience in advocating for and achieving responsible aquaculture production and marine conservation.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of aquaculture science and aquaculture management.
  • Bachelor of Science in Fisheries, Marine Biology, or Conservation Biology, with at least 5 years experience in the aquaculture industry.
  • Experience in research, analysis, development and reform of fisheries and aquaculture policy and legislation is desirable.
  • A knowledge of voluntary market-based approaches to environmental management (e.g. standards & certification) and experience working with business on environmental issues is desirable.

Required skills and competencies

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • An ability to think strategically on their feet
  • Results-focused and dynamic personality who isn’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get hands-on
  • Conflict resolution, negotiation and influencing skills with a track record of developing influential networks with a range of stakeholders.
  • Excellent written, verbal, presentation and public speaking communication skills with an ability to communicate complicated concepts in plain English to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to work constructively with and contribute to a high-performance team.
  • Passionate about conservation

Working relationships

  • Internal - The successful candidate will work in the Strategic Communication and External Relations Team of WWF-SG, with the Head of Market Transformation, with WWF Singapore staff, and with a wider range of programs and initiatives in the WWF Asia Pacific region and even the global network.
  • External - Works with national authorities, academic institutions, NGOs, international organizations, businesses and other stakeholders in Singapore and SEA

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary accordingly to organizational needs.

Interested applicants may submit their updated CVs and cover letter, subject as “Responsible Seafood Programme Officer” to
Deadline: 8 Nov 220

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