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Seafood Transparency Project Leader

About this Role:

The Seafood Transparency Project Leader role is created to support WWF’s Oceans Strategy and associated Areas of Collective Action and Innovation. Overfishing, Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing activities, human rights abuses, and fraud continue to be reported from the global seafood industry.

At the same time, the efforts of companies practicing environmental and social responsibility are often not recognised.In the current climate, fishing companies are seeking social licence to continue to operate, and end markets are seeking mechanisms to ensure that they do not source from supply chains engaged in illegal or unethical practices. To achieve this, the fishing industry, governments, markets and consumers require a model that enables full transparency and traceability of fish from “bait to plate.”

WWF-NZ, in partnership with industry and government agencies will design a full transparency model to help eliminate unsustainable, illegal, and unethical fishing practices, whilst demonstrating social, environmental, and economic benefits to participants.

This model will then be used to help shift policy and legislation to support implementation in New Zealand fisheries in the long-term, and then replicate the model globally with a vision to improve fishing industry standards, policies and the sustainability of the world’s fish stocks.

What you will do:

The Seafood Traceability Project Leader will be responsible for:
  • Undertaking contextual mapping of seafood traceability, including a review of the current traceability framework in New Zealand and factors that could inhibit full transparency as well as global best practice.
  • Undertaking investigation and catalogue of verifiable and validatable information – including vessel position data, catch records, fisheries observer and electronic monitoring records and landing records – to assess operational transparency of industry partners.
  • Working with government and industry partners to assess their current level of transparency, as well as appetite and possibility for further transparency.
  • Developing and drafting an analysis of the current state of transparency in the New Zealand seafood supply chain. Formulating a strategic implementation approach based on the analysis.
  • Developing a detailed programme budget for full or partial implementation
  • Developing a plan to deliver a pilot, including milestones and resources.
  • Assisting and tracking the implementation of a pilot with a selected New Zealand fishing industry partner(s)
  • Developing and implementing a monitoring and evaluation framework to be applied to the implementation of the project pilot.
  • Assist project tracking in the MAUI63 project designed to develop a cutting-edge system using a large drone equipped with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to survey coastal habitats, find and track Māui dolphins.

Your Key Skills and Experience

Skills and professional attributes you must possess:
  • excellent writing and analytical skills;
  • exceptional levels of attention to detail;
  • excellent organisational and time-management skills, and the ability to prioritize tasks;
  • good knowledge of marketing project management theory and best practices, and the ability to put theory into action in a real-world environment;
  • well-honed and proven marketing instincts; demonstrated experience in taking initiative and being proactive;
  • a forward-thinking, optimistic and solutions-oriented approach to your work;
  • the ability to be flexible and pivot as contexts change, without losing sight of overall project objectives;
  • great communications skills and the ability to relate to people in a positive way that motivates individuals and teams to mutually-beneficial outcomes;
  • the ability to analyse data, measure and report on progress and make recommendations to maximise potential for success;
  • the ability to perform in a fast-paced environment and under tight deadlines;
  • a positive, approachable and positive attitude and a “together, possible” outlook; and
  • passion for the protection of the environment as it relates to the conservation and management of fisheries.


Education and experience you must possess:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science, Fisheries, Ecology, Conservation Biology, or a related discipline;
  • at least three years’ experience working in a role where project management was a key component;
  • at least three years’ experience in developing, maintaining and managing positive working relationships with partner organisations and/or external agencies;
  • at least three years’ experience in analysis, measuring success of and reporting on complex projects;
  • experience of being accountable for development and implementation of public engagement projects; and
  • demonstrated experience and ability to work autonomously when required or effectively as part of a team.


The successful candidate will also have a combination of some or all of the below skills or professional attributes:
  • a Graduate degree in the same disciplines as the Bachelor’s degree above or Business, Public Policy, or Law;
  • experience working in the seafood industry’s corporate social responsibility and sustainability sector;
  • experience working (paid or volunteer) in the non-profit sector;
  • established professional and personal networks in New Zealand and/or the Pacific;
  • experience working with or in the technology sector;
  • understanding of supply chain dynamics, traceability policies and tools; and/or
  • previous involvement in environmental or social responsibility engagement projects.

How to apply:

If this sounds like you, please email your CV and cover letter by 1pm on the 15th April 2020 to:

Applications are welcome from New Zealand residents and those holding a current New Zealand work visa. WWF employees in other countries are welcome to apply if they can satisfy NZ immigration requirements.

Seafood Transparency Project Leader job description

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