Partnership Manager (Coastal Fisheries)

Global Fishing Watch (GFW)


Immediate Supervisor: Program Development Director 

Department: Program Development 

About the Organization

Global Fishing Watch (GFW) is an international, non-profit organization committed to advancing ocean governance through increased transparency. We create and publicly share knowledge about human activity at sea to enable fair and sustainable use of our ocean.

Founded in 2015 through a collaboration between Oceana, SkyTruth, and Google, GFW became an independent non-profit organization in June 2017. Using cutting edge technology, we create and publicly share map visualizations, data and analysis tools to enable scientific research and drive a transformation in how we manage our ocean. Our major focus is on fishing because it is the most widespread human activity at sea, alters ocean ecosystems, and is crucial for global livelihoods and food security. By 2030, we aim to monitor and visualize the activity of ocean-going vessels, both industrial and small-scale, that are responsible for the vast majority of the global seafood catch. We believe human activity at sea should be common knowledge in order to safeguard the global ocean commons for the common good of all. 

The Program Development Division is responsible for scoping new pathways for Global Fishing Watch technology to contribute to fair and sustainable human activities at sea. In 2022 the program development team will focus on extending the work of GFW to include coastal fisheries, including partnerships for small-scale fisheries data, research and management. Daily interactions include engaging with a diverse ecosystem of potential partners, both internal and external, to seek their cooperation and input. 

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 The Position

The Partnership Manager reports to the Program Development Director and will be responsible for supporting key partnerships to apply Global Fishing Watch technology to monitoring, mapping and informed co-management of coastal fisheries. As part of implementing the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries, Global Fishing Watch will partner with fishing associations, technology companies and university scientists to include more vessels in our platform and produce tools based on the expressed needs of fishers, fishworkers and practitioners. The Partnership Manager will be critical to the success of a five-year program spanning the gap in data services currently available to practitioners working to ensure sustainable livelihoods and ecosystems in the face of climate change, economic shocks and competition with distant water fleets.

The partnership manager will consistently and authentically communicate with a diverse set of partners in an organized way. Daily tasks will include regular calls and written correspondence with established partners, writing and editing agreements, contributing to grant reports and proposals, synthesizing peer-reviewed literature and lessons learned from previous global development projects, coordinating logistics and seeking support from across the organization for the new coastal fisheries program. 

The ideal candidate will be prepared to quickly learn the landscape of coastal fisheries and tracking technology, in order to help refine the unique value proposition for Global Fishing Watch.  The manager will be responsible for adapting the project roadmap to changing conditions, identifying interdependencies, listening carefully to feedback from partners and checking assumptions at each step. Depending on the trajectory of the coastal fisheries work, related projects may also include climate change, human activities at sea other than fishing, marine spatial planning or other emerging themes. 

Principal duties and responsibilities

  • Cultivate key partner relationships for coastal fisheries program
    • Facilitate negotiation and implementation of partnership agreements 
    • Provide facilitation, troubleshooting and training as a liaison between community partners, technology partners, and other stakeholders involved in the coastal fisheries program
    • Maintain regular communication with partners, ensure timely replies from GFW
    • Screen potential technology providers and partners
    • Partners in the first year will be located primarily in the Coral Triangle, with two additional locations to be confirmed 
  • Collaborate with product and engineering teams to create and implement operational proposals for specific users related to improvements and new products 
    • Listen and seek to understand critical feedback from practitioners who work directly with fishers and fishworkers
    • Drive a participatory approach with internal and external stakeholders
    • Organize partner workshops including scheduling, facilitation and follow up
    • Administer, analyze and interpret participant surveys
  • Support growth and delivery of the coastal fisheries program
    • Draft program activities for grant proposals and articulate how the resulting outcomes meet targets such as those outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    • Update project roadmaps, meet deadlines and nudge others working across projects and time-zones to do the same
    • Prepare and deliver succinct written and verbal briefings in English



  • Five or more years of relevant professional experience 
  • Advanced communication skills in English
  • Advanced interpersonal skills in relationship cultivation, including consistent follow up, flexibility, superior listening and demonstrated empathy
  • Experience with community organizing, outreach and coordination with multiple partners
  • Positive attitude with the ability to manage risks and think beyond the task at hand
  • Proactive team player, willing to work, teach, learn with/to/from the GFW team
  • Organized working style, reliable attention to detail
  • Significant experience doing business while bridging diverse cultural contexts, languages, time zones and professional backgrounds
  • Empathy and openness to the point of view of fishing community members, an understanding of the human rights-based approach to small-scale fisheries
  • Practical working knowledge relevant to at least one of the following regions, including South Asia, West Africa, Small Island Developing States in the Pacific or the Caribbean


  • Experience working remotely
  • Proficiency in a second language
  • Familiarity with small-scale fisheries, co-management, spatial management measures
  • Familiarity with tracking technology using satellite and mobile networks, agile software development
  • Familiarity with survey design, customer service or user research
  • Degree in relevant discipline such as social sciences, fisheries, technology, policy
  • Strong professional network related to marine fisheries, planning, governance

Location: Remote working with a preference for regular hours overlapping with GMT +8 (such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore) and GMT -5 (such as the US East Coast).

Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Global Fishing Watch offers pension/retirement, health and other benefits commensurate with similar level Global Fishing Watch employees in the country of employment.

Working Hours: Global Fishing Watch supports flexible working, so the pattern of hours may vary according to operational and personal needs. GFW works across different time zones and weekend work may be required on occasion. The post holder will be required to undertake periodic domestic and international travel as pandemic-related restrictions permit. No overtime is payable.

Equal opportunities​: GFW is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of skills, experiences, and ideas. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class. Commitment to this process is expected.

Please apply by October 6 for best consideration, job remains open until filled