Sustainable Fisheries Lead

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Want to make a positive difference to the future of people and our one shared home, the Earth?

Working at WWF could be your opportunity of a lifetime.

All around the world, people are waking up to the deepening crisis of nature loss. A growing realization that nature is our life-support system. And that nobody will be spared from the impacts of its loss. Here at WWF, we are helping to tackle this enormous global challenge.

Our people come from hugely diverse backgrounds and with a variety of expertise, ranging from HR and finance to advocacy and conservation science. We welcome applications from anyone who believes they can help us create a better future for people and wildlife.


We are an independent conservation organization, striving to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife. From individuals and communities to business and government, we are part of a growing coalition calling on world leaders to set nature on the path to recovery by 2030. Together, we seek to protect and restore natural habitats, stop the mass extinction of wildlife, and make the way we produce and consume sustainable.

Location: Negotiable (hosted by a WWF national office)

Work percentage: 100%

Contract: Fixed term (18 months), with likelihood of renewal

WWF Oceans Practice

The WWF network employs nearly 500 marine conservation and fisheries management experts around the world. Together, these dedicated scientists, policy experts, advocates and field practitioners make up the Oceans Practice, a worldwide community of practice dedicated to conserving and restoring our oceans for the benefit of people and nature.

Sustainable Fisheries Lead

WWF is a leading voice for sustainable fisheries worldwide, working with policy makers, fisheries managers, fishing industry partners, retailers, local communities, research partners, international institutions and civil society organisations to drive improvements in fisheries management and governance.

The Sustainable Fisheries Lead will be responsible for supporting coordinated and collective action on fisheries matters by national offices and regional programs across the WWF network.

The successful candidate will work with colleagues across the Oceans Practice to plan, implement and evaluate high impact interventions to reduce overfishing, restore depleted fish populations, tackle illegal fishing, minimise by-catch, protect sensitive habitats and empower coastal communities.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Facilitate coordinated action on sustainable fisheries by the WWF network.
  • Provide leadership on strategy development, impact evaluation and network collaboration.
  • Communicate actively and effectively with the WWF network and external stakeholders.
  • Work with experts in the WWF network to develop and advocate for shared policy positions.
  • Convene and provide secretariat support for meetings of the Oceans Practice fisheries core team.
  • Provide expert technical advice and commission scientific and technical analyses as needed.
  • Work with WWF Global Tuna Lead to inform and influence regional fisheries management.
  • Work across WWF practices and disciplines to support an integrated approach to fisheries.
  • Building network capacity to influence fisheries management, policy and governance.
  • Manage budgets and support the development of strategic funding proposals as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • University qualification(s) in fisheries management, marine conservation, law, political science, economics or related fields.
  • 7+ years of professional experience in fisheries management and/or marine conservation, including demonstrated experience in driving improvements in fisheries management.
  • Track record of success in fisheries management, marine conservation, policy advocacy, industry engagement, seafood markets, program development and/or strategic international partnerships.
  • Proven ability to lead and motivate international teams located across multiple locations.
  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrated success in fundraising.

Required Skills and Competencies

  • Strategic thinker, communicator and motivator.
  • Excellent understanding of fisheries science, policy, governance and management.
  • Strong knowledge of marine conservation issues.
  • Good understanding of fisheries markets and trade.
  • Strong negotiating, lobbying and policy advocacy skills.
  • Fundraising experience with public, private and/or philanthropic donors.
  • Proven success in leading and motivating international teams.
  • Proven experience of working with different cultures.
  • Ability to work effectively in a matrix organisation.
  • Excellent command of English; other languages will be considered an asset.
  • Identifies with WWF values: Courage, Integrity, Respect and Collaboration.
  • Willingness to travel regularly and internationally.

Working Relationships

  • Reports to hosting office with a technical (dotted) reporting line to the Oceans Practice Leader.
  • Liaise closely with Ocean Practice and Market Practice Core Teams and other relevant WWF teams (i.e. seafood, partnerships committee, etc).


Please send your CV and Cover Letter (as one document) stating clearly the job title and your preferred location to [email protected]

Kindly note work permit restrictions may apply and that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing date 12th September 2022

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.