Senior Manager or Director (Program Initiatives)

Global Fishing Watch (GFW)



Global Fishing Watch is an international nonprofit organization committed to advancing ocean sustainability and stewardship through increasing 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, international 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, inform and influence policy and government actions, and drive transformation in how we manage our ocean. 

The Position

We are looking for an experienced oceans expert with technical and policy experience on marine biodiversity and fisheries and/or climate. The Director will primarily drive our biodiversity initiative and together with Chief Program Officer (CPO), lead the strategy development around other emerging themes like climate and small- scale fisheries, with transparency, technology and open – data as central principles. The Director will work closely with regional leads, analysis and policy teams, and program delivery managers to execute and implement the thematic strategies. The position will also provide advice and strategic guidance to the regional leads and global practices to help inform direction and delivery. The Director will have experience in designing and implementing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for the program work of the organization. The Director will also lead and consolidate our efforts around biodiversity, through our engagements with partners and governments, and the use of our Marine Manager Portal. 

Flexible working hours to accommodate calls across time zones is essential and some travel may be required to support country representatives at external meetings as needed. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Strategy Development and Execution – Biodiversity

  • Oversee the direction and implementation of all the biodiversity efforts, currently through Marine Manager Portal, of the organization
  • Provide support to the regional leads and program managers to execute on the project goals related to biodiversity, including working with regional partners and reporting to donors and partners
  • Working with the policy team and partners, help secure policy commitments and government actions related to biodiversity
  • Identify future geographic or global expansion of our biodiversity work by working with governments, networks and partner organizations
  • Support advancement of transparency objectives through engagements and policy work

Strategy and Partnership Development – Emerging Initiatives

  • Develop and execute strategy related to emerging initiatives, like small- scale fisheries, including supporting the ideation of technology and transparency interventions and development of delivery models.
  • Engage partners and practitioners in the execution of these strategies, including governments, regional bodies, and organizations
  • Support fundraising efforts to help identify and secure resources to deliver on emerging initiative work
  • Working with the policy team and partners, help secure policy commitments and government actions related to other initiatives

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

  • Develop and execute the Program’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, working with the Global Practices unit and Chief Program Officer
  • Articulate and report on the impact metrics, outcomes and outputs and 
  • Working with the Senior Director for Communications and Partnerships to externally communicate and report to partners and other stakeholders

Leadership and Management

  • Provide strategic inputs and direction on the ideation of solutions and interventions
  • Serve as thematic thought leader to the organization 
  • Provide oversight to the biodiversity work of the regions through a matrix function, 
  • Help in building and managing a team that will support the functions related to above
  • Establish strategic goals and objectives and key results (OKRs) with team members, manage performance and track delivery; accomplish staff results by communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results.
  • Develop, coordinate, and enforce systems, policies and procedures.
  • Ensure a safe, secure, and legal work environment.

External Representation, Communication and Fundraising

  • Represent the organization in advocating our mission with a variety of audiences, including strategic partners and policymakers, media, funders and at GFW training and outreach events 
  • Support fundraising, communication and international policy efforts to support, sustain and scale the program


  • Bachelor’s degree. 
  • Minimum 7 (9 for Director) years relevant professional experience. 
  • Experience in biodiversity, fisheries, and other ocean governance themes
  • Demonstrated ability in development, management and policy work in the national, regional and international context.
  • Experience with development and tracking of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to cultivate and follow up engagements with partners
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Experience in building and leading teams
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English.


  • Master’s degree and direct work experience in themes around climate, industry, or finance
  • Have worked in global matrix organizational structures
  • Other languages desirable 
  • Excellent oratory and presentation skills, and experience speaking with media, organizations, etc

Location: Remote working 

Responsible to: Chief Program Officer 

Salary: 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. No overtime is payable.

Holiday: Paid holiday/vacation commensurate with other, similar-level Global Fishing Watch employees in the country of employment. 

Equal opportunities: Global Fishing Watch is an equal opportunities employer. We hire and promote qualified  professionals without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We believe that our mission is best advanced when welcoming the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees of Global Fishing Watch and our partners, vendors, suppliers and contractors.

Please apply by Saturday, 17 September 2022.