The Pew Charitable Trusts Job Vacancies: Senior Associate, Conservation Enforcement Analytics, Global Campaign to End Illegal Fishing - USA

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.

We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.

With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.

For the past two decades, Pew has been a major force in educating the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences and solutions to some of the world's most pressing environmental challenges. Our work is focused on reducing the scope and severity of three major global environmental problems:

  • Dramatic changes to the Earth's climate brought about by the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the planet's atmosphere;
  • The erosion of large terrestrial wilderness ecosystems that contain a great part of the world's remaining biodiversity; and,
  • The destruction of the world's marine environment.
Project Overview
Over the next decade, Pew is committed to achieving substantial global ocean conservation outcomes, building on 20 years of science-based advocacy aimed at securing the health and vitality of the world's marine environment. Pew's international oceans program works through various specific, focused projects to end overfishing, secure marine habitat protections, and ensure sound global ocean governance, monitoring and enforcement. We advocate for national, regional and international policies that will conserve marine habitats and ensure the long-term sustainability of fish stocks around the world. Our work focuses on problems whose resolution is critical for the future of life in the sea, the resolution of which will create a large and lasting legacy.

At least one fifth of all fish taken from the sea are caught illegally or beyond the reach of regulators. This significantly threatens the health of the global ocean ecosystem and undermines the economies of countless fishing communities around the world. Fishing grounds in developing countries and on the high seas are especially vulnerable to exploitation by companies that engage in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. International crime in fisheries flourishes because flag states do not fulfill their legal obligations to control the fishing operations of their vessels, and port states do not have the tools and incentives to identify and prosecute these crimes in port.

There is no silver bullet capable of addressing IUU fishing. Many tools must be marshaled to close down the avenues for illegally caught and unregulated fish. The ending illegal fishing project (EIFP) is working to lay the foundations for a global system of enforcement to combat illegal fishing through the adoption and effective implementation of policy measures that enable the identification and tracking of industrial-scale fishing vessels, the development of practical tools to improve information-sharing among enforcement authorities, and the building of the necessary human and technical resources to sanction such vessels if they have engaged in illicit activities. To accomplish this, the EIFP will focus on securing the ratification and implementation of the UN Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing and properly tracking and identifying vessels involved in fishing activities. The EIFP will also focus on putting in place ways for countries and international fisheries management organizations to share information and increase transparency and accountability, prerequisites for an effective global fisheries enforcement system.

Project Eyes on the Seas is a partnership between The Pew Charitable Trusts and Satellite Applications Catapult (the Catapult), a U.K. government initiative created to help foster economic growth through the application of space technology and a technical center of excellence. The purpose of this partnership is to build an information systems platform that will allow a true, near real-time, picture of fishing vessel activity around the globe. The end result will be a cost-effective global fisheries monitoring and enforcement system that can be used by governments around the world, including even the most resource-poor enforcement agencies, to monitor and detect illegal fishing activities affecting the world's ocean. The system will also allow retailers and the vast majority of commercial fishers who operate within the law to show buyers where, when, and how their fish were caught.

The system uses cutting-edge technology to merge satellite tracking and imagery data with other sources of information, including oceanographic data and fishing vessel databases on ownership and flags. It then combines this information with computer algorithms and intelligence analysis to provide users with a complete picture of the maritime domain and alerts them to suspicious activity. Additional data layers will be added over the coming years as Pew and the Catapult continue to develop the system.

Position Overview
The Senior Associate, Conservation Enforcement Analytics, will report to the Senior Officer, Enforcement and Technology. Through remote access and use of the Project Eyes on the Seas (EOS) platform and other relational databases and geographic information systems (GIS), the Senior Associate will be part of the team responsible for conducting active monitoring and generating historical analysis of designated maritime areas of interest and managing and analyzing data associated with fishing fleet dynamics that will serve to inform the EIFP with its efforts to detect, deter and eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. The Senior Associate will assist with monitoring and analytical work related to Global Ocean Legacy marine reserve sites of interest as well as conducting analytical work to support other Pew international ocean campaign goals and objectives or other projects such as INTERPOL's Project Scale as designated by the Senior Officer. The Senior Associate will assist with enhancing use of the outputs of the EOS system by researching advancements in technologies used for fisheries monitoring and data analytics and recommending new data analysis methodologies that would support the needs of current and future government and retail users of the EOS system. The Senior Associate will also advise on design aspects that will ensure the EOS system can be used for enforcement or due diligence activities.

Job Requirements
  • Support the Global Campaign to End Illegal Fishing to provide monitoring and analysis of selected global maritime areas of interest and data associated with fishing fleet dynamics to detect and document suspicious and possible illegal fishing activities.
  • Develop technical reports, and other documents, case packages, recommendations and assessments as required based upon observed monitoring and analysis of fishing activities as documented through EOS system data or other relational databases and GIS tools.
  • Establish, develop and maintain an effective working relationship and means of communication and coordination with the Pew and EOS analytical teams to enhance delivery of analytic tools, information, data and other services.
  • Provide technical assistance and operational advice to the Officer, Conservation Enforcement Analytics in order to enhance current and future capabilities of the EOS system to maximize its service deliverables to clients.
  • Establish, develop and maintain close engagement with a network of enforcement and surveillance counterparts and officials, including industry, involved with receiving services as provided by the EOS system.
  • Maintain an active understanding of changes in technology for fisheries monitoring and data analytics and data analysis methodologies that will serve to aid enforcement and surveillance as these areas pertain to the effective delivery of the EOS system.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with government officials and national and international institutions, as well as relevant NGOs in the field primarily directed at the exercise and use of data analytics. Participate in strategy sessions with NGOs, scientists and other stakeholders as needed.
  • Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree in a relevant area preferred.
  • A minimum of four years of relevant professional experience required. Experience in international fisheries policy is important. Some experience with marine conservation and maritime enforcement issues is beneficial.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills. Ability to collect, organize and synthesize large amounts of information and disseminate information with attention to detail and accuracy. Ability to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem, determine whether it is appropriate for intervention and identify the means to address it.
  • A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to develop and move projects forward with a minimal supervision.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of issues and means to address them. Strong oral, presentation, facilitation and written communication skills. Clear, effective writing style.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes. Excellent listening skills. Ability to be highly articulate.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and productively across a wide array of different cultures and international institutions.
  • Seasoned judgment, ability to justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.
We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.

It is anticipated that the individual in this position will travel occasionally nationally and internationally.

Pew is an equal opportunity employer.