Senior Program Manager – Oceania

  • Nonprofit Full Time
  • International (Remote)
  • City: Pacific region – Australia, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea

Website Global Fishing Watch

Senior Program Manager – Oceania

Location:                       Pacific region – Australia, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea

Location type:             Remote

Reporting to:               Chief Program Officer

Direct reports:             Program Officer; Fisheries Analyst

Annual salary:             $120,000 – $160,000 AUD (the compensation/rate for                                                          candidate specific location can be provided upon request)

Contract type:              Permanent

Working hours:             Full time

Candidate level:           Experienced manager


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, Global Fishing Watch became an independent, international nonprofit 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 current focus is on industrial fishing because it is the most widespread human activity at sea, the most impactful on ocean health, and the most crucial for global livelihoods and food security. By 2030, we aim to monitor and visualize the impact of ocean-going vessels, both industrial and small-scale, that are responsible for much of the global seafood catch. We believe human activity at sea should be common knowledge to safeguard the global ocean commons for the common good of all.

Purpose of role

Under the strategic guidance of the Chief Program Officer, the Senior Program Manager – Oceania will lead GFW’s engagement with Pacific Island countries and territories and key regional organizations, to advance ocean governance through transparency. They will be one of five regional senior program managers, with counterparts in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe, and part of the leadership group of the Global Programs team.

GFW are looking for a dynamic, strategic thinker who can drive relationships with key governments, organizations and individuals in the fisheries and maritime community in the region. The ideal candidate will be familiar with international and regional oceans and fisheries policy and governance mechanisms, including topics around monitoring, control and surveillance and marine biodiversity, and adept at building relationships with government representatives in-country and regionally.

The successful candidate wil be an effective team player, able to share knowledge with, and learn from, colleagues in other regions. As GFW engagement grows, the Senior Program Manager will build a case for additional funding to support a growing team.

Primary responsibilities

  • Develop and implement strategies to advance GFW’s transparency vision and global program in Pacific Island countries, specifically GFW’s work in Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Fiji.
  • Lead the delivery of GFW’s program and policy objectives in the region and partner countries including project and budget management. This will be done through collaboration with other GFW teams (data and analysis, research and innovation, engineering and product, communications, and international policy).
  • Initiate, develop, and nurture partnerships with Pacific Island national fisheries, maritime agencies, regional bodies like the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency and other relevant stakeholders to support efforts to prevent, deter and reduce illegal unreported and unregulated fishing as well as contribute to marine biodiversity efforts like effective designation and better management and monitoring of Marine Protected Areas and OECMs.
  • Represent GFW in advocating themission 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 in the region.
  • Manage regional staff in support of these objectives.


Skills & Experience

  • Proven experience in fisheries management and/or maritime policy – preferably in government, a regional fisheries management organization or non-government sector, including in a leadership role.
  • Familiarity with the Pacific Islands region, ideally with firsthand experience, and a deep understanding of the priorities and approaches to fisheries and oceans policy in the region.
  • Proactive with a track record of building productive partnerships with stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with fisheries monitoring control and surveillance policy and operations, fisheries and maritime data analysis or related fields.
  • Demonstrated capacity to operate effectively in cross cultural environments.
  • Politically savvy, strategic thinker.
  • Strong, relevant networks in the region.
  • Effective written and verbal communicator.

Personal traits desired

  • Positive and collaborative brings people together to achieve a common purpose.
  • An interest in environmental issues, ocean protection and sustainability.
  • Culturally aware when working with diverse teams with differing working styles.
  • Fluency in languages other than English.

To apply for the post

To apply for this role, please submit a copy of your CV/resume and a cover letter outlining your interest in the role and how you fulfil the requirements set out in the job announcement by clicking on the link below.

Please contact Emma Adams at  for any queries you may have.

The deadline for application is Sunday 10th September 2023.

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