Head of NGO Engagement (HoNGO)


Are you passionate about oceans teeming with life, and interested in working with globally
leading experts on the implementation of the world’s leading market-based approach to drive
fisheries sustainability?

Do you enjoy engaging and bringing together NGO stakeholders to help deliver impactful
collaborations and solutions to help end overfishing worldwide? If so, this could be the
opportunity for you.

The MSC has been one of the leading NGOs in the sustainable seafood movement from the outset in
the mid-1990’s until today. Since then the MSC, together with many other NGOs, has successfully
driven a broader awareness amongst commercial actors such as fishing, processing and trading
companies, as well as in fisheries management agencies and the wider stakeholder arena.
Thousands of improvements have been made by fisheries in the MSC program that use the MSC
Standards to measure performance and to – where needed – close performance gaps to become or
maintain compliance with our leading global standard and assurance system.

In the role of Head of NGO Engagement, you will lead MSCs engagement work with our peers in the
NGO community. You’re embedded in the MSC global outreach function, where you work with
experienced senior colleagues responsible for market and fisheries sector engagement. This team
helps to shape MSCs policy development direction, and oversees and supports program
implementation by regional teams.

We are looking for:

  • an experienced person, preferably someone who knows the sustainable seafood movement and
    who understands the role of global standards and credible 3rd party assurance
  • someone with excellent communication skills and able to demonstrate these in meetings and
    at conferences
  • excellent stakeholder engagement and relationship management skills as well as proven
    leadership ability and strong project management experience
  • someone with experience of engaging with NGOs or having worked for an NGO in a relevant
    subject matter area.

This is an exciting role and an opportunity to shape how the MSC engages with key stakeholders
and develops new relationships. The successful candidate will also help identify the most
effective ways to build understanding of our program and enhance our understanding of
stakeholder priorities. There is tremendous opportunity to make an enormous contribution to our
mission, working to navigate a complex international multi-stakeholder environment.

We’re an international organisation and our employees all demonstrate a level of cultural
awareness, and value the diverse views and approaches relevant to the MSC program.

The MSC is committed to flexible working. The successful candidate will need to work from
the London office for a minimum of 50% of their working time each month The remaining time can
be worked from home.

Working at the MSC

The MSC’s vision is for the world’s oceans to be teeming with life, and seafood supplies
safeguarded for this and future generations. Through our internationally recognised
certification and ecolabeling program, well-managed sustainable fisheries are recognised and
rewarded in the marketplace, through the leadership of our partners. Over 600 fisheries around
the world, representing 15% of the annual global wild-catch, are now engaged in the MSC program
and MSC certified and labelled seafood products are now available in over 100 countries.

 The MSC is committed to the principles of equality and fairness and we welcome applications
from all communities. We do not discriminate on the grounds of age, ethnicity, race, colour,
religion or belief, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. If you
consider yourself to have a disability and need reasonable adjustments made during the
recruitment and selection process, please let us know how we can help you.

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