Monitoring Controlling Surveillance (MCS) Advisor /Fisheries Analyst

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Responsible to: Senior Fisheries Analyst, OceanMind

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: Fixed term, subject to finding arrangements

Holiday: 28 days per annum, plus statutory holidays (pro rated)

Equal Opportunities: The Satellite Application Catapult strives to be an equal opportunities employer and commitment to this process will be expected.

About Us

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent technology and innovation company whose purpose is to promote, develop and facilitate the commercialisation and advancement of the satellite applications industry. The company is a not for profit Research Organisation, with a commercial trading subsidiary. The organisation embraces an open and innovative culture, encouraging an ethos of knowledge exchange and sector engagement, and has quickly become a world class centre of facilities and expertise.

We’re one of ten Catapults established and overseen by Innovate UK. They are places where the best of the UK’s innovative businesses and researchers work together to bring new products and services more quickly to commercialisation. Focusing on areas with great market potential, Catapults will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future.

Our Mission

To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites

Our Vision

To be a world-leading technology and innovation company, helping businesses of all sizes to realise the potential from space. By embracing a pioneering, agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, we create valued partnerships to deliver game-changing results

Our Culture

The Catapult fosters an open and collaborative culture that stimulates and develops staff and encourages collaboration and innovation. Our employee value proposition is strong. We have worked hard to create an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging, rewarding, flexible and, most importantly, fun. More about the Catapult Culture

The Role

The monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS) advisor/fisheries analyst will work in OceanMind, the Catapult’s Ocean Sustainability Business Unit. Its aim is to provide information and services to governments and industry players who are interested in understanding fishing activities in their waters or supply chains in more detail to enhance fisheries compliance. More information is available here.

The advisor will be responsible to the senior analyst but based within the Royal Thai Government’s Department of Fisheries in Bangkok, Thailand. On a daily basis, the analyst will work with senior government officials from a range of departments with a focus on improving the fisheries monitoring, control, and surveillance capabilities of the Royal Thai Government (RTG). This will take the form of direct training to staff on monitoring and analysis of fishing activities, developing and reviewing of policies, assistance on cases and case management with the DOF’s Fisheries Monitoring Center, and providing regular briefings and recommendations to senior political levels within the Royal Thai Government.

The advisor will also support outreach and coordination with the seafood sector in Thailand, mainly through coordination with members of the Seafood Task Force, to solicit feedback on proposed government regulation and to help industry develop a “culture of compliance” that supports the fisheries management objectives of the RTG.

The ideal candidate has international experience, high technical proficiency in the field of fisheries MCS, and significant political acumen and confidence to deal with a wide variety of stakeholders. The ability to communicate quickly, clearly, and confidently in spoken and written form is critical to success. The advisor will also help coordinate a variety of projects with the RTG and Seafood Task Force members with the support of other OceanMind staff that may be based in Bangkok as well to implement a variety of analysis and technical support projects related to fisheries MCS.

Accommodation in Bangkok will be provided.

Main Responsibilities and Activities

  • Act as an MCS Advisor to the Royal Thai Government’s Department of Fisheries. Work to enhance fisheries compliance, and thereby sustainability, through support to governments and private supply chains.
  • Support the RTG in providing monitoring and analysis of selected areas and fleets of interest to detect and document suspicious and possible suspicious fishing activities.
  • Coordinate support from other OceanMind analysts to different divisions within the RTG
  • Provide feedback on proposed MCS policies and systems
  • Aid the development of case management protocols within the DOF
  • Advise government and supply chain representatives on tools and methods to enhance fisheries compliance.
  • Balance competing demands to provide training and assistance to teams focused on three primary work areas within the DOF:
    • Thai-flagged fleet operating in the Thai EEZ
    • Thai-flagged fleet operating outside the Thai EEZ
    • Foreign-flagged vessels making deliveries of fish product to Thailand for processing (Port state measures)
  • Advise RTG and supply chain representatives on specific cases and recommend follow-up actions.
  • Liaise as necessary with representatives of industry, NGOs, international bodies and any other organization to help accomplish strategic objectives
  • Draft and provide regular reports and presentations on goals, outcomes, blockers, and opportunities to aid the RTG and seafood industry with goals of increased compliance
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with decision makers, government officials and national and international institutions, as well as relevant industry groups and NGOs in the field.
  • Represent OceanMind at external meetings, workshops and conferences as appropriate
  • The role will be based in the RTG Department of Fisheries in Bangkok, Thailand but may require some travel as necessary.

About You

  • Bachelor’s degree strongly desired, advanced degree in a relevant area preferred.
  • A passion for understanding and engagement in fisheries issues is required.
  • Experience with fisheries compliance and monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS), fisheries management or related experience is required with a desire for international experience.
  • Familiarity with maritime enforcement patrol operations, including patrol planning and real-time support is desired.
  • Strong knowledge of international fisheries MCS protocols and relationships with representatives in different international organizations, especially in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, is strongly preferred.
  • An overarching understanding of industrial fishing operations, supply chains, common fishery management tools, and compliance issues in the fisheries sector and the ability to evaluate specific fisheries or regions in the context of this understanding is required.
  • Ability to community quickly, clearly, and confidently in spoken and written form is critical to success. Clear, effective writing style.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Demonstrate strong analytical skills. Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem, determine whether it is appropriate for intervention and identify the means to address it.
  • Demonstrate ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Ability to exhibit skills of diplomacy and confidentiality.

Apply

If you are up for the challenge and thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment, send your CV along with a covering letter to career@sa.catapult.org.uk.

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