Head of NGO & Government Relations

Location: London preferred, open to other MSC office locations
Salary: Attractive

The shift to sustainable fishing is a globally significant challenge and transformation hinges on leadership and collaboration among a diverse set of interest groups.

About the role

As a multi-stakeholder organisation, the MSC relies on support and involvement by a very wide range of stakeholders, from the fishing industry to environmental NGOs, scientific community to commercial partners, governments and consumers. Effective multi-stakeholder engagement, transparency and continuous improvement are core principles for the MSC, and at the heart of our effort to ensure we maintain a robust, mission-driven programme. 

Reporting to the Program Development Director, this new and challenging role will responsible for leading and managing MSC’s global NGO engagement and public affairs strategies to ensure effective dialogue and deeper engagement in the MSC program. This is an exciting opportunity to shape how the MSC engages with key NGO stakeholders, as well as with governments and other statutory bodies, identifying the most effective ways to build understanding of our programme and to enhance the MSC’s understanding of NGO and governments’ priorities, issues and areas of mutual interest. 

The post holder will contribute to cross-organisational strategic leadership and representation of the organisation at senior levels across key NGO (and some statutory) audiences internationally.  Working with the Head of Stakeholder Engagement, they will liaise with NGO members of MSC’s Stakeholder Advisory Council and provide an NGO and government perspective to MSC’s other governance bodies as required.  

The MSC is looking for a highly motivated and dynamic individual who will bring significant proven and relevant experience at a senior level in multi-stakeholder relations and facilitation in an international organisation with diverse issues, interests and audiences. Relevant experience and understanding of international environmental conservation, and a willingness and ability to grasp and communicate MSC’s fisheries standard and requirements is essential. You must also be able to demonstrate your empathy and interest in the MSC’s mission and objectives.


Head of NGO and Government Relations job description
Description: Full job description for the Head of NGO and Government Relations role.

Language: English
Date of Issue: 06 March 2019

Who are we?

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 programme well-managed sustainable fisheries are recognised and rewarded in the market place, through the leadership of our partners. Critically, other fisheries are incentivised to improve their performance to meet the growing demand for certified sustainable and traceable seafood choice. 

Over 400 fisheries around the world, representing 14% of the annual global marine catch, are now engaged in the MSC programme and over 1200 documented improvements to the way our oceans are being fished have been recorded. MSC certified and labelled seafood products are now available in over 100 countries. 

To apply

Please email the following material to recruitment@msc.org:

  • A cover letter outlining how your skills, experience and knowledge directly address the role, responsibilities, and requirements detailed in the job specification; and
  • A copy of your current CV (please state your current salary).

Please ensure that they are sent as Word or PDF documents with the titles “your name cover letter” and “your name CV”.

The subject of your email should read: Head of NGO and Government Relations 

Closing date

Monday 25 March, 09:00 (GMT)

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Language: English
Date of Issue: 23 May 2018
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