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Coral Triangle Programme Fisheries Adviser

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 25/09/2022
Company Name WWF
Contact Name HR
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Tropical tuna harvested in the Western Central Pacific Ocean account for 60% of the global tuna trade. One of the most valuable tunas is yellowfin tuna that supports livelihood, employment and generates considerable GDP share for coastal nations through export sales (Indonesia, Philippines and Pacific Island states), and vessel day sales (Pacific islands). Small scale fishers account for about 40% of yellowfin tuna catches in the Philippines, (STP Assessment Report 2020, Tambuyog), Malaysia and Indonesia. Collapse of this fishery will have far-reaching implications to the livelihood of small-scale fishers, as well as employment in the commercial seafood industry in the region. WWF has been working with small-scale fishers for a more sustainable harvest of yellowfin tuna in the Western Central Pacific region. 

Since 2011, WWF-Philippines has been active in advancing and implementing Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPS) in the tuna fisheries in Lagonoy and Mindoro Strait, Philippines to ensure sustainable production while improving the welfare of small- scale handline fisherfolk. In 2019, the Philippines produced over 500,000 metric tons of tuna, 27% of which was harvested by municipal or small-scale fisheries (Philippine Statistics Authority, 2019), making it one of the largest producers of tropical tuna in the Coral Triangle. 

The Fishery Improvement Projects WWF-Philippines supported in Lagonoy Gulf and Mindoro Strait have been awarded the Marine Stewardship Council Certification (MSCC), the first fishery in the country to attain such certification. The MSCC is the most widely used sustainable seafood certification globally, and has become the gold standard in fisheries environmental sustainability certifications. 

Mindoro Strait, a major tuna fishery area in the Philippines, also forms part of the wider Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape, a mega-diverse marine ecoregion that stretches towards Palawan. Strengthening the fishery operations in this area to economies of scale increases the potential for sound investment and returns in a bankable project. For, instance, processing may generate better returns if the communities offer high-quality tuna and diversified sustainably sourced seafood and other livelihood products. 

The Coral Triangle is the planet’s richest center of marine life and coral diversity, with over 6,000 species of fish, 76% of the world’s coral species, and an awe-inspiring array of wildlife.

Resources from the area directly sustain more than 120 million people living here. But overfishing, destructive fishing, unsustainable tourism, impacts of urbanization, and climate change are fast eroding this resource base. A sub-regional tuna strategy in development by WWF’s Coral Triangle Programme (CTP) positions yellowfin tuna as a nature-based solution to climate. Given its importance for ocean health, ecosystem integrity, and dependence of coastal nations in the Coral Triangle countries on tuna for jobs, livelihood and nutrition, tuna meets the criteria of a nature-based solution that addresses ecological and human system challenges from climate impacts.

Given these considerations, the Mindoro Strait Sustainable and Equitable Tuna for Bankability (MS SETB) project funded by EU Switch Asia programme is seeking for the Coral Triangle Programme Fisheries Adviser as part of External Advisory Board who will provide technical expertise and guidance to the main thematic areas of the Action and will oversee the quality and effectiveness of the implementation of activities and outputs specific to each thematic areas identified for the project. 



World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF)

While WWF shall engage the advisor, it shall remain the overall in-charge of the project and undertake activities that are within its scope and expertise. Specifically, WWF is responsible in carrying out the following:

  1. Coordinate and communicate with the adviser;
  2. Conduct briefing sessions with the adviser;
  3. Assign staff to coordinate the requirements of the advisership; and
  4. Partake in the analysis of results, review the results thereof, and provide inputs.

Coral Triangle Programme Fisheries Adviser

The adviser is tasked to oversee alignment of actions and outcomes to the project plan, identify areas needed for adaptive management and recommend solutions pathways to deliver target outcomes, including the following specific actions:

  1. Ensure alignment with the Tuna+ for People and Nature program of the CTP providing the big picture narrative for fisheries in the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape (SSS). The MS SETB project serves as a pilot for the seascape investment strategy, multi-level governance and multi-level stakeholder values systemic approach to fisheries as a viable nature-based solution;
  2. Liaise with the SBE, Fisheries, Coastal Communities, Bankable Nature-based solutions areas of collective action and innovation (ACAIs), Food, Markets and Oceans Practices in areas with potential to enhance and support the program; Establish network of resources to support delivery of bankable projects portfolio;
  3. Coordinate hiring and selection of consultants for bankable projects portfolio development and the comprehensive ecological and social accounting matrix (CEESAM);
  4. Contribute expertise in sustainable business planning and strategy, provide oversight on feasibility studies and bankable project portfolio development and alignment with CEESAM analytical framework and recommendations.
  5. Provide guidance on potential to replicate and scale livelihood systems to seascape and national-level impacts, and guidance on bankable components of BFARs national plans (tuna, octopus, CPHMAIP).
  6. Apply business planning and strategy expertise to the overall development and advise the WWF PH team accordingly;
  7. Meet regularly with Steering Committee to report progress, challenges and opportunities to delivering outcomes;
  8. Provide high level feedback and strategic guidance in delivering outcomes and scaling up, deep and wide;
  9. Liaise with Project Manager, relevant project staff and Finance Lead to discuss progress, risks to delivering outcomes, troubleshooting, etc.; and
  10. Contribute to reports, other relevant information and actions as needed.


The implementation of this project will be for three years (February 1, 2022- January 31, 2025). The advisership will be from the start date of contract until January 31, 2025. 



  1. Letter of Interest addressed to Project Manager, Ms. Melody Melo-Rijk (mmelorijk@wwf.org.ph)
  2. A technical proposal (including work and financial plan- proposed process, timeframe, and budget quote)
  3. Information Sheet or a Curriculum Vitae outlining relevant education, expertise and experience 
  4. BIR Registration
  5. Copy of Official Receipt
  6. Copy of at least two most recent engagement with copy of fees
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