Based:  Vietnam / Home based & remote working – Applications from other locations may be considered if skills and experience align yet coverage of Vietnam will be required.

Contract: Full Time – ASC supports remote & flexible working opportunities

Salary: Competitive with great benefits

Who are ASC?

ASC is an independent, not-for-profit organisation established in 2010 to set and operate global standards for responsible aquaculture. Certified farmed products are promoted to consumers through the use of its ASC-logo.

The aquaculture industry is growing strongly and is already supplying more than half of all seafood consumed worldwide, but this growing demand increases the environmental and social footprint associated with this expansion. The ASC certification and labelling programme incentivises improved farming practices by promoting the benefits of responsibly farmed seafood and encourages an industry towards achieving environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

We work across the globe with aquaculture producers, seafood processors, retail and foodservice companies, scientists, conservation groups and the public to make it very easy to recognize and buy farmed seafood that meets the highest environmental standards.

The role – Programme Assurance & Outreach Coordinator

ASC is currently looking for an energetic Programme Assurance & Outreach Coordinator to join our Market Development Team to support both market development within this region (increasing certified production across farms and feed mills in the country to meet growing demand for ASC labelled products in priority markets) as well as implement new Programme Assurance tools in close alignment with the ASC Programme Assurance Team.

We are looking for someone to expand certified supply (farms and feed mills) by securing and deepening the commitment of producers, processors and feed mills to ASC certification while supporting and strengthening the value and integrity of the ASC logo.

This is a newly created role aims to combine the need to convey the commercial value of the ASC logo and programme towards producers, processors and feed mills, as well as the need to support them in understanding our standards and certification requirements as well as the importance of maintaining the integrity of ASC certified/and labelled seafood.

What would I be responsible for?

You will be joining the charity at an exciting time of growth to pro-actively lead actions on a daily basis, to:

  • building effective working relationships new & existing clients, enhancing producer outreach and support services and through engagement with critical stakeholders e.g. local authorities, industry associations, labs and other institutions
  • supporting ASC’s Programme Assurance activities locally, ensuring the ASC programme is credibly implemented in Vietnam, contributing to protection of the value of the ASC logo
  • developing our ASC Improver Programme which will provide a framework Aquaculture Improvement Projects. This will focus on aquaculture producers and feed mills in the country
  • conducting proactive outreach to farms, processing companies and feed mills promoting the value of the ASC logo to increase uptake of ASC certification
  • acting as account manager for key clients, facilitate and support client needs within the remit of this role
  • work alongside ASC colleagues to maximize leverage from the market/ buyers to engage producers in country and expand the client base
  • acting as main point of contact for processors, farmers and feed mills regarding the benefits of using the ASC logo, ASC standards and requirements, our certification methodologies (multi-site & group), Chain of Custody certification, our assurance tools and ASC logo use
  • delivering workshops, training to producers, processors and feed mills on relevant aspects of the programme
  • supporting the trial and implementation of new assurance tools (Key Data Elements, Trace Element Fingerprinting, Supplier Monitoring Tool etc.)
  • maintaining close working relationship with local authorities and organizations (VASEP, MRAD, Nafiquad, and institutions) in general and on antibiotics and other issues as needed in alignment with the ASC Programme Assurance Team
  • establishing and maintaining cooperation with trustworthy labs and collaborate with MSC staff in the region on supply chain certification needs
  • supporting on issues related to farm compliance with ASC standards and certification requirements, if detected in Vietnam
  • regularly inform certified producers, processing companies and feed mills about the uptake of ASC in the market and about relevant changes in the programme
  • encouraging certified producers, processors and other local stakeholders to participate in the public consultations of the ASC programme
  • developing a local network with aquaculture experts, service providers and NGOs who can support farms to prepare for certification or the development of improvement projects (AIPs)
  • strengthening ASC intelligence about the farming sector in country, map the trade flows of farmed products into domestic and overseas markets highlighting the opportunities and target companies to increase ASC certified supply to meet demand

Are you the person we need?

You will be a self-motivated and resilient ‘Market Lead & Assurance Champion’ with a natural desire to make a difference within the Aquaculture industry. To be successful in this role you will need to have a good understanding of how third-party certification programmes, such as the ASC, work.

You must be eligible to live and work in Vietnam and have fluent bilingual ability in both English and Vietnamese. You will ideally have:

  • relevant qualifications to diploma or degree level in a related topic i.e. aquaculture, marine biology, food science, business etc.
  • relevant farm production (preferably shrimp) or certification (auditing) experience in aquaculture
  • understanding of the aquaculture sector in Vietnam and how seafood supply chains are organized and work in this region
  • knowledge of aquaculture certification schemes in general
  • a good established network of relations would be highly advantageous i.e. key producers, processors, industry associations, local authorities, NGOs, aquaculture experts and/or service providers supporting the sector
  • strong project management, planning and time-management skills with willingness to take initiative to improve current practice and processes

Work Perks!

This is a perfect opportunity for someone looking to join a fun and dynamic global team focused on setting and supporting global standards for responsible and sustainable aquaculture for future generations to come!

You will also get;

  • To be part of an organisation who are really making a difference!
  • Flexible / Remote working opportunities
  • Minimum of 25 days holiday
  • Competitive benefits
  • Workstation grant
  • Flexible fitness / wellbeing grant
  • Paid time to volunteer, up to 6 days per year
  • All staff team retreat
  • Employee recognition awards
  • 1 free coffee a week, on us!

The ASC works across different time zones so the pattern of hours may vary according to operational needs. Some domestic and international travel and overnight stays may be required occasionally.

Sign me up!.. How do I apply?

Please e-mail your cover letter and CV, in English, to: recruitment@asc-aqua.org or apply direct via this advert.

Your CV and cover letter will be considered, and we will make a shortlist of candidates to invite to interview. Sometimes you may be asked to prepare additional written materials, past work examples and / or a presentation. Interviews will generally be held via Teams.

ASC take data protection very seriously. We will only use any personal information you may choose to give us in connection with your application for this position. If your application is unsuccessful, we will keep your personal information for 6 months, in case any other vacancies arise for which we think you may be suitable. For more information, please read our privacy policy which can be found here: https://www.asc-aqua.org/privacy/

We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of choice, reflecting the global community and therefore particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.

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