Standards Coordinator – Fish Health

Responsible to: Head of Standards Team

Salary and benefits: TBD 

Contract: 1 FTE 

Location Ideally Europe but may be flexible for the right candidate

Date written: November, 2020

About ASC

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is an independent, non-profit organisation, which sets global standards for responsible aquaculture. ASC promotes responsible aquaculture to consumers through the use of its logo on certified products.

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 in the market to encourage industry towards achieving environmental sustainability and social responsibility. For more information go to 

The Standards and Science (SaS) Department is made up of three Teams: 1) Standards Team, 2) Research Team and 3) Impacts Team. Collectively, these teams cover work streams that deal with standard development and implementation, conducting research and assimilating farm performance data to serve multiple purposes both within and external to the organization. The Department currently consists of 10 staff, each responsible for a number of specific projects as well operational workflows

Job Summary 

To progress the development of the ASC fish health indicators and contribute to the potential uptake of these indicators, collaborate in other related workstream and to manage the overall topic of fish health within the Organisation, the ASC is looking for a “Standards Coordinator Fish Health”.

Key responsibilities:

The Standards Coordinator Fish Health will support the Standards Team in matters related to:

Standard Setting Process and related procedures:

  • Lead the review and revision of the ASC Standards on fish health-related topics and requirements in line with the ASC Standard Setting Procedure;
  • Implement and manage multi-stakeholder engagement with regards to fish health-related topics in an objective, effective and solution-oriented manner.
  • Lead the consultation and the assessment of impacts associated with potential changes into future versions of the ASC Standard requirements on topics related to fish health.

Standards Coordination:

  • Coordinate fish health-related topics and requirements.
  • Provides the Standards Team with support on matters related to fish health on aquaculture
  • Engage with the aquaculture industry in relation to ASC’s fish health requirements and topics.
  • Coordinate with Impacts Team to identify key impacts associated with fish health-related topics so that they can be incorporated into future M&E reporting.
  • Engage in research projects where needed and appropriate.
  • Engage and keep informed internal colleagues and engaged stakeholders of work and project progress where needed.

External Relationship:

  • Lead the development of external relationships with relevant key stakeholders.
  • Lead the delivery of technical information of the ASC approach to fish health-related topics and requirements to diverse audiences (e.g. in conferences, training and workshops).
  • Represent ASC in multiple relevant forums.

Organisational & Management:

  • Work with colleagues collaboratively and in an open communication style, identifying and resolving areas of differing views effectively.
  • Produce high quality written and verbal reports, papers, briefings, background documents, presentations and other outputs, as required.
  • Lead or collaborate on preparing scientific reports or posters for publishing or conferences.

Key Qualifications and experience required:

  • Master (MSc) degree in veterinarian sciences (Veterinarian/Fish Health Biologist).
  • Post-graduate degree at PhD level.
  • Understanding of environmental and social issues of the aquaculture industry and the role of third-party certification systems in addressing these.
  • Demonstrable, extensive relevant working experience in the aquaculture industry as a veterinarian or fish health biologist.
  • Proven project coordination experience.
  • Ability to manage relationships with colleagues and stakeholders successfully, with a people-centred approach to work.
  • Ability to demonstrate strategic leadership skills developed in a variety of internal and external organisational settings.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English. Proficiency in a second language is considered an advantage.
  • Excellent presentation, communication and reporting skills and ability to shape those to suit a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Proficient in the use of standard software packages (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Readiness and passion to contribute to the ASC’s mission and vision.
  • Empathy with the ASC Theory of Change.
  • Ability to think and work independently, systematically and to make pragmatic decisions in a rapidly changing environment.
  •  Pro-active and result-oriented.
  •  Diplomatic with the ability to garner support and cooperation amongst colleagues and external stakeholders.
  • And not unimportant …. be an enthusiastic and fun colleague to work with!

Application details: 

Please e-mail a cover letter and CV detailing how you meet the criteria to: by 30th November 2020.

Please click here to read the full job description.

Selection process:

Applications will be reviewed and a short list of candidates will be invited to interview remotely. 

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