The Aquaculture Innovation Fellow, Blue Production Program will lead the development of a strategic, innovative aquaculture program, institutionalizing capacity in an organization and working with partners to help shape the development trajectory for this sector which is the fastest growing food production sector on the planet. Working in the Center for Oceans, the Fellow will work closely with a range of partners and divisions at CI, including the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB), the Moore Science Center and CI’s established aquaculture community of practice that includes CI’s field programs in China, Indonesia, Ecuador, Brazil, Costa Rica, Greater Mekong/Tonle Sap, the Philippines, and CI Africa’s sustainable production program.
The fellow plays a key and visible role in leading the delivery of high-impact outputs and developing innovative projects and proposals to achieve CI’s vision and goals for sustainable aquaculture in priority seascapes globally. S/he is responsible for program development, ensuring that CI’s aquaculture program strategies, initiatives and outcomes advance human development and conservation priorities. The Aquaculture Innovation Fellow will support delivery of the following key strategic priorities of the Blue Production program: (1) Develop science and policy to support effective governance of aquaculture in focal regions in CI’s Asia-Pacific, Americas, and Africa field division regions; (2) Development and implementation of field demonstration programs for sustainable aquaculture, including the piloting of innovative “break-through” technologies and interventions to lower the environmental impact of the sector while increasing sustainable production and socioeconomic benefits; and, (3) Supporting the delivery of conservation finance solutions to the aquaculture sector to incentivize clean production models.
The Aquaculture Innovation Fellow will work with Center for Oceans leadership to support fundraising efforts for the program, including developing project proposals, actively pursuing new sources of funding, facilitating communication and ensuring coordination with other programs and staff, and advancing funding relationships with key partners and donors to secure program funding for regional and field activities. The fellow continuously represents CI to engage and influence key external stakeholders including government and NGO officials, donors, and other parties critical to program success. As appropriate, the fellow builds and leverages strategic alliances with NGOs, businesses, or other entities that can further CI’s mission.