The Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) is expanding its membership and is looking for 12 new members who are passionate about shaping the global agenda for transparency and multi-stakeholder participation in fisheries management.
The FiTI is established as a collaborative effort among different stakeholders from governments, business, and civil society. Their diverse interests, positions, experiences, and resources are fundamental for contributing to sustainable marine fisheries.
The FiTI is legally institutionalised as a non-profit, non-governmental association under Seychellois law and governed by the constitution of the FiTI association.
Membership to the FiTI is open to any individual nominated by an entity from the government, business or social sector, interested in enhancing transparency and multi-stakeholder participation in fisheries, good ocean governance or wider areas of open government and access to information.
The FiTI seeks to add 12 new members through this 2022 election process, distributed as follows:
|Stakeholder group||Vacant membership seats|
|Government sector||4 individuals, nominated by public sector institutions, including ministries, federal or national government agencies, and businesses owned or controlled by the government (i.e. State-Owned Enterprises)|
|Business sector – Large-Scale/Industrial||2 individuals, nominated by large-scale/industrial organisations along the marine fisheries value chain, including for-profit companies and social enterprises, organisations in supporting sectors (e.g. finance, investments, management, technology), as well as industry, professional and trade associations|
|Business sector – Small-Scale/Artisanal||1 individual, nominated by small-scale/artisanal organisations along the marine fisheries value chain, including for-profit companies and social enterprises as well as industry, professional and trade associations|
|Social sector||5 individuals, nominated by organisations that serve society at large, including not-for-profit civil society organisations, global action networks, as well as academic entities|
The sole responsibility of members is to serve in the FiTI International Board. The FiTI International Board is the global supervisory body of the FiTI.
The term for the newly elected members will be three years, from 1 January 2023 until 31 December 2025.
Candidates that seek to run for a membership seat in the FiTI association must meet the following criteria:
- Membership to the FiTI association is personal and not institutional. Therefore, only individuals are eligible to run for a membership seat in the FiTI association. Nevertheless, candidates must be officially nominated by their organisation or (in the case of self-employed individuals) from an expert network from the government, business, or social sector. The nominating organisation or network must operate in several countries and be established for at least 3 years.
- Candidates must be at least 18 years old.
- Candidates must demonstrate a strong interest in enhancing transparency and multi-stakeholder participation in fisheries, good ocean governance or broader areas of open government and access to information, and practicing high levels of openness, integrity, and accountability.
- The working language of the FiTI International Board is English, and all candidates must be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking.
- In addition, candidates must demonstrate at least two of the following aspects:
- Sound technical expertise and strong track record in influencing policy processes;
- Experience in partnering with senior representatives from governments, business or civil society;
- Proven ability in support of the sustainability of natural resources or transparency processes;
- Informed international perspective on core issues of transparency in marine fisheries management to leverage global standards and/or partners;
- Ability to support outreach and fundraising activities of the FiTI.
- Elected Board members are expected to dedicate on average one to two hours a week to the FiTI – with intensity increasing around FiTI International Board meetings. Members should also be available to travel internationally to represent the FiTI at high-level meetings and participate in at least one in-person FiTI International Board meetings per year, as well as additional meetings held online.
- Cover letter addressed by the candidate to the FiTI Chair, covering the following aspects:
- Motivation to join the FiTI as a member;
- Summary of experiences that demonstrate the candidate’s qualification to support the FiTI in advancing transparency in fisheries management;
- Priorities given to advance the objectives of the FiTI.
- Letter of nomination from the candidate’s organisation or a network, addressed to the FiTI Chair, covering the following aspects:
- Rationales for supporting the nomination;
- Explanation about ways in which the candidate fulfils the set criteria;
- A paragraph that states ways in which the nominator believes the nominee can contribute to the mission of FiTI.
- Completed candidate profile form
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- CV (max. 4 pages)
Documents must be submitted to the FiTI International Secretariat by the 15th of November 2022 through Ms Tina Fondamiere to the following email address: email@example.com. Questions or comments regarding this call for nominations can be sent to the same email address.
Process and timeline for the 2022 election
|(1) Call for nominations||15 June – 15 November 2022|
|(2) Formal review of nominations||1 September – 30 September 2022|
|(3) Interview with shortlisted candidates||1 October – 31 October 2022|
|(4) Election of new members||1 November – 15 November 2022|
|(5) Announcements of results||16 November – 30 November 2022|
|Begin of membership term||1 January 2023|
The current members of the FiTI association will elect the new members of the FiTI association.
The names of the nominees, short-listed candidates, and assessment results will not be published or shared.