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Welfare Standard Lead/Manager


A core part of FWI’s theory of change is enabling farmers in India to make improvements that meaningfully improve the lives of fishes. In alignment with this goal, we are seeking a Welfare Standard Lead/Manager to (i) expand the capacity of our Welfare Standard Department, and (ii) to lead its team in setting more impactful and implementable fish welfare standards.

This role is suited for someone with experience running in-field tests and who can help with or lead building and growing a department. The work here will be interdisciplinary, challenging, and largely unprecedented—and we think that for the right candidate, the opportunity to improve the magnitude of all of FWI’s impact will be extremely rewarding.

The successful candidate will be designated as either Welfare Standard Lead or Welfare Standard Manager, based on their prior experience and current ability to lead a whole department.


Hiring Criteria Notes: Although Indian applicants are preferred, we are hiring for this position internationally. You must be willing to live in Andhra Pradesh, India for at least 3 months out of the year and work on a time zone compatible with India Standard Time for most of the rest of the year (i.e. you can work from anywhere but the Americas).


Application Deadline: April 16, 2023

Who We Are 

Fish Welfare Initiative (FWI) works to reduce the suffering of farmed fishes, and is amongst the first organizations in this growing space. Thus far, our efforts have mainly focused on India, where in the past 3 years we have built a team of about 20 people and improved the lives of over 1 million fishes.

How You Will Make a Difference

Core responsibilities of the Welfare Standard Lead/Manager include:

  • Co-developing plans for welfare standard testing. This will involve working closely with the Director of Impact & Evaluation to build a schedule of tests that will inform our theory of change, including:

    • Needs assessments

    • Farmer Surveys

    • In-field testing for fish welfare status and pond water quality (e.g.)

  • Implementing these tests via managing the Welfare Standard Department. This will involve:

    • Managing a team of three ground staff (possibly more later).

    • Conducting process analyses and in-field audits to ensure that the field tests are being implemented effectively.

    • Collaborating with the Alliance for Responsible Aquaculture team to ensure that our Welfare Standard is implemented effectively at scale.

Additional responsibilities of the Welfare Standard Lead include:

  • Taking the initiative to determine promising welfare improvements to investigate.

  • Setting and implementing a plan for departmental growth.

  • Ensuring the alignment of the Welfare Standard Department with FWI’s higher-level theory of change and OKRs.

Both positions will report to the Director of Impact & Evaluation (Tom), with the Welfare Standard Lead having somewhat greater autonomy to set the direction of their work.


Required Criteria

You must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this position:

  • Previous in-field research and/or testing experience.

  • Fluent and clear English written and verbal communication skills.

  • High level of attention to detail.

  • Comfort working in an intense, high-energy work environment.

  • Willing and able to live 3 or more months of the year at our operation in Andhra Pradesh, India (though candidates who can spend more time here will be preferred).

  • When not in India, willing to work in a time zone compatible with India Standard Time (in practice this means you can work in any time zone but that of the Americas).

Additional Required Criteria for Welfare Standard Lead

  • 5 or more years of management experience.

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in a natural science or global development field, OR additional 5 years of management experience.

Ideal Criteria

We will favor candidates who meet some or more of the following criteria, although they are not required:

  • You are an Indian citizen.

  • You can speak Telugu.

  • You have previous experience in:

    • ​Fish welfare or aquaculture

    • Analytical chemistry/biochemistry/toxicology and study design

    • Statistical analysis

    • Field surveys

    • Animal advocacy

  • ​You have a demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of farmed animals.

The Fine Print

  • Location: Remote (though Andhra Pradesh, India preferred).

  • Position Status: Full-time.

  • Benefits: Flexible hours, startup atmosphere, health insurance (unfortunately we only offer this benefit to Indian nationals at this time).

  • Start Date: ASAP, with some flexibility.

  • Pay: Commensurate with need and experience.

Equal Opportunity Policy

FWI is committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. We encourage people of every color, nationality, orientation, age, sex, gender, ethnicity and ability to apply. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, and we will endeavor to make adjustments throughout the process where possible.

How to Apply

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