Operational Advisor | SALT

Job Type

Part Time




Santa Cruz
United States


The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) is a global alliance for knowledge exchange and action to promote legal and sustainable fisheries through improved transparency in seafood supply chains. SALT brings together the seafood industry, governments and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to accelerate learning and support collaboration on innovative solutions for legal and sustainable seafood, with a particular focus on traceability–the ability to track the movement of seafood through supply chains. SALT is a public-private partnership between USAID and the Walton Family, Packard and Moore Foundations and is implemented by FishWise, a non-profit sustainable seafood consultancy.  

This is a part time or consultant role expected to be approximately 25% of time.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

USAID SALT Operational Support - Advise on USAID rules and regulation for a cooperative agreement including:

  • Work with the Chief of Party to ensure sound operational management of an on-going assistance award
  • Provide expert advice regarding operational management and USG & USAID regulations
  • General Operations Services—Help manage the day-to-day operations and provide the highest level of administrative and customer service to the organization
  • Experience with managing compliance processes across multiple geographies
  • Develops and tracks the annual operating budget and long range financial forecasts
  • Designs, documents, and maintains accounting policies and procedures
  • Ensures that a complete set of financial reports is available to management on a monthly/quarterly basis and interprets those reports for the senior management team
  • Manages reporting for USAID contracts, subcontracts, and grants, and assists with budgeting for contract and grant proposals
  • Support coordination and logistics for SALT events worldwide to ensure compliance with USAID rules and regulations
  • Advise on USAID rules related to travel and sponsorship travel
  • Support training around HR and other administrative policies & processes in compliance with USAID
  • Support policy development on compliance with rules and regulations

Other duties as requested:

  • Support new business development related to USAID
  • Support implementation of a Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate (NICRA)
  • Support development of main deliverables to USAID

USAID Capacity Building - Contribute to and organize logistics for the SALT learning events globally, resulting in effective engagement and participation from people around the world.

  • Support capacity building of FishWise staff in USAID operational and financial management
  • Work with other FishWise staff to track expenses and ensure proper receipt documentation
  • Train and mentor FishWise staff in financial reporting, reconciliation, analysis, and procurement rules


  • Qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, or a relevant area preferred)
  • Candidates must have a minimum of seven years’ experience in U.S. government contracts, grants, or finance administration.
  • Experience with and knowledge of USAID rules and regulations required
  • Candidates must have a working knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations and similar procurement regulations.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, flexibility, resourcefulness, and creative problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication skills and reliability
  • Self-starter, motivated, and able to work with limited oversight and a positive attitude
  • A very strong sense of ethics and integrity are assumed

Preferred Qualifications

  • Basic understanding and desire to learn more about seafood sustainability criteria and relevant stakeholders e.g. supply chain businesses, NGOs, and government agencies
  • Dedication and passion for the stewardship of the oceans

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree