The director of the Suva-based Pacific Islands Development Forum is the only Pacific Islander shortlisted for the job as head of the Tuna Commission.
Feleti Teo, who is Tuvaluan, also spent two terms at the Suva-based Pacific Islands Forum's secretariat, and earlier headed the Forum Fisheries Agency.
He is one of five candidates vying to become the new director of what is formally known as the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.
The Commission's office in Pohnpei has been vacant since August, when Australian Glenn Hurry stepped down at the end of his four-year term.
It was established over a decade ago to regulate fishing on the high seas.
A decision on who will fill the post is to be made at the Commission's annual meeting in Apia at the beginning of December.