Oceans Campaigner/Researcher - West Africa

Environmental Justice Foundation

London or Bath
£30,000 - £40,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

ejfoundation.org recruitment@ejfoundation.org

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Friday, 12th June 2020   6 days left

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and experienced Campaigner/Researcher to join the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and develop our oceans programme in West Africa. You will be joining EJF’s growing international team that works to protect natural environments, wildlife and defend basic human rights. 

The campaigner/researcher will have shared responsibility for coordinating and implementing projects to document, expose and eradicate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and improve the sustainability and equity of fisheries and the protection of marine and coastal environments in our target countries.

The role will involve mentoring, supporting and evaluating local teams in West Africa who are responsible for research and documentation; devising and overseeing the outreach within communities and the wider public (including through local, national and international media); and ensuring that our advocacy with decision makers is influential, appropriate and effective. This role will work within EJF’s team of researchers and campaigners.

The role will also support the development and strengthening of EJF’s fisheries information network in West Africa, which gathers, verifies and shares cases of illegal fishing with policymakers in the region and internationally.

The role requires key skills: strong project and people management; meticulous research, analysis and communications; media liaison and advocacy. 

This is an unusual opportunity to gain exceptional experience and insights within this international organisation. The role offers an unusual level of career development for the right person looking to excel and make a strong impact in international conservation and human rights.

Job spec and required skills and experience:

  • A relevant degree and have demonstrable expertise in research and report-writing.
  • Have a minimum of three years experience in project management and/or relevant professional work in Africa. You will have led and delivered high-quality development and/or conservation projects and implemented advocacy programmes that show measurable impact.
  • Be a strong and dynamic leader able to work under pressure and remotely manage, mentor and motivate to get the best from EJF’s local teams and project partners. You will understand how to provide remote support to inspire a strong work ethic and secure consistent results.
  • Have superb oral and written communication skills able to deliver winning presentations to diverse high-level audiences, media and local partners and communities.
  • Be a superb negotiator, able to be diplomatic and tactful under pressure. You have good cross-cultural awareness and a genuine interest in working with communities to improve their lives and protect their environment.
  • Have a comprehensive grasp of budgets, alongside the need for cost-efficient and transparent use of resources, and a meticulous eye for detail. Ideally you will understand the needs of institutional and private donors and grant reporting to show the impact of funding support.
  • Be resourceful, adaptable, a strategic thinker and relationship manager capable of ensuring the long-term impact and durability of the programme.
  • Share a genuine and demonstrable commitment to EJF, its Mission and goals of protecting people, wildlife and our shared planet.


  • Private healthcare
  • Generous pension rising with each completed year of service
  • Generous personal leave entitlement increasing annually
  • Home working 1 day per week
  • Unique opportunities for career development within a high-impact international organisation.

Applications: please send your CV and a cover letter.

No other communications. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing date for applications: 5pm Friday 12th June 2020.

First interviews will take place by video conference with the Directors in June 2020. 

Candidates must have the legal right to work in the UK.

EJF is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity within the workplace.

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