Global Ocean Transparency Senior Campaigner

Environmental Justice Foundation

£42,000 - £50,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, carbon, climate & energy, marine conservation

Closing date: Tuesday, 31st May 2022  

Based: London or Berlin, with other locations possible for excellent candidates. Frequent international travel

Contract: Full-time, permanent

Salary range: Dependent on location and experience

Reporting to: Global CEO

Benefits: Private healthcare package (according to location), generous pension and annual paid leave (28 days increasing subsequently each year and additional paid leave over Christmas), cycle-to-work scheme, home working 2 days per week.

Position overview

This is a rare opportunity to join the team at the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF): one of the world's leading non-profits working at the intersection of environmental conservation and human rights.

This is a Senior Campaigner role, leading a critical priority of EJF’s global Ocean team–securing a fundamental shift to greater transparency in fisheries.

EJF’s Ocean team documents illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and associated human rights abuses. The team uses field-based evidence to advocate for policy changes with governments and improved corporate practises in the seafood sector. A key thread running through all of our advocacy is the need for greater transparency in global fisheries through the adoption of EJF’s Charter for Transparency. EJF is now teaming up with other leading organisations working in this space around the world to form a global coalition designed to accelerate the adoption of transparency measures.

EJF’s Ocean team also campaigns on a range of related topics including bottom trawling, the establishment of fully protected areas to extend to 30% of ecologically representative marine areas by or before 2030 (30x30); advocacy to drive a moratorium on deep-sea mining; and the protection and restoration of “blue carbon” habitats, specifically including mangroves, seagrasses and coastal wetlands.

Reporting to EJF’s Global CEO, this senior role will lead EJF’s engagement in an emerging Global Transparency Coalition. This role offers unique opportunities for career growth and personal development. It will work closely with a motivated and talented team of EJF investigators, campaigners and communications experts across Europe, Africa and Asia. It will link their findings and recommendations to a large community of practice, building close working relationships with a diverse range of civil society groups from across the world. This is a challenging but rewarding and dynamic role, giving insights and experience rarely available.

EJF is lean, agile, creative, strategic and most of all results-driven. Join our world-leading professional team to help protect people, wildlife, and our shared natural world.

Key responsibilities:

  • Oversee EJF’s global transparency campaign, working with staff in Europe, Asia and Africa to secure meaningful reforms in key fishing nations;
  • Represent EJF on a new Global Transparency Coalition, ensuring EJF’s findings, policies and priorities are reflected in its outputs;
  • Working with senior staff in other coalition organisations, participate in the development and implementation of an ambitious work plan that supports the efforts of EJF and other civil society organisations to secure the rapid adoption of key transparency reforms;
  • Maintain and build relationships with senior figures in civil society, relevant UN organisations, and (in consultation with relevant EJF team members) governments to advance recommendations for greater transparency;
  • Produce high-quality EJF briefings, reports and other materials on the need for greater transparency;
  • Represent EJF at high-profile events across the world to present our findings and recommendations;
  • Ensure EJF’s findings and recommendations for greater transparency are communicated to key members of the global seafood industry, with appropriate recommendations to secure more transparent, sustainable supply chains; and
  • Proactively liaise with the communications team to ensure EJF’s positions, achievements and other key messages on transparency are shared with target audiences and that the communications plans of the global coalition are appropriately shared and understood.

Essential skills and attributes.

  • At least five years of professional experience delivering measurable, high-impact outputs and positive outcomes for ocean campaigns or other related disciplines.
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal.
  • Experience working on ocean policy or related disciplines and a nuanced understanding of global ocean governance.
  • Understanding of the fundamental need for attention to detail and factual accuracy.
  • A passion for communication and extensive experience presenting to diverse audiences to secure their understanding, respect and support for the campaigns. This specifically includes high-level decision-makers from governments, industry and civil society.
  • An understanding of the need for creative thinking to resolve issues and experience in building effective strategies for the delivery of core messages.
  • Confident and enthusiastic to face challenging issues and a problem-solver.
  • Creative thinker who uses tact and diplomacy to build productive partnerships and alliances.
  • Integrity, tenacity and determination to secure positive change.
  • Ability to travel frequently, often at short notice (public health restrictions permitting).
  • Great interpersonal skills who will coordinate and strengthen team working.
  • You take pride in delivering agreed outcomes on time and on budget, at times managing multiple projects and tight deadlines and knowing how to prioritise your workload.
  • You are entirely comfortable taking direction, working in a team, with equal ability to work independently, taking initiative and responsibility.
  • You appreciate the constraints of working in a smaller non-profit, and how to leverage cost-efficient outcomes where creativity, dynamism and flexibility rather than big budgets are the keys to success.
  • You have a strong and demonstrable commitment to EJFs mission, values and vision.
  • You speak and write English with complete fluency and you enjoy communicating with colleagues, the public and other audiences to inspire support for the environment, wildlife and human rights.

Desirable skills:

  • Fluency in at least one additional, relevant language strongly preferred.
  • Detailed knowledge of the legal and regulatory environment governing fisheries in the EU, USA and/or other major fishing nation(s).
  • Experience working in an effective NGO coalition.
  • Ability to write clear, succinct policy guidance documents and reports as well as persuasive opinion pieces.
  • Ability to undertake confident, accurate media interviews to further EJF's messages.

Applications: please send your CV and cover letter to: [email protected]

Closing date for applications: 31st May 2022

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted