Full-Time Officer, Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe
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Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe
At the start of 2014, a new era began for fisheries management in the European Union. A new Common Fisheries Policy, aiming to restore EU fish stocks, entered into force. For the previous five years, Pew and 192 other organizations worked through the OCEAN2012 coalition to support an ambitious reform. Though that process proved successful, overfishing is far from over. The legislation must be implemented well on the water if the new policy is to achieve its aims. To make this happen, Pew launched a campaign in 2014 that focuses on ending overfishing in northwestern European waters.
This London-based position will be responsible for driving and supporting the objectives of Pew’s Ending Overfishing in NW Europe project for the UK.
Reporting to the project director, Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe, this position will:
- Create opportunities to present Pew’s position on topics related to the implementation of fisheries management objectives in UK. Devise and implement strategies to advance Pew’s fisheries policy objectives and produce materials including policy recommendations and public consultation submissions. Advocate Pew’s fisheries policy objectives at conferences, hearings, stakeholder meetings and other relevant opportunities.
- Analyse and comment as required on communications and positions from the UK government, Advisory Councils, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), and other relevant bodies. Prepare policy statements and policy-oriented campaign papers, press releases and other materials in a timely fashion.
- Follow the process of setting fishing limits for fish stocks in Europe’s northwestern waters and the development of Multi-Annual Plans for fisheries management and develop plans for effective engagement. Prepare position papers and proactively contribute to the processes.
- Liaise with relevant Pew staff and external fisheries scientists and scientific bodies to encourage and facilitate their input into fisheries policy and management.
- Represent Pew at national and regional meetings and events where fisheries policies are being discussed, and other relevant public events, at the request of the director of the Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe project.
- Act as a spokesperson for Pew when appropriate.
- Support partner non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, and organisations with which we collaborate.
- Maintain close contact with and provide educational materials to relevant UK government institutions and representatives, including the relevant ministers, the Permanent Representative of UK to the EU, and UK members of the European Parliament, as well as to UK NGOs, the fishing sector and other relevant stakeholders.
- Monitor, analyse and influence implementation of the fisheries policy in UK.
- Co-ordinate activities and regularly communicate information and advice to relevant Pew staff in the UK and in Brussels, and DC to ensure alignment of the policy work at all levels.
- Develop and implement workplans with the project director of the Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe project. Prepare regular oral and written updates on progress. Maintain regular communication with other marine programme staff about progress and challenges in implementing work plans. Perform other tasks as may be requested by the project director of the Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe project.
- Bachelor’s degree in a fisheries or marine-related subject, or equivalent experience; advanced degree preferred.
- At least eight years of experience in public policy, marine conservation, or fisheries management, including relevant experience in areas such as fish stock assessments, scientific advice process, policy development, and ecosystem aspects of fisheries management.
- Ability and willingness to accurately, methodologically and logically analyse and interpret complex marine fisheries biology and management material. Ability to understand and reliably interpret relevant concepts.
- Strong comprehension of subject area. Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem and the solutions available to Pew. Produce work of consistently high standards, without errors or omissions.
- Ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organisation and by being conscious of priorities. Ability to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy, yet working in a cooperative spirit in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team.
- Excellent and compelling written and oral communications skills in English. Strong oral, presentation, facilitation and written communication skills, such that complex ideas, thoughts and concepts are clearly articulated for different audiences. Clear, effective writing style and highly-articulate and persuasive in face to face communication.
- Strong interpersonal skills; ability to develop and manage productive relationships with decision makers at the highest level, media, Pew staff, consultants, partners and others. Must exhibit flexibility and a commitment to working as part of a team. Excellent listening skills.
- Access to a strong network of relevant contacts among relevant UK organizations, policy makers, researchers and scientists.
Frequent travel within Europe and occasionally to the U.S. and elsewhere as necessary.
We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.
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