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Oceans Campaigns Assistant

Based: London.

Contract: Full-time, permanent. Hybrid working arrangements are in place and flexible working arrangements can be considered.

Salary range and benefits: depending on location and experience [£28,000-£35,000, depending on experience]

Reporting to: Senior Researcher in EJF’s Oceans Team.

Position overview

This is an exciting 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. We are lean, agile, creative, strategic and most of all, results driven.

The Oceans Campaigns Assistant will provide essential campaign support to the EJF Oceans team by undertaking research, writing, communications and outreach across different EJF ocean campaigns, with a primary focus on achieving the organisation’s anti-illegal, unreported and regulated (IUU) objectives. This is a challenging, fast-paced and varied role demanding meticulous attention to detail, creative thinking, an ability to quickly grasp new issues, and a ‘can do’ attitude.

Working with colleagues across the organisation, the Campaigns Assistant will support relevant campaigners and researchers in their efforts to detect and deter IUU fishing and associated human rights abuses amongst the world’s largest distant-water fishing fleets. This will include using a range of technologies and data sources to shine a light on vessel behaviours and to produce robust and compelling evidence to ensure those inflicting harm upon the ocean and those who rely on it are brought to account. The successful candidate will have superb interpersonal and communication skills including excellent research and writing abilities, and a proven ability to quickly produce polished written documents. Direct experience working on fisheries issues is desirable.

The Campaigns Assistant will be part of the EJF Oceans team, which plays a key role across the global organisation to drive the necessary changes at local, regional and global scales to detect and deter IUU fishing and human rights abuses. The role will have a geographical focus on coastal West Africa, given the significance of the region for global fisheries and the fact that it is heavily impacted by IUU fishing – however, the successful candidate should expect to also support EJF’s global objectives. This role offers superb opportunities to learn and progress professionally within a high-impact international organisation. Join our world-leading professional team to help protect people, wildlife, and our shared natural world.


Key responsibilities.

  • Conduct research on IUU fishing and human rights abuses in the West African context, including new opportunities and developing campaign projects. Research will include scientific, socio-economic, legal/policy and other areas that can be applied to campaigns and projects.
  • Produce or support production of high-calibre advocacy and communications materials including policy briefings and reports; web-copy and blogs; speeches and presentations.
  • Support new campaign scoping and advocacy strategy development, including through research into the target audiences and contacts for campaign outreach.
  • Use satellite technology to track vessel behaviours and identify suspected instances of IUU fishing, converting findings into robust evidence that can be shared with relevant authorities.
  • Processing highly sensitive qualitative and quantitative data on IUU fishing and human rights abuses to enable its use in EJF’s advocacy campaigns.

Essential skills and attributes.

  • Proven professional experience in research and/or political advocacy, ideally in environmental protection or related area.
  • Outstanding research skills, intellectual and academic rigour. An ability to compile information and make it easily accessible to multiple audiences (including non-expert).
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills with meticulous attention to detail, precision, and accuracy.
  • Ability to learn quickly and apply information to the specific needs of the campaigns and projects.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.
  • Excellent time management skills, with the ability to balance diverging demands and interests.
  • Understanding that change is not easily won, but worth winning.

Desirable skills.

  • Direct experience working on the issue of IUU fishing and/or human rights abuses at sea.
  • Experience working on environmental or political issues in West Africa.
  • Previous experience using vessel tracking technologies such as the ExactEarth, Global Fishing Watch and Starboard platforms.
  • Proficiency in other EU languages.

We offer you.

Pay and benefits will be adjusted according to location.

  • Annual leave increases every year.
  • Work from home two days a week
  • Flexible working arrangements can be considered.
  • Cycle to work programme.
  • Other benefits depending on location.
  • A highly motivated and open-minded team of committed colleagues and the opportunity to develop and implement compelling propositions that can deliver campaign and organisational goals.
  • The position offers great opportunities for your professional growth and personal development in close collaboration with our diverse team in our offices across Europe, Africa and Asia.


Applications: Please send your CV and a cover letter in English explaining why you are the right person for this position to recruitment@ejfoundation.org.

Closing date for applications: We would like to fill this position as soon as possible and will consider incoming applications until 10th February 2023. We, therefore, recommend that you apply in good time before the deadline.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.