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Senior Campaigner, Global Fisheries Transparency


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

Contract: Full-time, permanent. Two days home working per week. Flexible working arrangements possible.

Salary range: £42,000-£50,000–depending on experience and location

Reporting to: Global CEO

Benefits: Private healthcare package (according to location), generous pension and annual paid leave (28 days including bank holidays, 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 investigates and documents illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and associated human rights abuses. The team uses this field-based evidence to advocate for policy changes with governments and improved corporate practices 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 has now joined with other leading organisations working in this space to form a global coalition designed to accelerate the adoption of transparency measures.

Reporting to EJF’s Global CEO, this senior role will lead EJF’s engagement on this critical issue. The 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. It will also support important, high-level advocacy taking place in many of the world’s most important fishing nations. This is a challenging but rewarding and dynamic role, providing an opportunity to work at the forefront of a critically important issue.

EJF is lean, agile, creative, strategic and most of all results-driven. We offer induction and training for new staff to ensure they are up to speed with the latest developments relevant to their work plans. 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 fisheries 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 four years of professional experience delivering measurable, high-impact outputs and positive outcomes in relevant fields.

  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal.

  • Experience working on ocean policy or related disciplines.

  • 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 (public health restrictions permitting).

  • Comfortable taking direction, working in a team, with equal ability to work independently, taking initiative and responsibility.

  • Strong and demonstrable commitment to EJF’s mission, values and vision.

  • Ability to speak and write English with complete fluency.

Desirable skills:

  • Strong understanding of recent developments in fisheries governance.

  • 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: recruitment@ejfoundation.org

Closing date for applications: 12th August 2022, though strong candidates will be invited to interview as applications are received.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.