Fisheries Policy Officer

Seas At Risk
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Mar 31

Position description

Seas At Risk (SAR) is an umbrella organisation of environmental NGOs from across Europe that promotes ambitious policies for marine protection at European and international level. We represent 32 member organisations in 17 different EU Member States. The SAR Secretariat currently comprises 11 staff members and an intern. We are a diverse team but share a passion for the sea. We are currently working on issues as diverse as marine protected areas, fisheries, aquaculture, deep-sea mining, shipping, marine litter and EU-level marine environment policies.

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Purpose of the job

SAR is seeking a policy officer on consultancy basis to lead its EU fisheries project and develop and implement EU advocacy work on the topic of fisheries.

Main responsibilities

  • Lead the Seas At Risk fisheries project “Turning the tide for EU fisheries”:
    • Coordination of the co-creation and implementation of the national advocacy strategies under this project in Spain, France and Germany and the EU strategy;
    • Advocacy at EU level in support of ending overfishing and minimising fisheries impacts on the marine environment;
    • Provide technical support and ensure implementation of the strategies;
    • Coordinate with the partners of the project;
    • Support the development of a SAR fisheries team by engaging members, growing the strength of the fisheries campaign and encouraging and assisting members in developing funding proposals for work that advances the SAR fisheries strategy;
    • Monitor EU and international policy developments related to fisheries;
    • Draft position papers, policy briefings and reports;
    • Organise workshops and events;
    • Ensure effective project management, including budget management.
  • Collaborate with the NGO coalition on the revision of the fisheries control regulation;
  • Promote SAR policies within the EU institutions and internationally, among stakeholders (including in fisheries Advisory Councils) in relevant meetings and conferences and in the media;
  • Support the SAR Junior Fisheries Policy Officer’s work;
  • Liaise with SAR members and other NGOs, providing them with policy advice, and coordinating activities to influence EU decision-making;
  • Contribute to the development of SAR policy on the basis of objectives and strategies agreed by SAR’s General Assembly;
  • Support fund raising, write grant proposals, report to funders;
  • Support the organisation’s communication planning and activities;
  • Contribute to other SAR project areas when needed.


  • At least a master’s degree in a related subject;
  • Minimum five years’ experience working on EU fisheries policy in Brussels;
  • At least four years experience with advocacy vis-a-vis the European Parliament, the Commission (DGMare) and Permanent Representatives to the EU;
  • Experience with large EU-wide joint NGO campaigns targeting fisheries impacts, in particular, ending overfishing, bycatch of sensitive species and/or bottom trawling;
  • Demonstrated experience working in NGOs;
  • Experience working with membership from different countries and in coalition of NGOs in the EU;
  • Experience supporting junior staff;
  • Experience finding compromises and working together with stakeholders with opposite views, in particular, with the fisheries industry;
  • Good insight into the functioning of the EU institutions and the co-decision procedure;
  • Good knowledge of fisheries related policies including the Common Fisheries Policy and its implementation, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the European Green Deal;
  • Good knowledge of links between fisheries and other environmental issues;
  • Excellent spoken and written Spanish and English; knowledge of other languages an asset;
  • Project and budget management experience.


  • Good communicator and negotiator;
  • Passionate about marine environment;
  • Connector and able to bring people into dialogue;
  • Approachable and able to coordinate in a co-creative manner;
  • Team player and able to work independently as well;
  • Output oriented;
  • Able to operate in diverse cultures;
  • Committed to quality;
  • Strong organisational ability;
  • Flexible.

What we offer

Seas At Risk offers the opportunity to work in a growing NGO with a stimulating, informal, flexible and multicultural working environment.

The post is based in Brussels, Paris, Bremen or Spain, full time, with a contract of two years with the possibility of extension, to start as soon as possible.

Application instructions

Send the following with in the subject line ‘Your Name + fisheries policy officer’:

  • a cover letter explaining your motivation and how you meet the job requirements;
  •  your CV.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 18 April 2021.

Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.

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