Marine Project Officer | WWF

Marine Project Officer

Posted on
18 December 2017
WWF has identified the Mediterranean region as a global priority place where ecological integrity must be conserved to contribute to a more secure and sustainable future for all. Together with 5 WWF offices in the region, WWF Mediterranean has launched the Mediterranean Initiative, a common strategy aiming at scaling WWF conservation efforts in the basin. 

The level of protection of the Mediterranean Sea is largely inadequate. In particular, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are too few, not ecologically representative of the Mediterranean biodiversity and not effectively managed. The Mediterranean is also a critical source of food security, well-being and livelihoods for millions of fishermen and local people. Small-scale fisheries (SSF) employ directly over 137 thousand fishers and generate jobs for another 150 thousand people. They represent more than 50% of the whole fishing sector in the region. At the same time, 85% of Mediterranean fish stocks are overfished, while certain species of high economic and commercial value are in an alarming state due to over-exploitation. The WWF’s Mediterranean Marine Initiative is engaging actors involved in protection and management of marine resources towards a threshold where marine biodiversity conservation becomes a political, economic and social priority and MPAs and co-management approach to fisheries become tools of choice to ensure sustainable management of marine ecosystems.

The Mediterranean Marine Initiative Project Team at WWF Mediterranean supports several MPAs and fishers communities in 10 Mediterranean countries (Albania, Algeria, Croatia, France, Italy, Greece, Libya, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) to become effective and fully operational, including committed and engaged stakeholders organised in co-management systems, management plans, and financing mechanisms to secure long-term operations and sustainability. The Unit also supports local NGOs, fishery organisations, and MPA authorities to ensure that political commitment is maintained, that management, monitoring and enforcement are appropriate, and that adequate funding and staff is allocated to manage coastal and marine resources.

The Marine Projects Officer will provide support to regional projects within the Mediterranean Marine Initiative Project Team at WWF Mediterranean. Duties include project coordination (supervision of country operations, support to field teams, setting up meetings, tracking and submitting invoices), internal and external communications (coordinating fact sheets, preparation of communications material for distribution), and design, planning and coordination of capacity building workshop and events (capacity building trainings, workshops, MPA exchanges). The incumbent may be expected to travel to support the projects.

Main responsibilities:

  • Support the implementation of regional projects and/or specific pilot/country projects implemented by WWF Offices or partner organizations;
  • Support project’s teams and partners in implementing and delivering on work-plans, reports, monitor progress on budget allocation and spending;
  • Identify the most suitable technical experts to assist project’s teams and organize their missions in the pilot sites; 
  • Facilitating workshops/meetings;
  • Create synergies among field projects, disseminates results and lessons learned;
  • Conducts missions in the project’s sites and/or other countries in accordance with the work-plan defined within the projects;
  • Ensures that WWF standards, procedures and guidelines are respected and complied with.
  • Support the implementation of the MMI Strategy and its Action Plans;
  • Support the development of project proposals and other fundraising initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor


Required Skills and Competencies 

  • Strong verbal and written communication and ability to effectively communicate with individuals from a variety of disciplines, cultures and backgrounds;
  • Capacity to work on multiple projects at the same time and detail-oriented;
  • Experience working in an international environment;
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills;
  • Resourceful and ability to work proactively and efficiently with tight deadlines and turn-around;
  • Able to support an event or workshop in another country;
  • Strong computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office software;
  • Fluency in English.


  • Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in environmental studies, marine sciences, natural resources management, or a related field;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English;
  • Experience living or working in another country.

Additional Information

SHORT-TERM CONTRACT - Based in Rome (Italy)

How to apply? 

To apply please send your CV with a motivation letter to (ONLY TOOL ACCEPTED)
For information contact: Giuseppe Di Carlo (

Application close: 31 December 2017
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