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WWF European Policy Office, Policy Officer, Transparent Seas Project (Europe)

Posted on 06 February 2013
We are looking for a Policy Officer, Transparent Seas Project (Europe), who will help develop and implement a strategy for achieving the European dimension of WWF’s global Transparent Seas Project goals, with an emphasis on the effective, transparent, and equitable implementation of the EU IUU Regulation. The Policy Officer will act as a Brussels-based policy advocate vis-à-vis relevant EU and EC institutions, and will help represent the project partners before external audiences and within WWF’s network.


WWF European Policy Office in Brussels

Main responsibilities:

  • Maintain professional knowledge and keep abreast of emerging issues in the area of EU anti-IUU policies (including the promotion of MCS and seafood traceability
  • Develop policies and positions on behalf of WWF in this area of expertise, working in close cooperation with relevant WWF staff, especially in developing country offices where EU anti-IUU policies have an impact.
  • Help represent WWF in relevant fora and with relevant stakeholders (especially including seafood industry actors) to promote those policies and positions and to achieve concrete gains for WWF’s marine conservation agenda.
  • Help enhance the understanding and capacity of the WWF network to engage with the EC on issues related to EU anti-IUU policies and other Transparent Seas Project priorities
  • Participate as European lead within the multi-region SFI Transparent Seas team.
  • Advise and support the development and submission of WWF funding proposals to specific and relevant funding lines.
  • Help administer Transparent Seas Project activities in Europe, including through design and management of contracts with external vendors and consultants

What you need:

Required Qualifications
  • Degree or advanced technical qualifications relevant to the field of fisheries governance, fisheries monitoring, control, and surveillance, and/or trade in fish products.
  • At least 3 years professional experience including policy advocacy in Europe.

Required Skills and Competencies
  • Strong analytical and policy advocacy skills.
  • Strong communications, facilitation and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong networking and team building skills appropriate for a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.
  • Proven ability to act as organizational spokesperson and interact effectively with government representatives; significant experience interacting with seafood industry would be a strong advantage.
  • Excellent written and spoken English; other languages (especially French and/or Portuguese) would be an advantage.
  • An understanding of the role and culture of NGOs.
  • Knowledge of the EU political system and EU institutions.
  • Adheres to WWF’s values: “Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging”

Please consult the attached job description for more information on the position.

How to apply?

Email a cover letter and CV to epo.recruitments@wwf.eu

Deadline for applications: 18 February 2013

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.

IUU fishing is conservatively estimated to account for more than 20% of global fish production, and remains a potent driver of fisheries depletion and poverty in many parts of the world. With only a few notable exceptions, decades of work to halt IUU fishing through intensified police activities “on the water” have had only marginal success. But a recent shift in tactics towards targeting the profits of IUU trade holds promise as an important new approach to combating IUU behaviour. The leading example of this new approach is the EU regulation that came into force in 2010 requiring that all fish imports into the EU be accompanied by valid documentation demonstrating their legal origin. With the EU presenting the world's largest import market for fish products—absorbing 26% of internationally traded fish (not including intra-EU trade)—the potential impact of the EU IUU Regulation is very significant. However, in its first two years of implementation the Regulation has had mixed results. On the one hand, it has sharply increased the attention of both businesses and governments to the need for catch documentation and improved management. On the other hand, the poor state of monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS) systems—in combination with the absence of effective mechanisms for reliably tracing fish products as they move through the market chain—has made full implementation of the IUU Regulation an elusive goal. In conjunction with WWF's Smart Fishing Initiative (Transparent Seas Project), the EPO has identified work towards the effective implementation of the EU IUU Regulation as a key lever for promoting best practices in seafood traceability, MCS, and fisheries management on a global basis. Similarly, the “IUU trade” issue presents an opportunity to motivate EU businesses and consumers to bring the power of the market to bear against unsustainable fishing practices. These questions are especially ripe over the next few years, as the EU enters a period of formal evaluation and possible revision of the IUU Regulation.

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