Head of European Marine Policy | WWF

Head of European Marine Policy

Posted on 06 January 2016    

We want Europe’s seas to be productive and resilient, and to become global flagships of sustainable governance and use. We are now looking for a Head of European Marine Policy to help us bring this about.  The post holder will work to influence the European Institutions on marine and fisheries policy, to provide vision and leadership to WWF’s European marine network, and to lead and co-ordinate fundraising and communications in support of WWF’s European marine programme.  


WWF European Policy Office (EPO) in Brussels, Belgium, with some European and occasional global travel.

Main responsibilities:

  • Lead the implementation of WWF’s European Marine Strategy (EMS)
  • Represent WWF externally to key audiences, including lobbying and advocacy vis à vis the European Institutions, as well as fundraising and communications functions.
  • Work with WWF’s marine network across Europe, for example with our Mediterranean Marine Initiative and the Baltic Programme to create synergies and facilitate cooperation.
  • Oversee the smooth running of advisory groups or similar, formed to provide advice and support to implementing WWF’s European Marine Strategy.
  • Provide technical and policy expertise & guidance on European Marine and fisheries issues to staff and senior management.
  • Initiate, supervise and coordinate EPO-related campaigns and communications which will help to support the EMS goals.
  • Partner with European NGOs and other strategic allies to form common advocacy positions and alliances.
  •  Manage 2-3 staff directly.

What you need:

  • At least 10 years of relevant experience including at least 5 years managing projects, teams and/or initiatives in complex environments of the marine/ fisheries world
  • Experience and extensive knowledge of the ‘European political system’, of the EU-based Institutions, and of European marine and fisheries policy
  • Proven experience as an effective spokesperson, lobbyist, strategist, and fundraiser
  • Proven leadership, line management and supervisory skills; ability to mentor and develop multi-disciplinary, multicultural teams
  • Excellent English written and verbal skills.  Other official European languages desirable.
  • Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

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

How to apply?

Please email a covering letter which includes evidence of how you meet the key requirements of the role, together with your CV, to epo.recruitments@wwf.eu
Deadline for applications: 10 February 2016
WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.

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