Marine Policy Officer

Posted on 22 June 2020

We are looking for a full time Marine Policy Officer who will ensure that there is a coordinated approach across the WWF European network to effectively influence and implement EU marine policies including the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (MSP) Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), and International Ocean Governance. Location: WWF European Policy Office in Brussels, Belgium

Main responsibilities:

  • ensures that Europe’s seas and priority footprint areas are productive and resilient and become global flagships for sustainable, equitable, and innovative ocean governance and use;
  • supports the implementation of WWF Blueprint for a Sustainable European Policy Agenda, with a focus on the objectives on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and ecosystems based approach;
  • coordinates closely with WWF offices in European countries to link EU and national strategies; acts as a Brussels-based policy advocate vis-à-vis relevant European Union (EU) and European Commission (EC) institutions, and represents WWF before external audiences and within WWF’s network;
  • helps coordinate the related activities of WWF offices in Europe.
What you need:

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree or advanced technical qualifications relevant to the field of MSP and MPA governance, marine conservation, and/or spatial management;
  •  5-8 years professional experience, preferably with experience in marine/maritime policy in Europe.

Required Skills and Competencies:

  • An ability to interpret and analyse technical scientific, social and economic marine and maritime data and apply it to WWF’s biodiversity conservation work;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Ability to communicate complicated messages authoritatively and succinctly to different audiences and through different fora (e.g. policy briefs, presentations). Additional European languages advantageous;
  • Strong networking and team 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 fishing industry would be a strong advantage;
  • Good knowledge of the WWF network and its global programme of work;
  • Experience of working on marine spatial planning, and understanding the complexities of EU marine biodiversity legislation;
  • 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?

Email a cover letter and CV to

Deadline for applications: 8 July 2020 midnight.

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