Senior Policy Advisor, Sustainable Fisheries Campaign


Senior Policy Advisor, Sustainable Fisheries Campaign


Brussels, Belgium

N.B. Applications will be assessed upon receipt; we therefore encourage early submission. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

OCEANA’s Mission:

Oceana is the most effective ocean conservation organisation in existence. We are a leader in science-based advocacy, and we campaign for policies to make the world’s oceans more abundant, vibrant, and biodiverse. We operate as a combined international organisation. Through recent expansion, our talented staff consists of about 240 people, working in more than 12 countries, including scientists, communications, fundraising, finance, administration, policy, and advocacy experts.

When you work at Oceana, you are part of an organisation that changes people's lives by protecting the oceans, improving food security, and enhancing livelihoods. Whether you are contributing as a policy advocate, expert, fundraiser, or team member, you play a pivotal role in helping people achieve their goals every day. Our culture is one of talented people working together with a common purpose.

As an Oceana team member, you know that what you do matters. Join us today to protect the world’s oceans and restore them to their former level of abundance!

The role: 

Oceana is looking for a policy advisor passionate about ocean conservation to work for the sustainable fisheries campaign in Europe. The position is based in Oceana’s Brussels office in Belgium, although travel will be occasionally required in Europe.

Under the supervision of the Campaign Director, the Senior Policy Advisor will ensure Oceana´s sustainable fisheries campaign is aligned to Oceana’s strategy for conservation of the marine environment in Europe. The Senior Policy Advisor will contribute to design and implement advocacy campaigns on fisheries management delivering results. This last will require to conduct advocacy work in the EU institutions and EU Member States liaising with policy makers and key stakeholders. 

Eligible candidates should have experience in political advocacy and communications, as well as being strategic and proactive. The Senior Policy Advisor is expected to work with a high degree of autonomy and collaborate cross-functionally with other teams within the organization.

Main Responsibilities: 

  • Drive the reflective thinking and strategic planning necessary to achieve campaign goals;
  • Be responsible for the development and implementation of strategies and tactics for the assigned campaign in collaboration with other campaign staff;
  • Conduct thoughtful research around specific policy issues, draft position papers and reports, and collaborate in the preparation of communication products and actions;
  • Engage with decision-makers and stakeholders and actively participate in key policy events to defend and advance Oceana campaign goals;
  • Facilitate strategic and impactful meetings, conferences, etc. to affect change, strengthen relationships, create influence and advance policy on a European scale;
  • Represent Oceana in meetings with EU representatives, decision-makers, other non-profit organizations, stakeholders, media, donors, and the public as may be necessary.;
  • Liaise with media and act as Oceana spokesperson for the assigned campaign and other relevant Oceana´s campaigns;
  • Draft campaign proposals for public or private donors in coordination with the Development team;
  • Report periodically on campaign progress for both internal and external purposes;
  • Collaborate with other team members across the organization on projects that help execute Oceana’s goals and objectives.

Candidate Requirements: 

Education and work experience:

  • Degree in policy, EU affairs, marine science, environmental conservation, or a related field;
  • At least 5 years of related professional experience in policy, lobby, and advocacy;
  • Working knowledge of fisheries policies with the ability to analyse proposals, provide science-based recommendations, and communicate with decision-makers. 

Skills and knowledge:

  • Familiarity with main EU fisheries and environmental regulations and policies, as well as with the EU institutions and decision-making process;
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyse, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Integrity and the ability to work with confidential information with discretion;
  • Prioritising skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks, projects, and timelines;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff and other organizations;
  • Possess oral and written communication skills in languages: fluent English is a must; fluency in other European languages is an advantage.

Oceana’s offices in Europe operate on a hybrid schedule and employees are required to work from their assigned office on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, while the employees may work from home on Monday and Friday.

How to apply?

Please click "apply" and send your updated CV and Motivation Letter in English to the attention of “Europe Senior Human Resources Manager” Mar Tello, before February 17th, 2023, midnight CET. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so better submit as soon as possible. Only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be contacted. 

The above declarations are not intended to be an “all inclusive” list of duties and responsibilities of the job described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job and are a reasonable representation of its activities. 

Oceana is an equal opportunity employer and proud to provide equal employment opportunity to all job seekers. Oceana values a diverse workforce and welcomes people different from each other in many ways, including characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. Oceana considers all qualified candidates and seeks to recruit from a diverse candidate pool.

FUNDACION OCEANA is the Controller of the Data Subject’s personal data and informs him/her that these data shall be processed in accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April (GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)) and the Organic Law 3/2018 of 5 December (LOPDGDD), for a legitimate interest of the Controller, providing the following information on the processing: 

  • Purpose of the processing: to include the Data Subject in the personnel selection processes, analyzing the applicant’s profile with the aim of selecting the best candidate for the Controller’s vacancy;
  • Legitimacy of the processing: unequivocal consent clearly indicated by the Data Subject;
  • Data storage criteria: data will be stored for a maximum period of one year, after which the data will be erased, guaranteeing full respect for confidentiality both in the processing and subsequent destruction. To this effect, once this period has elapsed, and if you wish to continue participating in the Controller’s selection processes, please send us your CV again;
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  • Rights of the Data Subject:
    • Right to withdraw consent at any time;
    • Right of access, rectification, portability and erasure of data and the limitation or objection to their processing;
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