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Ocean and Illegal Fishing Campaigner

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Water Resources
Location Germany (East) - Europe
Town/City Berlin
Salary Additional Information €40,000-46,000 (dependent on experience)
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 04/04/2022
Company Name Environmental Justice Foundation
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Directory Entry : EJF campaigns internationally on the issues our grassroots partners work locally to solve including cotton production, pirate fishing, shrimp farming, pesticides, wildlife and climate refugees.
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Location: Berlin

Contract: Full-time, permanent

Salary range: €40,000-46,000 (dependent on experience)

Reporting to: Global CEO


  • Generous annual paid leave (28 days increasing subsequently each year and additional paid leave between Christmas and New Year’s)
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Home working 2 days per week

Position overview:

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) is an international non-profit organisation that has been working to protect the natural environment and uphold human rights worldwide for over 20 years through field based investigations, high-impact films, support and training for activists and communities across the globe and high-level advocacy.

This is a highly interesting Campaigner role, working directly on EJF’s ocean policy advocacy in Germany.

EJF’s Ocean team documents illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and associated human rights abuses. The team uses field-based evidence to advocate for policy changes with governments and improved corporate practises in the seafood sector. Central to this work is our advocacy for greater transparency in global fisheries through the adoption of EJF’s Charter for Transparency. In addition, EJF is campaigning on a range of related topics in Germany including bottom trawling, the establishment of fully protected areas to extend to 30% of ecologically representative marine areas by or before 2030 (30x30); advocacy to drive a moratorium on deep-sea mining; and the protection and restoration of “blue carbon” habitats, specifically including mangroves, seagrasses and coastal wetlands.

Given the EU-specific and broader global importance of German government policies and German industry activities, EJF has identified its work in Germany as a core organisational priority.

We are looking for an outstanding professional with a strong understanding of German but also European and international ocean policy. You will bring expert analysis, a profound knowledge of ocean policy, together with creative strategic and tactical thinking. Together with this, you will be able to deliver compelling presentations in person and in writing and will have a deep commitment to EJF’s mission and goals.

EJF is lean, agile, creative, strategic and most of all results-driven. Join our world-leading professional team to help protect people, wildlife, and our shared natural world.

Key responsibilities:

  • Draft and creatively implement campaign strategies for EJF’s work in Germany to combat IUU fishing and associated human rights abuses, together with our policy advisers and communications colleagues

  • Work within coalitions of NGOs to improve measures to combat IUU fishing and improve transparency in fishing

  • Monitor and identify strategic opportunities with regard to German ocean policy and political developments and provide political and legislative insights in support of possible engagement

  • Develop and maintain close relationships with key decision makers in the German government and in parliament relevant to EJF’s work to secure legal, ethical and sustainable seafood

  • Work with EJF offices and other NGOs from Germany and around the world to document evidence of IUU fishing and human trafficking in the seafood industry that can then be presented to German policy-makers

  • Work with German seafood industry in the fight against illegal fishing and to share guidance with them on improving due diligence in supply chains

  • Use strong research and writing skills to convey EJF’s findings and recommendations, ensuring the highest standards of factual accuracy across our studies, including supporting publication processes and proofreading

  • Give articulate and forceful presentations and effective messaging, across all platforms

  • Report regularly, in detail to the Global CEO and Management team

Essential skills and attributes:

  • At least three years of professional experience delivering measurable, high-impact outputs and positive outcomes for ocean, environmental or human rights campaigns or other related disciplines
  • Experience working on ocean policy or related disciplines
  • A nuanced understanding of the political landscape in Germany, in particular how environmental policies are developed and implemented
  • Understanding the fundamental need for attention to detail and factual accuracy
  • A passion for communication and presenting to diverse audiences to secure their understanding, respect and support for the campaigns. This includes high-level decision-makers from governments, industry and civil society
  • An understanding of the need for creative thinking to resolve issues and experience in building effective strategies for the delivery of core messages.
  • Confident and enthusiastic to face challenging issues and a problem-solver.
  • Creative thinker who uses tact and diplomacy to build productive partnerships and alliances
  • Integrity, tenacity and determination to secure positive change
  • Ability to travel, occasionally at short notice (public health restrictions permitting)
  • Great interpersonal skills who will coordinate and strengthen team working
  • You take pride in delivering agreed outcomes on time and on budget, at times managing multiple projects and tight deadlines and knowing how to prioritise your workload
  • You are entirely comfortable taking direction, working in a team, with equal ability to work independently, taking initiative and responsibility
  • You appreciate the constraints of working in a smaller non-profit, and how to leverage cost-efficient outcomes where creativity, dynamism and flexibility rather than big budgets are the keys to success
  • You have a strong and demonstrable commitment to EJF’s mission, values and vision
  • You speak and write English with complete fluency and you enjoy communicating with colleagues and various audiences to inspire support for our ocean, the natural environment, wildlife and human rights

Desirable skills:

  • Good knowledge of EU policy-making and EU institutions

  • Proficiency in another language of a key EU Member State

  • Ability to write clear, succinct policy guidance documents, blogs and reports

Applications: Please send your CV in English and cover letter in German to: recruitment@ejfoundation.org

Closing date for applications: 4 April 2022

Please note that we can only contact shortlisted candidates.

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