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Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Water Resources
Location Germany (East) - Europe
Town/City Berlin, with occasional travel to EJF’s other European offices (Brussels, London)
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, with occasional travel to EJF’s other European offices (Brussels, London)

Contract: Full-time, permanent

Salary range: Competitive in the field, dependent on experience

Reporting to: Global CEO


  • You will have the opportunity to develop and implement advocacy strategies and approaches in consultation with the wider team
  • Flat hierarchies
  • A great team of dynamic and engaged colleagues across our offices
  • An agile, determined organisation with proven track record of achieving policy outcomes and inducing change
  • Generous annual leave allowance increasing each year

Position overview:

This is a rare opportunity to work in the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF): one of the world's leading non-profits working at the intersection of environmental conservation and human rights.

This is the role of a senior policy and advocacy adviser, based in EJF’s Berlin office, working as the organisation's lead adviser on sustainable corporate governance and sustainable supply chains.

EJF’s international team has a track record of bringing about positive change, for example in the field of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and associated human rights abuses. The team uses field-based evidence to advocate for policy change with governments and to improve corporate practices.

Building on this experience, EJF has been working with key political actors to advocate for regulations and other measures that transform supply chains and require European private sector companies and their supply chains to comply with robust due diligence measures so that they are free from systemic human rights abuses and meet environmental standards.

This role will take the lead on this topic and advise EJF’s international team by developing positions and fact-based policy recommendations. This position will be responsible to develop and execute advocacy strategies and build strong ties with key political stakeholders and act as a thought leader promoting strong, solution-focused ideas within the German and European discourse.

The senior policy and advocacy adviser will have a primary focus on engagement with the German government and key political actors in Berlin and Brussels, businesses and policy-makers, while maintaining a global perspective.

This role offers unique opportunities for career growth and personal development, working closely with a motivated and talented team of policy advisers, investigators and campaigns experts based in Europe, Africa and Asia. The role will also involve work in coalitions with other leading NGOs working on sustainable corporate governance. This is a challenging but rewarding and dynamic role, giving insights and experience rarely available.

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:

  • Develop and implement advocacy strategies on key supply chain policy initiatives, including Corporate Sustainable Due Diligence (CSDD) on EU level and related initiatives and follow developments in Germany, Brussels and other key EU Member State capitals.
  • Develop policy positions and recommendations and guide EJF colleagues and partners.
  • Collaborate with EJF colleagues and partners across the world to achieve high-level outcomes and bring about change, particularly as it relates to our core work area on illegal fishing where human rights and environmental abuse come together.
  • Develop close relationships with key decision-makers in the German government and European institutions, in particular the European Parliament, relevant to these goals.
  • Use strong research and writing skills to convey EJF’s findings and recommendations, ensuring the highest standards of factual accuracy and integrity across our studies and documentation.
  • Report regularly, in detail to Directors and Management team.

Essential skills and attributes:

  • Degree in political science, international relations, law, economics or comparable field
  • Minimum of 5 years’ demonstrable professional experience in political advocacy towards German decision-makers
  • Fluent written and spoken German and English
  • Excellent ability to develop and execute advocacy strategies
  • Very good project management skills
  • Excellent communication and networking skills and proven ability to make dynamic and engaging presentations to diverse audiences
  • Reliable, determined, self-motivated, resourceful and able to work effectively with a small, dynamic team with often minimal oversight
  • Good knowledge of sustainable corporate governance and sustainable supply chain management, due diligence and corporate sustainability reporting
  • Willingness to travel (public health restrictions permitting)

Desirable skills and attributes:

  • Proficiency in another language of a key EU Member State (especially Spanish or French)
  • Good knowledge of EU policy-making and the EU institutions
  • Knowledge of forced labour in supply chain contexts
  • Knowledge of agile and systems thinking or similar methods is an asset

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

Closing date for applications: 4 April 2022

Please note that we can only contact shortlisted candidates.

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