EJF - Environmental Justice Foundation

Coalition Coordinator

EJF - Environmental Justice Foundation

Brussels or London

Contract: Full-time, 2 year fixed-term
Salary range: Dependent upon experience and location

Position overview

This is an exciting opportunity to work with the leading NGOs dedicated to the protection, conservation, and restoration of the world's oceans. The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), Oceana, The Nature Conservancy, The Pew Charitable Trusts and WWF are working together as the EU IUU Fishing Coalition to promote EU leadership in improving global fisheries transparency and governance to end illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Since 2014, the Coalition has been working to improve the EU's own anti-IUU fishing systems and policies, and to promote some of the EU’s best practices on ocean governance and fisheries transparency in other regions such as East Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Using the EU’s influence as a major flag and market State, we are helping the EU to drive policy change at the global level, prioritising increasing transparency in the fisheries sector as a means to improve global fisheries governance. To achieve this, we are working with the EU as it implements its zero-tolerance commitment against IUU fishing and to improve ocean governance, urging EU agencies and states to be ambitious and ensure that positive reforms are sustained. We are also engaging the EU, as a major global player, to work more closely with other seafood markets, such as Japan and the US, to harmonise policies to stop IUU fishing. To make this happen, we are engaging with key decision-makers, strengthening relationships with the seafood industry and the NGO community, engaging citizens on the topic, using media strategically and providing intelligence to the EU.

To oversee the delivery of these objectives, the Coalition is seeking a full-time Project Coordinator to work closely with the Strategic Board and working level project partners (core group) to achieve the successful management of the project. The individual will have excellent management and organisational skills and be capable of working with a dispersed and diverse multinational team. They should have the ability to provide strategic direction, good negotiation skills and experience building high-performance cultures. Additionally, the successful candidate will possess good written and verbal communication skills, initiative and professional drive. Experience in working within coalitions is an advantage.

For more information about our work as a Coalition, please visit www.iuuwatch.eu.

Responsibilities

Strategic Coordination:

  • Act as focal point for the core group of the coalition and the strategic board to manage and oversee the delivery of coalition outputs;
  • Ensure that coalition processes are respected as well as coordinate the further development of the coalition's Strategy, Vision, and Mission;
  • Advise and support partner organisations in designing and implementing campaign strategies for the delivery of set objectives and outcomes;
  • Organise and chair the quarterly Coalition in-person meetings and weekly update calls.

Project Implementation Support:

  • Support the project team by setting clear project objectives, building a workplan with a budget, and allocating roles and resources to various outcomes/outputs. Ensure that the workplan and deadlines are adhered to or adjusted if needed;
  • Facilitate discussion, negotiation, consensus-building and decision-making within project teams. Although project partners are responsible for designing and implementing their workplan and strategies, the guidance of the Coordinator is essential to ensure that goals are met and that progress is made and tracked;
  • Oversee the project budget, including creating annual budgets, monitoring expenses, and ensuring all expenditures on planned activities are done on time.

Reporting and Communication:

  • Draft progress reports for the project with the input and feedback of Coalition partners;
  • Coordinate development of financial reports for the project with the finance and administration teams of Coalition partners;
  • Organise donor calls, together with Coalition partners, to discuss the project’s outcomes, challenges and lessons learnt;
  • Prepare regular updates on project progress to the Coalition board members.

Team Management:

  • Responsible for managing the Coalition secretariat team;
  • Assist with the recruitment of Coalition team members if needed;
  • Support the Communications Coordinator and Researcher in developing effective project communication and research products.

Requirements

  • Experience: At least three years experience in project management roles, preferably within environmental or advocacy organisations. Excellent organisational and team leadership skills, with a collaborative and positive attitude. Strategic and pragmatic thinker, preferably with expertise in policy and advocacy. Knowledge in output, outcome, impact monitoring frameworks are preferred. Ability to function on own initiative with limited supervision;
  • Experience of working in partnerships: Working in coalitions or networks involving multiple partners is a strong advantage. Good interpersonal and negotiation skills, applying a structured as well as flexible approach are essential;
  • Education/relevant experience: Relevant experience or degree in organisational management, public relations, environmental policy, economics or any relevant field is an advantage;
  • Team Collaboration: Ability to work collaboratively in cross-cultural environments and coordinate with diverse teams, including with organisations with distinct internal processes. Experience working with a dispersed team, and across different time zones would be advantageous;
  • Language Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; proficiency in another major EU language is advantageous;
  • Passion for Conservation: Genuine interest in marine conservation, biodiversity, and environmental issues;
  • Team management: Experience of managing small teams to success is an advantage;
  • Travel: Availability for limited travel within Europe.

What we offer

  • An annual leave that increases every year;
  • Flexible working arrangements can be considered;
  • ‘Cycle to work’ programme;
  • A highly motivated and open-minded team of committed colleagues and the opportunity to develop and implement compelling propositions that can deliver campaign and organisational goals;
  • An excellent opportunity to build experience working directly with some of the world's most renowned conservation organisations;
  • The position offers great opportunities for your professional growth and personal development.

Applications: please send your CV and cover letter explaining why you are the right person for this job to: recruitment@ejfoundation.org. Please title your email ‘EU IUU Fishing Coalition Coordinator’.

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. If you feel you would be a good fit for this role but are unsure if you meet every single requirement, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Closing date for applications: We would like to fill this position as soon as possible and will consider incoming applications until the 19th of April 2024. We therefore recommend that you apply in good time before the deadline. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Candidates must have the legal right to work in the EU and/or the UK.

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