Senior Advocacy Officer

Blue Ventures
Published
May 21, 2021
Location
United Kingdom
Category
Global  
Job Type
Closing date
13th June 2021

Description

We are currently recruiting a Senior Advocacy Office to support our growing advocacy team. The position will provide a broad range of support to advocacy functions across Blue Ventures, and will particularly support the creation and coordination of a global coalition against destructive fishing, facilitating meetings, designing and implementing campaign initiatives and assisting with reporting for funders. Reporting to the Head of Advocacy, this is a full time role based in Blue Ventures’ headquarters, with occasional travel to work closely with overseas colleagues, partners, field teams and communities. This role would be suitable for someone who is in their early to mid-career professional development in Advocacy and wishing to take on a greater challenge

The successful candidate will be a motivated, proactive and highly organised individual, with an excellent knowledge of the small-scale fisheries, marine conservation and rural development sectors. You will demonstrate a proven track record of project design and management, as well as exceptional written and oral communications. Ideally, you will have experience of community-based conservation and influencing initiatives.

We are looking for an individual who is open to new ideas and embraces innovation, who can demonstrate experience of building and managing effective working partnerships for conservation and/or development. Assessment of applications will include candidates’ alignment with BV’s core values and mission to support  human rights-based approaches to marine conservation and fisheries management. You will thrive in environments that are collegiate and inspiring, and be able to demonstrate experience of working independently and solving complex problems in challenging situations.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience
Qualifications:
- Postgraduate/graduate degree (or equivalent) in relevant field and/or proven experience in rural development or environmental conservation

Knowledge and Experience:
- Experience of global fisheries issues and/or marine conservation
- Experience in campaigning, advocacy or influencing, ideally in human rights or marine conservation
- Experience in facilitating workshops/groups with internal and/or external stakeholders

- Fluency in written and spoken English
- Excellent knowledge of MS Office, Google Apps, and social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google plus)

Skills and Competencies:
- Excellent skills in communication of complex information to a diverse range of stakeholders
- Excellent time management and organisational skills
- Confident, strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate to and work effectively with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, at all levels
- Capacity to undertake research and development work independently as well as part of a team
- Strong facilitation, consensus building and strategic thinking skills
- Strong commitment to human rights based approach and other BV’s values and mission

Desired
- Successful track record in developing effective engagement and advocacy strategies for coalitions/member-based organizations;
- Demonstrable practical experience working in community-based conservation or development in a low income country
- Previous coalition building and management experience
- Previous international organisation/ NGO experience
- Competency in French

How to Apply 

Applicants should apply online via Blue Ventures website by 13th June 2021.

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