Published: June 15, 2022

Location: Variable


Closing Date: July 3, 2022

Senior Policy Advisor

Contract status: International post, full time

Start date: As soon as possible

Location: Either in one of our global offices in the UK (Bristol, London); Madagascar (Antananarivo, Toliara, Ambanja), Timor-Leste (Dili), Belize (Sarteneja) or home based within countries where Blue Ventures has an administrative capacity (UK, Belize, Madagascar, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania)

Contract duration: Permanent

Remuneration: Salary will be paid as per national salary bands at Senior Manager level (circa £45k  for the UK or equivalent banding for other locations) and based on experience.

Blue Ventures is a marine conservation organisation that puts people first. We support coastal fishers in remote and rural communities to rebuild fisheries, restore ocean life and build lasting pathways to prosperity.

Our work began two decades ago in Madagascar’s remote coastal communities and is growing globally.  Across a dozen countries, we’re partnering with traditional fishers and community organisations to design, scale, strengthen and sustain fisheries management and conservation at the community level.  We bring partners together in networks to advocate for reform, and share tools and best practices to support fishing communities across the globe.

Job description

We are recruiting a Senior Policy Advisor to support the growing work of our advocacy team.  This new position will take a leading role in providing analytical marine policy insight and provide a broad range of support in delivering research and engagement at global, regional and national levels.

The Senior Policy Advisor will support and advance Blue Ventures’ 2030 advocacy objectives relating to industrial destructive fisheries, blue carbon and marine tenure rights of small-scale fishers (SSF). As well as developing and supporting strategies to advance these objectives at key global events, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), climate COPs and UN-sponsored meetings, you will work with country programmes, other relevant Blue Ventures units and partner governments, SSF groups and civil society organisations to design and advocate for the adoption of aligned policies at a national level.

Reporting to the Head of advocacy, this is a full time role. There will be occasional travel to work closely with overseas colleagues, partners, field teams and communities.

You will be comfortable with complex projects, and be positive, organised and able to deliver high quality work on time. Candidates should be confident in managing ad hoc collaboration, policy analysis, as well as having good report writing and communication skills. You will have knowledge of small-scale fisheries, marine conservation or blue carbon policies. Ideally, you will have experience in community-based conservation or human rights initiatives. You will ideally have experience working with government officials and advisors to develop and implement ambitious policies which protect the marine environment and positively impact the livelihoods and wellbeing of coastal communities.

We are looking for a Senior Policy Advisor who is a creative thinker, able to learn fast and work flexibly with a range of people. Someone who will identify and engage with a range of external stakeholders to effectively communicate ideas and findings to a varied audience, using strong strategic and political understanding and influencing skills.


The Senior Policy Advisor will work under the Head of Advocacy in the Advocacy team but will coordinate across multiple units within Blue Ventures.

Leadership and management

  • Under the guidance of the Head of Advocacy, lead the policy work stream within Blue Ventures advocacy programme to promote and secure tenure, co-management rights and equitable access to blue carbon finance for coastal communities and small-scale fishers
  • Identify opportunities for policy change goals and engagement that support our advocacy priorities at a global level
  • Support the full integration of Indigenous peoples and local communities’ tenure rights and co-management approach in conservation policies at all level through a human rights-based approach
  • Work with the Head of Advocacy to ensure timely reporting to donors, international colleagues and partners, and networks on relevant work streams


Research and position

  • Lead policy research work on fisheries, sea tenure, blue carbon and other relevant thematics at the global and national levels
  • Work with Blue Ventures national, regional and global programmes to advance our advocacy work in key countries, by supporting the identification and development of policies to secure the rights and livelihoods of coastal communities while protecting marine biodiversity.
  • Design policy positions and input into strategy documents on policy change goals
  • Work closely with the advocacy team and the Transform Bottom Trawling Coalition to advise on and support policy change goals for the campaign to establish, expand and strengthen inshore exclusion zones (IEZs) for small-scale fishers in which bottom trawling is prohibited

The above job description contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. However, in a small organisation such as Blue Ventures, staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular job description.  Where any task becomes a regular part of an employee’s responsibilities, the job description will be changed in consultation with the employee and the Human Resources team.

Skills and Experience



  • Graduate degree (or equivalent) in international law, political science, human rights, marine policy, or other relevant field and 5 years of policy work, or equivalent combination of education/experience.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Proven experience in successful policy change, including strategy development and implementation
  • Knowledge of the CBD, IUCN, FAO processes or other related SSF and OECM policy guidance
  • Knowledge of current global issues, trends, constraints, and research needs related to either fisheries management or blue carbon
  • Track record of writing policy briefs and reports that incorporate analysis related to SSF and/or human rights
  • Experience navigating and understanding complex high profile or sensitive agreements
  • Experience working with a geographically dispersed team and in a multicultural environment
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office, Google Apps

Skills and Competencies

  • Ability to relate to and work effectively with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, at all levels
  • Strong technical reporting skills
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English


  • Demonstrable practical experience working in community-based conservation or development in a low-income country
  • Project management experience including coordinating the work of other professionals such as consultants
  • Previous international organisation/NGO experience
  • Experience of preparing project reports for funders
  • Used to operating internationally, with a high degree of cultural sensitivity
  • A good working knowledge of French would be an advantage

How to apply

Applicants should apply online via Blue Ventures by 4 July 2022.

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and first-round interviews may be conducted with short-listed candidates before the application deadline.

All shortlisted candidates will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date.