Seas At Risk seeks Marine Litter Policy Officer

Seas At Risk 3-5y Mid Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 8 Mai 2018

Job Description

Marine Litter Policy Officer

Seas At Risk (SAR) is an umbrella organisation of environmental NGOs from across Europe that promotes ambitious policies for marine protection at European and international level. We represent 32 member organisations in 16 different EU Member States. We are a diverse team of 9 colleagues who share a passion for the sea. We work on various marine topics such as fisheries, aquaculture, greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, marine litter, maritime spatial planning and marine protected areas.

Purpose of the job

SAR is seeking a marine litter policy officer to develop and implement its EU and international advocacy work on the topic of marine litter and plastic.

Main responsibilities

Develop and implement SAR’s work on marine litter policies, i.e.:

  • Monitor EU and international policy developments related to marine litter, plastics and circular economy;
  • Draft position papers, policy briefings and reports;
  • Organise workshops and events;
  • Promote SAR policies within the EU institutions and internationally, among stakeholders and in relevant meetings and conferences;
  • Liaise with SAR members and other NGOs, providing them with policy advice, and coordinating activities to influence EU decision-making;
  • Contribute to the development of SAR policy on the basis of objectives and strategies agreed by SAR’s General Assembly;
  • Ensure effective project management, including budget management.
  • Support fund raising, write grant proposals, report to funders;
  • Support the organisation’s communication planning and activities;
  • Contribute to other SAR project areas when needed.

Qualification, experience, knowledge

  • At least a master’s degree in a related subject;
  • Minimum three years’ experience with related projects;
  • Good insight into the functioning of the EU institutions and the co-decision procedure;
  • Good knowledge of marine litter related policies including the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the Port Reception Facilities Directive;
  • Good knowledge of policies related to circular economy, plastic and sustainable consumption and production;
  • Excellent spoken and written English; knowledge of other languages an asset;
  • Project and budget management experience.


  • Good communicator and negotiator;
  • Team player and able to work independently as well;
  • Output oriented;
  • Committed to quality;
  • Strong organisational ability;
  • Flexible.

What we offer

Seas At Risk offers the opportunity to work in a small but growing NGO with a stimulating, informal, flexible and multicultural working environment. The post is based in Brussels, full time, with contract of indeterminate duration, to start as soon as possible. We offer a competitive salary, including a 13th month, lunch vouchers, pension scheme and coverage of public transport and train travel in case of commuting within Belgium.


Send the following to with in the subject line ‘marine litter policy officer’:

  • a cover letter explaining your motivation and how you meet the job requirements;
  • a report/blog/website or any other written material relevant to the job and representing well your writing skills;
  • your CV;
  • contact details of two referees.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

Interviews will be conducted in the weeks commencing 4th June and 11th June.

Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.

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