Senior Officer, Blue Nature Alliance (Diplomatic International Government Relations); The Pew Charitable Trusts

The senior officer will be part of a fast-paced, collaborative, and dynamic team that aims to make outsized impact for the ocean. The senior officer is a key position within the Blue Nature Alliance, responsible for designing and executing strategies to advance the Alliance goal of conserving 18 million square kilometer of ocean areas. The Alliance recognizes the significant role that governments play in the establishment and effective management of ocean conservation areas. Therefore, the Alliance seeks to build strong relationships with governments in each country that it works. The senior officer will play a central role in building connections and maintaining government relationships in the Alliance engagement countries.

The senior officer will develop and execute strategies to generate and secure the political support and encourage actions for large scale ocean conservation at a country and global level. The position also will serve as an Alliance ambassador at international and regional events and will build and maintain relationships with key partners and stakeholders, including political leaders, senior officials in governments and international organizations, conservation thought leaders and advocates. The position will proactively identify and develop strategies for the Alliance to capitalize on political opportunities and addressing threats that impact the goal and reputation of the Alliance.

The senior officer, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, reports to the director, global conservation initiatives, Washington, D.C. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and lead strategic campaigns advocating for higher ambition and designation of new and effective management of large-scale marine conservation areas.
  • Lead analysis of the political landscape of global ocean conservation and identify opportunities to engage with the governments to secure commitment and encourage actions for large scale ocean conservation.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with political leaders, high-level government officials, champions of large-scale ocean conservation and other key stakeholders in the countries potential for Alliance investments.
  • Develop and execute strategy to leverage the support from host government to enhance conservation outcomes and ensure its durability in the countries selected for potential Alliance investments.
  • Develop and execute risk mitigation strategies.
  • Represent Alliance publicly at conferences, seminars and official forums raising Alliance’s profile and fostering new partnership to advance Alliance goal.
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the Alliance as assigned.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent experience required.
  • At least 10 years of experience in the international conservation arena, with a particular focus on outreach to or advocacy with governments and intergovernmental organizations. Prior experience in marine conservation or policy preferred.
  • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
  • Possesses a strong network of relevant contacts in the conservation community that can provide expert information and advance results. Able to leverage relationships to influence positive outcomes.
  • Demonstrated analytical and strategic thinking.
  • Able to be flexible, creative, and assume high accountability for all areas of responsibility. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
  • Politically astute; able to understand the needs and motivations of different individuals and institutions and conceptualize win-win scenarios that satisfy multiple agendas among multiple stakeholders.
  • Strong diplomatic skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of issues and means to address them. Proficiency in English required; additional language skills preferred.
  • Able to synthesize large amounts of information and focus quickly on the essence of an issue, determine whether it is ripe for intervention, and identify means to address it.
  • Seasoned judgment, able to justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with partners.

Travel

Frequent international travel anticipated. Travel may cross weekends and, on occasion, holidays to accommodate meeting schedules.

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