RSPB Northern Ireland
We are looking for an experienced policy advocate who understands and can influence the
policies that drive changes in the marine environment that impact on biodiversity, both
positively and negatively. You will provide thought leadership, be well respected in this field
and you will have strong advocacy, communication and campaigning skills.
Northern Ireland is globally important for a range of seabirds and other marine species. How we
manage our seas in the coming decades will play a central role in halting declines in nature
and combat climate change. Offshore wind deployment is increasingly seen as an important aspect
of NI’s future energy mix, and yet it presents significant risks for seabirds when poorly
developed, delivered and managed. At the same time, Northern Ireland will be developing its
first seabird conservation strategy and momentum is building for a more effective and
comprehensive network of marine protected areas. This role will allow the successful candidate
to work across all these key issues and more.
The Senior Policy Officer (Marine) will work with policy staff across the four UK countries,
specifically working with the Head of Land and Sea Policy in RSPB NI to lead the development of
our overarching policy positions, helping to develop and coordinate our advocacy on marine
policy issues and ensure their effective implementation. The role will involve advocacy on
marine and fisheries policy with a focus on the NI Assembly and relevant NI government
Departments, working closely with the NI Marine Task Force, as well as providing information,
advice and support to other staff internally on marine policy issues.
Monitor external policy developments to identify relevant marine policy issues and advocacy
targets to further RSPB strategic priorities.
- Identify and facilitate the delivery of relevant marine policy research to inform RSPB policy
- Be responsible for the development of RSPB marine policy positions, to advocate them to
decision makers and to inform policy related RSPB communications.
- Advocate RSPB marine policy effectively to relevant external audiences (including government,
- Be responsible for the production of marine policy reports, consultation responses and
- Gather evidence to influence the development of Northern Ireland’s first Seabird Conservation
- Build and maintain effective relationships with marine stakeholders, including senior
government officials, other NGOs, academia and business
- Lead the development and delivery of projects, internally and with relevant external partners
to further RSPB’s marine policy advocacy objectives.
- Lead RSPB input to development of marine-related partnership funding bids.
- Work closely with colleagues to develop and deliver campaigns and communications material
that effectively further RSPB ‘s marine policy advocacy objectives.
- Provide support to Operations, especially Reserves with marine/seas/seabird interests and/or
- Provide support and expertise to casework colleagues on marine related proposals.
What we need from you
We are looking for a professional, persuasive and engaging individual with an excellent
understanding of current marine policy. They should have the skills and personality to be able
to bring together a dynamic coalition of marine stakeholders, inc. fishing industry, NGO’s,
coastal communities and others to build, shape and advocate for new marine policies which are
good for people and good for nature.
- Experience of working in a policy or advocacy role to influence the development of
- Excellent knowledge and understanding of marine policy at international, EU, UK and NI
- Ability to monitor external policy developments and horizon scan for relevant issues and
- Ability to write reports, consultation responses and concise policy briefings to support
- Excellent communication, writing and negotiation skills.
- Ability to develop policy positions and to communicate effectively to a range of audiences,
including politicians, farmers and the public.
- Ability to work as part of a team to deliver a project and achieve shared objectives and
- Ability to communicate complex ideas and proposals to a variety of audiences in a concise
and clear way
- Proven ability to build and maintain effective relationships with external stakeholders.
In return we will offer:
- Option to work from home with the requirement for occasional travel to Northern Ireland
- 34 days annual leave (which includes bank holidays)
- Flexible working – Toil
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Life Assurance
- Cycle-to-work scheme
Any questions please contact Jonathan Bell: [email protected]
Please note that you will be required to upload a CV and complete an application form where you
will have the opportunity to tell us how you meet the criteria set above.
Before applying for this role we would encourage you to read through the candidate guidance
The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer.
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