Role at Pew – Officer, European Marine Programme

The Pew Charitable Trusts are a steering group member of GAP2. They work at the forefront of European Marine Policy and currently have a vacancy. If you’re interested in this role, please find out more by reading the below and visiting their webpage here.

Pew Overview:
The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life.

We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.

With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.

Pew aims to strengthen policies and practices in ways that produce significant and measurable protection for terrestrial and marine systems worldwide. Pew’s commitment to the environment began in 1974, when we first provided grants to regional conservancies, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the International Oceanographic Foundation. Since then we have continued to work to advance scientific understanding of the causes and consequences of environmental problems along with their solutions; provide economic analysis of decisions affecting such issues; design innovative policy solutions to these problems; and mobilize public support for implementing these solutions.

Project Overview:
In early 2008, Pew opened a European regional marine programme office in Brussels, Belgium. This office directs a number of European-based marine projects, in particular the OCEAN2012 coalition which is focused on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy and aims to stop overfishing in Europe. Staff also supports the European activities of a number of Pew’s other international marine projects designed to help Europe to end overfishing and support marine conservation measures globally. In 2011, Pew opened an office in London, United Kingdom (UK), to advance the UK government’s support for marine conservation.

Position Overview:
This position will be responsible for driving and – subject to approval of a new project by Pew’s board -implementing Pew’s EU fisheries policy objectives in the UK, and for coordinating, leading and supporting the Pew-led coalition members of OCEAN2012 in the UK.


  • Create opportunities to present Pew’s position on topics related to the Common Fisheries Policy agenda in the UK. Devise and implement strategies to advance Pew’s fisheries policy objectives and produce materials including policy recommendations and public consultation submissions. Advocate on behalf Pew’s fisheries policy objectives at conferences, hearings, stakeholder meetings and other relevant opportunities. Manage such activities as agreed by the director of the European Union (EU) marine programme.
  • Analyse and comment as required on communications and positions from the UK government Regional Advisory Councils, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), and other relevant bodies. Prepare policy statements and policy-oriented campaign papers, press releases and other materials in a timely fashion.
  • Follow the process of setting fishing limits for EU fish stocks and the development of Multi-Annual Plans for fisheries management and develop plans for effective engagement. Prepare position papers and proactively contribute to the processes.
  • Liaise with relevant Pew staff and external fisheries scientists and scientific bodies to encourage and facilitate their input into EU fisheries policy and management.
  • Represent Pew at national and regional meetings and events where fisheries policies are being discussed, and other relevant public events, at the request of the director of the EU marine programme.
  • Act as a spokesperson for Pew when appropriate. Support partner non-governmental organizations NGOs and organisations with which we collaborate.
  • Maintain close contact with and provide educational materials to relevant UK government institutions and representatives, including the relevant ministers, the Permanent Representative of the UK to the EU, and UK members of the European Parliament, as well as to UK NGOs, the fishing sector and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Subject to Pew’s board approving the Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe project in December 2013, monitor, analyse and influence implementation of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy in the UK.
  • Co-ordinate activities and regularly communicate information and advice to relevant Pew staff in the UK and in Brussels, and DC to ensure alignment of the policy work at all levels.
  • Develop and implement workplans with the director of the EU marine programme. Prepare regular oral and written updates on progress. Maintain regular communication with other marine programme staff about progress and challenges in implementing work plans. Perform other tasks as may be requested by the policy and research director of the EU marine programme.
  • Requirements:
  • University degree in fisheries biology or equivalent experience; advanced degree preferred.
  • At least eight years’ experience in fisheries management, including but not limited to experience in ICES, Scientific Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries or EU member state based fisheries research organisations such as universities or governmental fisheries science bodies, having dealt with, amongst others:
  • Fish stock assessments;
  • Scientific advice on fishing limits;
  • Biological trade-offs in fisheries management decisions and the gradual implementation of the discard ban;
  • Ecosystem aspects of fisheries management (species interaction, consideration of unintended negative impacts of fishing activities etc.).
  • Ability and willingness to accurately, methodologically and logically analyse and interpret complex marine fisheries biology and management material. Ability to understand and reliably interpret relevant concepts.
  • Strong comprehension of subject area. Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem and the solutions open to Pew. Produce work of consistently high standards, without errors or omissions.
  • Ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization and by being conscious of priorities. Able to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy, yet working in a cooperative spirit in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team.
  • Excellent and compelling written and oral communications skills in English, and possibly also a working knowledge of another EU language. Strong oral, presentation, facilitation, and written communication skills such that complex ideas, thoughts and concepts are clearly articulated for different audiences. Clear, effective writing style and highly articulate and persuasive in face to face communication.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with decision-makers at the highest level, media, Pew staff, consultants, partners and others. Must exhibit flexibility and a commitment to working as part of a team. Excellent listening skills.
  • Access to a strong network of relevant contacts among relevant UK organisations, policy makers, researchers and scientists.
  • 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.

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.

Frequent travel within the UK and to other European destinations is required. Candidate also needs to be able and prepared to travel to the US and elsewhere. Availability outside normal business hours will be required frequently.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Please submit all documents in English
  • CV in Europass format (note that other formats will not be considered)
  • Cover letter, maximum one side A4, outlining why you would like to work for The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Statement, maximum three sides A4, outlining how you meet the requirements for the position. Provide examples that illustrate your skills.
  • The CV, cover letter and statement should be uploaded as one file
  • Pew is an equal opportunity employer.

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