RSPB NI – Senior Policy Officer (Marine)


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.

About Role

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.

Duties include:

  • Monitor external policy developments at the appropriate geographical level (devolved country/UK/EU/International) 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 positions.
  • Be responsible for the development of RSPB marine policy positions in consultation with relevant internal colleagues in order to advocate them to decision makers and inform policy related RSPB communications.
  • Identify, target and advocate RSPB marine policy effectively to relevant external audiences (including government, business, NGOs) through presentations, attendance at conferences appropriate use of social media, etc to further RSPB marine policy advocacy objectives.
  • Be responsible for the production of marine policy reports, consultation responses and briefings.
  • Gather evidence to influence the development of Northern Ireland’s first Seabird Conservation Strategy to ensure it is robust and ambitious.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with marine stakeholders, including senior government officials, other NGOs, academia and business in order to build optimum conditions for successful advocacy for RSPB marine policy positions.
  • Proactively share information with colleagues about relevant marine policy developments to ensure an informed and consistent approach to marine policy advocacy across the RSPB.
  • 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 projects.
  • Provide support and expertise to casework on marine related proposals.
  • Show marine policy leadership including in other work areas / functions.

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