The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) works to Protect People and Planet. 

We believe environmental security is a human right.

EJF investigates and campaigns to protect our natural world, and with it, the communities most dependent upon it. We work at the grassroots, with environmental and human rights activists who are working to expose threats to the local environment and to build sustainable futures. Our investigations and the evidence we gather are presented to the very highest levels of decision taking, amongst policy makers in governments and private industry and to opinion formers including international media and the wider public. EJF works to end illegal fishing and the use of slavery in fisheries, protect our global climate and defend climate refugees, and eradicate the use of hazardous chemical pesticides.

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), Oceana, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Nature Conservancy and WWF have formed the EU IUU Coalition working together to ensure that the EU maintains and improves its policies to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

For more information about our work as a coalition, please visit www.iuuwatch.eu.

Since 2014, the coalition has been working to improve both the EU’s own anti-IUU fishing systems and policies and to promote some of the EU’s best practices on ocean governance and fisheries transparency in other regions such as East Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Using the EU’s influence as a major flag and market State, we are helping the EU to drive policy change at the global level, prioritising increasing transparency in the fisheries sector as a means to improve global fisheries governance. To achieve this, we are working with the EU as it implements its zero-tolerance commitment against IUU fishing, primarily through its IUU Regulation. In addition, with the view to improve ocean governance, the Coalition also promotes better inter-agency coordination in relevant policy areas such as consumer rights (due diligence), external trade and other, urging EU agencies to be ambitious and ensuring that ongoing positive reforms are sustained. We are also engaging the EU, as a major global player, to work more closely with other seafood markets such as Japan and the US to harmonise policies to stop IUU fishing and import of illegally-caught products through developing strong import control schemes. To make this happen, we are engaging with key decision-makers, strengthening relationships with the seafood industry, fisheries authorities and the NGO community, raising awareness among citizens on the topic, using media strategically and providing intelligence to the EU.

In addition, some members of the coalition also work together on the revision of the EU’s Control Regulation (one of the three key regulations implementing the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy). Drawing from the successful revision of the EU external fleet Regulation in 2016/2017, the Coalition, working alongside other NGOs, aims to ensure that the revised Control Regulation reflects best practices with respect to monitoring, control and surveillance, sanctioning and traceability and, ultimately, sustainability and conservation. 

To support the delivery of these objectives, the coalition is seeking a full-time researcher who will be responsible for producing and supporting relevant research and other publications required for the coalition’s advocacy work. The individual we seek will have research and writing skills and will be capable of working with a dispersed and diverse multinational team. Good communications skills, initiative and drive are important.

Key responsibilities:

  • Working with and under coalition members supervision, the researcher will conduct specific research, as well as compile and process data relevant to campaign objectives (sometimes working jointly with consultants);
  • Produce policy briefings, rebuttals, reports and communication materials such as blogs, media advisories, films scripts etc. and on occasion present them to relevant audiences;
  • Edit and proofread all coalition public-facing outputs;
  • Monitor the EU and international policy agenda related to IUU fishing, identifying key policy opportunities to successfully achieve coalition goals;
  • The researcher will report directly to the project coordinator, consulting closely with coalition members, taking full consideration of their priorities and internal processes;
  • Some travelling might be required, including attending Brussels-based meetings relevant to coalition objectives.

Essential skills and attributes:

  • Excellent and demonstrable research, writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • English language skills at native speaker level, both written and spoken
  • Excellent communication skills, initiative and independent working
  • Capability of working with a dispersed and diverse multinational team

Desirable skills:

  • Experience in relation to EU fisheries policy and/or knowledge of EU decision processes;
  • Demonstrable interest in environmental protection
  • A university degree in a related field is desirable.
  • Knowledge of other EU languages (particularly French, German, Spanish or Dutch)

Applications: please send your CV and cover letter explaining why you are the right person for this job to: [email protected]

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 25 May.
Starting date: As soon as possible

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Candidates must have the legal right to work in the UK and/or Belgium/Germany.

EJF is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity within the workplace.

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