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Policy Officer (Marine) – RSPB Northern Ireland

Closing Date: 30/10/2022

Organisation: RSPB NI

Location: RSPB NI

Salary: £28,420 - £31,529

Contact Name: Jonathan Bell

Website: Click here

Description This is an outstanding opportunity to help ensure a better future for Northern Ireland’s seas and seabirds. You will support the development and advocacy of RSPB policy on marine and fisheries issues and influence important debates and decisions within Northern Ireland and further afield.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, passionate and motivated person to fill this role which provides an opportunity to develop policy and advocacy skills and build expertise in a key area of policy.

This role may also suit a recent graduate or someone in the early stages of their career. This role can be conducted Remotely (from home) but will require regular visits to Northern Ireland.

Please note that we are currently advertising for a Senior Policy Officer and are also interested in hearing from people who would be best suited for a Senior Policy Officer role. For more information and on how to apply, click here. What’s the role about? (Policy Officer)

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 combating 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 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.

The successful candidate will work with a wide range of policy staff across the UK and with colleagues in our Conservation Science, Communications and Campaigns, and Operations teams to ensure we have an impact.

Key aspects of the role include:

  • Inputting credible policy positions based on sound science and evidence;

  • Supporting the delivery of advocacy strategies that will achieve results;

  • Undertaking advocacy and communicating persuasively;

  • Coalition campaigning and communications;

  • Building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders; and

  • Helping to deliver work across different teams and disciplines to ensure we influence policy decisions in each of the four UK countries.

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