• Senior Officer, Coastal Wetlands and Coral Reefs

    Location UK-London
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(12/20/2018 12:42 PM)
    Job ID
    The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • 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 invigorate 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 DC, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, 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.


    The Environmental Portfolio at The Pew Charitable Trusts
    For more than twenty-five years, Pew has been a major force in educating the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences, and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Our environment work spans all seven continents with nearly 250 professionals working full-time at the local, national, and international levels to reduce the scope and severity of global environmental problems, such as the erosion of large wilderness ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity, and the destruction of the marine environment.

    Pew has worked in the United States and Canada since 1990 to protect vast stretches of unspoiled wilderness and more recently expanded our land conservation efforts to Australia’s Outback and Chilean Patagonia. Preserving these places offers an opportunity to conserve wildlife habitat, shorelines and pristine landscapes for future generations. Our work relies on the sciences of conservation, biology, and economy to advocate for sound solutions to the loss of biodiversity.

    In the sea, reforms to how our oceans are managed are essential to address overfishing, pollution, and loss of habitat. Pew began its oceans program in the United States, focusing on ending overfishing and protecting fragile marine habitat. Since 2005, Pew’s ocean conservation program has expanded around the world and has played a significant role in reforming marine fisheries management in the European Union and on the high seas. Our work is grounded in the best available science and our goal is to reverse the decline of ocean life ranging from sharks and tunas to penguins and whales, and the habitat on which they depend.


    Project Overview
    Coastal habitats, including the reefs, mangroves, marshes, and seagrasses found along shorelines worldwide, are among the most important parts of the larger ocean ecosystem that must function cohesively to ensure the ocean’s health. While relatively small in area, these habitats are large in terms of ecosystem importance, forming a critical interface between the land and sea. Over the next two years, countries will have an opportunity to revise their nationally determined contribution (NDC) in preparation for the first formal assessment of progress under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2020. Pew would take advantage of this deadline to engage three countries in identifying and integrating coastal habitat into their NDCs in a manner that is specific, measurable, and provides a high level of protection. Further, we would work with at least one developing country to develop a financing plan to secure external funding needed to implement the coastal habitat portion of their NDC. It is our intention that in the future the resulting NDCs and financing plan could serve as examples for other countries, particularly those developing countries that may need international funding assistance for their coastal habitat protections.


    Position Overview
    The senior officer, coastal wetlands and coral reefs will assist the director in developing strategy for and implementing a global effort to ensure that the project objectives are achieved. The senior officer will have a leading role in developing political strategy, preparing statements and position papers, managing outreach to government officials and partner organizations, speaking at relevant conferences and high-level forums, and serving as a media spokesperson. The senior officer will report to the director, environment international, and will be based in Pew’s London office.


    • Work with the director to develop and implement effective international campaign strategies calculated to enable the achievement of the project objective.
    • Assist in identifying and developing relationships with NGO and scientific partners on the ground in target countries; provide those partners with strategic advice to ensure the success of the project.
    • Develop relationships with financing institutions and strategies for securing project objectives related to financing NDC plans.
    • Represent The Pew Charitable Trusts at meetings and events with high level government officials.
    • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with relevant officials, experts, institutions, government departments, and NGOs.
    • Prepare and deliver speeches, critiques, and proposals.
    • Organize and manage strategy meetings and workshops.
    • Identify and manage consultants to ensure that the campaign has the necessary human resources to achieve its objective.
    • Identify lessons learned and opportunities for expanding the scope of the project beyond three initial target countries.
    • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the department as assigned, as well as broader Pew-related projects and activities as needed.


    • Bachelor’s degree required, advance degree in law, public policy, international relations or environmental science strongly preferred.
    • At least 10 years of applicable experience in the field gained through professional education, training and professional experience with a proven record of accomplishment in developing and implementing solutions to environmental policy problems.
    • Experience in dealing with governments and multinational institutions is strongly preferred, as is an in-depth understanding of coastal habitat or environmental protection.
    • Strong analytic and strategic capacities, with proven skills in developing, executing and evaluating strategies and goals. A task-oriented, deadline-driven style with a focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Capacity to develop and direct key projects with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
    • Demonstrable experience managing projects in dispersed geographic settings. Proven capacity to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others from varied nations who can contribute to the project objective.
    • Strong oral and written communications skills. Able to synthesize material and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue and the means to address it. Confident in presenting one’s own ideas and diplomatic when persuading others. Ability to communicate complex ideas for both expert and general audiences. Strong public speaking skills and an ability to persuasively engage individuals or groups in dialogue that results in effective action.
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills, strong collaborative spirit, and ready ability to make decisions and take mid-course corrections.
    • Media-savvy and politically astute. Able to use marketing techniques and media exposure to communicate how research can describe and address conservation needs and strategies.
    • Well-developed diplomatic skills. Able to work productively with a wide array of people and institutions.
    • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. Flexible, creative, and ready to take on responsibilities.
    • Seasoned judgment with capacity to justify recommendations, assume accountability, and respond clearly and positively to colleagues and partners.
    • Fluency in English. Competence in one or more other UN official languages desirable.

    International travel will be required approximately 20% of the time.


    Total Rewards
    We offer a competitive salary and benefit program.


    The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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