Legal and Policy Associate

Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana is rebuilding abundant and bio-diverse oceans by winning science- based policies in countries that control one third of the world’s wild fish catch. With  over 100 victories that stop overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution and killing of threatened species like turtles and sharks, Oceana’s campaigns are delivering results. A restored ocean means that one billion people can enjoy a healthy seafood meal, every day, forever. Together, we can save the oceans and help feed the world. Visit www.oceana.org and ph.oceana.org to learn more.

MAIN OBJECTIVE: To support the needs of Oceana Philippines International in its campaigns in terms of research, analysis of legal and policy issues, linkages with fisheries policy makers in the Philippines, and drafting of correspondence, policy briefs and position papers

 

SCOPE OF WORK:

  • Conduct  legal  research  and  analysis  as  assigned  by  the  Legal  and  Policy Officer or Vice President
  • Write legal correspondence to government agencies in support of Oceana’s goals in the Philippines
  • Represent the Legal Officer and the VP in meetings and be able to advocate for Oceana’s position concerning fisheries and oceans policy issues
  • Identify,  network,   coordinate   and   collaborate   with  potential  litigation partners in relation to Oceana’s advocacy work in the Philippines
  • Work as an integral part of the Philippines Team to devise and implement regional and national strategies
  • Engaging in field work activities on site in relation to the legalities of project implementation
  • Develop  a  database  of  legal  partners/players/stakeholders  that  will  be beneficial to achieving the vision of Oceana
  • Conduct  legal  research  and  analysis  as  assigned  by  the  Legal  and  Policy Officer or Vice President
  • Write legal correspondence to government agencies in support of Oceana’s goals in the Philippines
  • Represent the Legal Officer and the VP in meetings and be able to advocate for Oceana’s position concerning fisheries and oceans policy issues
  • Identify,  network,   coordinate   and   collaborate   with  potential  litigation partners in relation to Oceana’s advocacy work in the Philippines
  • Work as an integral part of the Philippines Team to devise and implement regional and national strategies
  • Engaging in field work activities on site in relation to the legalities of project implementation
  • Develop  a  database  of  legal  partners/players/stakeholders  that  will  be beneficial to achieving the vision of Oceana
  • Holding  of  working  sessions  to  update  on  progress  of  legal  efforts  and engagements
  • Represent Oceana in forums, meetings, and engagements that are related to the vision of Oceana
  • Analyze the work of government for campaign groups, helping to devise media campaigns for public affairs consultancies
  • Perform other tasks as may be required by the Vice-president

 

Skills and knowledge:

  • Knowledge  and experience  in  fisheries  and marine  science  and policy  is preferred
  • Direct experience with constituent outreach and media
  • Ability and desire to advocate for critical conservation positions
  • Computer  literacy,  particularly  with  Microsoft  Office  applications  word processing, and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated ability to use internet technologies including email, intranets, and integrated databases
  • Well-developed   written   and   oral   communication   skills   and   strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work with a broad range of personalities to promote ecosystem management to protect and preserve ocean ecosystems
  • Ability   to   take   initiative   in   suggesting   ways   to   augment   work   and responsibilities of position to accomplish Oceana’s goals
  • Organizational  skills,  including  an  ability  to  prioritize  work  and  manage conflicting deadlines

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor  of  Laws  or  Juris  Doctor  degree,  with  at  least  three  years’ experience in law practice
  • BS/BA degree in Political Science or a relevant undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Relevant professional experience with a background in legal and policy work is helpful especially with regard to environmental laws
  • Excellent ability to work both in a team and independently, on own initiative
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including in English
  • Competent computer skills

 

To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]