European Programme Manager

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24 Sep 2021

European Programme Manager

Position Description

September 2021

Oceans 5 Overview

Oceans 5 is an international funders’ collaborative comprised of new and experienced philanthropists dedicated to protecting the world’s five oceans. Our Board of Advisors includes Partners and Members who make generous contributions to the organization. We make grants to support large, well-timed projects and campaigns to establish marine reserves, constrain overfishing, combat illegal and unreported fishing, and prevent offshore oil and gas development.  

Oceans 5 prefers policy-oriented projects involving multiple organizations working toward common objectives to improve ocean health. Our projects are designed and selected through a deliberative process involving our Partners and Members. We also provide support to members of our collaborative to strengthen ocean conservation philanthropy.

Our Partners and Members represent a diversity of philanthropic interests, with strong ties to the international ocean conservation community. Our staff is small but extremely knowledgeable and experienced. The organization has a unique ability to respond quickly to time-sensitive opportunities. It is managed with low overhead, efficient administrative procedures, and streamlined decision-making processes. 

European Programme Manager 

The European Programme Manager is a full-time position, responsible for a range of activities including project development, monitoring, and evaluation, as well as providing support to Oceans 5 Board Partners and Members. The Manager also assists in developing materials for the website, preparing proposals, writing progress reports, and assisting with other organizational priorities. The position reports to the Program Director and is based out of her/his home office in Europe. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The European Programme Manager is part of a global team of program managers with geographic responsibilities for Africa, Latin America, North America, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Some team members have issue-based responsibilities as well, depending upon their unique skills and knowledge. The team works closely with colleagues at the Shark Conservation Fund and Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Vibrant Oceans Initiative among others. Collectively, the team implements a global strategy that is rooted firmly in local knowledge and respect.  

Deliverables, Responsibilities:

  • Identify new grantmaking opportunities, consistent with the objectives and criteria of Oceans 5.
  • Maintain professional and collegial relationships with senior government officials, civil society organizations, academic institutions, and other stakeholders.
  • Conduct oversight and monitoring of current and future grants.
  • Assist grantees in meeting their goals and objectives.
  • Organize meetings with grantees, donors, government officials, and other stakeholders.
  • Develop reports and presentations for Board meetings.
  • Develop reports and summaries for donors to Oceans 5.
  • Support Partners and Members as necessary, including accompanying them on site visits.
  • Develop and maintain broad knowledge, as well as subject matter expertise, of the science, policies, and politics of marine conservation in Europe and ocean conservation issues globally. 
  • Update and maintain Oceans 5 grants in online portal Fluxx as appropriate.
  • Understand and support Oceans 5 policies and approaches, including assistance with media outreach, confidentiality, conflict of interests, security, and maintaining organizational health. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree in law, public affairs, public policy, or environmental science preferred.
  • A minimum of eight years of directly related professional experience in the environment, conservation, natural resource, or public policy arena. Experience with ocean and marine conservation issues and professional advocacy/outreach preferred.
  • Proven project-management skills, including ability to handle several projects at different stages simultaneously and a strong capacity to set priorities and identify resources. 
  • Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills with an ability to write clearly and cogently for internal audiences, policy makers, the media, and the public. 
  • Proficiency in English and at least one other European language.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to develop and manage productive relationships with colleagues, consultants, and coalition partners. Excellent listening skills.
  • Exhibit strong skills of diplomacy with seasoned and sound judgment. Ability to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated proficiency in use of software (Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and ability to learn or use technology for reports, meetings, and grants management (Canva, Zoom, Fluxx, etc).  

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Oceans 5 will accept applications until October 10, 2021.


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